Working with Ryan is an absolute pleasure. He embodies that rare mix of deep photographic expertise and brand savvy that allows us to consistently produce remarkable work. I believe that brands are built by small teams of talented individuals with passion and vision. Ryan is absolutely part of that team for Boston Pizza. Don’t tell Ryan, but I would literally pay him not to shoot our competitor’s work. That’s how good he is
There are less than a handful of people I’ve met during my lifetime that I am willing to acknowledge as a master of their craft; Ryan is one of them. Ever since bringing him on to define our photography, he has transformed and elevated our brand and marketing materials through his beautiful work. With a super creative mind and an attention to detail down to a single grain of quinoa; I know I will always walk away from one of his photoshoot sessions with an end product that my team and I will be proud of. Ryan is an absolute professional and I cannot think of a better person to engage with when it comes to photography.
I really enjoy working with Ryan, yes, because the results are breathtaking, but more than that because you can tell how much he loves his craft. Especially when it involves doing something cutting edge. The moment you tell him that you’re trying to achieve something different, something brave that hasn’t been done before, his eyes light up and you can see that “game on” expression on his face. Then I get all excited too. It’s pretty great.
Ryan finds the personality in the food he shoots. He sees something special and knows how to share it with us. My recipes are at their best in his light
When I was told we could get Ryan to shoot Toronto Cooks — but we had to do it in five days — I thought, impossible. As the former food editor at Chatelaine and House & Home magazine, I’d been part of a hundred shoots and I know how slow things move. Well guess what? Ryan proved me wrong in the best possible way. For five days straight from 9-5, every 45 minutes a new chef would arrive at the studio, finish prepping their dish, Ryan would shoot it, then each chef would walk across the room to the portrait set-up and boom— five minutes later their portraits were done, too. Ryan’s calmness, his enthusiasm, his creativity and his quick work was awe inspiring. We were working with 50 chefs, some of whom have strong personalties, but they all really enjoyed themselves through the process. That said, the real proof is in the pudding, and the shots Ryan took for Toronto Cooks were all so original yet fit together as a whole. What’s more, many of chefs asked if they could use the portraits for their own use — including big names who are often photographed, like Christina Tosi and Lynn Crawford, as they said it was their favourite photo ever taken of them. I cannot wait to work with Ryan again on Toronto Cooks 2.
Chicken Farmers of Canada has been working with Ryan for over 9 years. From elegant to moody, to cheerful and dark – Ryan’s recipe photography is incredibly versatile and he always delivers the wow factor. I was lucky enough this past year to sit in on a shoot with Ryan and his staff. I was very impressed with the efficiency, professionalism, teamwork and the friendly, calm vibe in the studio. It is a pleasure to do business with Ryan and I love using his work to showcase chicken recipes.