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Personal projects and work by portrait photographer Ryan Klos in Woodstock, IL

Magazine Model | Reagan

WHCC Floors Review Photos | Ryan Klos Photography, Woodstock, IL portrait photographer.

This is Reagan, one of the cutest models I’ve had the pleasure of working with. I’m writing a review article about faux flooring options for photographers (which is pending publication in Rangefinder magazine’s September issue) and needed a model for sample portraits. Reagan’s sunshine smile and gorgeous blond curly locks made her the right choice!

What a joy she was to work with—happy, giggly and full of smiles! When the article runs it will be her debut in print, but with a face like that, I’m sure it won’t be her last.

WHCC Floors Review Photos | Ryan Klos Photography, Woodstock, IL portrait photographer.

 

WHCC Floors Review Photos | Ryan Klos Photography, Woodstock, IL portrait photographer.

June 15th, 2012|Kids Portraits, Personal|0 Comments

Studio Portraits and Backdrops

If you’ve been following my work for any length of time, you know I prefer outdoor portraits over studio. But I was recently reviewing a new line of studio backdrops for Rangefinder magazine and needed to photograph people in front of the backdrops. I contacted one of my Woodstock reps and a friend of my Johnsburg reps to model and here are the results. It was kind of like shooting mini senior sessions.

As far as backdrops go, these were awesome. They’re modern and definitely cooler than your typical studio portrait backgrounds, and they accept light really well. If I were to start shooting more studio work, I’d definitely consider getting several more backdrops from this line.

Thanks to my models Stephen and Meghan for helping out and to Heather McMillan who did makeup for Meghan—great work everyone! I’ll let you know when the review is published and which issue it is in.

Studio portraits with backgrounds by WHCC. Photography by Ryan Klos Photography.

 

Studio portraits with backgrounds by WHCC. Photography by Ryan Klos Photography.

May 13th, 2011|Modeling, Personal|0 Comments

Brand New | Jacob

I’m happy to announce the newest member of my family: Jacob! My little boy arrived at the end of January (two weeks early) and has been an immense blessing since. Having two little boys in the house has kept my wife and I VERY busy, and Noah loves being a big brother. We’re getting used to sleepless nights again, but it won’t be long before things even out. Seems like the first few months slip by in a blink of an eye anyway. Maybe all the interrupted sleep helps us forget how tired we really are 🙂

Jacob was delivered by C-section, and I was able to make some amazing photos in the operating room. Just seeing these birth photos, I am in awe once again of God’s incredible plan for life and reproduction. Even though you know there’s a baby in mama’s belly as she grows, it’s still amazing to see that miracle of birth take place and witness an actual child being born.

Without further ado, here’s my brand new baby boy:

Here’s an image during delivery. There’s a little blood so use your discretion. Click to see it.

Newborn baby Jacob. Photo by Ryan Klos Photography, Woodstock, IL portrait photographer.

Newborn baby Jacob. Photo by Ryan Klos Photography, Woodstock, IL portrait photographer.

Newborn baby Jacob. Photo by Ryan Klos Photography, Woodstock, IL portrait photographer.

Newborn baby Jacob. Photo by Ryan Klos Photography, Woodstock, IL portrait photographer.

Newborn baby Jacob. Photo by Ryan Klos Photography, Woodstock, IL portrait photographer.

At only a week old, Jacob is working on his kung-fu. You don’t wanna mess with this kid 🙂

March 3rd, 2011|Brand New Newborns, Personal|6 Comments

Goals for 2011

1-year-old boy sporting a backwards cap on yellow background. Photo by Ryan Klos Photography, Woodstock, IL portrait photographer.

I’m not one for New Year’s resolutions, but I think it’s important to set goals so you have something to work toward. And what better time to set some yearly goals than at the beginning of the year? As a business owner I have plenty of business oriented goals, but I have several personal goals I’d like to meet this year as well. The image above is part of one of my goals: to make monthly portraits of my boys. This portrait has only one of my boys because the other isn’t born yet, he’ll be here in about three weeks.

Why am I posting them on my blog? Maybe by publishing them I’ll feel more compelled to meet each one. Maybe this post will get buried and I won’t ever think about these goals again. Either way I’m putting them out there. I’m making it known that I have high expecations of myself and I’m going to work hard at meeting these goals.

  1. Make monthly portraits of my boys
  2. More dates with my wife (out of the house)
  3. Read 20 books
  4. Read the Bible more intentionally, less passively
  5. Discover more new music (so good for creativity)
  6. Spend more time enjoying the outdoors (hiking, picnics, outdoor games)

Those six goals may not seem like a lot, but I’m usually the one making lists of lists that go on for pages. Not this time. I wanted to keep things realistic. Make sure they’re attainable. I think this is a good start.

How ’bout you? Got any goals planned for 2011?

January 12th, 2011|Personal|3 Comments

Looking Back at 2010

Amazingly, 2010 is already coming to a close. It’s been a great year with lots of ups and downs and plenty to be thankful for. First off, thank you to all my clients for making 2010 the wonderful year that it was! I had the pleasure of shooting newborns, children, seniors, families, headshots and many other creative portraits. Looking back, I’m feeling very blessed that this is my full time work.

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas, and here’s to a blessed new year in 2011! Thank you again to all my clients for making 2010 so special. I’m so grateful to you all!

Below is a visual look at 2010.

A visual look back at 2010, all photos by Ryan Klos

December 28th, 2010|Personal|0 Comments

Glamour Shoot | Salon Energy, Crystal Lake

Nov Self-Portrait Project, by Ryan Klos

In mid-November I got together with Sarah Safstrom and Emily Smith of Salon Energy in Crystal Lake for a fun glamour shoot. The main purpose was to collaboratively pool our talents and skills to make some portfolio-worthy images. And we definitely did!

With Sarah doing the styling and Emily rocking the makeup, I lit our models for a slightly edgy, yet classic glamour look. The results are exactly what I had envisioned in my head before our shoot.

Lots of great people helped make this shoot happen. Big thanks to Sarah and Emily for your skills, and to my assistant Brian Bieschke for help on set. Finally, thanks to all our models: Ashley Arendt, Jessica Farrar, Melissa King, Kelly Witt, Danl Sumpter, Kim Sterba, Kevin Safstrom and Jamie Martinez.

Glamour Photos by Ryan Klos

 

Glamour Photos by Ryan Klos

 

December 13th, 2010|Modeling, Personal|0 Comments