High-end Seattle-based branding and marketing agency Brand & Sea contacted me last year about a project for the new Circa building. They wanted to create a lifestyle campaign of mixed color and black and white images that were hip and offbeat, with real people to help their brand vision for the upcoming Circa building in downtown Denver. Slated for both office and retail space, the building’s target demographics span from professional millennials through tech CEO’s. We found an incredible cast for the shoot and lucked out on the weather with a 75º day in late November.

It’s always a challenge to shoot in a “location” that doesn’t technically exist yet, so we instead focused heavily on the people and the neighborhood. We searched out locations in the area with the right vibe and energy and subtly finessed in some Circa props to help loop back to their brand. The shoot went off without a hitch and we walked away with more images in the can than our initial shot list, which is never a bad problem to have.

I recently had the opportunity to travel to from Thailand into Laos along the Mekong river. I spent a few days exploring around the river, and a few days traveling along it by very slow boat. For most of the people we saw, the river is life. It provides the economy, power, and food for entire communities, from small villages to big cities. It also allows for one of the only routes of transportation to otherwise inaccessible places. Finally, the river cuts through some of the most incredible mountains I’ve seen, looking nothing like the ranges of either Europe or North America. Here’s my brief glimpse into Life On The Mekong.

I found myself in Alberta, Canada this summer and had to make a trip to Banff National Park. I met this guy David Postman there, a standup paddleboarder who had moved from city roots in Toronto to reconnect with nature and find more in life. He showed me around the lakes a bit and we talked about his project to paddle across Lake Ontario next fall to raise money and awareness for the Mayan families in Guatamala. He was a great sport and let me photograph him all over the park. For more info about his trip follow him on instagram – @david_postman.

While I was in Banff I got to work with this awesome guy, who not only has an incredibly inspiring beard, but an inspiring lifestyle too. Choosing to leave big city life behind and live more simply in the mountains he spends his out of doors enjoying life. More to come on David and a cool project he

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All work and no fun make Ryan a dull boy.

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I started throwing a Day of the Dead party a few years ago and it turned into a hit, so it’s become an annual thing. I usually set up a couple lights and a seamless backdrop and take some fun shots of everyone in makeup. I don’t find myself working in the studio very often because I’m almost always on location but this is always a fun excuse for something a little different. Even ended up with a fun shot of me and my little brother, Chase.

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I make it a point to head out to Moab, Utah at least once a year. It’s this crazy, moon-like desert that has everything imaginable to offer the outdoor enthusiast. This time we dropped into some of the various slot canyons just outside of town. One of the coolest things about shooting in canyons like this – the light is best at high noon. That NEVER happens!

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