"WOW!!! We were so lucky to have our wedding experience with Ryanne! She was incredibly adaptive to what we wanted our special day to be and very easy going. Very artistic and super professional, taking our wedding day pictures were a breeze and they turned out PERFECT!! My husband and I are having a hard time choosing which pictures are our favorite :) I would highly recommend her! The portfolios on her page are an accurate representation of her art/work and we really feel we got the 5 star experience from her."
-Genevieve + Daniel
“The photographers of our wedding are absolutely beautiful and Ryanne's work is unmatched. She uses the natural elements to capture the beauty that camera alone cannot. We were so grateful that we found her and she was available to capture our wedding day. I highly recommend Ryanne Bee to any bride and groom who want the magic captured.”
- Kiana + Jason
"I highly recommend booking your wedding or engagement session with Ryanne! My husband and I made a last minute decision to hire a photographer for our quick Santa Barbara courthouse wedding and it was the best decision we've made! I was nervous to hire someone as I am not local to the area! I was traveling from Ohio so I was clueless on who to hire and decided on Ryanne based on her portfolio and awesome reviews! Ryanne was super laid back and cool. We felt comfortable with her like we were spending time with a friend! She was patient with us and flexible with her schedule! She got our images back to us in a timely manner and her presentation of her work was beautiful and thoughtful! She is truly an artist! I can't say enough good things! Our overall experience felt effortless and was more than positive! We are so in love with our pictures and I will cherish them forever! Thank you Ryanne! <3"
- Emily + Ryan
"Ryanne is so personable and made us feel incredibaly comfortable during the shoots at our wedding. She is layed back, go-with-the-flow, and completely willing to listen and adapt to your wants and needs. She was quick to respond to any of my questions/concerns and she was a great help in finalizing my final wedding day schedule. She is so willing and happy to help you through the process and her pictures are absolutely stunning! I wanted to find someone who would provide me with timeless pictures without being cliche or boring and she did just that! I have a wide variety of pictures ranging from classic romantic , to artsy and modern. I am so happy my husband and I chose Ryanne as our photographer and I plan on using her for our future shoots!"
- Rosy + Jeff
“I found Ryanne after searching endlessly for a photographer online. I had been to so many websites that I was starting to wonder if I was going to find someone that I was really excited about. And then as a little luck would have it I landed on Ryanne's site. I was moved by how artful her captures were and then when I read her bio I was sold. She has such a comfortable, welcoming and sweet quality about her that I knew she would create magic. And that she did! I was able to do an engagement session with her in the mountains outside of Santa Barbara and it was the most fun I have ever had taking photos! This made the wedding day even better. Having her document such an important day felt like one of my best friends was hanging out and guiding us through. She works in such a way that allows things to feel natural and effortless and I trusted her every step of the way. I received the photos even earlier than I thought and I was blown away by how many stunning moments she caught. Her perspective as an artist is truly special and working with her was such a highlight to the whole experience. I will rave about her always! THE BEST”
- Natalie + Rudy
how would you define your photographic style?
Ever-evolving, yes. But one thing is consistent. Film. I love the neutral, subtle and soft qualities that come alive in film. There’s an imperfection there that feels like perfection. There’s also simply a feeling that more often than not is evoked with the use of film. The intention that sits behind each image is something that cannot be matched digitally. I am by no means a light, bright and airy film photographer and I also think there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that perspective. It’s just not the entirety of me. I love the softness but I also love the texture in the grain, the rich contrast of light and dark that holds beautifully without feeling restricted, and the tonality of colors that are full without the heaviness. Film has a beauty and life to it and it’s the biggest foundation of how my style continually evolves.
what is your approach?
I do love to tell a story but I think more importantly for me it's about documenting your REAL relationship, so with that I approach every wedding with that journalistic eye and become an observer and documenter. In my view, I'm here for YOU. to capture YOUR wedding. YOUR relationship. YOUR celebration. I believe in just that so much that every capture, every creative moment is thought out just for YOU. I'm in this industry because I wholeheartedly believe in the power of human connection and documentation. each and everyone of us, introvert or extrovert, yearns for that connection and how sacred it is to capture that on film, in a single photo. my intention is to hold that sacredness with such care and comfort that every couple walks away from their wedding experience with a piece of their relationship forever remembered.
being photographed is vulnerable, uncomfortable at times and can almost feel invasive if approached indifferently. my goal is for you to almost forget I'm there with a camera and remember that you connected on such an honest level with your photographer. this is why I find it so incredibly helpful to meet before your day, get to know each a bit better and really allow a layer of ourselves to shed.
what's your biggest advice to couples for their day?
be you. do you. and nothing short of it or more than it.
do you travel?
I'm always looking for an adventure so yes, travel, please. any reason to hop on a plane or in a car and explore somewhere new - I'm in. please contact me here or at the bottom of this page for more details on my collections with travel. current bucket list locations - new zealand (yes, please), prague, bali, chile (take me back), and alaska.
how far in advance do you book?
for larger weddings - 12-18 months in advance. for intimate weddings and elopements - 3-6 months in advance. it's always best to get in touch (here) as soon as you pin down your date to ensure availability.
please send me a little note below about your special day and what you're looking for and I'd love to chat over phone/skype or meet for coffee/tea if you're in town to chat over collection details and what to expect.
or feel free to email directly