Northwest Arkansas Wedding and Portrait Photographer

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.

A Family Session at Home

It's been a while since I did a fly-on-the-wall photo session. I almost forgot how much I love taking a documentary approach to portraits. Abby and I had been talking about doing a session for some time. Her house is an idyllic country home nestled in the Ozark Mountains, about a 30 minute drive from the heart of Fayetteville, Arkansas. Emma is 18 months and on the move. 

It was cloudy and quiet out there. Mud footprints made a butterfly pattern over the front door's threshold-- one wing going out, one wing going in. Emma was very shy at first. She clutched at momma, as 18 month olds do, until she realized that I was just a silly looking dude with a weird looking toy. 

It wasn't long before little Emma was showing off... clicking the keys of her fisher-price piano and busting a little wiggle. Taking headlong leaps across the couch. Performing disjointed somersaults on the golden retriever's sleeping pad. Ah, country living.

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. 

Downhill, they pecked away at the leaf litter, feasting on worms that had come up. We made our way to the porch, a deck that jutted out from the whole length of home. At some point since my last visit, they'd cleared some trees and brush. The pond was much easier to see now. I went ahead up to the porch and got into position for their approach. Emma took the stairs very seriously, then once at the summit, she ran for the bench swing, flinging her feet up as she jumped in. This activity lasted approximately eleven seconds before Emma spot the flag of Arkansas. It undulated in the wind and what I must assume was Emma's predatory instinct made her telepathically command Abby into hoisting her up so she could capture it.

At a certain point, I put down my camera and Abby and I caught up on all the things that had been going on for the last few years. I'm not traveling full time anymore. Yea, I'm settled down in Denver now. I'm still single. What's that? Do I want kids someday? Oh, that's a lovely lamp you have there, Abby. Look, Emma is doing something cute! Click click click.

Book a day-in-the-life session with Wes starting at $195 with a personal gallery. This documentary-style session is perfect for any size family who may not have time for formal portraits, or would just like to do something different.

  • $195 - 2 hour session, with proofing gallery. Up to 10 image downloads included with print release (up to 8x10).

  • Albums start at $150 for the first 20 pages. Additional pages are $25 including design. These are custom, one of a kind storybooks that you can keep forever. I love to think these books will be passed down from generation to generation!

  • Prints larger than 8x10" are available to order through your personal gallery and can be made anytime up to 60 days following your session.

  • Additional Digital Downloads are available at $10 per image, including editing. These may be printed up to 8x10 inches for your personal use.

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