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JEFF & KATE - Phoenix, Arizona

Where do I even start with this? I felt incredibly lucky when my friend Matt Allen asked if I'd come down and shoot Jeff's wedding with him. Matt and Jeff are both super talented photographers, and also happen to be pretty swell fellows as well. By the time I headed back to Seattle, I'd gone from feeling lucky, to being genuinely thankful and honored to have been a part of this day. It was one of those, "hey, I just met you, and this is crazy" moments (+10 internets)  ...  but I'm pretty sure I love all of you guys ... Jeff, Kate, Matt, Shannon, all your families. Thank you.

Make sure you check out Matt's post here, if you're into awesome pictures and instant film, and all things good. 

TERRA & AMYN - Palace Ballroom, Seattle

Terra and Amyn's wedding ... what a day. Days, actually. The first night was an Indian mehndi celebration, and the second day was the big wedding bash. Great food, thanks to the wedding venue - Palace Ballroom - and amazing people, thanks to Terra and Amyn's family and friends. I love getting to see two families, cultures, and lives come together this way to love and support the bride and groom (and their marriage.) Two of my favorite moments: Amyn and Terra decided not to see each other before the ceremony, but they shared a few words, smiles, and hand-holding between walls, just before the ceremony. The other was Terra's 89-year  old grandmother dancing with her new husband. So awesome. You can see more photos, and read Terra's words about the wedding, on Style Me Pretty.

Big thanks to Carly Bish for shooting with me, and Megan from Clutch Events for helping the day run so smoothly.


Mehndi Night

Wedding Day

Terra and Amyn didn't want to see each other until she walked down the aisle, but they had a moment to talk and hold hands around the corner. 

ITALY & AUSTRIA, the hypothermia edition

Shortly after the new year, Emily and I took a trip to Italy  and Austria to do some skiing and sight-seeing. The only problem was that there was no snow to be found in Italy ... frigid weather, however, was in abundance (yes, Seattle has made us sissies, but it averaged -10C. Come on!)  

We shivered our way through Venice, Verona, Cortina d'Ampezzo, and Innsbruck; and saw, through frosted-over eyes, some absolutely beautiful cities, people, and scenery. It was basically impossible to take a bad photo in Venice... it's on a billion postcards for a reason.  I'll be forever grateful to the Italians for their patience with me butchering their language while trying to get espresso every morning. Travel mishaps adventures and snow-free mountains aside, taking this trip with my wife made my year.


photos via film, digital, and iPhone.


Venice Gran CanalVenice with Leica M6 by Ryan FlynnVenice Canals by Ryan Flynn.Venice San Campo Margherita, by Ryan Flynn.St. Mark's Square in Venice, by Ryan Flynn.St. Mark's Square in Venice, by Ryan Flynn.Venice waterfront near St. Mark's, with gondolas.Venice Grand Canal at dusk, by Ryan Flynn.Venice street photography, by Ryan Flynn.Venice street photography, by Ryan Flynn.Venice street photography, by Ryan Flynn.Church in the Dolomite Mountains, Italy, by Ryan Flynn.Cortina d'Ampezzo gondolas.Innsbruck, Austria, from the mountainside.Innsbruck, Austria, from the river, in February, by Ryan Flynn.




Jill and Andrew ... I don't even know where to start. A happy, awesome, madly in love couple, plenty of time to shoot when the light was amazing, and just a great story to tell. So happy I was a part of this. They were married at the Corban Seminary, at the Weyerhaueser Estate in Tacoma, WA. Both of them put a ton of heart into the wedding, and you can see loads more details on Style Me Pretty.  Finally, a big 'thank you' to my friend Jeff Marsh for shooting with me, a few frames below are his.  


This is a big one. Going back through the tens of thousands of photos from this year, I pulled out 100+ that caught my eye. Actually it was way more than that, but after a few days of editing down, it's a bit more manageable. Call it the 'best of', or the highlight reel... it's hard to pick favorites ... all my work is important to me. I get attached and sentimental about the photos I make, because of what, and who, they represent.  

So, with no particular theme or order, I hope you enjoy this: a collection of just some of the moments I was blessed to be a part of this year.


2011 was fantastic. I don't think I've ever worked this much, learned this much, or had this much fun before. To my clients, from the bottom of my heart, thank you for trusting me. To my friends, to say your encouragement and (more importantly?) entertainment meant a lot to me would be a huge understatement. Thank you.


Can't wait to go to work on 2012.

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[audio:http://ryanpflynn.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/02-I-Was-Born-to-Love-Her.mp3|titles=Ivan & Alyosha - I Was Born to Love Her] Joey and Kara started their marriage in Glacier National Park, Montana, at the Great Northern Resort. Montana was such a dream. I could've shot there for weeks. Especially with these two. If you met them, it would seem like the most natural thing in the world when you learned that they take care of people for a living. They're every bit as sweet and heartfelt as they look.