“we couldn’t be more proud of the collection of memories ryan has magnificently captured for us. from the first meeting, ryan’s cool, calm and collected demeanor set him a part. ryan has an amazing gift to make his clients feel totally at ease as he quietly works his magic. we were countlessly surprised by how an everyday landscape could transform into such unique, emotionally connected photos. but most importantly, we were impressed by his “do anything” willingness – something we didn’t find with many of the other photographers in town. we would personally recommend ryan to anyone – and you can ask him – but I think we hold the recordfor keeping him on his feet the longest. if you’re willing to put your trust in one person on your wedding day, ryan will deliver.”
- kim luebke | dearborn, michigan
“my experience with ryan was amazing.
as a bride, there are so many details to plan, organize, micromanage… ryan alleviated all my concerns as soon we met. a simple meeting to meet and discuss my vision of our day and i was set at ease. ryan and his team did a fabulous job capturing the beauty and emotions of all the pre-wedding functions, wedding and reception. he even took the extra effort to scout our wedding location beforehand to determine the best locations for our photos. ryan’s dedication to detail & expertise showed all of this in our photos. we will be able to relive our entire wedding day for years to come!
i would highly recommend ryan to anyone!”
- dayna franklin | oxford, michigan
“ryan was exceptional from start to finish! he is professional, creative, and one of the most passionate photographers i have met, and it shows in the quality of his work – the poses, angles, editing, and quality were all wonderful.. looking at the photos for the first time all my husband and i could think about was how ryan was able to capture the happiness and joy that we felt on our wedding day. ryan is not only a great photographer but he is a really awesome guy and genuinely cares about the couple he is working for. i say this because, with deciding to have a short engagement we only had about three months to plan our wedding and let me tell you.. ryan made everything so easy and stress free for us. even with me calling him having a mini nervous breakdown he was nothing but understanding, calm, and had a reassuring “how can i help/make it better” attitude. seriously, we could not be happier. your search ends here for a photographer!!!”
- brittany holguin | oxford, michigan
“there are truly not enough wonderful things to say about ryan, both as a professional and as a person. he is extraordinarily talented with a magnificent eye for architectural detail, and for the well of human emotions (and facial expressions!) that are an inherently beautiful part of weddings. his creativity, passion and expertise are evident in each and every one of the photos he took for us during our engagement shoot and wedding. what’s more, unlike some vendors, he took the time to listen patiently and attentively to our vision for both shoots so that he could bring that vision to life. it was a pleasure to spend time in ryan’s company and have him be a part of our wedding. we really could not have asked for more in a photographer. although we don’t plan on getting married again … ever, we do look forward to working with ryan again whenever possible. we enthusiastically and without any reservation would recommend him to any bride (and bridegroom) far and wide!”
- the mitchells | detroit, michigan
“working with ryan was more than a pleasure! his ideas and directions were both warm and comforting. i’d recommend Ryan for any moment you want captured. with a creative eye like his, behind lenses so sharp, you’re sure to preserve every memorable moment in a beautiful still portrait.”
- emma henson | los angeles, california
“ryan captured our big day so beautifully i can’t stop looking at the pictures. they are professional, creative, inspiring, gorgeous shots that depicted everything from the smallest detail to the biggest moments. our first kiss is like a flip book that brings me back to that moment so completely and always makes me smile. i feel so lucky that i was able to have him as my photographer and still believe it was the 2nd best wedding-related decision i made (beat out only slightly by my choice in groom!). with ryan as your photography you are guaranteed a worry-free day and amazing pictures.”
- liz anderson | petoskey, michigan
“ryan southen photography is simply wonderful. the flow of a wedding is unpredictable and it’s hard to determine what unforgettable moments will occur. but every time those moments occurred, ryan was there. as we look through our wedding portraits our hearts ignite with the love we felt that day. we are forever grateful to you and your team. thank you.”
- molly + tom weaver | mayville, michigan
“during the long search for a wedding photographer, every photographer started looking the same and we knew we couldn’t have a traditional photographer to capture our nontraditional wedding. our wedding was going to be modern, interesting, different, and epic. naturally, we needed a photographer to match our style, and well ryan is just that. we loved that he was young, dedicated to his work, and committed to us. he did a great job adapting to the environment and instinctively was able to capture who and what was important to us. the pictures are simply breathtaking and I think they attest to ryan’s artistic talents.”
- fatima foflonker | detroit, michigan
“ryan is a photographer that cares deeply about his clients. it is obvious from the first time you meet him that ryan is determined to tell the unique story of each couple that he works with. we appreciated ryan’s ability to be flexible and to overproduce on everything that he promised us. our pictures tell the story of our day and convey the emotion of our experience. we are extremely happy with ryan’s work and have already recommended him to our friends!”
- lisa anga | birmingham, michigan
“ryan is hands down one of the best photographers I have ever seen. not only is he professional and flexible, he produces absolutely breathtaking photographs. my husband and I could not be happier with our engagement and wedding pictures! I cried when I saw them. he is a wonderful person in general and I cannot wait for him to shoot sessions for us in the years to come.”
- katelyn sands | rochester, michigan
“from the moment we viewed his website, we knew we wanted ryan to photograph our july wedding last year (2009). his photographs transcend those of traditional wedding photos and function as works of art in their own right. it is his creativity and quite obvious natural talent for finding subtle moments that set his work apart from that of others. furthermore, ryan was flexible and willing to take our wishes into consideration. in fact, he welcomed all our suggestions throughout the entire process. we definitely recommend ryan southen photography to all our friends and family!”
- julie rains | rochester, michigan
“my husband had been following ryan’s art photography for years, so when we got engaged we knew we wanted ryan to shoot our wedding. he had exactly the artistic vision we were looking for and we couldn’t have been more excited to work with him. not only is ryan incredibly talented, but he is patient, accommodating and a joy to have around you on your wedding day. he is able to capture moments on your special day that will take your breath away and leave you speechless. we would definitely recommend ryan to anyone who wants their wedding day documented in not only beautiful photos, but by a true artist.”
- amanda + josh goldstein | plymouth, michigan
“ryan was an excellent photographer. he made every effort to understand what we were looking for and was very well prepared for the wedding day. we gave him little direction, except that we wanted less formal and more photojournalistic style shots, and he came through with fantastic results. not only is he a talented photographer, as you can see from his portfolio, but he is also a great person to work with. i would highly recommend him to anyone looking for more than just your average photographer.”
- ted whitehead | ann arbor, michigan
“we were truly excited to have ryan as our wedding photographer after being very impressed with his portfolio at our initial meeting. ryan was very professional and well prepared, having researched each shooting location prior to the wedding. we were drawn to his talent because of his photo journalistic approach and attention to detail. despite the rain and clouds, ryan was able to tell our story and capture countless beautiful, and sacred moments that will last a lifetime. we absolutely love our photo’s and are continuously asked who shot our wedding. we have highly recommended ryan to many people and continue to sing his praises!”
- caitlin + steve card | grosse pointe, michigan
“ryan was the only vendor that we did not have to worry about before our wedding and especially during our wedding. his personality and portfolio made it very easy for us to decide on a photographer. ryan’s portfolio blew us away. he specializes in architectural and structural shots, and even though our place of reception didn’t have much to work with, his shots, angles, and creativity are breathtaking. best of all is how he treated our wedding not as his job but as something he was a part of. ryan was not bound to any hours or any schedule; he attended our entire wedding as if he was family without curfew. our wedding consisted of two days, and over these two days he was with us for over 25 hours!”
- nabeel shadid | ann arbor, michigan
“to say we were pleased would be an understatement. ryan was recommended to us by a family friend and once we saw his website, we were hooked! not only does ryan have enormous talent, but he was completely professional and very easy to work with. we’re thrilled with our pictures and couldn’t be happier with the results. a friend who also recently got marries saw some of our pictures and told us how she wished she could have had a photographer like ryan. so, fo any important events, i would absolutely 100 percent recommend ryan southen – just look at his portfolio!
a very happy bride”
kristen redd | rochester hills, michigan
“hiring ryan southen to shoot our wedding was on of the best decisions we made in planning our wedding. we were impressed that ryan took the time to scout sites for our engagement session, and that he spent the day before planning the shoot and looking over our ceremony and reception venues. he was very personable and professional, which really put us at ease. despite a number of problems with other vendors, ryan southen made everything look great! a perfect ’10′ for our wonderful 10/10/10!
a heartfelt thanks!
-joseph and nancy hoffman | leesburg, virginia
“these are amazing (photos) and i’m not just saying that because i’m the mom! you do an excellent job and the only thing i regret is that we didnt have more time to do more photos! thank you for creating a lifetime of memories for us.”
- sue tesch