“Anyone can pick up a camera and call themselves a photographer, but not everyone can show that they’ve put in the work to be the best.”
Hi, I’m Ryan Gonzales. My passion in life is portrait photography. More specifically, I love creating photos that truly transport my clients back to a special time in their lives. I take special pride in capturing images that not only tell the story of the moment, but also make you look your best.
In the 9+ years since I started Gonzales Photography, I’ve served hundreds of clients, providing each with not only extraordinary photos, but also a level customer service and care that stems from my love of people. When you hire me you get my absolute best. My goal is that with every wedding, every graduation, and every quinceanera, I never walk away without creating several “wow shots” that will make you laugh, cry or catch your breath.
"I care about my clients—they come back to me. I want them to have the best time possible."
A True Professional
When you hire me, you’re hiring a Certified Professional Photographer (CPP), a credential that only 8% of the nation’s photographers can claim. CPPs are put through a rigorous program that measures their artistic and technical competence, certifying them only if they meet very high standards. As CPPs we’re more than picture takers—we’re artists who put in the extra work it takes to stay at the top of our game.
In addition to being a CPP, I also hold a Photographic Craftsman Degree, one of the highest recognitions for speaking, writing and/or mentoring in the world of photography. My work as a photographic craftsman allows me to give back to the photographic community, teaching other photographers everything from how to work their cameras to posing and lighting techniques in portraiture.
My Family Is My Inspiration
My love affair with photography began back in 2003 when my soon-to-be wife and her beautiful daughter Alexis came into my life. My wife Angela, my daughter Alexis, and my sons Ryan Jr. (RJ) and Joshua continue to be my inspiration and the reason that I strive to be the best photographer that I can be every day. It’s because of them that I so deeply understand the value of capturing beautiful moments and really strive to bring my best to each and every one of my clients.
"Helping others is a key part of who I am."
The Importance of Giving Back
I firmly believe that what you give out comes back. One of my favorite ways to give back is to find families who can’t afford a professional session but really want one. It truly makes my day to be able to do this.