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I'm a portrait and business branding photographer here in St. Louis, Missouri.


I'm so grateful for the opportunity to visually tell your unique story. I love the creative process - working with you to design a session plan including wardrobe selection and choosing an awesome location, embracing creative freedom while carefully capturing the moment, then further bringing your images to life with tasteful post production editing.


How are we different? Our creative vision and adventurous approach allow us to lead photo sessions producing beautiful portraits that genuinely capture your personality and the pulse of your business.


Our goal is to create amazing portraits of anyone, any product, any space, anywhere in the world. We're always looking for ways to improve the final image.


Is modeling for a portrait out of your comfort zone? Are you nervous about posing, or your expression? No worry, we get it - We'll give plenty of direction throughout the session so you can feel confident we're creating incredible images. With your trust we'll have a blast - so let's do this!


...We'd love to work with you! Send a message here to set up a session introductory call.


-Ryan Gallagher


Through all stages of production, or focus remains on mastering the following four key elements of portraiture:



It's so important that we quickly earn your trust. Let's face it, most of us aren't every day models, so you may be a little nervous before your photo session. We'll give clear direction so you don't feel awkward or uncertain of how you're doing. Once you're comfortable you'll have more fun interacting with each other, which definitely shows up in your photos.


Any fine art painting or portraiture book will emphasize paying attention to leading lines, angles, curves and positioning of the hands. Each can be used to draw the viewer's attention back to the subject. Attention to these details makes or breaks the shot.

Creative Vision


This is the fun part - the storytelling. In addition to landscape/environment selection, deciding how to use light, color, texture and design makes each photographer's approach to describing a moment unique. It's their style of making an idea a visible reality.


Technical Accuracy


It's no secret - proper equipment helps to capture sharp, quality images.

Camera Bodies


Canon EOS 1D Mark 4


Canon EOS 5D Mark 3






Canon EF 17-40 mm f/4L


Canon EF 35 mm f/1.4L


Canon TS-E 45mm f/2.8 Tilt Shift Fixed


Canon EF 50 mm f/1.4


Canon EF 100 mm Macro f/2.8L


Canon EF 70-200 mm f/2.8L


Promaster Digital HGX UV Filters

Canon Lighting


(3) Canon 600EX-RT Speedlite Flashes


(1) Canon 580 EX II Speedlite Flashes


Canon ST-E3-RT Speedlite Transmitter



Paul C. Buff Studio Lighting


Einstein™ Flash Unit


CyberSync™ Trigger Transmitter 2


CyberSync™ Transceiver



CyberSync™ Battery Powered Receiver (3)

Manfrotto MK294C3-A0RC2 3 Section Tripod


LiteMod™ Unit Mainframe + Barndoors


LiteMod™ Gel Holders + Gels


14” X 60” Foldable Stripbox + Grid


86” White PLM™ Umbrella + Diffusion Fabric



Westcott / Other Lighting


(2) Westcott 2334 28" Recessed Medium



Westcott 2332 43-Inch Collapsible Umbrella


LumiQuest Mini SoftBox



Stands/ Bags/ Post Production Tools


(3) Manfrotto 1004BAC Master Stands


Naneu Sahara 217f Expandable Backpack


Lowepro Pro Trekker 600 AW Backpack


(2) Seagate External Hard Drives


Adobe Photoshop


Adobe Lightroom

Canon TS-E 45mm f/2.8 Tilt Shift


Built for correct linear perspective in architectural images, this tilt shift lens can also be used for artistic portraiture, making use of shallow depth of field and soft bokeh.


Canon EF 70-200 mm f/2.8L


This telephoto lens helps me stay in the moment, but from a distance (outdoors with a barrier between me and the subject, during a Wedding ceremony, sports photography, etc.) It's also super fast, which helps freeze the action when dealing with movement.



Canon EF 35 mm f/1.4L


This wide angle lens produces super sharp images and wide aperature for nice depth of field. It's become my workhorse lens for portraits.



Canon EF 17-40 mm f/4L


A wide angle lens with zoom that allows flexibility in frame choice. Great for panorama/environmental images and group portraits.



Canon EF 50 mm f/1.4


It's tough to take a bad portrait with this lens in hand. Great for even shallower depth of field.



Canon EF 100 mm Macro f/2.8L


A powerful macro lens. I use it primarily for wedding ring photographs. Also nice for bug photography if you're in to that.


Remote Flash System


Off-camera lighting couldn't be easier. Step 1: Angle the flashes where you want them. Step 2: Use the on-camera transmitter to control the lighting output.