We had the good fortune of connecting with Ryan Davis and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ryan, why did you pursue a creative career?
I never really fit in with any of my close friends and most of my family. Everyone around me was very academically inclined while I always struggled in school. The only classes I seemed to excel at were art, language arts, and broadcasting and video production. I didn’t know that in high school I had any interest in becoming a photographer, but I guess my life was always pointed in that direction. Even at a very young age my mom told me that I was always obsessed with the camera when they had it out. Always wanting to see what was going on. However, I didn’t pick up a love for photography until I was 21. Once I did my passion grew. Of course there are always moments were I wished I would have started sooner, but sometimes life isn’t always that obvious. I was always better at creating than calculating. Photography has just become the perfect way too express myself. Capturing special moments solidifying them forever; never to be forgotten.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
In an industry that is saturated with overly processed pictures I love for the images to really speak for themselves. I leave colors as they should be and capture moments that many people seem to miss. Getting those little details can really put a smile on a clients face. I didn’t really start doing that until my girlfriend pointed out how those little details tend to matter the most. I know that what I am about to say sounds cheesy, but I am always proud to get to be there when the bride and groom say “I do”. Capturing that moment for the first time for them to look back on is one of the best feelings for me. I got to where I am professionally with a lot of help from my friends and family and a little bit of luck. My dad always makes the comment that things tend to just work out for me, and I have to admit that he is right. It definitely has not been easy for me. I started this journey very late in life compared to most of the people around me. I am a guy in a woman dominated industry and I have had to prove myself ever since I started. I have learned that in the rise of technology and the “my phone takes great pictures” surge, that I need to be able to provide what a person with a phone can’t. I am always pushing the boundaries and trying to learn new techniques and methods to get that special image. Even most of my photographer friends will say “Ryan’s always got the latest thing”, and they are right. I strive to be different in a world where everything just seems to look the same. My life is to always be defined as the student. Always learning and growing to make every image better than the last.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Man that’s difficult. Well I am the kind of person who loves to adventure pretty much everywhere. If I were to go to the mountains I would say that we gotta head to mount Yonah and climb it. There are tons of amazing views up north and I would want to hit them all, Cloudland is a must as well with its views and amazing waterfalls. I am not much of a city person, but Ponce City Market is one of my favorite places to go down in Atlanta. One really cool place that I didn’t know about until I went with a couple that I was shooting for is Providence Canyon State Park. I love music so might have to see who is playing at the Masquerade, and that is probably my ideal travel guide to Georgia. Hit some obvious places, but definitely go off the beaten path cause you’ll never know what you will find!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My parents have always been supportive of my endeavors, even if they didn’t always understand. My girlfriend Kalee pushed my harder than anyone to make it a career instead of just a hobby. I have a lot of friends that have supported me by either booking sessions, or modeling for my crazy shoots, thanks Amanda Hunter lol. My friends Caleb and Morgan for being the first wedding I ever captured and lead me to be the wedding photographer that I am today. I have many people who have taught me and helped me grown in photography like Paige Sweany and Pye Jirsa. Obviously I have to thank YouTube for the obsessive late night lessons!