It's Friday! We are headed home from a road trip in West Texas today! Getting ideas for our upcoming magazine due to launch hopefully in the late summer/early fall!
We couldn't wait another minute to introduce you to today's featured College Station, Tx artist. Ryan Price is a hardworking, coffee loving, husband & father who has a passion for photography and is incredibly amazing at capturing things on film. He's got an awesome story and we know you will love getting to know him and getting to see a handful of his gorgeous images!
"I want my photography to promote real life, strong marriages, and lasting heritages.".- Ryan Price
Heirloom: Do you have any morning rituals or things you do to get ready for a long day of editing or shooting?
Ryan: My morning ritual isn't incredibly magazine worthy or super-hipster... as a dad of 3 boys, I roll out of bed and begin my morning by nuzzling my oldest ones out of bed and pouring them a glass of milk. Without fail, the very next thing I do is to start the kettle for my much needed cup of french pressed coffee. After that, my day could go any number of directions! But, being with my kids first thing in the morning is exactly how I would choose start my day if I was given a choice. It reminds me why I love life and the kinds of things I like to capture through my work.
Heirloom: What do you like to do for fun?
Ryan: I love to garden and cook fresh food for our family. It truly makes me come alive and gives me creative inspiration. I do my best to try and make things out of repurposed wood for around the house on a regular basis as well. Creating music also plays a huge role in my life... I play the piano and lead music at our local church.
Heirloom: Why do you feel like photography is important?
Ryan: The first several years into my business, I honestly could not have answered that question in a way that had much meaning at all. I just thought photographs could look cool. However, in the past few years, I've been really inspired by photographers over the past century and the really important things that they documented in our culture. I found myself looking at images that were captured in such a raw way and that told a really compelling story, and I would get really emotionally stirred. For the first time, I felt really proud to call myself a "photographer" and to even attempt to do what these amazing artists did. So, I consider photography important because it is one of the very few ways that we can transport people back in time and highlight what was important and noteworthy in our culture. I aim to use photographs to tell a story worth telling.
Heirloom: Tell us about your journey into photography! Is there a story?
Ryan: I did not set out intending to become a professional photographer. I got a degree in public health with an interest in HIV/AIDS work. After I graduated, I spent a year living in Malawi, Africa working with an HIV/AIDS program, and it was during that time that I fell in love with photography and capturing everything that I was experiencing. I believe that it was there that I learned how to make a portrait and it made me feel something inside that I haven't been able to shake.