I established Ryan A. Ruiz Photography in 2004 as an avid novice shooting portraits and small weddings for friends and family. I loved the idea of taking pictures for a living, so I pursued a degree in a field that would allow me to do just that. Here I am in 2006 taking a selfie at a professional baseball game, one of my very first assignments as a photography intern for The Arizona Republic, the largest news organization in Arizona. I was a college junior at the time working toward my BA in photojournalism at Arizona State University. I was also a staff photographer and photo editor for the university's daily newspaper, The State Press. It was an exciting time.
In 2007 I was getting ready to graduate and began picking up freelance work with local newspapers, magazines and private clients. Soon thereafter I was hired as the chief photographer for College Times/AZ Integrated Media, a Phoenix area entertainment and lifestyle magazine and special publications publisher. I worked there for nearly five years, fulfilling every photographic need, from cover art work, to editorial subjects, events, sports, nightlife, product and fashion photography... The works. All the while I continued building my personal freelance photography business.
(Here I am taking a break while photographing a Wisconsin barn wedding with my now fiancée in 2015)
In 2013 I moved to Chicago where I continue to offer my freelance services to private and commercial clients today.
With more than ten years experience working as a professional photographer, I am very versatile. I am familiar with and have done most types of photography. My style is influenced by my many years of photojournalism work and is very clean and fairly straightforward.
For general inquiries and questions please go to my CONTACT ME page and we can discuss them in further detail.
(Also, I recently graduated from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in Chicago with my Master of Traditional Oriental Medicine degree, and am currently a Licensed Acupuncturist in the state of Illinois. Website and link coming soon!)
I look forward to meeting and working with you!