Tappan Hill Wedding: Stephanie and Scott

Great friends, great food, laughter that wracks through your whole body, work friends showing surprisingly awesome dance moves, cheeky grandparents, two kind and soulful binding their friendship and partnership … and SNOW! I love this job, I love Tappan Hill, and I love these people. And thanks to Kacy Jahanbini for fantastic assistance.

Jean Loper Photography - Stunning

Dale Lempa - Awesome colors and great clarity. Superb captures of expression.

Martin Hambleton - Where do I start? Every single frame is sensational. I guess first prize has to go to the panorama though. Even by your standards, this one’s special.

Johnboy Wilson - Those dancefloor shots are brilliant!!!

Nash Ruiz - Fantastic Work!!!

Ashley - These are amazing! The first shot of the ring is so vibrant!

rich - love the dance shots and the night time portraits!

Derek Olson - Is this your first time shooting in snow? I recall you saying you hadn’t done that yet. Gorgeous work, insane dance shots as always

Chris Snowden - Wow .. Your work is amazing. Inspiring stuff!

Jon S6 - super cool, literally…and the photos

Quick hits from the weekend

I’m in the air over Iowa now on the way to WPPI, where I will close out the party with a lecture on what to do when you’re shooting a wedding and everything seems to be working against you (otherwise called “most weddings ever.”) What better way to get ready for it than shooting two weddings? So much more to come; here’s a quick fix:

Dennis Pike - dude, Ryan. That 2nd shot is soooooooooo freaking good

Dale Lempa - Awesome stuff; you find a hero shot everywhere.

rich - love these dude – great work!

Monica Justesen Photography - Amazing. That second one…wow!

Aric Hoek - LOVE the composition in the first portrait.

Amir - Love the drama in the second shot. Nice work!

Green Building Wedding: Jenna and Aaron

I’m pretty sure this is the soonest after a wedding that I’ve ever blogged the images — chalk it up to a pre-WPPI convention burst of productivity. But also these make me excited for a number of reasons. First, Jenna and Aaron are awesome, hilarious, and brilliant. I really love how frequently the best man and maid of honor speeches mention how freaking smart my couples are, since if smart people hire you, maybe you’re doing something right. Aaron, after all, if the sort of fellow who had Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit, a thoroughly impenetrable book, out as pleasure reading. Sadly there were more important things going on than for us to sit and share a dialectical chat.

But also this was my first wedding since being named of the top 10 wedding photographers in the world by American Photo magazine, and my first wedding since the Foundation Workshops. Contrary to what you might think, the former fact never entered my mind all day. But Foundation loomed large in my mind — I have spent my entire career working as hard as I can to show lasting moments, people’s personalities and how amazing they look at their wedding day, but the intensity of the Foundation Workshop made me work harder than ever at being a perfectionist along the way — stressing over every millimieter of what is and is not included in each frame. Of course, sometimes the moment is strong enough that you just go for it — the ring bearer kissing his brother was impossible to frame perfectly, but even just mentioning the existence of the photo made their mother break out in a huge grin.

Also, though for a mix of modesty and SEO purposes she doesn’t want me to mention her name, I was joined by the amazing T, and she KILLED it. Lots of great photos, and even when running the photobooth she managed to take a simple setup and create art! I’ve never been so tempted to put photobooth images in a blog post. Thanks, T!

I’m so excited for 2013, and this was a great way to kick off the main season!

Arun - impressive as usual

David Stubbs - Truly amazing photography Ryan! Amazing!!!

Dale Lempa - How do you ALWAYS find such amazing compositions? Great work.

Johnboy Wilson - Love those dancing shots, great energy! Awesome work as always!

Natalie Gibbs - Another great set. Your understanding of lighting is just meticulous… I envy it! And that curly headed kid is CUTE.

Peter Wynne - Great work here Ryan, love the use of T&S during the ceremony.

Nash Ruiz - Great Work!!!

ed peers - Just fantastic Ryan…

John Park - Great work Ryan! Thank you, as always, for sharing!

Gavin Farrington - Some hilarious dancing shots in this set. Great work!

Luis Godinez - amazing wedding. so many great moments.

Varun Saran - I’m not a huge tilt-shift fan, but the one in this set is absolutely amazing!

Matt Ferrell - Nice work bro! as always knocking it out of the park with your flash : )

Albert Palmer - You had me with the first shot

Shella - Really love these Ryan! So full of life!

John Wellings - First time looking at your work Ryan, blown away, great stuff.

Kristian Leven - Top work Mr Brenizer. Top work.

Carolyn Saffer - These photos are amazing! Kudos to the photographer – he surely captured incredible and memorable moments!

rich - dude – these rock!!

Dale Lempa - I just had to comment again. This is awesome storytelling, from beginning to middle to end. That last shot is so quiet and peaceful.

Danielle Capito Photography - That venue is amazing!! Awesome job capturing it so well!!

mario colli - I always enjoy your work. You really deserve to be in the top 10 list. Keep doing what you do Ryan. You are great.

Anton Chia - Always the best Ryan!

Aric Hoek - Love the one of the boy under the chair.

Crystal Madsen - Ryan excellent wedding as always. your clients have to be thrilled they have you to capture these memories.

Dennis Pike - This is infuriatingly good

burak - Amazing set of images yet again. such an inspirational photographer you are. Kind regards.

Heather Elizabeth - “Hi, my name is Ryan and I can’t help but photograph awesome.”

You are a God of light.

Hammer Shuberth - great! lens? camera?

Ben Tomlin - Great job as usual Ryan… but I’m now going to be comparing your weddings pre & post foundation ;)

Cindy Warner-Scheinwald - LOVE, Love them, but I am partial to the one of you and Marilyn, and my son and you with his celebratory ” hand raise” yahoo!!

Lucile Warner-Heinz - Beatiful wedding, I haven’t seen Aaron for years.Handsone young man too!

Jim - NYC wedding videographer - Great shots of the people enjoying themselves on the dance floor. Great job.