Here’s a little guy that I got to photograph just a couple of days before Christmas. I had worked with his mom & dad before doing some family pictures for them, but that family is now one person bigger. Because it’s been a few years since my girls have been this age, it’s easy to forget just what a fun, scary, joyful, exciting, sleep-deprived, life-rearranging, diaper-budget-using barrel of wonder it can all be. His parents are handling it all quite well. Here are a few shots I enjoy from the session.

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For the past couple of years, it’s been my practice on New Year’s Day to jump into the Schuylkill River with a bunch of other adventurous folk at the Pottstown Polar Bear Plunge. I was all set to do it again today, but it turns out my compatriots (yeah, you know who you are) all bailed on me. I admit I was happy to stay warm this morning, and instead of a beach towel, I took a camera.

Next year, I’m back in the water.

pottstown polar bear plunge 2015

pottstown polar bear plunge 2015

pottstown polar bear plunge 2015

pottstown polar bear plunge 2015

pottstown polar bear plunge 2015

pottstown polar bear plunge 2015

pottstown polar bear plunge 2015

pottstown polar bear plunge 2015

Emily Aznavourian

Terrific photos Ryan! I really feel cold looking at them. Happy New Year!

Doug Schmidt

Great shots Ryan! Thanks!

Seble & Biruk are new parents: Hopefully soon I’ll blog their newborn portraits, since they recently welcomed a beautiful daughter into the world. For now, though, allow me to present their Philly maternity photos, which we shot in some classic Philadelphia locations. Although they’re originally from Ethiopia, this great couple now calls our fair city home, and as you can tell, Seble wore her pregnancy quite well. Some favorites…

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broad street philadelphia maternity pictures
broad street philly maternity
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philly maternity photos

byfaith
Once in a while, an opportunity comes along to use what abilities I have for something greater. This past summer, I spent whirlwind week in Togo, West Africa, after an organization called the Chalmers Center asked me to come along to capture what they’re doing there.  Chalmers works with local churches in economic development, working to heal the broken relationships that are at poverty’s root, and empowering people in community to help meet each other’s physical and spiritual needs.  They had seen the images I took in Uganda a few years ago, and so I accompanied a few journalists and other people who were interested in the Chalmers Center’s work, trying to tell the stories of ordinary people taking part in God’s redemptive work, and doing extraordinary things.

I haven’t posted any images from the trip yet as I didn’t want to take away any impact from the publications that may wish to use them in their stories.  But I’m posting a few now because an article featuring some of these images was just published in the Winter 2014 issue of By Faith, a magazine from the Presbyterian Church in America.

I’m excited about this, since it’s the kind of work I’d love to do more of. Anyone interested in how and why the Chalmers Center does what they do can read more in the fantastic book, When Helping Hurts.

I’m posting just a few of my favorite images that appeared in the story. There are so many more I’d love to share, perhaps at some point in the future. I’m not posting the whole article here either, but if you’d like to read it, I’ll be glad to send it to anyone who asks.

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Chalmers Vision Trip to Togo, 2014
Chalmers Vision Trip to Togo, 2014
Chalmers Vision Trip to Togo, 2014
Chalmers Vision Trip to Togo, 2014

Pete Malone

These are fantastic Ryan. Nice work.

Sarah Watkins McCall

So glad you had this experience! So much better than some Bridizza, eh?

Lindsay Musser

I loooooooooove the Chalmers Center!!!!! How did they find you?

Alayna K. Mock

Beautiful! And what a fabulous organization.

Al Ricardo Jurina

It’s funny, because we actually subscribe to this magazine, and I thought: “now this is some pretty good photojournalism”. Now it makes sense. LOL!

Colleen and Matt just welcomed their baby boy into the world, and I’m looking forward to sharing those at some point too… but let’s not get ahead of ourselves. We met up for some  maternity pictures at U. Penn in August. Here are some of my favorites!

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Sometimes things fall together: a beautiful park (French Creek if you’re wondering), a great family, a picture-perfect evening, a ton of love. Here are some favorites from these Chester County family pictures from the end of August. Would that I could end every summer day like this.

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Rebecca McCall Setzer

Beautiful! I have many a fond memory here.

Rachel's Kids Boutique

Gorgeous Photography.

Just a few catch-the-beautiful-light-at-the-end-of-the-day favorites from a session I shot in June. Many times, kids take a little while to warm up to the idea of being photographed, but this little guy jumped into it with both feet. We had a great time knocking around the park!

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