Attitude & Effort
— Ryan
On assignment with First Descents in Ouray, Colorado

On assignment with First Descents in Ouray, Colorado

Ryan Bates Photography is owned and operated by husband and wife team, Ryan & Angie Bates. They combine their creative talents to produce exciting photography for their community and beyond.

Ryan is a graduate of Brooks Institute of Photography with a double major in Advertising/ Illustration & Digital Imaging. Starting his career in corporate product photography for clients like Macy’s, Apple, Gap, Motorolla, Levi’s and Pets.com.  His crowning achievement was an image on a billboard featured in “the Maze” gateway to San Francisco.  This led him to a Creative Director position with Restoration Hardware.  Then looking for something more fulfilling he was led to a high end portrait studio where he would be getting himself ready for his own studio in the coming years.  He has been working in the profession for twenty years and loves portrait photography. He is passionate about creating unique and special images for every client. Ryan is a Professional Photographers of America - Certified Professional Photographer and will be awarded Craftsman of Photography in early 2016.  Ryan is active in the community through the Chamber of Commerce, business and social groups.  In his spare time, he is an avid cross-fitter, cyclist and long course triathlete completing Ironman Arizona in 2012.

Angie is deeply creative with a fascination for people and relationships. She often assists Ryan on location and during sessions. She wants every client to have a memorable experience and enjoys creating a warm and welcoming environment for all.  “When you own your own business – you never really check out for the day.  We talk about everything!  We live it and love it!”

Ryan and Angie feel blessed that they get to work together and they have a lot of fun doing so. They have been married for twelve years and they have three wonderful children who are constantly inspiring them.