Carrie Ryan: Utah, USA
I have been a professional photographer for approximately seven years.
What first piqued your interest in photography?
I first wanted to capture moments of my growing family; then this desire grew to capture those fleeting moments for others of those that they love.
What is your photography forte?
Portraiture. I especially love to photograph newborns and babies. Children change so fast, it seems especially important to capture their ages and stages, and I love to be around their beautiful innocence.
What tip or trick have you learned along the way that made the biggest difference to the quality of your photos?
I have made it a goal to keep learning, shoot, and then critique what I might do better or want to try next time.
What do you love about photography?
It can preserve memories. It can capture an important moment. It can make a statement. It can inspire.
What is one tip that you would like to share?
I encourage the use of photography for good. There are enough images taken just for the shock value or gratification of the less-refined senses. When I photograph a child, I do it for the parent. I see the images created as gifts to give them. If I am ever successful in creating an image, I know I have had help to create them given to me by my Heavenly Father. I always pray before a session.
I have a quote on my bedroom closet door I will share with you: “Don’t let fear of failure discourage you. Don’t let the voice of critics paralyze you—whether that voice comes from the outside or the inside. … The more you trust and rely upon the Spirit, the greater your capacity to create” (President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, “Happiness, Your Heritage,” September 2008 general Relief Society meeting).