Guest Blog Series with Ryan Zarichak, Pittsburgh & Destination Wedding Photographer

February 26, 2013

I’ve been blessed to work with so many fantastic people within the event industry, and I am so pleased to introduce this month’s guest blogger, Ryan Zarichnak.  Ryan is a boutique wedding photographer with an eye for the artistic and beautiful.  He’s not only extremely passionate about capturing a client’s love story but he’s incredibly fun to be around.  I know you’ll go “gaga” over his work, including his most recent engagement shoot in Europe. Check out his website to view more of his beautiful work-  And now, Ryan:

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First off, I want to thank Shayne for being so gracious and letting me share some of my thoughts on wedding photography through her blog. Collaborating with other artists and people is one of my favorite parts about this business, and I am thrilled to be working with Shayne this year! She is exceptional at what she does (and is an exceptional person) which is why I am so excited that we are going to be guest blogging for each other!


Wedding photography to me means a lot more than just taking photographs. Every wedding is an intimate love story with its own unique characters. Each one is planned down to the tiniest of details yet you never know what might happen. That’s why I love it so much. Every couple has a special love story just for them. I get to tell that story through photography. It’s pretty awesome!


Between Paragraphs 2 & 3My style of photography is a mix of an editorial shooting style and a photojournalistic one. Editorial because I want to tell the story of the day from start to finish while capturing all of the lavish details. I want to capture you getting ready in the morning while having fits of giggles with your bridesmaids. I want to be there when your future husband is putting on his tux and having a brew with his buddies. These moments are just as important to me as any other on your wedding day. All of these tiny moments make up the story of your day. That’s why I never put a time limit on my photography. If I am going to tell the story of the day I need to make sure I am there the entire day, not just for 8 hours of it.


I also describe my style as photojournalistic because I want to capture moments as they happen. You won’t find me asking a bride to give her dad a hug before they walk down the aisle. She will probably do that anyhow, and when she does I will photograph it. My goal is always to capture honest emotions. I think capturing moments naturally as they happen will produce the most moving images. I want you to look at your wedding album in 20 years and remember a laugh with your maid of honor or the emotions you were feeling while walking down the aisle. I don’t want to fake anything. This is your wedding that you have waited so long for; I want to capture it exactly as it unfolds. My goal is to find interesting moments and use those moments to tell the story of your wedding day.


Between Paragraphs 4 & 5The majority of what I shoot is captured how I mentioned above, but we also take some time to pose shots during a portrait session that usually takes place between the ceremony and reception times. This is when we capture those images that you can hang on your wall (or more likely your mother’s wall). Posed, for me, does not mean stiff and boring, but relaxed and having fun. I always want my couple to feel comfortable with me and build up a strong relationship prior to the wedding day to ensure a smoother, stress-free experience. I believe a fusion of candid moments with posed portraiture is the key to beautiful wedding photography, and it is my ultimate goal as a photographer to achieve this while the bride and groom enjoy every minute of their special day.


Between Paragraphs 5 & 6If it’s not obvious yet, I love weddings. So when Shayne asked me to talk about my favorite moments of a wedding to shoot, there isn’t one single moment that always stands out over the others. My favorite moments to capture are the emotional ones. Maybe it is dad crying while he walks his baby girl down the aisle, maybe it is the groom’s face when he sees his bride during a first look, and maybe it is everyone’s reaction to the crazy friend dancing. The point is that I am drawn towards strong emotions, not just one. Every wedding is different and unique in its own special way. I need to make sure I shoot it that way.


If you would like to check out more of my work you can find it at Don’t be shy, I am only an email away!

Photo: Ryan Zarichnak


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