naomi

    This past Christmas we were blessed to have my grandparents visit us from Jamaica.  They have been missionaries to Jamaica for the past 20 years and having them here in the States is very exciting, especially during the Holidays.  My grandparents have past down  an amazing Christian heritage  to their children, grandchildren and great grandchildren which has shaped our values, and who we are and will become.

    It is a tradition in our church and family to dedicate each young child to God.  A proclamation that we intend to raise that child with the same Christian values that we were raised with.  I like to think of it more of a way to keep us parents accountable to all who are present for the dedication of our intentions.  Dedicating a baby is a special time, a real family event that we take very seriously.  My sister (Danette) did not want to miss the opportunity to dedicate her newest little girl, Naomi, while my grandparents were in town.

    For this special occasion the Grandma’s contributed to the event by sewing the dress that Naomi would wear and making the blanket to wrap her up in.  It was a very special time with 4 generations of of girls/women to commemorate Naomi’s dedication.

    Danette brought Naomi by a few days later to get some pictures of Naomi and her hand-made dress and blanket.  All her other 4 children had very similar pictures taken when they were the same age so I had a mission to make them match as much as possible.  It is so strange how much all of her kids look alike too.

    Naomi is so beautiful and we are definitely  blessed to have her in our family.  And no one is better suited to pass on our Godly heritage than her parents, David and Danette.  Love You Guys!

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    micah

    If you know me at all, you know that my daughter is my favorite subject when it comes to both photos and video.  Whenever I need to scout a location or try a new technique, she is always there.  I love hanging out with her.  We have so much fun.  She always says “Dad, your cracking me up!”  which of course learned from her mother, and I love making her laugh.

    I took my niece Amelia to take some pics for her approaching birthday and my daughter of course had to come along.  I got some amazing shots of Micah that I absolutely love and I had to share them.

    We we spent most of the day in Old Town Sacramento, then wondered down near the river and the train tracks. The wind was blowing pretty back which is why Micah’s hair is a little crazy.  Good thing we brought a headband

    I guarantee that this will not be the last  time I post photos from a shoot that I do with Micah.  I’m sure you are going to get sick of me saying how much I love her and how wonderful she is,  But I won’t stop!

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    que sera

    My most favorite film I have ever made started out as an accident.  Micah, Jada and I took a little trip down to Santa Cruz for a few days to enjoy the beach and the boardwalk.  Micah was finally tall enough to go on the kid rids by her self and we couldn’t wait to see the look on her face as she rode.  I started off just taking pictures and it slowly morphed into filming.  More of an experiment with my new camera.

    We had a great time in the sun and headed home.  When I watched the footage back it almost made me cry.  My little girl was getting so big and it wouldn’t be long until she was gone.

    I put together a short film documenting that day and gave it to Jada on the anniversary of Micah’s adoption being finalized September 11th.

    I can watch this movie over and over and it never gets old.  I love that we have these memories recorded to enjoy forever.

     

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    hello world!

    I absolutely love a new year.  A fresh start, a new beginning, and an excuse to just start all over.  Obviously this year is no different.  I have my list of resolutions that I promised myself I would keep (haha) which includes health/weight, fitness, family and spiritual goals.  One thing is for sure, I am taking another strep forward with my business, Ryan Black Films.

    Last year was a good year,  I worked on branding my business with a new look and logo, I stayed pretty busy shooting a lot of portrait sessions of all kinds.  From my little new niece Naomi and all her brothers and sisters to a local doctor who was also working on rebranding and even did some sports photography.  And of course my favorite subject my daughter Micah.  Every chance I get I’m snapping shots of her and trying to get her to pose, not only for business, but memories for the rest of her life.  I’m sure she is getting sick of me,  I know Jada, my beautiful wife, is.

    I also filmed quite a few weddings that would take your breath away because they were so amazing.  The decorations, the lighting, the food and of course the venues.  Some of my favorite spots were The Palace Hotel in San Francisco with the amazing wedding planner Duncan Reyes and The Holman Ranch planned by Carmel’s finest Amy Byrd.  It was hard to  take a break during the 2011 wedding season. I was a second shooter for David Ethridge of AVR Films as often as I was free.  Every wedding shot with him out did the last.  I wrapped up the 2011 weddings on New Years Eve in San Jose shooting a fun Same Day Edit with Johnathan Metcalf of Metmedia.

    So begins a fresh start.  This is my new blog that I’m so glad you found.  I have decided to use this format to showcase my work rather than a web site because I want to everyone to see what I am working on and the web site just wasn’t a good forum for that.  It didn’t help that I never updated it.  But this is a new year with new ideas and new adventures ahead.  You my see some stuff on here that you have seen before, like some of my favorite films I’ve made so enjoy and share!

    So watch for some new posts, and maybe some older older stuff that I absolutely love.  I will be sharing with everyone on Facebook and Twitter whenever I have a new entry/post, or you can subscribe via email if you would like.   Please leave me some feedback if you get a chance,  I would love to hear from you!

     

    God Bless

     

     

     

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    Christmas Cards

    Every year my wife waits to the last-minute to start thinking about Christmas Cards.  And there is always some excuse like “I don’t have anything to wear” or “it’s too warm outside for pictures, I want it to look more like winter”.  No matter what I do it becomes my responsibility to come up with something amazing or at least memorable the 2nd week in December in order for everyone to get their christmas cards on time.

    This year was no different and of course my wife had no idea what she wanted to do for cards.  What she did know was that she didn’t want to be like anyone else.  So I came up with the idea to take pictures of ourselves and hide our faces with an ipad with someone else’s photo on the screen.  My wife didn’t understand at first, and what little she did understand she thought sounded cheesy.  But she couldn’t come up with a better idea so I kinda forced her to go with mine.

    I thought they turned out pretty good.  This was my first time editing in Photoshop CS5 and i really liked it.

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    Laura RadnieckiDecember 22, 2010 - 8:55 am

    I love them! Creative idea and I love how it all turned out.

    Laura RadnieckiDecember 22, 2010 - 8:55 am

    I love them! Creative idea and I love how it all turned out.

    ryanblackfilmsDecember 22, 2010 - 9:35 am

    Thanks Laura.
    You guys will be in Cali soon won’t you?

    ryanblackfilmsDecember 22, 2010 - 9:35 am

    Thanks Laura.
    You guys will be in Cali soon won’t you?