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

Northwest Arkansas Creative Wedding and Portrait Photographer

Wes Ryan is a Fayetteville-based photographer, specializing in wedding photography, family portraits and dog photography. He is an active member of the American Society of Media Professionals, a proud University of Arkansas alumnus and available year-round for both local and national assignments.

Wes is delighted to offer complete wedding coverage for both traditional and same-sex couples in Arkansas and beyond! 

Northwest Arkansas Wedding, Portrait, and Dog Photographer


Photographer in Fayetteville, Rogers, Springdale and Bentonville

I know there are a lot of factors when it comes to deciding on your portrait photographer. Am I available to book your portrait session on your preferred date? Are my photography session prices in line with your budget? Do you even like my hair? In the grand scheme of things, all of those questions have somewhat fluid answers. However, what may not be fluid is how you feel about the quality of my portrait work. To me, it's paramount that you love these images, because that is how I know you will love yours. The rest is pretty much negotiable-- so take a look, soak it in, and click one of the buttons at the bottom if you want to get this party started. If you've been here before and you'd like to book your next family portrait session, go ahead and shoot me a message here!

Finding a Fayetteville Photographer is insanely easy these days. There are literally hundreds to choose from. A friend of mine, who is also a Fayetteville photographer, once told me that he had a list of over 300 names and websites of the local competition. So how do you narrow down which photographer in Northwest Arkansas is right for you? Easy. Just pick me.

Kidding, kidding. There's more to it than that. Assuming you've found a photographer you can afford, who is available, the only three questions that really matter are as follows:

1. Do you love their work?
2. Are they reliable and trustworthy?
3. Do they care about your ideas?

In my opinion, booking a great photographer in Northwest Arkansas means finding one that makes you answer "YES" to all three of these questions. Of course, I might be biased-- I have built my business on being a YES to those questions and with that philosophy, I've enjoyed amazing growth as a business over the years.

I have been a portrait and wedding photographer for over 10 years, specializing in family portraits, wedding photography, senior portrait sessions, and lifestyle photography in Fayetteville and beyond.

Northwest Arkansas Family Portraits

 Wes Ryan offers Wedding Photography and Bridal Portraits for loving couples throughout Northwest Arkansas. With affordable fees, a simple gallery interface, and comprehensive ordering platform, your wedding coverage is handled from start to finish!

Portrait Style

It's always hard to describe my portrait style. I rarely convert my image to black and white, although I do love the look. As I've developed my portrait style over the years, one thing is obvious-- I love colors. It's no coincidence that Red, Green and Blue take dominant roles in my images. These are the colors of my favorite things. The rolling Ozark wood in the heart of Northwest Arkansas, the coastal shores and desert skies that I gazed upon during a road trip across America, and the still-standing bricks of my past, present and future.

For families, I suggest an outdoor location in Northwest Arkansas, such as your favorite park in Fayetteville or a downtown area like Historic Downtown Rogers. I know of many sites in Northwest Arkansas that are available year-round if you are new to the area and unsure of where to have your session. I have both Casual and Premium Portrait Sessions available depending on your needs. For Seniors Portraits in Fayetteville (or Springdale, Rogers and Bentonville), I have a tailor-made package that includes 3 locations, 3 outfits and 3 hours of photography time (includes travel between locations).

Every so often, I'm booked for commercial-use portraits. My rates for commercial-use images (such as for your business, website or marketing materials) are the same price as Casual and Premium Sessions, again, depending on your needs. Most often, my clients are owner/entrepreneurs of area businesses and local talent. I offer both traditional headshot photography with standard white and solid backgrounds, and creative business portraits that incorporate your company's mission and atmosphere.

For more on my rates, visit the portrait investment page.

Professional yet Subtle Retouching

And, I want to be clear about something-- my job is to take great looking photos of you and your family. Yes, I edit the images. I get rid of acne or blemishes, and sometimes I even whiten teeth and tone down wrinkles. Is that fake? I don't think so. If it is, it's no more fake than using a high shutter speed to freeze-frame a running child. After all, we don't see them in perfect sharpness when they run in real life, but we expect a photo to be sharp. It's no more fake than using a bit of makeup or wearing dark colors to appear slimmer. And why the hell not? I want to look my best in my photos, and I imagine my clients do, too. So yea, I will go the extra mile. I offer subtle retouching to help my clients look their best.

You can also fill out my contact form, or e-mail me at

Northwest Arkansas Wedding Photography


My Approach to Wedding Photography

Real talk, photographing a wedding is serious business. I accept a limited number of bookings each year, catering primarily to brides and grooms who expect a little more guidance from the photographer on the wedding day, but prefer more control over the final results, I.E., the wedding photos. They want me to do what I do best, which is create images they'll love, and let them focus on what to do with their wedding photos once they've downloaded them.

What do I mean by this? Well, my clients tend to be creative types that can manage making their own albums, ordering prints from a pro lab, and picking out frames for gifts to family. Don't get me wrong, many clients appreciate photographers who cover every aspect from the engagement session to delivering albums. In this day and age, I feel my clients are those who prefers to handle these things on their own. 

As an added bonus, I'm skipping the stuff that would just end up inflating my rates, for a lot of work that my clients would probably rather do themselves. Win-win, right? This keeps my rates affordable, my services straightforward, and allows me to focus more on making beautiful images that you'll have for generations.

That's why my wedding packages are incredibly simplified. One fee pays for an entire day of coverage for wedding photography in Northwest Arkansas, and my clients can customize their coverage with add-ons to create the perfect package for their needs. Things like engagement sessions, formal portraits on the day of the wedding, and second shooters are all available as additional services for your wedding coverage. If you're having a short n' sweet local ceremony and don't need a lot of frills, my baseline package starts at just $1500 for all-day coverage and 200 high-resolution images.

And time? You get the whole day. There are many reasons that I do not limit coverage . First, because they're entirely too unpredictable. Even the best planned wedding can be delayed by bad weather, a misunderstanding, or schedule mishap. And if you've been in Northwest Arkansas for long, you know the weather here is a bit crazy. Also, because I will never double-book any day for wedding photography services. This allows me to 100% prioritize your needs from the beginning until the end, without interruption. Even if you have a short ceremony and a casual reception and need wedding photography in Eureka Springs, you can rest assured that no delays will force me off the schedule, and I'll be able to arrive ahead of you to cover the bases. If you're planning a 250-guest bonanza in Fayetteville, your wedding photographer has got you covered.

After all is said and done, your gallery is typically available within about 2 weeks. These are images that have been lightly edited for presentation. You'll select your favorites depending on which package you've purchased, and once those selections are fully edited, I make them available to you as high resolution downloads that can be printed anywhere, anytime, as often as you want, as big as you want. That's a lot of freedom. But don't worry-- I'm always happy to offer some guidance if you ever get stuck or have questions.

If you'd like to book wedding photography services, you can e-mail me at or fill out my contact form.

Visit my rates page for weddings in Northwest Arkansas to learn more about prices, put together a package, or reach out for booking. 

Portraits for Work, Home and Play

 Wes Ryan offers Wedding Photography and Bridal Portraits for loving couples throughout Northwest Arkansas. With affordable fees, a simple gallery interface, and comprehensive ordering platform, your wedding coverage is handled from start to finish!

You are:

  • A local business that needs professional images of your physical location for marketing materials, websites and social media networks.

  • A professional that needs head shots or creative portraits for an upcoming event, your "about me" pages, or a publication.

  • A small business with products to sell online. You need images of your products against a clean, well-lit background, delivered quickly.

  • A model that would like to begin, update, or overhaul their professional portfolio.

Most "head shot" sessions take less than an hour, but can go for longer depending on the complexity of your goals and the location you'd like to shoot. Fill out the form below to reach out (these are sent straight to my email Inbox as HIGH PRIORITY), and let's have a conversation about your needs. I'm always happy to tailor a session (and a fee) that best suits your goals.

E-mail me at or visit my contact page to reach me directly. 

Northwest Arkansas Dog Photography


As someone who doesn't have any kids (yet), I proudly show my dog off like he is my actual child. In fact, dog photography is something I started a long time ago, on a whim, just to see what kind of fun photos I would get. I was already a lover of dogs, and photography, so the two seemed to go hand in hand. It quickly budded and blossomed into a passion I've had for years.

My dog photography sessions are fun and easy. I offer dog photography portrait sessions that are formal with regal backdrops, and at an outdoor location. If your dog is the sort that loves to roam around, I've got a powerful lens that can allow me to photograph from afar. Dog photography of this kind takes practice... if you've ever tried to take a portrait of your dog with your phone, you know exactly what I'm talking about! I work with dogs of all shapes, sizes, and personalities and my clients are thrilled with the results. Nothing is better than seeing my dog portraits posted on Facebook as their owners beam with pride.  I offer dog photography sessions in Northwest Arkansas, and for a modest fee, will travel beyond Washington and Benton Counties.

If you're interested in booking a dog photography portrait session, e-mail me today! My rates for dog portraits in Northwest Arkansas are the same as a casual session, and as a special bonus, you can bring the whole family along and make it a family portrait session for NO extra fee! If you need me to travel outside Washington or Benton Counties, it's just a modest fee to cover time and mileage--but I promise your dog portraits will be worth it!