Honest imagery that tells the story of your heritage… that’s what my Lifestyle Sessions are all about.

We have 3 boys in our family. Life is anything but a pretty staged photo shoot around these parts. It’s messy and fun and loud and raw.

As a professional photographer, I had always felt like documenting my family life meant getting everyone dressed up and hauling the kids out to a field with wildflowers in full bloom and bribing everyone with candy and the promise of ice cream to shut up and smile. Sometimes the images would look cool, but in no way did they resonate with what our family was really like.

So, a few years ago, I decided that I wanted to document the more honest moments with our kids around the house. I started keeping a camera loaded with film sitting around and capturing the little things that I knew we would want to remember as our kids were growing up way too quickly.

We now have a keepsake box that is filled with hundreds of prints of these windows into our day-to-day. We cherish them already and can’t even imagine how much more we’ll cherish them in 20 years when our little boys are about to get married or have just had their first baby.

This got me thinking… if Sara and I resonate so much with this way of documenting life, I bet there are other families out there that want to remember their family life in a similar way. So, I ask you to consider throwing out your previous ideas of what “family photos” means… and to invite me into your home for an afternoon. Allow me to document those snuggles on the bed as a family… or playing trains on the living room floor… or swinging in the back yard.

I ask you to embrace the imperfection that our lives actually are. Resist the pull of Pinterest to be spotless and lifeless and all smiles all the time.

Allow me to document your life in an honest way in the place you’re most comfortable… your own home.


Enjoy these windows in to our everyday life...

Featured Lifestyle Sessions //



Sweet! I want to take your photos!

The best place for you to look for more information about that would be my main website. Click on the tab above that says “MAIN SITE” and it will land you right where you need to be. Once you’re there, click on “INFO” and you’ll find more than you may want to know about me and my approach to photography. Have fun exploring and don’t forget to drop me a line in the CONTACT section when you’re done!




I realize that a large number of you readers out there are actually photographers yourself. You range from amateur to professional. How do I know this? Well, because I do the same thing as you! I delve into photographer’s blogs quite often. I love looking at photos because I love taking photos. So, here are some goodies for YOU.



A great way to learn all about how I do things around here is to see me in action. If you are at the point of wanting to take things to the next level and feel a little lost, I would love to help you! Please drop me a line and tell me about yourself via my CONTACT page and we can try to figure out a great solution for you. I’m not the type of guy that keeps secrets and tries to hide the way I do things in my business. I want other aspiring photographers to succeed and bring great things to our industry.



Camera Bodies:

  • Contax 645   [film]
  • Contax G1   [film]
  • Fuji XPro-2    [digital]
  • Canon 5D Mark iii    [digital]
  • Canon 1v    [film]
  • Yashica Mat 124G    [film]
  • Nikon FE    [film]
  • Holga 120N    [film]

Film Stock:

  • Kodak Portra 400 – this is my preferred film because of the beautiful bold colors 
  • Fuji 400H –  I use this film on occasion because it has such unique hues and can be gorgeous in certain light
  • Kodak TriX 400 – for black + white awesomeness… I keep a roll loaded around the house to document my family at all times


  • Fuji 23mm f/1.4
  • Fuji 56mm f/1.2
  • Canon  35mm f/1.4
  • Canon 85mm f/1.2
  • Canon 70-200mm f/2.8


  • Adobe Lightroom 4
  • Adobe Photoshop CC
  • Mastin Labs Film Presets
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  • Matt EthanDecember 29, 2011 - 8:39 am

    Hey Ryan! You’re right! It’s really good to see what other photographers use in their work! Seeing what you’re using has confirmed for me to stick with 7D and 5D Mkii and not spend the extra on another 5D!ReplyCancel

  • Lauren McClure FontanierJune 1, 2013 - 2:05 am

    How much does an engagement session cost?ReplyCancel