Manitou Springs, CO

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About this pro

How does your service stand out?

I shoot weddings in a documentary/photojournalist style without directing people. The group/posed shots are generally an exception to this. I try to stay in the background as much as possible yet getting to where I need to be from the best perspective. Every photography package includes an online gallery where you and your visitors can view every final image and purchase prints and print products.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

I like photographing weddings because of the unique opportunity to photograph people on that day. The challenge is very rewarding and I love making people happy with the final images. I also like to travel so I love Destination weddings.


Manitou Springs, CO 80829

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2 Reviews
  • Michele F. Jun 10, 2016
    Ryan was the photographer at our wedding. He was on time and very professional. Our pictures were back in the time frame he said I would have them. I would definitely hire him again for our photography needs.
  • Jeannie M. Apr 30, 2016
    My husband and I eloped to Colorado for our wedding. I contacted Ryan a few weeks before and he stayed in contact through the entire process. Ryan is very nice and professional. He met us at Red Rocks on time even though there was a big snowstorm coming in. His photographs are wonderful and we will treasure them forever. I highly recommend Ryan and Brightleaf Photography.


What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
I typically communicate through email or phone and once they decide to hire me I mail out 2 copies of the contract, one for the client and one they fill out and mail back to me along with the retainer, which is the first payment. I also meet clients at coffee shops for this. Typically the second payment is due one week before the wedding and the last payment due 2 weeks after the wedding. Most people pay the full amount before the wedding to get it out of the way, this up to you. We have the wedding day. It can take one week up to 6 weeks for post editing, depending on the length of the wedding. Portraits usually one week. I post the final images to the online gallery and then mail out the DVD, or we can meet.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
Northern Kentucky University Bachelor of Arts Art with emphasis in Photography
Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.
For weddings there is no travel fee to Denver, South Metro Denver, Colorado Springs, or Pueblo. Wedding Packages can be hourly or all day pricing. The base package includes a password protected online gallery where you and your guests can view all final images and purchase prints and print products. The download option allows you to download the images from the gallery to your own computer and includes rights to copy and print. The DVD option includes the online gallery and a DVD with all final images with the rights to copy and print. Location Portrait packages have the same options with the base, download, and the DVD.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I was taking art classes at college and during my first photography class I knew this is what I wanted to do.
What types of customers have you worked with?
I have worked with very young brides to older couples. I have done weddings and elopements with just the bride and groom to weddings with over 200 guests. Families with small children to grandparents. I have worked with people living in other states coming to Colorado to be married.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Not to just hire the cheapest photographer.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
What type of photography are they looking for? I shoot weddings with a documentary/photojournalist style except for the posed group shots. What is their budget? I am on the lower side of the professional price range. But not in the cheap range. Do they want one photographer or two? Assistant? I have always worked alone and do not plan on hiring anyone to assist. Do they have a shot list? This can help the photographer not miss shots you may expect.