Alyssa Ryan Photography: Blog en-us (C) Alyssa Ryan Photography (Alyssa Ryan Photography) Mon, 26 Jun 2017 17:06:00 GMT Mon, 26 Jun 2017 17:06:00 GMT Alyssa Ryan Photography: Blog 120 80 Free Download - Just Be Genuine Happy Monday!

I've got a new, simple download for you today. This goes hand in hand with my latest on my Instagram. I felt the need to talk about being genuine and what that means to me. I find I am constantly trying to become more genuine in my life and really give authentic input. Not just in my Instagram or Facebook interactions (although I find that really important but also giving more than just an empty comment) but in my REAL daily life, my work, and my relationships!

You can click the photo below to see my full post about being genuine.

Anyway, just going to keep this short and sweet today since I'm still only half awake! I hope you like this quote download. I know I wanted to keep this one simple and...well, genuine. I think it gets the point across pretty well :)

Click the image below then when on the new page, you click the button with the arrow pointing down that's at the top of the image.

I'd love to see how you use it if you do! Feel free to tag me @alyssaryanphotography on Instagram or Facebook!


As always, would love your feedback in the comments below!

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Free Flatlay anyone? Hiyeeee!

Hope everyone is well! I have a new one for you kittens! This is my gold flatlay I created that I'm kiiiiinda obsessed with! It was a lot of fun to make while honing my detail and flatlay skills. I also may have become covered in cat fur in the process of this since Ruby wouldn't leave me alone to work. lol.

I'll admit I'm slowly learning the craft of photographing pretty products (if you will) and trying to get better and better. It's only going to help me and give my brides amazing detail shots right? Right.

For everyone wondering, the adorable cactus cookie is from Růže Cake House, the gold glitter and jar is from Target's dollar section (even thought it was actually $3 but whatevs). And the Gold foil stamped stationery is from Wedding Paper Divas.

So I'll just keep this short and sweet, the free download is below and you can use it as you please!

Just click the image and then hover your cursor over that image until you see "menu" pop up in the top left corner. Hover over that menu and you will see the download option!

I'd love to see you post it if you do! Feel free to tag me @alyssaryanphotography on Instagram!

As always, would love your feedback in the comments below!


It's almost Friday, hang in there!

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Sugar Pine Design - Emily - Arizona Graphic Designer It was 107 degrees today in Arizona and it's not even "officially" summer yet!

We all know seasons don't really apply here, so when my friend Emily wanted updated head shots for her new website, I was thrilled we got to do them in her house! She and her husband remodeled recently and it provided the most perfect background for her photos making them even more personal. Win Win!

Emily is the owner of Sugar Pine Design - a graphic design business that serves companies of all sizes, as well as individuals! She is an AMAZING graphic designer with a beautiful sense of taste and style. She also graduated from ASU with her Bachelor's degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, with concentrations in Design Studies and Business, she absolutely knows her way around design!! Fun fact: she is very prominent in the equestrian world and competes regularly!


If you are looking to re-brand or need a logo, this is who you want to contact! She is insanely talented and provides design services of all kinds AND she can rock some serious sequin pants! (I know, not fair).

You'd be missing out if you didn't give her website and social media a look. Feel free to contact her!





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Download me right meow! Oh, hello there! Yes, I'm blogging again (finally right?)

Well, if you follow me on Instagram you'll know that a couple days ago I posted about wanting to make some digital freebies for you guys!

It's in the caption on this post below if you're interested:

I've ACTUALLY been working on it in the little free time that I have between my regular job and photo sessions and I'm happy to say that I made one I would want other people to see LOL!

It may or may not be super cat related...'s REALLY cat related.

It's also super easy to download and you can use however you want!

Just click the image below and then hover your cursor over that image until you see "menu" pop up in the top left corner.

Hover over that menu and you will see the download option!

Told you it was easy.

I'd love to see post it if you do! Feel free to tag @alyssaryanphotography on Instagram!

Also let me know in the comments below if you like this and would want to see some more freebies!

Now go download it right meow!

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Copper + Rose Wedding Inspiration Photo Shoot


It has been a photographic goal of mine since the beginning of 2017 to create my own styled shoot. How hard could that be? Hahahahaha! Mad props to you amazing coordinators and planners! I didn't underestimate the amount of planning I needed to do - I knew there would be a lot! Maybe I just wasn't as prepared as I thought I was because this was my first one and didn't know what to expect? But I honestly loved it! It was a bit tough managing everything on top of my full-time desk job but I felt so productive and happy to get working towards this.

The idea behind my Copper + Rose creative shoot was to create something that would always be mine and something to learn from artistically. I had contacted some local AZ vendors plus one in Seattle and just explained everything I was wanted to do. I told them how I am looking to learn from myself and create content for everyone involved to use as they pleased. I was thrilled to receive so many "yes!" replies!

I feel that Blush and Pink hues are here to stay in the wedding industry and will never go out of style. Especially in Spring. However, I knew I wanted to use another accent hue and texture that wasn't Gold. Copper came to me after seeing these terrariums from a TJ Maxx! They were so perfect in their design and what I was envisioning and I just took that inspiration from it and ran with it (I bought them first though). One of my favorite copper details are the concrete potted cactus plants from Crooked Cactus. They are so full of texture and weight and are just so cute! I feel they really brought the tablescape together.

Funny story, the cake you see here took a dive into the dirt! Like, majorly! It was such a windy day and it being a cake made of Styrofoam, it literally picked up with the wind and fell off the table! Luckily, Alissa from Serendipity Sweets was still there and jumped in to help fix it! She literally whipped out her palette knife from her back pocket and started reconstructing the icing on the spot. Melissa from Moelleux Events had extra blooms with her and the two of them, never meeting each other before, worked together seamlessly! They made it look new in NO time! I love my friendors and this awesome AZ creative community.

My bride and groom couple are a real life couple happily married and with two beautiful kids. They both had a great time re-living a wedding experience like this as they usually take Anniversary photos every year for themselves. I love how this dark haired couple gives such an earthy and grounded love in the desert surrounding. (P.S how gorgeous is Alex?! Harley really brought out her beautiful features!)

The pink chair and white french dresser both came from my family and provided the perfect setting for the details. The Farm table and chairs from The Confetti Studio also helped pull together the warmth of the desert and showcase the beautiful hammered copper chargers. Those macarons from Decadent Macaron are to DIE for and taste SO good. Drooling just thinking about them.

I am so happy and proud to say that "I FINALLY DID IT!" and I am so excited to finally share these images with you.

 It's such an awesome feeling seeing my ideas and visions brought to life. I could NOT have done it without everyone involved in this shoot. Like, no way in heck! My heart is so full and I can't imagine a better community of creatives to work with. If anyone is looking for local AZ vendors (plus one in Seattle!) PLEASE contact these wonderful people listed below, you will not be disappointed!

I am so grateful for their time and expertise that they so happily contributed to and trusted my idea during the process. I learned so much in this process and definitely can’t wait to put together my next one!

I hope you enjoy these images as much as I did dreaming, planning and executing it!

Dress - Brilliant Bridal

Cake - Alissa - Serendipity Sweets

Flowers - Melissa - Moelleux events

Table/Place settings, Farm table/chairs - Tara - The Confetti Studio

Bouquet Ribbon - Lori - Custom Paper

Hair + Makeup - Harley - Harley Ann Artistry

Concrete Potted Cactus Plants - Jessica - Crooked Cactus

etsy shop - CrookedCactus

Macarons - Stephanie - Decadent Macaron


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Alex + Peter Rooftop When you have the most awesome friends who will model for you cause you got hold of an extra bouquet! Thank you The Wildflower AZ


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IKEA Engagement IIIIIIIt's Wednesday! (yes I say it like WED-NES-DAY in my head to make sure I spell it correctly) and I'm blogging cause I was able to get off work early today!

I finally have some time to show you more of my IKEA couple, Dan + Christina! These two are so meant for each other and it's so obvious!

They have been married since December now but I'm still so grateful that I was able to photograph their engagement and wedding.

Including your favorite place or store will ensure that your photos and emotions are as true and unique as the two of you are


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Anna and Cameron waiting for Finnley Hello again. It's me! Duh! Miss me? I missed you.

So I'm making it up to you by showing you the CUTEST maternity session full of real smiles and real love.

Anna and Cameron will be welcoming baby Finnley very soon actually!

She's due October 4th and I will also be there to document that amazing time in these two's lives!

I cannot wait and I know these two are anxiously awaiting his arrival..!




I will never get over Arizona's incredible light in the desert


Flower crown:

White Lace Dress:



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Salt + Summer You know when you meet someone for the first time and you just know they are supposed to be in your life?

Terricia was one of those people for me.

From the moment I met Terricia, I knew I wanted to photograph her. I just didn't know how yet. But I knew that with her dark hair and olive skin, red was her color.  She comes from a dance background including, hip-hop, jazz, classical and the hula! She also likes to think of the little scar on her chest as a reminder of her incredible strength from overcoming past medical issues. We are also both of Guamanian decent (from the island of Guam, think pacific islander) and I wanted to show off all of these amazing qualities with some bold color and beautiful portraits for this proud woman!

I had some ideas floating around in my head and together we decided on a location with water and something that showed off a different side of the scorching Arizona desert, the Salt River. Lucky for me, Terricia was super excited about getting in the water fully dressed too! I wanted something simple and kinda sexy and she wanted something offbeat but classic...Bring on the challenge!

With red being such a powerful color I just went for it. Red lip, red dress, red blooms. We also added some gold accents because really...who doesn't like a little gold sparkle...? Thanks to Nicole and Selena at The Wildflower AZ, they knew exactly what this shoot needed for florals. Those women are amazing...If you need florals for anything in Arizona, contact them! The crown of reds, dark pinks and burgundy pulled everything together for me and I about burst when I finally saw it in person.

Terricia did her hair and makeup herself and she had purchased the red dress to wear to a wedding originally but ended up not because it needed some adjustments first. She claimed it was too long, and I said, "wanna wear it in the water for your photos?". Her eyes lit up and that was that.

When I work with my models or brides I want them to be my friends first. I treat them like we've grown up together and I know that helps build trust and a solid relationship whether friends or business related. Without that, I would not have been able to get genuine smiles or emotions, or even the ability to get her into the cold water, feel amazing about it and show it.

I wanted to give her something she could be proud of.

She is such a real, true person and deserves to have real photos that show her how beautiful she is inside and out.

I went into this thinking bridal inspiration but came out with so much more than that.

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Ashley + Laura AND Cheney + Marissa WOWWW!

Its been a while since I posted huh?! least I've been busy photographing!? :D

I'll tell you now, this is a lengthy post! But it's mainly photos so keep reading (lol) I promise it's worth it.

I've had sooo many sessions and a gorgeous wedding over the past couple months and I could not be more happy about that!

I also can't wait to show you all of those photos so you can expect more posts in the future! Like...a lot more


For now though....Ohh man I hope you're ready....!

I've got 2 for you, Engagement AND Bridal! Woo Hoo! (see this makes up for it right?)

These engagement photos are from my first styled shoot ever! It was a really fun experience and I can't wait to do it again!

I can't tell you how amazing it was to be surrounded by two beautiful couples in love

and photographing along side many other amazing photographers.

It was great to be able to learn and talk to other creatives in the industry and really just to get to know more AZ photographers.

Not to mention the incredible background of Piestewa Peak in Phoenix, it was perfect for our engagement couple

and the Industrial theme set for our Brides.


Oh also, the "engagement" couple here actually got engaged during this shoot! How perfect and sweet is that?

Surprise proposal for the win!


Thank you to all the vendors who helped make this happen, it literally would not have been done without you!

Big thank you to The Amburgeys for hosting!

PLEASE check out the vendors, all of their work is just amazing and why I was so happy to be able to participate!


Event Planning & Florals Bloom & BluePrint Event Company

Coordination The Amburgeys




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Kenny + Brittany Happy New Year! (omg it's 2016)


Can these two be more adorable together? I don't think so.

I was very happy to photograph my great friend Brittany and her boyfriend over the Holiday!

I had a great location, perfect light, and one AMAZING couple. They were both so great in front of the camera too!



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Zack + Ashley It's almost Christmas! Isn't that crazy! Yes. It is.

To celebrate it almost being Christmas, I have a fun session to show you!

I was so happy to photograph my brother and sister in law for Holiday Photos and

I have been loving this Arizona Desert landscape. So, I knew exactly where we were going to go.

Aren't they adorable!?

(They were great guinea pigs too!)

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Eva + Georgia I had the pleasure of photographing a new friend of mine recently!

She and her wife are also newlyweds and they are just so adorable and a lot of fun!

Not to mention their super fluffy kitty, Hersheys (who was pretty shy, but I don't blame her haha)

Eva also made us Arepas, a Colombian food, while we waited for the right light and OMG...DELICIOUS!

Stuffed with cheese, cooked on the stove and then butter on top...I'm drooling right now..sorry.



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New Website + Michael & Sam are engaged! Hello! I am still alive!

I haven't posted anything lately because I have been busy making this new website!

It is a little different but oh man is it cool. I love the style and hope you guys do too!


I have been DYING to show you this engagement session I did last month. Let me tell you, this gorgeous couple..amazing.

They were so fun to work with and Sam hiked these MOUNTAINS in HEELS!!! Like, seriously?

I can't wait to photograph this wedding!

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