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Weddings // Nina + Zach

Nina and Zach's wedding was warm with the love of their nearest and dearest, despite the fall chill in the air. From getting ready in their childhood homes, to wedding day tattoos to a shared first dance with family, its clear these two are so loved and supported by those who matter most. Family and Friends click here to view the full wedding day gallery.

Family // Tom's Fourth Birthday

I've heard the term "old soul" many times in my life, but I've never associated it with anyone I've known personally - that is, until Tom was born. He may have just turned four, but when I think of the way he goes about his life and as I try to write down what makes Tom...Tom, I can't help but feel those descriptors portray an old, wise, caring man. 

The way he takes time with his thoughts and his words.

The way he musters up the courage to go first into the dark, terrifying upstairs hallway at bedtime (that is surely teeming with monsters).

The way he understands sarcastic jokes that no kid his age should be able to get.

The way he fires back with his own bit of sarcasm and a twinkle in his eye.

The way he gracefully says "It's okay Casey, you can go first" after his older brother gets in trouble for cutting in front of him in line.

The way hey knows how to make everyone in the family feel special.

The way he'll wait to have a treat or play a game until the whole family is home, never wanting anyone to feel left out. 

The way he somehow knows when I'm feeling flustered, then from the other side of the house he shouts "DAD, you know WHAT? ..........I love you"


That's our Tom -- the caring, wise, old man...running around with underwear on his head. 

He's four today.

Does The Camera Make A Difference?


It’s early evening as the sun begins to set on another clear, brisk winter day at Yosemite National Park. A car traveling through the park, on its way to the Ahwahnee Hotel suddenly screeches to a halt and the driver springs from his seat. From the trunk of the car he grabs a tripod, his camera, plus a light meter and within minutes captures one of the most revered photographs of the last fifty years. The driver of that car was Ansel Adams and the photograph is “Moon and Half Dome”.  The image of the moon (perfectly exposed, which is no small feat in itself) suspended above the Dome’s two thousand foot cliff is a brilliant example of the vision, timing and technical skill employed by Ansel.

That, or the camera he used must have been especially fancy and expensive.

Ansel-Adams-Moon-Half-Dome"Moon and Half Dome" by Ansel Adams

It may sound silly to distill all of the intricacies of that photograph - that moment - down to technical specifications, but a few years ago a group of nearly three hundred photographers attempted to do just that. They teamed up with university astronomers to pinpoint the exact date, location and time of day required to recreate the light on the cliff and position of the moon in the sky with hopes of duplicating Adams’ masterpiece. The group had superior cameras with more dynamic range, lenses that were sharper and had less distortion, plus more time to get the shot. At the end of the day, however, their photographs paled in comparison to Ansel’s - it wasn’t even close.

Going by the example above, it seems there is more to capturing a beautiful scene than just pointing an expensive camera at it. But does the camera play any part at all, other than to simply record light?

While researching “Moon and Half Dome” I was surprised to read that Ansel’s daily camera kit wasn’t comprised of simply a trusty 8”x10” view camera, a couple of lenses and a pile of film. In fact, the list of gear he carted around in his station wagon would make even the most insatiable gear hoarder blush. When Ansel went out for a day of photography, he typically brought along seven cameras and nineteen lenses. Although he did have that big view camera with him, Ansel recognized that each camera system had its own photographic strengths and used them all. More importantly, he understood that every camera and lens combination could cater differently to his vision for the photograph he was making at the time. He matched the camera to his vision.

A number of years ago, I had the chance to shoot a Hasselblad 500C, which is a square format film camera. Looking down at the enormous waist level viewfinder through that 80mm Zeiss lens was something I had never experienced. It blew my mind and changed the way I have taken photos ever since. If you ever have the opportunity to shoot a Hassy, don’t pass it up (I ended up buying that very camera). Until that time though, I was shooting every day with what I thought was my photographic soul mate - my Canon 1D III. It was the fastest shooting digital camera at the time and that thing fit my hand like a glove. It was made to be worked hard and work it I did - shooting over 50,000 photos with it every year for nearly three years. But that old, clunky Hasselblad film camera and the images it produced hit my creative soul like a freight train. I quickly realized that the $15,000 pile of Canon lenses I had in my kit were all purchased in an attempt to create imagery that the Hasselblad put out without blinking an eye. For the first time, I had matched a camera to my vision. After diving head first into the world of small, medium and large format film photography for four straight years, I have found myself with my own diverse set of cameras and lenses. I moved from one camera that I thought could tackle everything, to a number of cameras, each with their own specific purpose. Today I shoot small and zippy 35mm rangefinders (perfect for fast, candid photography) all the way up to huge 4x5 view cameras with radioactive lenses taken out of old WW2 spy aircrafts (which creates the most three dimensional photographs I have ever seen). It’s a bit of a rag-tag bunch, but I have never produced more beautiful and meaningful imagery that fits my photographic vision than I have with those cameras.


In a world where nearly all photographers are using essentially the same cameras, with identical features and the same lenses (no matter what the brand), I can’t help but think that there are those out there who are inadvertently  missing out on the unique thrill of seeing their vision come to life - I certainly was. Does the camera make a difference? For someone with a clear sense of their photographic vision or for those who are actively trying to figuring that out, I believe it does.

One of the last bits of information I learned about the making of “Moon and Half Dome” was that the great Ansel Adams didn’t capture the image with an 8”x10”. He took that photograph with a clunky, old Hasselblad 500C.




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Welcome Dan and Dylan to the Ryan+Beth Team!

Beth and I are excited to announce that we're adding two fantastic people to our wedding photography team! Dylan and Dan. Both have actually been a big part of Ryan+Beth Photographers for years now and if you've been following our blog for a while, you'll probably recognize their smiling faces. We'll introduce them below! So why have we added two photographers to our little wolf pack? Over the years we've had lots of great couples contact us who would've loved to have had the look and the experience that Beth and I offer, but we were either booked on their date, or we were out of their price range. With Dylan and Dan available as an associate photography duo, it opens up new opportunities for couples to have awesome wedding photography that fits their budget and the date of their choice! Pretty cool.

Meet Dylan


*I had to put in a shot of Dylan and Mel...because they're too dang cute together.

He's been shooting along side Beth and myself for nearly four years. Besides being our right hand man, he's also personally photographed weddings and portraits here in Edmonton, Las Vegas, New Zealand and even Columbia. Are we jealous?? Pshhh...


If you've been to a wedding that Beth and I have photographed in the last few years, you've probably met Dylan, he's helped photograph most of them! I've always been impressed by his portraiture and 'big picture' shots - those beautiful shots that give a sense of place.

Meet Dan


Where to begin? This guy is a creative powerhouse. His work stops me in my tracks. Dan's photojournalistic style of photography really shines through at weddings and allows him to capture photos that otherwise would have been missed.

Dan has been a part of our studio in some way or another since the beginning. He took the photo of Beth and myself that was proudly displayed at the top of our last website for almost 5 years and he's worked with us at a number of weddings. We were SO excited when him and his then-fiance, Lindsay chose us to photograph their engagement session and wedding day (both of which you can check out on this site). Suffice to say, by now Dan is just as comfortable in front of the camera as he is behind it!

So like Beth and myself, Dylan and Dan work as a team. Having two photographers at a wedding is such a huge benefit for the couple that when thinking about bringing on associate photographers, we never had a doubt about it being a two-photographer team.

Providing naturally beautiful, fine-art-style wedding photos is something that Beth and myself have enjoyed doing for years and now being able to offer this to even more couples is pretty exciting to say the least! Wedding and engagement photography by Dylan and Dan ranges from $2400-$4900 and photography by Beth and myself ranges from $4600-$9500. So no matter what your budget is, you can have gorgeous wedding photos that will stand the test of time.

For any engaged couples out there who are looking for beautiful wedding photos taken by two awesome people, shoot us an email and ask about having Dylan and Dan photograph your big day!

Here's a few samples of Dylan and Dan's work:

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