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Veterans Day.  This has been, maybe, the most difficult post I’ve written because I truly do not have the words to describe my gratitude for the men and women who have served our nation.  The only way I sought fit to show my appreciation is to honor them the only way I know how – through my lens.  This project has been on my heart for some time now, and with the help of my very good friend Preston Rudie, we were able to photograph some of our local veterans from WW II, Korea and Vietnam.  I have chosen this era of veteran because, for many, their stories may have been forgotten.  So today, please remember.  Remember their sacrifices.  Remember their pain.  Remember their faces because they represent the faces we see no more.  Remember because what they have done for us can never be repaid.

Thanks to all of you who have blessed this country with your service.

 

 

The Father of the Bride.  In my 15 years of documenting weddings, the relationship between a Bride and her Father has always had a special place in my heart.  Being able to witness as well as photograph that bond has been one of the greatest joys of my work.  Presenting those images and seeing the emotions that follow makes me realize how meaningful our work can be.  Now, as a father of a bride to be (no sooner than 30 yrs from now of course), I pray that my Gia will find a husband as stellar as many of the Grooms I’ve had the privilege to photograph.  The FOB doesn’t get much of the attention.  Just as he would probably prefer.  Many times, the only thing he gets is the bill.  This is my brief tribute to the Father of the Bride.  Her first love.  Her hero.  Her Dad.

 

We were so happy to hear when one of our assistant’s, Heather, met Steven. We were even more thrilled to hear of their engagement. Of course, we wanted to be a part of their wedding. We were really touched by just how much emotion we witnessed through them and their families. Their love for each other shined so brightly in their eyes and we were truly honored to be there to capture their wedding images.

* Venue Lange Farm
* Floral Botanica Int. Florist
* Photography Ryan Joseph Photographs w/ Jason Stephens
* Hair Elena Joseph
* Makeup Elena Joseph

 

Well, most of you know that I’ve been blessed to photograph numerous weddings in Tuscany.  I didn’t think anywhere, especially, central Florida could rival such beauty.  Until now.  Mandy and Adam picked a wonderful location, Bella Collina, to host their wedding day.  As stunning as this old world Italy venue is, Mandy and Adam, along with family and friends brought it to life.  I hope you’ll enjoy your photographs for a lifetime!  Grazie Amici!

  • Venue     Bella Collina
  • Event Planning     Blush
  • Floral     Botanica Int. Florist
  • Video     Voila Cinematic
  • Photography     Ryan Joseph Photographs w/ Jason Stephens
  • Hair     Danielle Lloyd
  • Makeup     Rachel Reuman
  • Tent     Tent Logix
  • Lighting     Ben Lawles

 

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Most of you who know me on a personal level, know that my faith is incredibly important to me.  It’s truly my compass as to how I live my life. But even with my faith, I’m infested with sin daily. I’ve been a bit less than a disciple as well.  Fears of being judged for being too “religious” top the list as to why.  Lord forbid speak about it on my photography blog.  I guess many are like me in this way.  Quite opposite of what we as Catholic / Christians are called to do.

Pop culture has redefined the word “religion” in a not so positive light.  A word today’s society fears as much as ever. But today’s reading (I follow the liturgical calendar of daily mass readings provided by the Vatican) James speaks about “religion” as this:

“Religion clean and undefiled before God and the Father, is this: to visit the fatherless and widows in their tribulation: and to keep one’s self unspotted from this world.”    James 1, 27

So today, let’s try and be less fearful and  more “religious”.

  • Nicki Herbst - February 19, 2014 - 4:30 pm

    You are truly a good man Ryan. You wife and children are very fortunate to have you. As are your friends too. Beautifully written. I am humbled. Thank you for your wordsReplyCancel

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