“Takes great care to get to know you.”

Working with Ryan was a lot of fun and I couldn't be happier with the photos. Ryan's got a great eye, gets creative with the surroundings, and gives great cues to get the perfect shot. He kept my boyfriend and I excited and kept our energy up the whole time on a frigid day. He's also very personable and takes great care to get to know you and your personality before the shoot so he can get the creative juices flowing. I'd highly recommend Hadophoto to anyone looking for great pictures and a great experience!

- Tracy Mextorf

“My best self forward.”

Over the course of an hour, we took about 100 photos with a variety of poses and background. He optimized the setting I provided (apartment common area) and also made me feel comfortable and open in front of the camera, allowing me to put my best self forward. After we collaborated on what our favorites were and some retouching, I now have four portraits I am very happy with.

— Ben Murrel

“I was actually enjoying the process!”

I highly recommend Ryan Hicks as a photographer. I am 33 years old and have never truly liked any photo ever taken of me whether by a professional or amateur. I was at a party where Ryan was hired as the photographer. I just recently graduated from law school and was disappointed with the photos taken by two professional photographers at two separate times. Ryan decided to take a few photos of me. He made several position and pose suggestions. I felt so comfortable under his direction that I was actually enjoying the process! I could tell that he truly cares about the person he is photographing and the story he is telling through the pictures. When I saw the final product, I was astonished. For the first time in my life, there is not one aspect of the photo that was disagreeable!!! My family was even surprised at the quality of the photographs. The other photographs taking during the party were equal in quality both aesthetically and substantive. He captured many treasured moments between family members that we will be able to cherish now for a lifetime. The photographs project beauty and the best moments and emotions of a conversation or activity. The story of our party was perfectly captured in his photos. Well done.  

— Linds S. 

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“Outstanding professionalism.”

Ryan took some exceptional shots for my intimate wedding celebration. He was a pleasure to work with and had outstanding professionalism.

There was a very quick turnaround with all of the photos and they all look stunning. Cannot recommend him enough!

— Arn H.

“Beautiful and powerful images.”

Ryan is not only an excellent photographer, but he is extremely personable in addition to professional. He possesses a keen knack for composing both beautiful and powerful images. Book him for your next photography session!

— Marisa V. E. 

“Emotion in every shot.”

During the shoot, Ryan is pleasant, funny, and has great attention to detail, so you know he's fully committing himself to his time with his subjects. He is very willing to explain, if the client is curious, how his equipment works and how he makes decisions concerning light sources, reflections, and angles or anything else related to photography. I always learn something when I shoot with him. The most remarkable part about working with Ryan comes when he is developing and editing the pictures because he searches for and is able to iterate the emotion in every shot and why it moves him. As a huge plus, his edits are professional, clean and quick, compared to many other photographers. Ryan is my go-to photographer whenever I am looking to shoot!

— Mary C.