As a Southern California native, I have been privileged to experience all the diversity this state has to offer. From it’s natural beauty to the cities and people that call California home. As a young man, it seemed a natural reaction to capture this environment with a camera. From Jr. High to present day, some 30 years, my camera has become a second sight to my vision of life and it’s many exposures.
Having been honored with various photography awards in high school, I was encouraged to pursue a career in Photography.
I started working at Universal City Studio Tour in the mid-90s. I was given a variety of tasks. This was truly a study in characters. From photographing thousands of tourists to special photo assignments for the marketing & sales department. It was a vast learning experience. I was privileged to provide stills used in TV productions. I also created my own headshot studio in my garage for upcoming and hopeful actors.
It was a fond farewell to Hollywood when I accepted a job on the Big Island of Hawaii. Being a surfer and outdoorsman how could I resist. After settling in Hawaii, I took annual photo vacations to Asia. I traveled to Hong Kong, Burma, Laos, Thailand, and China. Traveling as a lone photographer changed my life. It gave me an internal charge on humanity that is with me to this day. While in Thailand, I met my wife Noi. We have worked together on numerous shoots and recently celebrated our 15th Anniversary.
1997 – I served as a portrait photographer and manager of event photography – Outrigger Waikoloa Resort
1999– 2004 – Zac’s Photo – Kona, Hawaii - I worked as manager of photography operations. These operations included weddings, portraits, products, sport, restaurants, advertising, art reproduction, and special events.
After numerous trips abroad, I found my way back to California to visit family and friends in Palm Springs. I could see the Desert Area re-inventing itself to realize it’s potential. Wishing to be part of this developing area, I relocated to Palm Springs in 2004.
Soon after, I started my business Daniel James Ryan Photography – Palm Springs. It has become a platform for every aspect of photography. I have contracted a network of professional photographers and videographers. This network allows maximum coverage for the largest event. From California to Hawaii, I have been there to meet the challenge.
My goals are clear. Experience and professionalism must enable images to tell a story. The story provokes the viewer to respond. That response, whether it be sentimental, informative or profitable is the essence of Photography.