Olivia & Milton

The wedding day for this beautiful couple was filled with love and romance. The full length, ornate mirror, the long windows, the dressing vanity with perfect lighting, and the timeless couch were features of the Bridal suite that made for amazing captures in a relaxed setting as the Bride and Bridesmaids prepared to walk down the aisle. Family and friends filled the chapel for the ceremony and emotions were full as these two exchanged vows, rings and kissed for the first time as husband and wife. Afterwards, everyone gathered at Center Stage for dinner, toast, and to dance the night away in elegance. Center Stage is a treasure with beautiful interior and excellent accommodations giving this wedding day a story book feel. The bubble exit was a perfect send off for the newly weds! Congratulations Olivia & Milton! We loved your day!


Venue - Center Stage https://www.performcenterstage.com/

Catering - Our Place http://www.myourplacecafe.com/

Hair and make-up - Faith Patterson-Johns, https://www.facebook.com/Faithpattersonhairstylist/
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Spring Haven Styled Shoot

The historical Spring Haven can be the venue for the wedding of your dreams. This styled shoot gives you a hint of how exquisite your day can be. Check out our blog for more about the venue and vendors.

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Product Advertising with AlleyPong

I was so excited recently to have the opportunity to create imaging and product advertising for AlleyPong. AlleyPong is a great version of Ping Pong with a twist! This fast paced fun game requires skill, coordination and the unexpected trajectory of the angles if you don’t clear the wooden blocks! This game is engaging and keeps you thinking one step ahead of yourself. The unique design and beauty of these wooden tables introduce a high quality and versatile piece of furniture into the room.

AlleyPong is delivered in a durable case with sturdy handles and closures. The table is compact and easy to assemble.

The design is organized and easy to store .

The design is organized and easy to store .

The beautiful design of this piece is a welcome addition in any space.

The beautiful design of this piece is a welcome addition in any space.

Want a custom design? Contact AlleyPong today.

Want a custom design? Contact AlleyPong today.

Thanks for checking out this blog. If you need product photography, social media advertising, or blog updates for your product lines, please contact us to learn more about how we can help you grow your business. Learn more about AlleyPong by visiting their website https://alleypong.com/

Wedding Day Photography Checklist

Hi, I’m super excited about today’s blog and sharing with everyone how useful it is to prepare a Wedding Day Photography Checklist. Being a creative type, I love brainstorming ideas and that is a must before the wedding. Think of the checklist as more of a guideline and not a rigid list. There will be lots more pictures during the day, but the checklist allows the couple to add ‘must have’ images and becomes a great way to talk about and plan for the best time of day and way to get those images.

One of the greatest advantages for me is the ability to create a plan for Family Portraits. Whether there is a First Look before the wedding followed by Formal Portraits for the families or Formal Portraits immediately following the ceremony, this preparation helps to keep this portion within a 30-45 minute window, depending on how many combinations are requested. (In some rare cases, this may extend to 60 minutes.)

  1. Always be very specific about each combination.

  2. Ask details, then arrange photos to be taken so it’s easy to ask a person to step in or out of the frame.

  3. Set and test off camera lighting before beginning. I encourage off camera lighting as it eliminates shadows especially with large groups of people.

  4. It’s okay to ask one of the Bridal party or a family member to call out the next group on the list. Sometimes it’s the best approach since they know the family members.

    As for the other images on the Checklist, having a guideline helps remind you of the images you need.

Have fun and enjoy!

Wedding day checklist
Wedding day checklist

Kayla and Matthew

January 2019 had some beautiful weather for a wedding! Even though the day started with gray skies and rain, the sun came out and the blue skies appeared for pictures after the ceremony.

The couple chose to gather with family and a couple of close friends to say ‘I do’ at a beautiful church complete with lots of natural light, stain glass and the most gorgeous pipe organ for the ceremony music.

We were thrilled to be a part of their day. These two beautiful people smiled constantly. Here is a portion of the story from their day. Congratulations Kayla and Matthew!


Anastasia and Jeremiah

A view of a wedding day is a story that unfolds gradually, steadily and differently for each couple. That's the beauty....individuality. No matter the common thread, the day is always unique and a beautiful reflection of the two becoming one. 

This story unfolds at the Silo. The farm house where the Bridal party gathered in preparation is stylish and comfortable while still maintaining the charm of a country style home. The Bride and Groom repeated vows and exchanged rings in an outdoor ceremony followed by dinner and dancing in an elegant in door area. The couple took a moment to enjoy a beautiful sunset before rejoining their guest for more dancing. 

Congratulations Anastasia and Jeremiah! Happy Anniversary!

Rebecca and Phil

There's nothing more beautiful than two people in love. Meet Phil and Rebecca! There is something about the way they look at each other or maybe it's the way they can never stop smiling. Anyway, if you're a hopeless romantic like me, this blog's for you! Their wedding day was simply magical. Even when a few raindrops fell it didn't put a damper on anything and guess what? After the rain shower, there was a beautiful rainbow! These two chose The Lighthouse, in Hendersonville as their wedding venue and said their vows by Old Hickory Lake. Afterwards, family and friends enjoyed a meal on the upper level. As the evening continued, everyone applauded as the wedding party made their grand entrance for the reception. Phil and Rebecca beautifully choreographed their first dance as husband and wife. The dance floor stayed full for the rest of the evening. There was cake. There was a bouquet toss. There was a garter toss. There was a sparkler exit. But most of all there was joy, laughter, and love. Happy First Anniversary, Rebecca and Phil

Lost River Cave

There is a romantic eeriness about caves. Yes, something strange and frightening about going down into the earth surrounded by rock walls into natural halls that have been carved out over centuries by underground rivers. Formations of stalactites and stalagmites decorating the neutral interior create a natural Feng Shui as the path winds through this cavity in the earth. Yet, there exists a quiet, peacefulness that allows a place of refuge for awhile.

Kari and Nick chose Lost River Cave for their ceremony and reception. White chairs on the banks of the river, created an aisle for Kari's entrance. The wooded area provided a natural cathedral for this real life fairy tale.  After portraits, the couple made their grand entrance into the historic Cavern Nite Club, located in one of the largest cave entrance areas in the United States. The up-lighting on the cave walls added charm and elegance. When Nick took Kari into his arms for the first dance, there was magic in the air. It was obvious they were meant only for each other forever. After dinner and visiting with guests the couple moved to the cake table and put on bibs! There were lots of giggles and laughter as these two weren't afraid to get a little messy with the traditional 'feeding of the cake.' Then there was dancing! Congratulations Kari and Nick!!! 

Jennifer and Mike

Nashville is a great place for a destination wedding. If your guest, friends, and family are traveling from different locations anyway, why not invite them to a celebration in the heart of Music City? The options are endless for venues and vendors offering everything from outdoor barn weddings - some of which offer cozy Bed and Breakfast accomodations for out of towners, historical homes, Botanical Gardens, Country Clubs to beautiful Hotel weddings (Opryland Resort) or Chapel and Cathedral weddings. Travel arrangements are easy with Nashville International Airport available. The area has some of the best Caterers and Wedding Cake designers in the region. If you like good food, you're going to love Nashville where you can treat your guest to a sit down meal with everything from carved roast beef, filet mignon to a buffet with waffles and hot chicken. 

Jennifer and Mike did just that, a destination wedding! So much fun and such a beautiful day! They chose the Cathedral of the Incarnation for their ceremony. Their family and friends filled the pews as Mike saw his bride walking down the aisle, radiant and beautiful holding onto the arms of her Mother and Dad. There were so many beautiful moments as the priest who officiated spoke to the couple and the congregation. After the release of doves, the couple and the wedding party left in a party bus for Riverfront park to have a few pictures of the heart of the city for their collection. One of their guests actually traveled hundreds of miles by boat, so of course that picture was a highlight. Terian Farms was the perfect choice for the reception. The grounds offer a nostalgic indoor barn perfect regardless of weather conditions. We also loved the horses and beautiful country scenery. Their evening was full of good food, smiles and laughter and dancing. Well-wishers lined the side walk with sparklers as these two made their exit for the evening. Congratulations Jennifer and Mike! 

Happy Father's Day!!!

As a wedding photographer, I wanted to share some of the amazing Father - Daughter moments I've had the privilege of witnessing. This in no way measures all of the emotions but in some way does show how cherished and important the bonds can be between a Father and child; the letting go and the gaining of new family that follows. 

I am forever envious of the bride whose Father tears up as he sees his daughter as a bride or holds her up as she walks toward one of the biggest decisions in her life or laughs and dances with her in celebration at the reception. I dreamed about those moments but was one of those brides that reality struck and did not have the luxury of sharing that day with my Dad. My heart is forever moved to experience these moments through the camera lens knowing if it had been possible, my Dad would have done the same. 

"Fathers, be good to your daughters
Daughters will love like you do
Girls become lovers who turn into mothers
So mothers be good to your daughters too"  - John Mayer 'Daughters'

Happy Father's Day!!!   

(Blog by Carolyn)

Sonia and Joseph

It's all about love, family, and happily ever after. The details Sonia chose were exquisite. It's always an incredible privilege to be invited to be a part of someone's wedding day from beginning to end. The excitement of preparing for the day, the planning that leads up to the day, the nervous expectation of everything running smoothly and yet the calmness of knowing your love waits for you. 

Saint Catherine's was filled with guests as Sonia walked down the aisle with her Dad. The moments to follow were a witness to a life beginning together, two souls joining from this day forward. 

The Reception was an incredible celebration of a day well planned. Congratulations Sonia and Joseph!

Carol and Jim

The first words of the lyrics to Etta James' immortal hit 'At Last'..."At last my love has come along
My lonely days are over and life is like a song..." pretty much sums up Carol and Jim's beautiful wedding day at The Legends Golf Club.  Even though rain threatened, Legends offered a beautiful covered outdoor area for their ceremony. Carol and Jim chose Nashville for their destination wedding and Carol designed beautiful details for her day including boots filled with flowers to line the aisle. The food and reception area was perfection along with the outdoor patio games like Jenga, Four in a Row, Tic Tac Toe and more. Later, after the meal, cake, and lots of dancing the couple had Krispy Creme Donuts delivered hot! How do you top that? You have a sparkler send off with a vintage red mustang waiting to drive you away!!! Congratulations Carol and Jim!!!!

Rebecca and Hunter

Rebecca and Hunter choose Baskin Wedding Chapel at Brentwood Baptist for their ceremony. The moments leading up to the wedding were full of friends and smiles. Some of my favorite emotions were: 1) the first moment her Dad saw her, his little girl, now a bride, 2) When she and Hunter exchanged gifts and held hands around a door without seeing each other, 3) And my absolute favorite, when Hunter saw her walking down the aisle towards him.

The sanctuary was beautiful and I loved the piano prelude. The wedding party stood beside these two as they said 'I do', creating a beautiful memory full of support and love. The sun streamed through the windows as the ceremony ended and these two walked down the aisle together.

They chose Old Natchez for their reception. There's nothing like a jump for joy on the green overlooking a the beautiful range. The bubble exit  and a sunset portrait completed the day. These two were full of joy and blessed with family and friends as they celebrated. Congratulations Rebecca and Hunter! (Happy Anniversary!)

Samantha and Corey

Okay, I'm a little behind on blogging (like a year and 3 months!!) but seriously this was an amazing day and deserves a highlight. Samantha and Corey's wedding day was beautiful! They chose Opryland Hotel for their venue. The Bridal suite overlooked the conservatory from the top floor and offered tons of ambiance and natural light. The day was full of smiles as Samantha and her Dad walked through the garden to the Gazebo. Corey and Samantha exchanged vows with family and friends in attendance. After formal portraits, Corey and Samantha enjoyed romantic moments by the waterfalls for a few images before their Grand Entrance into the Magnolia Ballroom. Check out their wedding day. Congratulations Samantha and Corey.

Allison's Senior Portrait Session

Meet Allison. She is a beautiful young lady and we were so excited to get to work with her on her Senior Portraits. Allison is highly involved at her school, and has shared Field Commander duties for her school band this past year. The shoot was done at a local farm, and Allison especially wanted to incorporate her family's two horses. That turned out to be quite an interesting experience and we were delighted with the results. The evening sun was just perfect for this shoot and, as you can see below, the results were stunning. We would like to thank Allison and her mom for letting us be a part of this special event and we'd like to wish her all the success in the future.

Ryan Photography is one of Nashville's premiere providers of fine portraiture and event photography. Being owned and run by the husband-wife team, we are the only family-run wedding vendor who is capable of top-tier Photography, DJ, Lighting and Photo Booth service, using our own team of highly-qualified team members (no sub-contractors necessary). Your event deserves nothing less than the best and our clients are the most discerning in the Middle Tennessee area. We would love to speak with you about your event. For a no-obligation, in-person meeting, please call us today at 615-390-2784.

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Jessica and Chris' wedding - Jon Haven Farms, Lascassas

You couldn't have asked for a more perfect day or a more perfect event for this beautiful couple. Jessica and Chris chose Jon Haven Farms for their fall wedding and we're so thankful they allowed us to provide Photography and Photo Booth service for them.

Jon Haven Farms is located in a very rural setting, with a gorgeous open area, back behind the event hall. The ceremony has held outdoors, complete with deep blue skies and white clouds. After exchanging vows, the couple and their guests moved inside for dinner and reception. We want to wish the happy couple all the best in their future together.

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Maureen and Justin, Cathedral of the Incarnation and The Hutton Hotel - Nashville TN

Maureen and Justin are one of the most perfect couples, you could ever hope to meet. She is so sparkly and full of life and Justin is is her rock of quiet strength. Their wedding day began at perhaps the most beautiful place in Nashville to get married; The Cathedral of the Incarnation.

Their ceremony was a full-length mass, complete with multiple speakers and readings given by both the Priest and the families. The lighting was absolute perfection, as you can tell by the photos below. After the ceremony was over, the couple did a butterfly release on the front steps of the church. Afterwards, they were whisked away by a horse-drawn carriage, over to the Hutton Hotel for their reception.

The reception was gorgeous, complete with amber uplighting and a gorgeous lighted monogram. In the foyer area we also provided a Photo Booth, which was a hit with the guests. DJ Ed was the resident mixologist for this event, and he never fails to impress. We would like to thank Maureen and Justin for allowing us to provide photography, DJ/MC, Lighting and Photo Booth service for their wedding. We wish the happy couple all the very best.


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Ryan Photography, DJ & Lighting
Nashville Wedding Photographers


Stephanie and Brad's wedding - Private residence, Bowling Green, KY

We recently had the pleasure of working with this delightful couple, Stephanie and Brad, for their "out in the country" wedding, just outside of Bowling Green KY. The location was a really cool location. An actual, working tobacco barn, complete with a corn field that surrounds it.

The day was quite stormy, which yielded some spectacular wide area shots. Just as the ceremony was about to begin, a huge rain storm set in. As they finished the ceremony, the rain abated, leaving a beautiful rainbow for everyone to enjoy.

We provided both photography and DJ for this event and DJ Rob worked his magic to create the perfect ambiance for this event. We would like to wish the happy couple all the best in their future together. Thank you for allowing us to be a small part.



Ryan Photography, DJ & Lighting
Nashville Wedding photographers


Sheri and Scott's wedding at The Lighthouse, Hendersonville TN

This was such a fun wedding, with two of the most beautiful people you can ever hope to meet. The weather was absolute perfection for their outdoor wedding, lakeside. After exchanging vows, the couple and their guests moved upstairs for a delicious dinner which was prepared by the venue's expert staff. After dinner, everyone moved downstairs for the reception, where DJ Russ kept the dance floor full. The couple had a special "moonshine tasting" which was a huge hit.

One thing to be aware of though. There is a huge lake monster in Old Hickory and he (she?) decided to make an appearance during our portrait session. Beware the lake monster! (wink wink)