Give thanks and remember


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.


Father of the Bride


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.


Heather and Steven. Lange Farm

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

Mandy and Adam. Bella Collina


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


True Religion

0006 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".

Diana Kelly and Matt Buchanan

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One of the most spiritual and heartfelt weddings that I've had the pleasure of documenting in quite some time.  Diana Kelly and Matt Buchanan were married at St. Martha's Catholic Church in Sarasota.  Following, guest were treated to a cocktail hour with acrobatic performers and a jet flyover performed by friends of the Bride and Groom.  NK Productions once again shined along with some of the top wedding vendors in the industry today.  The courtyard of the Ringling Museum of Art has never been so beautiful.  Stunning!   A very special thank you to Michael Schuhmann and Jason Stephens for their photographic efforts too!  Could not have done it without you.  Diana and Matt, may God bless your marriage with lots of love and many children!

Wedding Planner: NK Productions Wedding Planning Florist: Botanica Catering: Michael’s on East Cake: Pastries by Design Photographer: Ryan Joseph Photographs Videographer: Voila Cinematic Ceremony Music: Matthew Dendy Reception Band: Clint Wiley’s None Other Lighting: Affairs in the Air Hair: Fresh Salon Bride’s Makeup: Eri Vincent Bridesmaids Makeup: Saks 5th Avenue

Gianna. Age 7

I haven't been posting much lately due to the privacy requests of my past clients.  A request I uphold with the utmost respect.   I never post without permission.  Ever.   This "client", however, has no such jurisdiction.  My angel is growing up way too fast.  And getting more beautiful each day.



Janet and Mike. Carlouel Yacht Club.


I met Janet towards the end of last year.  She had stopped by the studio as most brides-to-be do to inquire about our services.  She brought her beautiful mother who has an even more beautiful soul and it was a match from moment one.  Their roots are in the magnificent hills of central Mexico where family in numero uno - very much like our beloved Tuscany.  That's where Mike comes in.  An Italian through and through, Mike and I met in Pittsburgh.  I had photographed their engagements session at their historic home in Mt. Lebanon. The wedding day was a bit warm.  June warm in Florida.  But never have I felt so warm as their welcome.  As if I had been a part of the family forever.  The familiar words in my wife's Italian family "did you eat?" was asked countless times.  No better way of making me feel right a home.  Janet and Mike, thank you for allowing me to be a part of your day.


Eva and Rick. Siena, Italy



No matter the season or conditions, whether hot, cold, wet, or dry, Italy never disappoints.  So on this blustery, wet, cold spring day, Eva and Rick along with their guests of about 12 (that would include Gia, Elena and me) had all the makings needed for a perfect and very intimate Italian wedding.  Beginning with the Bride's preparation at the Palazzo Ravizza Hotel, now one of my new favorite hotels in all of Siena, she then made her short walk to the "courthouse" for the ceremony.  Well, maybe I should explain just a bit about an Italian courthouse.  Let me just say this is no ordinary courthouse.  The Palazzo Pubblico, built in 1297 houses some of the most stunning architecture and artwork from medieval times which has its beauty rivaling the most ornate, palatial Italian Villas & Castles.  So to say this place is just an ordinary courthouse is a bit "pazzo".  With the help of my good friend, Tuscan Event Planner, Ben Singleton (an unbelievable painter by the way,, we were able to weather the rain and the cold to create some beautiful and timeless photographs.  We are very grateful to Eva and Rick for appreciating our photography enough to include us into their romantic and intimate wedding plans.  We hope they'll enjoy their photographs for a lifetime to come.


La Mia Italia (my italy)


One of the greatest benefits to photographing weddings in Italy is that, well, you're in Italy.  There is no better setting for a bride and groom that I'v ever experienced (more on that later).  However, what Italy is all about for Elena and I is inspiration.  And that inspiration comes from the culture and the landscape that this heaven on earth provides for not just a photographer, but for anyone who has been blessed to visit.  So early mornings, before the girls get out of their concrete bed (the hardest mattresses on the planet are here) I take some time for some exploration with my camera.  Street shooting, for me, is my most difficult challenge as an artist.  No control at all.  And the little time I had to shoot made it especially challenging.  If I'm not back with a cappuccino before Elena starts her day, I'll be noutare con i pesci.  Look it up.  It's not pretty.  Putting yourself in uncomfortable places creatively does a remarkable job in honing your senses to your surroundings and painstakingly disallows me to be the control freak that I am.  To ease that discomfort, I had to make a portrait of Elena's beautiful Zia Francesca.  Zia is the word for Aunt in Italian.  The portrait represents a very strong but incredibly loving Italian woman who has suffered her share of loss.  The two photographs in the background are her late husband and son.  Both died way too young.  The two empty chairs were theirs.



Giddy up!


It's been quite a while since I've went out to shoot for myself.  So when my good friend, Michael Schuhmann, asked me to join him on his annual pilgrimage to the Arcadia Rodeo, I was in like a tic on a pig's rear.  So tooled with my new X-E1 and a small prayer not to be injured by a two ton bull, I jumped in the paddock and let it all happen.  Are you kidding me?  I've shot everything from professional football to hockey, baseball, and even polo and have yet to witness anything quite like this.  There's no "boy" in these cowboys.  As tough as it gets is all I can say.  It's not if they get injured, it's when and how bad.  From broken femurs to blown knees to crushed cheek bones, every rider I saw today was aided by a some type of medical device.  They travel thousand of miles at a time for an 8 second shot at the title.  How's that for doing something you love.  This world needs more cowboys.  This world needs more men doing what they love.

Honored... to be a top 10 wedding photographer in the world for 2013 say the least.  I wish I had more words to describe my gratitude for being included in such an unbelievably talented group of photographers.   I've followed this edition in previous years and I truly can't believe I'm on the list.  Thank you to American Photo and to my peers who have recognized my photography as something special.  An honor of a lifetime.  One more thing.  My apologies for the poor image quality of the first dance shot.  I evidently sent them a working file instead of the finished one.  Ouch!




Christina and Diego. Vizcaya Museum and Gardens. Miami, FL

Location: Vizcaya Museum and Gardens. Miami, FL Videographer: Voila Cinematic Caterer & Decor: A Joy Wallace Catering Production Design, Kelley Ramer Entertainment: CTO Artists/World Entertainment Productions Makeup: Peace Love Makeup & Apothecary Hair: Sean Donaldson Salon Photobooth: Fauxto Booth Photography: Ryan Joseph and a special thank you to Carlos Baez

Nonna e cane

You should be able to tell a person's story through a portrait. For anyone who has been acquainted with Nonna Lina, her story can be told through this portrait. Her furniture has been proudly showcased in her home from when she married her American Airman in December, 1961. She is from the old country as is represented through her furnishings. Her dog, although a new member of the family, is just that, her family. She lives alone, but has had 4 children. She often misses them as they no longer live with her. She is surrounded by her art, her dog, and the furniture of her homeland... Italy.