The Clausens. By Ryan Ray.

Finally.

Des and I have been wanting to get family photos taken for quite a while, but I’m a sort of artsy snob and have had a hard time thinking of someone that I could trust to deliver exactly the vision I had in my head for the shoot.  Not that I had one initially, but when Destiny told me her idea for the shoot, I almost immediately  said, “Ryan Ray“.  I did a mentor session with Ryan a little while ago, and got to know him pretty well.  He is an amazing guy, and  he has an intense passion for creating art and revealing connection.  Ryan is about as close as I could think of to a photographer with a similar vision and passion to my own.  He agreed to shoot us, even though he doesn’t shoot families, and we could not be more happy with the results.

Destiny wanted to go all Jackson Pollock in a field.  Five seconds after she said it, I couldn’t wait to do it.  My mind was racing with angles and lighting.  I have to give Ryan credit, I’m pretty sure I’m the worst client ever to shoot.  I’m my own worst nightmare.  I’m that client that tries to tell you how to do your job because I have my own vision for the shoot.  It’s amazing, I found it very difficult to let go and just trust Ryan, not because of him, but my own control issues.  He handled it beautifully.  Here’s to you to you sir.  You delivered everything we envisioned and more.

These are the one that I processed, head on over to Ryan’s blog to see his faves.

  • June 8, 2011 - 8:49 am

    Kristen Driscoll - Fantastic. Love the use of light!

  • June 11, 2011 - 9:30 pm

    Alina Koval - this is the most amazing family photoshoot i have ever seen. absolutly incredible!

  • June 16, 2011 - 1:07 am

    Kelly - This family looked liked they were having a lot of fun!!! Great work!!!
    Look forward to seeing more….

  • June 18, 2011 - 9:55 pm

    Tracy - i would so love to do a non traditional family pic like this i think stepping out of the box would be soo cool

  • June 22, 2011 - 4:47 pm

    Jamie W - Genius idea! My kids would go nuts for this. I don’t think we could quite pull off the total ROCK STAR look that your family does, but we would have tons of fun. Gorgeous pics!

  • June 26, 2011 - 6:49 pm

    Danya Jimenez - I loved the concept and the second to last picture is amazing!

  • August 26, 2011 - 12:05 pm

    Brooke Anderson - Your family is absolutely beautiful! And this shoot is exactly something I would love to do.

  • September 9, 2011 - 1:38 pm

    Lillian Hoyt - Just saw a link to this from pinterest. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!

  • September 11, 2011 - 5:45 am

    Vanessa - I would totally love this sort of photo shoot for my family. i have 6 boys and this would be a perfect type scene for us.
    great photos

  • October 6, 2011 - 12:29 pm

    Laurel - This is honestly the best series of photos I have ever seen.

  • November 3, 2011 - 10:50 pm

    Stacy - The best ever! I love love love it!

  • November 4, 2011 - 12:35 pm

    Tricia - Love, Love, Love this idea….what kind of paint did you use?

  • November 7, 2011 - 1:16 pm

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  • November 18, 2011 - 4:24 pm

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  • January 18, 2012 - 7:03 pm

    Planning for a Family Photo | FabFamFive - [...] inspiration for your family photo? Check out more pictures from this awesome family photo shoot here. [...]

  • January 26, 2012 - 5:26 am

    Sweet Memories - OMG!!! Great idea and the shoots are incredible

    And the family is absolutely beautiful!

  • February 3, 2012 - 8:00 pm

    What’s Lifestyle Portraiture? | Sarah Laurel Photographic - [...] sights together,  playing at the beach with tots, or a ‘Themed’ location shoot. See (Ryan Ray‘s wonderful Themed shoot. )  A ‘special’ Family Day out, visiting relatives,  a [...]

  • April 12, 2012 - 4:23 pm

    devon - awesome job! I am amazed!

  • April 17, 2012 - 8:53 pm

    Stephanie M - epic

  • June 7, 2012 - 8:05 pm

    Tanya - Amazing!!

  • June 12, 2012 - 11:38 pm

    sharon elizabeth - LOVE LOVE LOVE

  • June 18, 2012 - 3:16 am

    Rachel Hammond-Valencia - I love this idea.

  • June 21, 2012 - 7:08 pm

    Jessica Rider Sirman - LOVE!

  • June 21, 2012 - 7:19 pm

    Brianne Birman - I saw this awhile ago it is super cool! We are hopefully going to be doing a similar shoot next month but on the beach :)

  • July 1, 2012 - 6:53 am

    Aubryana Loralee Marshall - This is absolutely stunning!! <3

  • July 2, 2012 - 4:38 pm

    Tasha Brandon - I need to find a photographer that can do this for my family!

  • July 7, 2012 - 2:16 am

    Tarah Naomi Sloan - Wonderful idea and great shots! I am going to have to try this in the future! =)

  • July 7, 2012 - 2:19 am

    Tarah Sloan Photography - Wonderful idea and some great shots! I am going to have to do this in the future! Family love, plus paint, PLUS the golden hour, makes for amazing photos! <3

  • July 10, 2012 - 4:07 am

    Haeli Glover - What kind of paint did you guys use?

  • July 17, 2012 - 5:51 pm

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  • July 21, 2012 - 4:02 pm

    Alysia Cerene - SO Fabulous — I LOVE it! =D

  • August 28, 2012 - 2:20 pm

    Pamela Stewart Bradley - LOVE this, such a great idea; the emotion, love, closeness and fun of this family is captured in every shot. Great work!

  • October 13, 2012 - 12:02 pm

    Barbara Sarto Nickerson - Unique…Refreshing

  • October 17, 2012 - 4:42 pm

    Mila Morrison Carney - I have few words but am completely inspired! I have a shoot with a family of 7, all boys, and i think I’ve just found the direction that will capture their heart, style, and character! Brilliantly done! I love the body shot composition and contrast of bad@$$ against nature! Brilliantly done!

  • November 3, 2012 - 11:18 am

    Katie - This is incredible…I LOVE this family photo shoot concept idea so much! I’m a painter and my boys love art-making. We often paint together. This would be a perfect way to capture our family. The photos are amazing and your family is beautiful!

  • December 2, 2012 - 8:22 am

    Eva Lyn Tarigan - Ctar ctarrr!!!!

  • January 13, 2013 - 4:08 pm

    Pictures of Aruba - Now that is what I call original!

  • February 19, 2013 - 3:49 am

    Shelia Kay Breeding Ball - Love!

  • February 24, 2013 - 8:59 pm

    Caroline Benoit - tout simplement le style de séance sue j’adorerai realiser <3

  • June 8, 2013 - 7:48 pm

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  • January 19, 2014 - 6:54 pm

    Kimberly Rozier-Herget - Love it… I’m having this done today.

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