Chicago, IL 

Ryan Moore Photography

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I believe Black Lives Matter and LGTBQIA+ rights are human rights.

I'm big on empathy, vulnerability, and accountability.

While living in Chile in 2010, I experienced the 6th largest earthquake in recorded history!

After realizing I needed to do something creative and independent, I left my job as an engineer and started this photo business.

I got into wedding photography because I felt like all I was seeing was forced smiles, awkward poses, and staged "moments." I wanted to provide something more authentic.

When I’m not shooting weddings, I’m cooking every recipe in Salt Fat Acid Heat, acquiring more and more Lego sets, daydreaming of adopting a dog, making music with friends, listening to records while staring stoically out the window, and trying to outdo everyone with ridiculous Zoom backgrounds. 






Quick Bio:

[something quirky and endearing]

Hi, I'm Ryan!

ABOUT RYAN

Right?! There are a whole bunch of us at various price points. I always advise people to meet with a few different photographers, and make sure you choose someone you want to hang out with all day on your wedding day! Photography style is most important, but personalitieis are a close second. I believe you get what you pay for, and I try to make stand-out photographs that will exceed their initial value as time goes on!



"Ryan! When it comes to wedding photos, there are too many choices, too many price points! How do we choose a photographer?"



 You’re good! I’ve had plenty of guests with cameras at the weddings I’ve worked. I usually touch base with them as early as possible and explain what I need from them to get my best pictures, and how we can work together so they can get some fun pics too. 




"My uncle is a photographer and has a fancy camera, and we probably can’t stop him from taking pics throughout the day. Is that ok?"


Unfortunately, I've heard this too many times! Fear not! We’ll go over all the plans, details, and family photo shot lists well in advance of your wedding day. I won’t need anything from you, so you’re free to just enjoy the day while I document it. If we run into difficulties, I'm here to help keep everyone calm, and reassure you that I’ve seen it all before, and the pics will still turn out amazing! 



"The photographer at so-and-so's wedding was bossy, intrusive, and yelled at us! WTF?"


Back to Bio

You're not alone! So many of my clients express this concern. But rest assured, I’ll be fun/funny/comforting/awkward/embarrassing enough to make you feel like [cool celebrity of your choice] throughout the day. We'll take our time to get in a groove and end up with amazing photos. Check out these reviews to hear it from my clients!  And if you're not thrilled about being the center of my camera's attention, no worries! I'm also there to document your guests, the event, the food, the dancing - everyone and everything you'll want to remember for years! 


"I'm camera shy...how do you handle that?"

Some of the most common concerns my couples have asked me about over the last 10 years:

(Frequently Addressed
Concerns)

F.A.C.

wedding photography concerns?
Click here! 

I believe Black Lives Matter and LGTBQIA+ rights are human rights.

I'm big on empathy, vulnerability, and accountability.

While living in Chile in 2010, I experienced the 6th largest earthquake in recorded history !

After realizing I needed to do something creative and independent, I left my job as an engineer and started this photo business.

I got into wedding photography 10 years ago because I felt like all I was seeing was forced smiles, awkward poses, and staged "moments." I wanted to provide something more authentic.

When I’m not shooting weddings, I’m cooking every recipe in Salt Fat Acid Heat, acquiring more and more Lego sets, daydreaming of adopting a dog, making music with friends, listening to records while staring stoically out the window, and trying to outdo everyone with ridiculous Zoom backgrounds. 






Quick Bio:

ABOUT RYAN

[something quirky and endearing]

Hi, I'm Ryan!

Back to Bio

Right?! There are a whole bunch of us at various price points. I always advise people to meet with a few different photographers, and make sure you choose someone you want to hang out with all day on your wedding day! Photography style is most important, but personalities are a close second. I believe you get what you pay for, and I try to make stand-out photographs that will exceed their initial value as time goes on!



"Ryan! When it comes to wedding photos, there are  too many choices, too many price points! How do we choose a photographer?"



 You’re good! I’ve had plenty of guests with cameras at the weddings I’ve worked. I usually touch base with them as early as possible and explain what I need from them to get my best pictures, and how we can work together so they can get some fun pics too. 




"My uncle is a photographer, and we probably can’t stop him from taking pics throughout the day. Is that ok?"


Unfortunately, I've heard this too many times! Fear not! We’ll go over all the plans, details, and family photo shot lists well in advance of your wedding day. I won’t need anything from you, so you’re free to just enjoy the day while I document it. If we run into difficulties, I’m here to help keep everyone calm, and reassure you that I’ve seen it all before, and the pics will still turn out amazing! 



"The photographer at so-and-so's wedding was bossy, intrusive, and yelled at us! WTF?"


You're not alone! So many of my clients express this concern. But rest assured, I’ll be fun/funny/comforting/awkward/embarrassing enough to make you feel like [cool celebrity of your choice] throughout the day. We'll take our time to get in a groove and end up with amazing photos. Check out these reviews to hear it from my clients!  And if you're not thrilled about being the center of my camera's attention, no worries! I'm also there to document your guests, the event, the food, the dancing - everyone and everything you'll want to remember for years! 


"I'm camera shy...how do you handle that?"

Some of the most common concerns my couples have asked me about over the last 10 years:

F.A.C.

(Frequently Addressed Concerns)

First and foremost, I welcome every person in every type of relationship, and I promise you’ll be respected and taken care of throughout the process. 

I want you to have the most fun, worry-free wedding day you could ever imagine! Aside from taking photos, I’m here to help! That might mean tracking down the caterer, touching base with the DJ about first dances, or throwing a purse over my shoulder while we get the shot…damn near anything to make the day smooth and more enjoyable for you! I won't change diapers though. To quote Meatloaf “I would do anything for love, but I won’t do that.”

When it comes to documenting your wedding day, I always try to do so with a sense of authenticity so that a week, a year, or a lifetime later, you can truly relive the day as you experienced it. I make a point to stay out of your way as much as possible. Your guests won't even notice me. I’m not going to ask you to “redo” any moments throughout the day. I’ll provide guidance where it’s needed (e.g. family photos, portraits in the city, etc), but you know how awesome you, your families, and your friends are. You don’t need anyone telling you how to go about your wedding day! 

While my second shooter and I take your wedding party pictures, we’ll have fun and keep it light, quick, and hopefully hilarious. If you're shy in front of the camera, don't worry at all! I'll embarrass myself with a corny dad joke long before you have an opportunity to!

Expect things to run smoothly, on time, and with a sense of humor. There’s no reason it needs to be a stressful day. I got you. We’re in it together, and you’re going to end up with amazing memories of moments you never want to forget (or, in a lot of cases, didn’t even see with your own eyes)! Thank you for trusting me with your wedding photography!


EXPERIENCE

EXPERIENCE

EXPERIENCE

the

First and foremost, I welcome every person in every type of relationship, and I promise you’ll be respected and taken care of throughout the process. 

I want you to have the most fun, worry-free wedding day you could ever imagine! Aside from taking photos, I’m here to help! That might mean tracking down the caterer, touching base with the DJ about first dances, or throwing a purse over my shoulder while we get the shot…damn near anything to make the day smooth and more enjoyable for you! I won't change diapers though. To quote Meatloaf “I would do anything for love, but I won’t do that.”

When it comes to documenting your wedding day, I always try to do so with a sense of authenticity so that a week, a year, or a lifetime later, you can truly relive the day as you experienced it. I make a point to stay out of your way as much as possible. Your guests won't even notice me. I’m not going to ask you to “redo” any moments throughout the day. I’ll provide guidance where it’s needed (e.g. family photos, portraits in the city, etc), but you know how awesome you, your families, and your friends are. You don’t need anyone telling you how to go about your wedding day! 

While my second shooter and I take your wedding party pictures, we’ll have fun and keep it light, quick, and hopefully hilarious. If you're shy in front of the camera, don't worry at all! I'll embarrass myself with a corny dad joke long before you have an opportunity to!

Expect things to run smoothly, on time, and with a sense of humor. There’s no reason it needs to be a stressful day. I got you. We’re in it together, and you’re going to end up with amazing memories of moments you never want to forget (or, in a lot of cases, didn’t even see with your own eyes)! Thank you for trusting me with your wedding photography!


EXPERIENCE

EXPERIENCE

EXPERIENCE

the

what my couples are saying

(instead of me)

This could be you:


what my couples are saying

(instead of me)

This could be you:


His humor, direction (we didn't know what to always do during portraits), carefree spirit, and ability to roll with whatever was essential for our wedding day. Instead of engagement photos we had Ryan come to our Friday night dinner and we are so happy he did! As the bride and groom, you spend a lot of time with your photographer and we loved spending time with him. He's the best.


"We loved Ryan! He made both of us feel comfortable, special, and relaxed!"

REVIEWS

sarah + andrew

REVIEWS

You can call him a photographer, a documentarian, a story-teller, but Ryan is really a magician. Look at his photos. Seriously, look at them. Image after image of brides and grooms that look like kings and queens. I would trust no one more than Ryan Moore -- book him before his dates disappear.

"100 years ago Ryan would have been burned at the stake for being a witch"

rachel + aaron

As a same-sex couple, we weren't sure how different vendors would feel about working on our wedding. From the first interaction, Ryan was welcoming and inclusive - how amazing!  We had an intricate wedding day with high church, a theater performance, and the traditional dinner/dancing/toasts. Ryan rolled with all the details, capturing each one. Even better? He and his assistant faded into the background ... our guests commented that they never even noticed a photographer being there, never felt blocked or intruded upon. When we got the results, our hundreds-of-photos were chock full of "how did they get THAT shot?" kinds of reactions. Amazing.

"Ryan's pictures are so amazing, we would consider getting married a second time, just so we could hire him again!"

REVIEWS

jd + mike

Hiring Ryan Moore was one of the best decisions we made for our wedding. The value for the price, level of professionalism, friendliness and rapport, and the photos themselves are unmatched. My husband and I are already trying to come up with new things for Ryan to photograph (and this from a girl who normally HATES having her photo taken.) All of our friends and family love how they look in the photos, so many likes, shares, profile pictures, Christmas letters, mantels and bed-side tables now feature Ryan's work. Seriously, I just can't recommend him highly enough. Just hire him. You won't regret it. Also, he owns Lederhosen, so...
just do it.

"How good are Ryan's photos? When Presented with an album of them, my mother wept tears of joy for 15 straight minutes. That good."

REVIEWS

Annie + ryan

He went so far above and beyond the call of duty, kept everything running smoothly, all while being a hilarious person to spend the day with. I have already recommended him to friends getting married next year. This is not even speaking to the fact that he captured the very spirit and soul of our atypical wedding and created a wonderful balance of spontaneous artsy-type photos along with the typical staged ones. And he got us our photos pretty darn quickly. Our photos are beautiful, I could not be happier. Thanks Ryan.


"Working with Ryan was probably the best decision we made for the entire wedding, other than to actually marry one another"

REVIEWS

kelly + marcus

During our 4th of July wedding this summer Ryan and his team were incredible. We started with the most fun and professional engagement picture session at some beautiful spots in Chicago. Ryan knew exactly what we wanted and we couldn't be happier with the session and the outcome. On the wedding day Ryan scouted the most beautiful, natural, and even hidden spots for our pre-wedding pictures on the crazy holiday weekend. Everything is more fun when Ryan is around! We felt so relaxed all day because we knew he had all the timing down and he helped us navigate all the ins and outs of the wedding madness. His team captured every special moment with professionalism and creativity. I promise your wedding will be better with him there!


"Everything is more fun when
Ryan is around!"


REVIEWS

maggie + miten

I can't stand being the center of attention, and usually dislike taking a series of photos...Ryan somehow not only made me feel comfortable, but I ended up having a really great time on our wedding day walking around Chicago taking photos. He came up with interesting photo ideas on the spot and was also a pleasure to be around. Obviously, the most important part of it all is to be happy with the final product.  Ryan captured a lot of candid moments, and some of our posed photos will soon be iconic photos in our collection that we'll be looking at for years. I cannot recommend Ryan highly enough. If he's available on the date you need, look no further!!


"My husband and I just received our "sneak peek" photos...and we're totally obsessed!! They're SO good"

REVIEWS

Brian + Ivan

I knew I wanted to hire Ryan Moore even before I was engaged. I was the venue manager for a hotel downtown Chicago that had Ryan Moore Photography on their preferred vendor list, stalked his website and instragram and knew he was the photographer I wanted - as an added bonus he is a wonderful person as well! My husband was super nervous about being photographed for an entire day, but after the first 10 minutes of our engagement session (which was really like hanging out with an old friend that just happens to have a camera in front of their face while talking to you) he was convinced as well. My husband and I were super comfortable with Ryan and confident that we would not only have stunning pictures of our wedding day, but that he wouldn't get in the way of us enjoying the day and being in the moment. HIRE HIM! You won't be disappointed.


“As a wedding planner myself, I can't wait to work with Ryan Moore again! HIRE HIM!”

REVIEWS

brianna + michael

My husband and I found Ryan Moore Photography, and after meeting him in person, we immediately knew he was our photographer. Ryan was everything we needed and so much ... Moore (sorry I couldn't resist!). Neither of us are very photogenic or used to being in the spotlight, but Ryan put us at ease throughout the whole day. He is professional, personal, charming, and when we got the photos back we were speechless. Totally blown away by the talent and range of looks. Our staged photos looked anything but staged, the wide shots were stunning, our guests looked fabulous (and almost all of them made appearances in our photos), the details were all captured with incredible care - Ryan missed nothing. We literally could not speak any higher of Ryan Moore Photography.


"Ryan was everything we needed and so much ... Moore (sorry I couldn't resist!)"

REVIEWS

júlio + ryan

Ryan and his team are amazing. From the first time my husband and I met with Ryan, we knew he’d be a great fit for us. Our engagement session with Ryan was a highlight of our wedding planning process. In addition to providing us with stunning pictures of the two of us in some of Chicago’s most beautiful locations, the engagement session was a great opportunity for Ryan to get to know us and for us to get comfortable posing for these sort of photos. On the day of the wedding, Ryan and his second shooter, Jillian, were a calming and reassuring presence during the preparation portion of the day, and from Jillian tearing up as she snapped photos of my parents and me waiting to walk down the aisle to Ryan capturing silly late night shots of us on the dance floor, they seemed to delight in the key moments of our event right alongside us.


"He impressed us as seeming like both a friend who understood and cared about us, and at the same time, a complete professional, who would make the quality of our wedding photos his number one priority"

REVIEWS

julie + justin

His humor, direction (we didn't know what to always do during portraits), carefree spirit, and ability to roll with whatever was essential for our wedding day. Instead of engagement photos we had Ryan come to our Friday night dinner and we are so happy he did! As the bride and groom, you spend a lot of time with your photographer and we loved spending time with him. He's the best.


"We loved Ryan! He made both of us feel comfortable, special, and relaxed!"

sarah + andrew

You can call him a photographer, a documentarian, a story-teller, but Ryan is really a magician. Look at his photos. Seriously, look at them. Image after image of brides and grooms that look like kings and queens. I would trust no one more than Ryan Moore -- book him before his dates disappear.

"100 years ago Ryan would have been burned at the stake for being a witch"

rachel + aaron

As a same-sex couple, we weren't sure how different vendors would feel about working on our wedding. From the first interaction, Ryan was welcoming and inclusive - how amazing!  We had an intricate wedding day with high church, a theater performance, and the traditional dinner / dancing / toasts. Ryan rolled with all the details, capturing each one. Even better? He and his assistant faded into the background ... our guests commented that they never even noticed a photographer being there, never felt blocked or intruded upon. When we got the results, our hundreds-of-photos were chock full of 'how did they get THAT shot?' kinds of reactions. Amazing.

"Ryan's pictures are so amazing, we would consider getting married a second time, just so we could hire him again!"

jd + mike

Hiring Ryan Moore was one of the best decisions we made for our wedding. The value for the price, level of professionalism, friendliness and rapport, and the photos themselves are unmatched. My husband and I are already trying to come up with new things for Ryan to photograph (and this from a girl who normally HATES having her photo taken.) All of our friends and family love how they look in the photos, so many likes, shares, profile pictures, Christmas letters, mantels and bed-side tables now feature Ryan's work. Seriously, I just can't recommend him highly enough. Just hire him. You won't regret it. Also, he owns Lederhosen, so...
just do it.

“How good are Ryan's photos? So good that, when presented with an album of them, my mother wept tears of joy for 15 straight minutes. That good.”

Annie + ryan

He went so far above and beyond the call of duty, kept everything running smoothly, all while being a hilarious person to spend the day with. I have already recommended him to friends getting married next year. This is not even speaking to the fact that he captured the very spirit and soul of our atypical wedding and created a wonderful balance of spontaneous artsy-type photos along with the typical staged ones. And he got us our photos pretty darn quickly. Our photos are beautiful, I could not be happier. Thanks Ryan.


"Working with Ryan was probably the best decision we made for the entire wedding other than to actually marry one another"

kelly + marcus

During our 4th of July wedding this summer Ryan and his team were incredible. We started with the most fun and professional engagement picture session at some beautiful spots in Chicago. Ryan knew exactly what we wanted and we couldn't be happier with the session and the outcome. On the wedding day Ryan scouted the most beautiful, natural, and even hidden spots for our pre-wedding pictures on the crazy holiday weekend. Everything is more fun when Ryan is around! We felt so relaxed all day because we knew he had all the timing down and he helped us navigate all the ins and outs of the wedding madness. His team captured every special moment with professionalism and creativity. I promise your wedding will be better with him there!


"Everything is more fun when
Ryan is around!"


maggie + miten

I can't stand being the center of attention, and usually dislike taking a series of photos...Ryan somehow not only made me feel comfortable, but I ended up having a really great time on our wedding day walking around Chicago taking photos. He came up with interesting photo ideas on the spot and was also a pleasure to be around. Obviously, the most important part of it all is to be happy with the final product.  Ryan captured a lot of candid moments, and some of our posed photos will soon be iconic photos in our collection that we'll be looking at for years. I cannot recommend Ryan highly enough. If he's available on the date you need, look no further!!


"My husband and I just received our "sneak peek" photos...and we're totally obsessed!! They're SO good"

Brian + Ivan

I knew I wanted to hire Ryan Moore even before I was engaged. I was the venue manager for a hotel downtown Chicago that had Ryan Moore Photography on their preferred vendor list, stalked his website and instragram and knew he was the photographer I wanted - as an added bonus he is a wonderful person as well! My husband was super nervous about being photographed for an entire day, but after the first 10 minutes of our engagement session (which was really like hanging out with an old friend that just happens to have a camera in front of their face while talking to you) he was convinced as well. My husband and I were super comfortable with Ryan and confident that we would not only have stunning pictures of our wedding day, but that he wouldn't get in the way of us enjoying the day and being in the moment. HIRE HIM! You won't be disappointed.


“As a wedding planner myself, I can't wait to work with Ryan Moore again! HIRE HIM!”

brianna + michael

My husband and I found Ryan Moore Photography, and after meeting him in person, we immediately knew he was our photographer. Ryan was everything we needed and so much ... Moore (sorry I couldn't resist!). Neither of us are very photogenic or used to being in the spotlight, but Ryan put us at ease throughout the whole day. He is professional, personal, charming, and when we got the photos back we were speechless. Totally blown away by the talent and range of looks. Our staged photos looked anything but staged, the wide shots were stunning, our guests looked fabulous (and almost all of them made appearances in our photos), the details were all captured with incredible care - Ryan missed nothing. We literally could not speak any higher of Ryan Moore Photography.


"Ryan was everything we needed and so much ... Moore (sorry I couldn't resist!)"

júlio + ryan

Ryan and his team are amazing. From the first time my husband and I met with Ryan, we knew he’d be a great fit for us. Our engagement session with Ryan was a highlight of our wedding planning process. In addition to providing us with stunning pictures of the two of us in some of Chicago’s most beautiful locations, the engagement session was a great opportunity for Ryan to get to know us and for us to get comfortable posing for these sort of photos. On the day of the wedding, Ryan and his second shooter, Jillian, were a calming and reassuring presence during the preparation portion of the day, and from Jillian tearing up as she snapped photos of my parents and me waiting to walk down the aisle to Ryan capturing silly late night shots of us on the dance floor, they seemed to delight in the key moments of our event right
alongside us.


"He impressed us as seeming like both a friend who understood and cared about us, and at the same time a complete professional"

julie + justin

REVIEWS

Reviews

(also some wedding blogs and magazines)

My photos have been featured in...

(also some wedding blogs and magazines)

My photos have been featured in...

"Brave Space Alliance is the first Black-led, trans-led LGBTQ+ Center located on the South Side of Chicago, dedicated to creating and providing affirming, culturally competent, for-us by-us resources, programming, and services for LGBTQ+ individuals on the South and West sides of the city. We strive to empower, embolden, and educate each other through mutual aid, knowledge-sharing, and the creation of community-sourced resources as we build toward the liberation of all oppressed peoples. "

3% of all sales are donated to Brave Space Alliance:

DISCOUNTS AVAILABLE FOR:
1. Animal Adopters 
2. Both People Named Ryan(n)
3. New Orleans!
4. BBQ for Dinner 
5. Space (but you cover travel) 

Event Photography starts at $350

Portrait Photography starts at $550

No two weddings are the same, and that's why I prefer to meet on Zoom (and someday at a bar again) and talk through your options. Please get in touch here to set up a time to chat!

Wedding Photography starts at $3650

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3% of all sales are donated to Brave Space Alliance

DISCOUNTS AVAILABLE FOR:
1. Animal Adopters
2. Both People Named Ryan(n)
3. New Orleans!
4. BBQ for Dinner 
5. Space - you cover travel,
I shoot for free!

Event Photography starts at $350

Portrait Photography starts at $550

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Wedding Photography starts at $3650

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"Brave Space Alliance is the first Black-led, trans-led LGBTQ+ Center located on the South Side of Chicago, dedicated to creating and providing affirming, culturally competent, for-us by-us resources, programming, and services for LGBTQ+ individuals on the South and West sides of the city. We strive to empower, embolden, and educate each other through mutual aid, knowledge-sharing, and the creation of community-sourced resources as we build toward the liberation of all oppressed peoples. "

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No two weddings are the same, and that's why I prefer to meet on Zoom (and someday at a bar again) and talk through your options. Please get in touch here set up a little get together!

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In the old days, I'd meet you at a bar for some drinks while we talk all about your wedding plans. But for now, fill out this form, and I'll send you a full price sheet and additional info within 24 hours! From there, let's set up a Zoom call and get into it!

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In the old days, I'd meet you at a bar for some drinks while we talk all about your wedding plans. But for now, fill out this form, and I'll send you a full price sheet and additional info within 24 hours! From there, let's set up a Zoom call and get into it!

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