Northwest Arkansas Wedding and Portrait Photographer
Wes Ryan, Storyfisher & Taleteller
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Northwest Arkansas Wedding and Portrait Blog

Wes Ryan is a Northwest Arkansas based portrait and wedding photographer specializing in professionals, families, children and pets! Wes Ryan serves as a photographer in Fayetteville, Rogers and surrounding areas in Arkansas. Check out my photography blog, where I talk a little more in depth about my clients, the photography work I love, and an occasional portrait photography adventure.

Safety First: Dogs and Kids

Grinning with his eyes squinted, he seemed to be in heaven. I envisioned a child clinging to his happy-go-lucky neck and posing with this "lion".

That's when I felt a chill. At first, this seemed like an adorable idea, but after five years as a professional dog photographer, I have seen too many close calls that could have been avoided entirely because a dog was put in an unfamiliar and stressful situation.

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A Rocky Mountain Wedding

The odd man out is a wedding photographer with a Subaru full of photography equipment, a few changes of clothes and a radio playing anything but country music. I was heading to the wedding of Alice Chapman and Jared Harvey at Miller Creek Cabins, a wooded field bisected by the White River, complete with a pavilion and shaded groves- a perfect venue for an outdoor ceremony.

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Styled Session: Glam Meets Retro

We wanted big hair-- the bigger the better. Go crazy on the legs: short dresses, sheer stockings, high heels. The heavier the makeup, the better. Let's see blush for days and bold lipstick. The last thing we wanted was to look at the images after the shoot and say, "we could have pushed that a little more." 

We did not have to say that. Ho-lee crap, these girls rocked it.

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Advice for Wedding Vendors

99.9% of working professional wedding photographers are not in the business to be stingy. In fact, we fully realize the benefit of networking and helping vendors in our industry. In 2017, social media is our marketplace, and we want to give you images to use for your marketing. Having a relationship with our fellow vendors can result in more bookings for all involved, greases the wheels for collaborations and is just generally good for business.

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Styled Shoot: Castlewood Canyon, CO

I'm really excited to continue booking weddings and delivering portrait sessions to the fine people of Denver, Colorado and its surrounding cities. If you'd like to inquire on booking for your wedding, need an update on portraits, or have a collaboration idea-- please don't hesitate to get in touch. I'd love to hear from you. 

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A Family Session at Home

...when it rains, little canyons form along the hill. We went outside to feed the chickens, and Emma knew the routine. She held the shed door open for momma and waited patiently for her to produce a plastic cup with grain and scratch. Abby handed her the cup, and Emma carefully grasped it with both of her tiny hands. Not quite having mastered the art of throwing feed, she took one look at the cup and turned it upside down. Momma grinned and rolled her eyes a little. The chickens are fed. 

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Urban Elopement in Denver, CO

...I chose the elopement theme because all couples who elope conclude the same thing: your family never changes. You might live in 10 different states before you 'settle down' and maybe you'll never stop roaming. But you have each other, and that's home. Where you have love. Where you can be still and never have to dig deep for peace. That's it-- a feeling, not a place. 

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Engaged! Karina and Jeremy

When you have a one of a kind subject (which all of us are), and approach their portraits in a way that celebrates their one-of-a-kindness, the originality takes care of itself. The photos don't seem gimmicky, at least not to me, because my subjects are actual people, and I try to remind myself that throughout every shoot.

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Engagement Portraits and Pet Photography

..."Ruby is a little skittish and shy at first," they said. The moment I met Ruby, I was greeted with licks to the face and paws on my shoulders in a beautiful puppy-hug embrace, which makes perfect sense to me because dogs are my people, man. Yea, that really happened. Look at this beauty!

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Maternity: Catherine at the Beach

...and it was a cloudy day, so the light was soft and even. The wind blew her hair all over the place, but we worked around it. For not having had a portrait session in years, Catherine was an absolute professional. And I feel like people come into their own around me, so maybe I should take some credit for that.

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Colorado Springs Roller Derby

What if I told you... there's a sport where you can take on any persona you want and join a league of extraordinary women (sorry dudes. you can be a referee though). There's a uniform, but you can rock out all kinds of sweet flair. You can paint your face to look like the grim reaper. You can wear a bandana like a frickin desperado, or even better, just get tattoos on your entire body.

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Engaged! Brianna and Telour

I knew I wanted to approach their engagement photos in the same style as their wedding theme. I mean, that's my M.O. Keep it consistent and give them what they want. Monochromatic is a given for a lot of these frames. But even the color shots are moody, desaturated... I thought about that show American Horror Story and some of my favorite vampire films, like Interview With a Vampire. I remembered the laced sleeves and pale scenes. I tried to offer a taste of that without going overboard.

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Road Trip Panoramas: Garden of the Gods

...Stacey and I made plans the next day to ride bikes to downtown Colorado Springs. Somehow, only 15 years ago, it was a much smaller town. I don't remember there being a Best Buy or a Furniture Row. Of course, it's possible that my memories are romanticized, after all, I was a 19 year old virgin and Facebook didn't even exist. I think we all used livejournal back then.

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Headshots: Shaun Traxler, Bar Chef

Specializing in what he calls craft cocktails, there's often a complexity in his creations. Each drink involves a primary flavor that, combined with compatible notes, deliver a finish that is not unlike a satisfying gourmet meal. Trust me on this-- I personally taste-test many of these drinks because it's very important to research your subject.

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Road Trip Panoramas: Palo Duro Canyon

I'm not sure how many times I've driven through Amarillo. Maybe ten? And with every passing I saw this splotch of green on my GPS with "Palo Duro Canyon State Park" in bold over it. I'd heard of it a few times before-- it always came up as a "hidden treasure" on one of those clickbait articles. It's the largest canyon in Texas and second largest canyon in the United States. The entry fee is $5. Five bucks. I'm sold. 

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Spotlight: Katie and Drew

Oh, Arkansas... My Ozark roots were nurtured last week when Katie and Drew let me join them out at the White River near Mountain Home. I was in the area visiting family and doing some work when I reached out to Katie. Our paths have almost overlapped countless times, but finally we had a chance to do the flyfishing shoot we spend months planning.

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