Photography & Visual Storytelling

Through my photography I strive to create images that truly impact people, images that tell a compelling story. My hope is for you to empathise with the subjects of my images, with their joy, their struggles and their needs and feel a connection with them whether they be next door or half a world away. I want you to see something of yourself in my images, to feel empathy and be motivated to action.

I have seen and worked with many organisations around the world and all too often notice the pressures – in finances, in man power and in general awareness – that hinders the important work been done. I do not know how to help severely malnourished children in Uganda or how to effectively teach at risk women in Nepal to knit to build a future for themselves and their families. If you ask me to design and produce hand made Azeri rugs through century old techniques, I am completely at a loss. What I can do however, is produce high-quality photography of these people and projects. I will help to visually tell the story of your organisation and ultimately help boost awareness and compel people to get involved.

How I Can Help You ...

What makes your organization stand out amongst the daily bombardment of information, needs, and opportunities?  Quality, brand specific imagery showing the uniqueness of your organization and focused on your target market will inspire and motivate your audience to make a meaningful response. To increase empathy and understanding of your cause, people need to see not only the what, but also the why behind your organization. I will work with you to provide the imagery for strategic and cohesive marketing campaigns that show your organization the way you want people to see it.

From an old herdsman in a shepherds tent high in the Caucasus Mountains to a young Finnish fashion designer in Scandinavia – I understand that your story is unique and will collaborate with you to tailor images to fit your concept and vision. My experience and friendly, outgoing nature allows me to build genuine relationships with the people around me, making your images an authentic representation of the real people and real places that epitomize your cause.

As humans we gravitate towards an absorbing tale, more then mere words on a page, or images on a wall, but to a story that connects us and inspires us towards a meaningful response. Every cause has a story that needs to be told, some are obvious and others are still to be discovered. From the begining of a project I spend time to discover and asess the unique stories of your organization, and work with you on a strategy to bring those stories alive, while remaining true to your brand, values and vision.

What My Client's say . . .

Preston Thiessen – Director, Dinadi

“Ryan was a pleasure to work with. He really has an amazing eye for photography and we are so happy with the pictures he took for us. One of the things I was really impressed with was his sensitivity to the look and feel that we were looking for. We were amazed how he was able to translate our wishes into a product that perfectly fitted our needs.”

Pappy Orion – Founder, Focus Congo

“I was amazed by Ryan’s ability to capture the perfect image and his connection to the people he photographs. Ryan traveled with us to the Congo and took pictures of life there, victims of war and rape, children born out of sexual abuse, former child soldiers and the natural beauty of the Congolese people and landscape. The local people gave Ryan a Swahili name – Chubaka (Meaning builder, the one who works hard). The images are being used by Focus Congo to create greater awareness of Congo and we have fully updated our media tools with these images. We love the way Ryan is able to translate the stories of the people with his photos!”


Ryan Smith – Founder, reWoven

“Ryan traveled to the Republic of Georgia to tell the story of our rug-weaving project, reWoven, through his beautiful photography. He was a pleasure to work with, from the communication before the trip to help plan and define a shot list on through receiving the completed images. During his time in Georgia, we bounced along dirt tracks to remote villages and stayed in rustic accommodations, including a shepherd’s tent. But he was more than up for the adventure and showed complete respect for everyone he met along the way. The stunning images Ryan captured invite others to marvel at the beauty of reWoven


Your story deserves to be told

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