Thanks for stopping by! If you are an LGBTQ couple, or simply an ally looking for someone as welcoming as you, you've come to the right place. I believe in kindness. In compassion. In love. Through our journey together, not only will I deliver images to cherish for a lifetime, but I will work to build a real relationship with you leading up to your day. My goal isn't to be just another vendor, but to show up on your wedding day as a friend...as Ryan.
celebrating all love, equally.
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Sólo Amor began as an observation. After years of photographing weddings it became more and more apparent just how difficult wedding planning was for LGBTQ couples, and this bothered me. I shot my first wedding in 2012, for a friend and for free. Shortly after I was planning my own wedding. As a straight, white, male planning my wedding with my wife was full of the normal stressors; finding a venue we liked, food tasting, figuring out who to invite (or rather not invite), fighting with family over the cost…ya know, the normal stuff. Never once though did we have to consider whether or not a vendor would provide their services to us, and that’s a form of privilege I didn’t even know I had. That was 2013 and all these years later, I’m working to change all of that.
As an LGBTQ couple you shouldn’t have to browse site after site for a photographer just hoping they will photograph your wedding. You shouldn’t have to fall in love with someone’s work, only to discover they won’t capture your love, because at the end of the day that’s what this job is about. Love. Nothing else, just love.
So with that observation came an idea. Rather than be yet another photographer operating within the walls of heteronormativity, why not break those walls down? Because honestly, you deserve better.
And thus, Sólo Amor was born.
PHOTOGRAPHY WITH PURPOSE.
"Life is too short not to create something with every breath we draw"
-Maynard James Keenan
Hey there! I’m Ryan, and I want to photograph your wedding. That’s me with my family below this paragraph. The top is how life appears on Instagram, which as we all know is never anyone’s true day-to-day experience. The photo on the bottom, while embellished, is a more accurate representation as to how our life feels at any given moment.
Despite the craziness, my wife Lacey and our son Holden mean more to me than anything else in this world. I wouldn’t trade our “tripod” for a damned thing.
You might be curious why this about section is focusing on my family rather than my credentials as a photographer, and that’s fair. The answer is simple. It’s more important. You see, I value strong relationships. I have a saying I constantly use for about everything, and that is “you’ve gotta have a good base”. It’s shockingly applicable in almost any situation, especially in a marriage.
"The essence of the independent mind lies not in what it thinks, but in how it thinks."
My ability to capture your wedding goes beyond the necessary technical skills. Anyone can photograph a wedding, but not everyone can capture you. Letting you into my life while giving you a look behind the curtain at the level of relationships I maintain is what allows for this. This builds trust. This allows you to let your guard down, just as I have, and results in photographic memories far beyond photos of an event. I will showcase your love, which is what all of this is about.
Working with me will mean coming over a few times for coffee, or a bourbon, playing board games, video games, sitting around a fire shooting the shit...building a relationship.
I have no intention of arriving to your wedding as any other vendor. I plan on arriving as a friend, as Ryan.
So, who are you? Let’s chat.
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How much is peace of mind worth? Planning a wedding is a lot of work. It can also be a lot of stress. Your wedding day should be neither. You've put countless hours of thought and preparation into this day, a day that will come and go in a flash. When the moment arrives your focus should be entirely on the love you share with the person you are about to marry. The last thing you need is added stress that your day is not being beautifully captured. The first kiss, the smiling guests, the ring bearer crying in the aisle (because you know, he's 4), and all of the details you've worked so hard on deserve to be preserved. This is where I come in.
You spend your entire day with your photographer so enjoying their company is important. I do everything I can to make you laugh, smile, and feel totally at ease. An investment with me also means lasting images you'll be sharing for years to come (and we don’t mean on facebook). I really value print, which is why every package we offer comes with an album and print credit. Your wedding is a big deal, and deserves more than quickly passing through a social media feed. Long after the dress has been boxed, the gifts opened (and maybe returned), the freezer burned cake tossed out, one thing remains...the images.
ELOPEMENTS starting at $1500
WEDDINGS starting at $3300
"The purpose of human life, no matter who is controlling it, is to love whoever is around to be loved."
When it's all said and done I'll have you back out to my place for another drink and to see all of your wonderful images! We will relive the wonderful stories of your day, one photo at a time. This is one of my favorite things, and I promise you'll love it too!
By the time your wedding rolls around I want you to be so comfortable around me you don't even notice the big cameras in your face all day. Leading up to the day I will be sure to have the timeline nailed down and every detail hashed out so you don't have to worry one bit about it being beautifully captured.
If you're seriously considering my services, I'd love to invite you to my house for a look into my life. We'll share a coffee, or or perhaps something a bit stiffer, and plenty of laughs as I take you through everything I do and explain why photography has such immense value.
"My husband and I had the great pleasure of having Ryan with Solo Amor (then Gandee Photography) be a part of capturing our special day together...Not only did his photos look AMAZING, he made us feel very comfortable every step of the way. Leading up to the wedding was certainly a top-notch customer experience. Ryan wanted to meet with us more than once to get to know us as a couple and to make sure he knew everything about how we wanted our wedding day to be commemorated. We really appreciated this extra time with him and it showed that he actually cared about our needs...I cannot say enough about Ryan and Solo Amor, and highly recommend him for your wedding day photography. You will not regret it!"
JASON + MATT
"We cannot say enough wonderful things about Ryan; he is a phenomenal and talented photographer and even better person. As an LGBTQ couple, Ryan made us feel welcomed and loved every step of the way. He also made us look forward to a marriage as giving and understanding as his. On the day of the wedding, he was professional and efficient, but honestly we regarded him more as our guest than one of our vendors. Photography was one of the most important aspects of our wedding and we couldn't be more pleased with the results. Literally every photo he delivered is stunning, because he captured the soul of our celebration. Every detail had a story and he listened with intent so he could fully share in our vision. He captured our hearts!"
LEX + KATE
"What an amazing experience! My wife and I have always struggled being natural in front of a camera, but Ryan made it EASY! He was really great at tweaking our poses so we didn't look (or feel!) awkward or forced. He was so chill and made it a fun experience. It was comforting to have an ally and like-minded individual photograph us as a couple. We felt safe and respected. And to top it all off, we were truly blown away by the final images! They were absolutely stunning - Ryan's talent absolutely proved itself. We hope to work with him again in years to come!"
LAURA + RACHEL
Pricing starts at $3300 for full weddings, and $1500 for elopements/micro-weddings. If you are simply price shopping for the best deal, I can't guarantee that I am for you. I pour myself into my work, providing the best possible experience I can to my clients. Anything added in addition to my base package at the time of booking is discounted 25%. Beyond that, unfortunately I do not. I understand that wedding day photography is a large upfront expense, but sit down with me and I'll show you why it should be your top priority. Let's meet for coffee or drinks on me. What do you have to lose?
WHAT ARE YOUR PRICES? do you discount?
Definitely not! I've traveled all over the country (and even England) for weddings. Travel does normally incur some additional fees, but a custom package can be built to suit your needs.
WE LIVE OUT OF TOWN, IS THAT A PROBLEM?
I do photograph families! The session fee is $400 (local, no travel included) and typically lasts about an hour. For large, extended family shoots with multiple groupings please inquire for custom pricing.
do you photograph families, or just weddings/engagements?
Absolutely! If you love love, let's chat!
WE ARE STRAIGHT, WILL YOU SHOOT MY WEDDING?
By default, no. Not every couple wants one and I would end up getting asked if they could exchange it for another service. This just made things more complicated. However, I do love engagement sessions and always encourage clients to consider one. They are a great way to hang out and get to know each other better. Beyond that, it's a great way for you to get comfortable in front of the camera so come your big day, there are no reservations, just photos you will cherish forever.
DO WE GET AN ENGAGEMENT SESSION?
Currently, no I do not. I'm confident I can capture everything without being there 20 hours.
DO YOU OFFER UNLIMITED WEDDING DAY COVERAGE?
Every couple that books with me gets high resolution digital images through an online gallery. Under NO circumstances however, do I give out the RAW files. (You wouldn't want the chef at a restaurant to bring the raw ingredients out to your table for you to do the work, would you?). Files aside, I value print above all so every couple also gets an heirloom album.
DO WE GET THE DIGITAL FILES?
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