Northwest Arkansas Wedding and Portrait Photographer
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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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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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Colorado Springs Roller Derby: Part 2

After my last shoot with the Pikes Peak Derby Dames in Colorado Springs, I spoke with a few of the athletes themselves about the possibility of doing an extended project. Many were enthusiastic to the idea and after letting it gel for a week or so, I reached out to the team in search of volunteers. The project's aim is two-fold... to empower a women's sport beyond the stereotype of babes on skates, and to encourage respect by showing the woman behind the alter ego of her Derby personae. 

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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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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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