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.

  • April 19, 2010 - 12:04 pm

    David Lee - Absolutely love it!! The final piece of art is awesome, and Ryan did an incredible job capturing the love and fun you all share as a family. Definitely blessed brother!!

  • April 19, 2010 - 12:07 pm

    Ryan Ray - It was an honor bro!

  • April 19, 2010 - 12:17 pm

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  • April 19, 2010 - 12:31 pm

    liz - Holy crap. Best family session I’ve seen. Hands down.

  • April 19, 2010 - 12:38 pm

    Michael Smith - brill man.

  • April 19, 2010 - 12:58 pm

    Ginny Corbett - Absolutely incredible! Coolest family ever! Ryan nailed it!

  • April 19, 2010 - 1:16 pm

    Dustin Prickett - love the whole creativity and philosophy behind this, top notch dude!

  • April 19, 2010 - 1:29 pm

    ryan flynn - unbelievable.

  • April 19, 2010 - 1:47 pm

    Rick Short - this took me someplace special. Far beyond reality, somewhere deep into imagination, possibilities, hope, and … wow!

  • April 19, 2010 - 1:49 pm

    cindy buerke - your family is beautiful, i have seen you all grow up and so much in love. you are blessed.

  • April 19, 2010 - 2:31 pm

    B&W Photography Marcin Labedzki - Great family portraits!!

  • April 19, 2010 - 2:51 pm

    matthew morgan - abstract expressionism meets modern family. what a creative idea and how wonderfully shot. love it.

  • April 19, 2010 - 3:16 pm

    Aljosa - Amazing work… Fresh….Congratulations…

  • April 19, 2010 - 3:22 pm

    Lara - These are amazing! Your family is GORGEOUS.

  • April 19, 2010 - 3:37 pm

    Drew - Even smothered in paint your family is beautiful. This looks like it was a blast. Very fun idea, and I’m glad we got to see what special things that canvas was for.

  • April 19, 2010 - 5:24 pm

    Jeramie - What??? So freaking cool! Props to him for handling the pressure of shooting for you.

  • April 19, 2010 - 5:55 pm

    Andreas Holm - The best family shots I’ve ever seen!
    Beautiful!

  • April 19, 2010 - 5:55 pm

    Madelynn Kenoly - You guys look amazing! Looks like you’d belong in a magazine editorial.

  • April 19, 2010 - 8:16 pm

    Josh Elliott - This is the most amazing family session I’ve ever seen. Great idea! Beautiful imagery.

  • April 19, 2010 - 8:56 pm

    Heather - incredible…completely out of the box…love it!

  • April 19, 2010 - 11:44 pm

    ken kienow - hoooly cow. you and your wife are brilliant. this is the most amazing thing.

  • April 20, 2010 - 3:12 am

    Thanos Asfis - Yeah man ! You’ve got some really great shots there ! But what I like most is the general feeling, you can feel the warm, happy, loving mood of their family !

  • April 20, 2010 - 7:47 am

    Cheryl - Stunning!

  • April 20, 2010 - 11:11 am

    brett maxwell - YES! That tilt-shift shot of your wife behind your daughter is just phenomenal. I love seeing people use the greater potential of those lenses. And of course, the whole sessions is great.

  • April 20, 2010 - 11:21 am

    Will Pateman Photography - Love the last 2 shots would deinately hang that Art on your wall..great expressions from all the family

  • April 20, 2010 - 3:03 pm

    Andrew Rozell - In the words of Jeff Newsom, those family photos are epic.

  • April 20, 2010 - 3:14 pm

    hili - it’s amazing. seeing the two processing version just show what an incredible diference your processing makes. wow .

  • April 21, 2010 - 7:05 pm

    fer juaristi - so cool bro, great family time.

  • April 21, 2010 - 10:55 pm

    Lauren (Carter) Arnquist - LOVE! LOVE! LOVE!!!!! I did Destiny’s Make up that day for this shoot and she told me all about it! I couldn’t wait to see the pictures! They turned out amazing!!!

  • April 22, 2010 - 11:21 am

    Kayla - These are SO totally awesome! I LOVE them!

  • April 22, 2010 - 11:47 am

    Nate Gates - Hey Erik,
    What a friggin awesome idea…love it! The whole fandamily looks insanely cool.
    I was perusing the Bigfolio Site and ran across your site on there…met you a couple months ago at the Jeff Newsom workshop in San Luis Obispo, CA….
    Cheers…keep it real.
    – Nate

  • April 22, 2010 - 11:49 am

    Emily @ Southern Weddings - Gorgeous. The light, the fam, the photos… everything is gorgeous.

  • April 23, 2010 - 12:47 pm

    Bart P - outsanding!!! the most amazing session i’ve ever seen!! :)

  • April 23, 2010 - 4:02 pm

    Aileen@LoveandLavender - Wow! What an awesome shoot! Love love love it!

  • April 25, 2010 - 10:50 pm

    John Marchisi - Awesome, it’s a real gift to have those family memories captured… that’s what it’s all about

  • May 3, 2010 - 12:16 am

    kristen - Absolutely incredible. This is the 3rd time looking through.

  • May 7, 2010 - 11:41 pm

    lilia - holy crap! these are beyond awesome!

  • May 12, 2010 - 12:33 am

    Ben Godkin - Pure Awesome! So much fun!

  • July 22, 2010 - 9:36 pm

    LaKaye Mbah - What a fantastic idea! Very inspirational.

  • August 11, 2010 - 8:52 am

    Dean G - What an incredible session. The light, compositions, expressions, its all perfect.

  • August 30, 2010 - 1:06 pm

    Julia Wade - that is just epic …. incredible shoot

  • September 13, 2010 - 4:21 pm

    Stephie - Ummm…..AMAZING! Makes me looks a family photos differently. I LOVE this idea. :) Beautiful captures.

  • May 19, 2011 - 8:52 am

    Taylor - Very inspiring! What an amazing shoot. Thank you for sharing the idea!

  • May 20, 2011 - 9:48 pm

    Ninie - wOw…an amazing shooting! love everything…

  • May 21, 2011 - 7:16 am

    Katie - Impeccable.

  • May 21, 2011 - 10:04 pm

    meg duerksen - i want to be in your family.
    this is amazing!!!

  • May 27, 2011 - 7:47 am

    Jennifer Johnson - Incredible!!! Love the idea and the pictures!!! So original…truly amazing!!!!

  • May 27, 2011 - 11:11 am

    Natalie Young - seriously the sweetest thing…ever

  • May 31, 2011 - 12:39 pm

    Melissa Ferrell - WOW… looks like sooooo much FUN! Thanks for the idea! You’re awesome! Now would you want to come over here in the mountains of West Virginia and take ours? LOL

  • June 8, 2011 - 3:38 am

    hearttypat - The light is perfect! And you have a perfect little family there as well!

  • 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?

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  • 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

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  • 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.

  • September 17, 2014 - 3:41 am

    Irina - I like so much!! Like Pollock))

  • September 18, 2014 - 11:12 pm

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  • March 2, 2015 - 9:44 am

    Blaisio Aisbitts Misomali - What did they finally draw?lol

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