So who am I?
My name is Ryan, I was born in Auckland and now live in Canterbury with my wife, Julia, and our 3 awesome children, Kaio (11 years), Luca (5 years) and Nina (3 years).
Julia and I have now been married for 14 years and travelled the world together, we have lived in Auckland & Darfield in New Zealand; Melbourne, Brisbane & the Gold Coast in Australia; plus Florianopolis & Sao Paulo in Brazil before returning to New Zealand.
The "me" in "media"
I have always been drawn to the media industry, both behind the camera as well as in front of the camera but it wasn't until we lived in Brazil that I took the plunge into doing it for a living.
At first, it was intimidating and everyday I had to overcome my own confidence issues until other professional photographers who had been in the industry much longer than I started asking me for advice! From that point on things became different and I have never looked back - well except to tell my story!
I also provide workshops for other professional photographers that include things like using flash and alternative lighting, post-processing and marketing.
Where do I provide services?
Even though I'm based in Canterbury, I provide services all over New Zealand, Australia and Brazil.
I can work in Australia under the special visa class for Kiwis and as my wife is from Brazil I already have my residence visa there meaning I can travel and work in Brazil also - by the way, I also speak "Portuguese do Brasil" so I don't need babysitting while there!
A funny thing, how I got started in weddings...
It was about 8 years ago now when I decided to move from architectural and corporate work and took my first private "engagement party", I had an idea of what to expect as I had already been shooting events (like corporate launches and company Christmas parties) for some time but this was different, it was personal and special in that sense.
I spent longer than normal preparing for the night, it was a special event, but when I arrived it was clearly not what I had expected, there was an alter... and a wedding cake! I spoke to the guy who hired me, who magically transformed from being a "fiancee" to the "groom"!? He said they decided to cancel the engagement party and to get married instead. I had never shot a wedding before - I hadn't even been to 1 since my own, I felt well out of my depth, I told the guy I had never shot a wedding before and I wasn't prepared to shoot a wedding, he apologised and begged me to stay so I did.
After that first wedding, I was recommended to others and guests of the wedding also hired me to document their special events, from that point I have grown and produce beautiful wedding photographs that couples cherish.