Why hello there! My name is Ryan and I
Like hikes on top of mountains, long Italian dinners, home brewed beer, and of course why you are here – wedding photography!
Wedding photography is a pretty special gig. I get to be a part of one of the most important days in a couple's life. All the happy tears, all the emotion, and all the dance moves enhanced by liquid courage.
It is a very personal form of photography and I feel that connecting with clients is one of the most important aspects. As the street photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt said, “It is more important to click with people than to click the shutter.” Connecting with people is one of the reasons I have succeeded in this business. I believe it to be my job to make you feel comfortable in front of the camera. If you want to get to know me a bit better click here and find out who the guy is that you will be hanging out with on your wedding day.
Five stars is not enough for Ryan. He is probably the best decision I made surrounding my entire wedding. He is easy to communicate with from day one to post wedding follow ups. His photographs are AMAZING to say the least, as I am still getting compliments from friends and family on how great the pictures are and also how great he was on the day of the wedding. Ryan and Abbey remained professional throughout the entire day, but also are extremely fun and easy going that we felt like we were long time friends. My family told me the next day how much they enjoyed him and how organized and thorough he was, it made me so happy with the decision to have him there. On a day full of stress and anxiety, to have someone like Ryan who made us feel comfortable and made us laugh throughout it all was so meaningful. His passion for his job is contagious...you will not regret hiring Ryan at all, and I promise he will not disappoint with his amazing photography!!
My husband and I can't say enough kind words regarding Ryan Zarichnak. When trying to find a wedding photographer, it seemed impossible to find someone who captured the special moments you want without costing a fortune. That's when we found Ryan. My husband did a lot of research on photographers in western Pennsylvania and conducted google searches based on the photos, not on the business name. Ryan's photos kept popping up and they looked exactly how we imagined our wedding photos to appear. We found Ryan's website and it also was amazing. He was very thorough and sincere in what he hopes to capture with his photos. His website is one of the big reasons we wanted to work with him. He had a short video of himself explaining his work and the types of people and environments he likes to work with. Although he travels all over the country to shoot wedding photos, he works out of the Butler area and has a prominent role in Pittsburgh. We reached out to him, found that he was available, and realized that we were going to be working with an incredible guy who really is an amazing artist. Ryan offers multiple packages and the one we chose included engagement photos, a personalized wedding website, and wedding day photos. Ryan takes all of the pictures and grants immediate access directly to you without any watermarks, obligations to order prints off of him, etc. You pay for the photos and you get them. Something that our guests really loved about the wedding was the website that Ryan created for us. He has samples on his own company website, but he really set it up how we asked, and if there were tweaks, he updated the site for us whenever we needed it. It was nice to have a website made just for us where all of our photos would be accessible for our guests. On top of the amazing website, we also received wonderful photos from both our engagement shoot and our wedding day. Ryan really took the time to get to know my husband and I and made us feel completely comfortable throughout the entire process. Ryan's fiancee, Abbey, is is second shooter and she is equally wonderful. They work great together and really helped us enjoy those times. Leading up to the wedding, Ryan was very professional and timely with checking in about what photos we hoped to get on the wedding day and details for where he and Abbey needed to be and when. They were prompt, professional, and fit in great with our friends and family. Many weddings I have been to have photographers that either look way too casual for the event, or dress all in black and stand out at all times. Ryan and Abbey dressed like wedding guests and interacted with the people at our wedding. By the time the wedding day came, my husband and I had developed such a friendship with both of them that we still keep in touch months later. Ryan and Abbey were able to make anyone and everyone look great, and they utilized the spaces of every location to their advantage. We didn't want to miss much of our cocktail hour, so Ryan took us to spots closeby our reception and helped create scenery that we would normally take for granted. Our friends and family have been raving over his photos and we could not be more thrilled with how they turned out. His turnaround time is very quick and he constantly made us feel like we were in good hands. I could go on and on, but bottom line: Thank you Ryan and Abbey-- you two are rockstars!
I recently got married in November and Ryan was the photographer for my wedding. He was referred by a family friend and I feel fortunate that he was willing to add us on at the end of the normal wedding season. From start to finish Ryan was amazing. We were wedding planning from CA so email responsiveness was super important to me. Ryan was so prompt with all his communications and we talked a few times on the phone as well to make sure we had all the details ironed out. He answered all my questions and offered suggestions and his own thoughts based on what I was thinking. I appreciated his feedback on where to take pictures as he was the photography expert, not me! When the wedding day finally arrived, Ryan was on time and even was wearing a bow tie! He was darling. He jumped right in taking pictures of the girls getting their hair and makeup done and bounced between us and the guys all morning. One of my favorite things about Ryan was that he was willing to be where ever he needed to be to get a great shot. I saw him peaking out from behind our backdrop during our ceremony and standing in what I thought was the strangest of places of times. lol. But when I saw the pictures I totally understood why and I was AMAZED. We had to alter our plan for pictures after the ceremony because of how cold it was and Ryan managed to find us some great locations on the fly and the shots were incredible. I never thought that shots basically standing in the middle of an abandoned street could turn out so beautiful. What he did with the lighting and sunset behind us in those shots was honestly breathtaking. He knew the type of feel we wanted for our pictures and he more than delivered. I cannot say enough great things about Ryan or his talent. I wish I could some how add pictures to my post so people could see his amazing work but I don't think I'm able to. Ryan- thank you so much for all you did to make our wedding memories so beautiful. Ian and Kimmy Humphreys
Ryan was recommended to me by a florist in Pittsburgh who had recently worked with him on a blog photoshoot. I scheduled a first meeting with Ryan and knew within minutes of meeting him that he would be the perfect photographer for our wedding, and someone you could easily be friends with! Ryan is incredibly relaxed, easy going and friendly, and makes you feel very comfortable in what can be an unfamiliar setting. My fiance and I had never had professional photos taken, so we decided to schedule an engagement shoot so we could spend time with Ryan and make sure we were ok in front of the camera. My fiance immediately liked Ryan as well and was way more comfortable getting his picture taken than he thought he would be. My fiance and I immediately felt like we had known Ryan and his girlfriend for far longer than just one day - we ended up grabbing beers after the shoot! We loved our engagement pictures and were then even more excited for our wedding day. On the day of the wedding, Ryan made everyone feel so comfortable that a lot of my bridesmaids thought he was a friend of my fiance's! Ryan was with us for the whole day (which was quite long) and he was always patient, helpful, and happy and he managed to capture so many amazing moments - even navigating some uncooperative weather! He is professional, responsive and thoughtful, and his pictures seem to capture the important and candid moments perfectly. Highly recommended!!