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.

Willow's Senior Portrait Session

My friend Sloan and I go way back. I first met his daughter, Willow, when she developed an interest in Photography. Sloan asked if I would provide some private lessons, which of course I did, and Willow came along with me on a couple of shoots. She was a great assistant! I hope she sticks with it since it's one of those skills that carries over into so many walks of life. Now that she's graduating high school, it only felt right to be her Senior Portrait photographer. I let her pick the place and her bff tagged along to help. 

It was cloudy out. I love cloudy days for shooting. No nitpicking with my flash to fill in harsh shadows. No squinty eyes because of the blinding sun. Nice soft skies. And Willow was the MVP with her outfits. The bright red sweater and bluejeans popped out of Arkansas' winter landscape. Nice work, Willow!

In every portrait session, no matter how many subjects there are, there are always two people I'm thinking of: The client/subject I'm photographing, and the images they're intended for. My goal is to consider both, because a 17 year old tends to want something edgy and creative while mom and pop like those sweetheart looks. Luckily, in the magical world of digital, I can take enough frames and poses so everyone's happy.

I tried to imagine how a photographer for Teen Vogue might take Willow's bio photo. With her outfit change, I knew I wanted to bring the red back since it plays off her hair so well. Luckily, downtown Fayetteville has plenty of Razorback red walls to pose against. 

Now something important: If you remember senior portraits that were taken back in the day, they're mostly what I call "elbows-up". As in head shots cropped at the person's elbow, because mom and dad want to be able to see that smile of their sweetie who is growing up so fast. But here's the thing... shoes. When I shoot, I have this weird thing about making sure I have a few photos that show my subject from head to toe with room to spare. Why? Because, shoes, people. Not gonna say it again.

Shoes. Also, did  you notice how the scene perfectly matches her outfit... in order? Blue, black, red? Did you notice that? We didn't plan it, but I totally noticed. This is what I get paid for. Anywhosie, thanks for reading and shoot me a message if you'd like to book a senior portrait session for your precious baby. It's not too late, you know. I'm in Fayetteville from Jan 25th - Jan 31st, and then for you Colorado folks, I'll be in Denver from Feb 2 until at about mid-March. Yes, of 2017. Also, you can just text me. (Click it. It works! Cool, huh?)