Reviews & Accolades

"Ryan did a great job for an event we did at our hospital.  He turned things around quickly, too.  The photos were terrific and captured the mood of the day.  He also did a highlight video for us, and it was very nicely done.  We have already hired Ryan to do another project!"


-Lisa Hulshizer, PR Director, Mountain View Regional Hospital, Casper, Wyoming

"What a joyful, contagiously happy, pose and photo. I am going to get it printed and framed asap! I can't put into words how special the waterfall picture is to me. I have been just glowing all day at the sight of your beauty inside and out!"


-A photography client, Rachel Stermer's Mom (after seeing her photo)

"Aloha Ryan! Manulele said you were an absolute pleasure to work with! Hope everything went great yesterday!"


-Jessica Frabotta, wedding planner, regarding the most popular Kauaian elder officiant

"Ryan did both a video and stills for our Kauai wedding. He was awesome! So accommodating and willing to do anything we wanted. I would highly recommend him to anyone who is looking for a top notch photographer. We couldn't have been happier!" 


-Mary Ellen  Sexton, Wedding Client

"We were lucky enough to have Ryan for a guide on one of our hikes in Kauai. To our surprise and benefit, he's an amazing professional photographer that took creative, beautiful, once-in-a-lifetime photos of my husband and I while we were on this beautiful hike. He was very easy to relate, talk to and like for us all. Thank you, Ryan, the photos are amazing and I will be telling anyone I know heading to Kauai about you!"


-Carolyn Klinkert, Kauai Adventure Tour Client

2010 - present

2010 - present

“Great photo shoot. A real pleasure to work with Ryan. He did a great job setting up all the shots & was super dealing with a photo shoot involving 4 kids ages 8 months to 6 years. We recommend him highly to anyone wanting an outstanding photo experience."

-Ed & Millie Wood, Family Portrait Clients

"Ryan you were the best thing that happened to us on our wedding! We are completely blown away by your photographic AND videography talent and creativity. We don't even know how you pulled them both off at the same time. The most amazing part is how well you blended in with our guests and the flow of the wedding. We don't know how you managed to take such extraordinary photos of us that looked so natural, spontaneous and candid. It was as if you invisibly tracked us all day and night on our wedding day and then your photos and videos magically appeared so personal and intimate. You captured some really creative photos and videos which magically captured the nuances of our feelings and emotions. Thank you for going out of your way to connect with us and personally investing extra time to feel our love story. The results clearly demonstrated this extra level of commitment. Thank you Ryan Ao for capturing our memorable day with such beauty and grace. We are eternally grateful."

-Sean & Alexandra, Wedding Clients

"Ryan was Awesome! The photoshoot was fun and he was really great at working with the environment around us and was all about capturing the essence of what we wanted, which was natural, barefoot, sunset, our "hyper" dog, and our shy 1 year old. Alot to handle when trying to catch the sunset that we wanted as our backdrop. And he made it work! We look forward to planning our next shoot with him because it all just felt natural and fun!"

-Christyn Alcones, Family Holiday Portrait Client

"Ryan has been delightful to work with. He draws out the beautiful qualities, the most passionate feelings of his subjects. His finished products tell an engaging story. His heart, his joy, is truly expressed in his work. He builds relationships everywhere he goes, as people are drawn to his enthusiasm and appreciation for who they are. He captures people's best selves as they enjoy his presence and professionalism."


-Kathleen Rosemary, Interviewee, "Within Reach" movie, Filmed & Directed by Ryan Ao


"You truly are a joy to work with – and although I am very happy for you and your family – I am selfishly wishing you could stay, as I feel it was very lucky that we found you.  I sincerely hope we can coordinate in the future when you come to Casper to visit family."


-Lisa Hulshizer, Family Portrait Client

"Ryan is an exceptional photographer. He is fun to work with and has a natural way of making you feel comfortable in front of the camera. He absolutely knows what he is doing, and I recommend him to anyone looking for fun to serious photos. Thank you Ryan for the great experience and the excellent photos!"


-Sandra Mudd, Family and Senior Portait Client

"Ryan, your holiday photographs are very very good (how fortunate my family & I were to have a real artist take our holiday photo since you have done much more skilled photo work). I am SO glad to have the one you took years ago of my family! It is really very sweet! You also made it lots of fun on a VERY cold day plus the boys really warmed up to you (they like you and they don't always feel that way about people). Thank you for your quality work and the ease in your approach. I wish you were closer!!!"

-Rachel Larson, Family Portrait Client, (Aldo Leopold's Grandaughter)

"Ryan recently shot my wedding and we couldn't be happier!!! He's got a great sense of capturing the moment, while also being very personable and good natured.  An amazing combination when it comes to a wedding where things can be chaotic, but keeping the grace of the moment is key!   We couldn't be happier with the shots and with Ryan as a person.  Hire him now!!!"


-Justin Sheehey, Wedding Client (and Portland Musician)

"Ryan is a treasure! His work portrays his wild heart and soul!!!! He works from his heart and allows you to feel comfortable with yourself and the camera! He is one of my favorite people and his photos are a direct view of his love for life!!!! Thank you Ryan!!!!"


-Chantel Alcaraz, Portrait Client

"Ryan captured our proposal beautifully and went out of his way to make it special. So glad we have these photos to look back on ..... Highly recommended him !!"


-Melissa Fitzgerald, Wedding Proposal Client

"I absolutely love Ryan Ao! He is an amazing photographer and was open to my new ideas. My photos came out gorgeous. He works at my pace, we got in, did the shoot, and then he edited the photos right after the shoot and I walked out of his studio with the proof of concept! Ryan Ao your photography never stops amazing me."


-Jennifer Morrison, Burlesque Studio Portait Client

"Left speechless!!! Such an honor and a pleasure playing with you Ryan Ao! You are such a warm presence that my introverted self could relax and be in the moment. High Five my friend!!!! These photos will be admired for the rest of our lives!!!!"


-Jason Reese, Wedding Client

"Ryan, Kody and I can not thank you enough for capturing our Trash the Dress session while we were in Kauai. This was something very important to us since we couldn't get married there and now we forever have your beautiful photographs as a keepsake! You truly are an artist and the pictures are so beautiful! The video that came along with our package was the icing on the cake. It was WAY more than we expected and the coolest thing we have ever done and I'm so happy to have that as a memory!"


-Robyn Merkel, Trash-The-Dress/Wedding Anniversary Portrait Client

"My experience working with Ryan was absolutely fantastic. My girlfriend and I had our pictures taken by him. From the get-go our session was nonstop laughs and smiles. I would recommend him to anyone who needs any sort of photography or video work done." 


-Nikolas Novitsky, Portrait and Headshot Client

"We had a great experience with Ryan and he is a great value for what you get! He was asked to work in a somewhat distracting and challenging atmosphere and he worked around everything to make the most of the situation and find the best opportunities. We were greatly impressed with the end result and will be using him again very soon for an even bigger project!"


-Erin Taylor, Cellar Ridge Construction, Commercial Video/Photo Client

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