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Heidi Ryder Photography

Los Angeles , CA
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Hi! I'm Heidi Ryder. You're probably reading this because you're looking for a wedding or portrait photographer. Well, you're in luck because that's exactly what I do. Hooray!
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Hi! I'm Heidi Ryder. You're probably reading this because you're looking for a wedding or portrait photographer. Well, you're in luck because that's exactly what I do. Hooray!

Let me start by telling you a little bit about myself. I am a wife to Chris and a mom to Frank and Roxy, our adorable pugs whom I love dearly. My own wedding was one of the best days ever and I'm sure your wedding will be just as awesome. I love my job so much because I get to document an amazing day for amazing couples. Maybe you'll be one of them? I hope so.

Please take a look at my website and don't forget to check out my blog. It's the part of this site that I update most often, so it's the best place to get to know me and my work. Enjoy and I hope to hear from you soon! Read less
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INFO FOR PHOTOGRAPHY

What primary photographic style do you identify with?
Contemporary, Photojournalism, Portraiture
What photography services do you offer?
High-Res, Liability Insurance
What photography items do you offer?
Albums, Digital Files, Prints, Proofs, Thank You Cards

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Emily
Wedding:
6/25/2016
5.0/5.0
I could not be happier with having Heidi be the photographer for my wedding at Lombardi House in Los Angeles. It was hands-down one of the best decisions I made for my wedding. When I got my wedding pictures back, my mind was blown. They were more beautiful than I could ever have imagined. Heidi is so good at her job in every respect-- most importantly though, she has a great eye. She chose the BEST backdrops for posed photographs at our church (pictures after the ceremony) as well as at the venue (for first look, romantics, etc)-- that I could never have come up with on my own. She photographed details at my wedding in the most elegant way, from the tables, to the hanging garlands. She captured my wedding guests in the best of moments. She is also incredibly efficient without sacrificing any important details. She immediately set my husband and I at ease at our engagement shoot, and when the wedding came along, we had no nerves regarding Heidi showing up! I highly recommend Heidi Ryder!
I could not be happier with having Heidi be the photographer for my wedding at Lombardi House in Los Angeles. It was Read more...
I could not be happier with having Heidi be the photographer for my wedding at Lombardi House in Los Angeles. It was hands-down one of the best decisions I made for my wedding. When I got my wedding pictures back, my mind was blown. They were more beautiful than I could ever have imagined. Heidi is so good at her job in every respect-- most importantly though, she has a great eye. She chose the BEST backdrops for posed photographs at our church (pictures after the ceremony) as well as at the venue (for first look, romantics, etc)-- that I could never have come up with on my own. She photographed details at my wedding in the most elegant way, from the tables, to the hanging garlands. She captured my wedding guests in the best of moments. She is also incredibly efficient without sacrificing any important details. She immediately set my husband and I at ease at our engagement shoot, and when the wedding came along, we had no nerves regarding Heidi showing up! I highly recommend Heidi Ryder! Read less
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Taryn
Wedding:
10/3/2015
5.0/5.0
Heidi is a fantastic photographer and the best to work with! She was the first photographer my (now) husband and I met with and there is no comparison. Our engagement photos were phenomenal and really gave us a great trial run for the actual wedding. Heidi is very communicative and on top of it! She was really easy to work with on the day of, never got in the way and never bossed us around. She was great during family photos - the hardest part! That was smooth, quick and painless. She was super quick in getting us the photos within 2 weeks after the wedding and ALL were perfect. She's an amazing photographer and captured everything we wanted and needed. When I say EVERY photo was AMAZING, I truly mean it! No need to look any further - Heidi is your girl!!
Heidi is a fantastic photographer and the best to work with! She was the first photographer my (now) husband and I met Read more...
Heidi is a fantastic photographer and the best to work with! She was the first photographer my (now) husband and I met with and there is no comparison. Our engagement photos were phenomenal and really gave us a great trial run for the actual wedding. Heidi is very communicative and on top of it! She was really easy to work with on the day of, never got in the way and never bossed us around. She was great during family photos - the hardest part! That was smooth, quick and painless. She was super quick in getting us the photos within 2 weeks after the wedding and ALL were perfect. She's an amazing photographer and captured everything we wanted and needed. When I say EVERY photo was AMAZING, I truly mean it! No need to look any further - Heidi is your girl!! Read less
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Shelby
Wedding:
9/12/2015
5.0/5.0
Where to even begin. I feel so lucky to have stumbled upon Heidi after my original photographer became pregnant and could no longer shoot our wedding. This was a blessing in disguise because I'm absolutely obsessed with every single photo Heidi and her amazing assistant shot at our wedding. I'll start by commenting on her personal touch. She requires you meet with her via Skype or in person to chat about the vision of your day, which I really liked. She's organized, timely, and makes the business side of the process painless. She also allows payments, which was nice as we were able to pay for it over the span of 4 months. Her prices were amongst the most reasonable I've found for the quality of work. You truly get more than you pay for and quick. We received all of our images on our honeymoon abroad, which was so special. In regards to the actual event, Heidi was early, professional, organized, and didn't miss a beat. Looking at the pictures, we were in disbelief and the amount of moments she captured, not only of my husband and I but ALL of our family and friends. It was like she was everywhere all night. Her work speaks for itself, I was instantly gravitated towards her natural light approach and her work for me far exceeded all expectations I had for my wedding pictures. Heidi, thank you for giving me the ultimate keepsake and allowing us to relive our best day for years to come. We so love our pictures and wish you the best
xo
Shelby & Steve
Where to even begin. I feel so lucky to have stumbled upon Heidi after my original photographer became pregnant and could Read more...
Where to even begin. I feel so lucky to have stumbled upon Heidi after my original photographer became pregnant and could no longer shoot our wedding. This was a blessing in disguise because I'm absolutely obsessed with every single photo Heidi and her amazing assistant shot at our wedding. I'll start by commenting on her personal touch. She requires you meet with her via Skype or in person to chat about the vision of your day, which I really liked. She's organized, timely, and makes the business side of the process painless. She also allows payments, which was nice as we were able to pay for it over the span of 4 months. Her prices were amongst the most reasonable I've found for the quality of work. You truly get more than you pay for and quick. We received all of our images on our honeymoon abroad, which was so special. In regards to the actual event, Heidi was early, professional, organized, and didn't miss a beat. Looking at the pictures, we were in disbelief and the amount of moments she captured, not only of my husband and I but ALL of our family and friends. It was like she was everywhere all night. Her work speaks for itself, I was instantly gravitated towards her natural light approach and her work for me far exceeded all expectations I had for my wedding pictures. Heidi, thank you for giving me the ultimate keepsake and allowing us to relive our best day for years to come. We so love our pictures and wish you the best
xo
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Tim
Wedding:
9/5/2015
5.0/5.0
Heidi was more than we could have ever hoped for! Not only did she spend time getting to know us before our wedding, she ensured that she understood every aspect of our wedding before the day so she wouldn't miss a beat.
If you're looking for a wedding photographer, no need to look any further than Heidi. Her photos are beautiful, she captured everyone, everything, and every moment of our wedding. I'm just waiting for another fun event that I can hire Heidi to come and take photos again. Go right now and call Heidi! Best decision you'll make in preparing for your wedding.
Heidi was more than we could have ever hoped for! Not only did she spend time getting to know us before our wedding, she Read more...
Heidi was more than we could have ever hoped for! Not only did she spend time getting to know us before our wedding, she ensured that she understood every aspect of our wedding before the day so she wouldn't miss a beat.
If you're looking for a wedding photographer, no need to look any further than Heidi. Her photos are beautiful, she captured everyone, everything, and every moment of our wedding. I'm just waiting for another fun event that I can hire Heidi to come and take photos again. Go right now and call Heidi! Best decision you'll make in preparing for your wedding. Read less
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Private User
Wedding:
5/23/2015
5.0/5.0
Heidi was such a delight to work with from start to finish. Because we were getting ready at one location, doing first look and bridal party photos at another location, having a church ceremony, and then another location for the reception, we knew we wanted more coverage than what other photographers provided in their "standard" package. Heidi met with us and let us know that the most important thing to her was to capture our day, and that she wouldn't nickel and dime us, nor risk missing something important to us if it didn't happen in the contracted time. Her attitude and flexibility left me 100% confident going into the wedding day. We just got our photos back and she (and the second photographer) captured absolutely everything and managed to be all the places I didn't get to experience myself. It's so true that the day flies by and you'll be so happy if you invest in a great photographer and second shooter so that you can relive it when it's over! We certainly think she was worth EVERY penny! (Even though we didn't really want or need engagement pictures, we followed Heidi's advice to use them time to get more comfortable with her and the camera -- really great advice and happy she got to know us before the wedding day too. Seeing her on the day of felt like seeing a friend, not a stiff vendor.)
Heidi was such a delight to work with from start to finish. Because we were getting ready at one location, doing first Read more...
Heidi was such a delight to work with from start to finish. Because we were getting ready at one location, doing first look and bridal party photos at another location, having a church ceremony, and then another location for the reception, we knew we wanted more coverage than what other photographers provided in their "standard" package. Heidi met with us and let us know that the most important thing to her was to capture our day, and that she wouldn't nickel and dime us, nor risk missing something important to us if it didn't happen in the contracted time. Her attitude and flexibility left me 100% confident going into the wedding day. We just got our photos back and she (and the second photographer) captured absolutely everything and managed to be all the places I didn't get to experience myself. It's so true that the day flies by and you'll be so happy if you invest in a great photographer and second shooter so that you can relive it when it's over! We certainly think she was worth EVERY penny! (Even though we didn't really want or need engagement pictures, we followed Heidi's advice to use them time to get more comfortable with her and the camera -- really great advice and happy she got to know us before the wedding day too. Seeing her on the day of felt like seeing a friend, not a stiff vendor.) Read less
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Donna
Wedding:
4/11/2015
5.0/5.0
Heidi was our photographer for our wedding. When I first met Heidi, I instantly liked her. She was so pleasant, easy going and very patient when I was asking her millions of questions. And I asked a lot of questions!! I had told Heidi that I usually don't feel comfortable being in front of a camera and even more awkward, posing for pictures. She flashed her assuring smile and said, "not to worry. The main thing was to enjoy the moment and have fun at it." I definitely felt more at ease after meeting Heidi and I knew she was the photographer I wanted at my wedding. We scheduled an engagement photo session with Heidi and it was fantastic! It gave us an opportunity to work with each other for the first time and be comfortable with one another, so on the wedding day, it wouldn't feel so foreign. I highly recommend engagement photo sessions!!!
Heidi and Mary (second photographer) arrived on the wedding day early. She's punctual that way! ;-) Throughout the ceremony and wedding luncheon, Heidi was able to capture so many sentimental emotions on film, all which are so priceless to me and my husband. Now looking back at the wedding pictures, I am still amazed how talented she is! Heidi has a creative vision and I'm so grateful that she was the one who helped expressed our wedding memories on film. Not only is Heidi the best photographer ever, she has become my friend as well. Also, she likes to give hugs, which is a plus for me ;-)
Heidi was our photographer for our wedding. When I first met Heidi, I instantly liked her. She was so pleasant, easy going Read more...
Heidi was our photographer for our wedding. When I first met Heidi, I instantly liked her. She was so pleasant, easy going and very patient when I was asking her millions of questions. And I asked a lot of questions!! I had told Heidi that I usually don't feel comfortable being in front of a camera and even more awkward, posing for pictures. She flashed her assuring smile and said, "not to worry. The main thing was to enjoy the moment and have fun at it." I definitely felt more at ease after meeting Heidi and I knew she was the photographer I wanted at my wedding. We scheduled an engagement photo session with Heidi and it was fantastic! It gave us an opportunity to work with each other for the first time and be comfortable with one another, so on the wedding day, it wouldn't feel so foreign. I highly recommend engagement photo sessions!!!
Heidi and Mary (second photographer) arrived on the wedding day early. She's punctual that way! ;-) Throughout the ceremony and wedding luncheon, Heidi was able to capture so many sentimental emotions on film, all which are so priceless to me and my husband. Now looking back at the wedding pictures, I am still amazed how talented she is! Heidi has a creative vision and I'm so grateful that she was the one who helped expressed our wedding memories on film. Not only is Heidi the best photographer ever, she has become my friend as well. Also, she likes to give hugs, which is a plus for me ;-) Read less
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Candice
Wedding:
8/9/2014
5.0/5.0
We were so lucky we found Heidi! In a sea of wedding photographers, her personality and perfect blend of traditional with a twist of quirky photo style suited us perfectly. Heidi is patient and allowed us to have our space on the wedding day, and I was pleasantly surprised by the great shots that I didn't even realize that she was able to capture on the day of. Our friends from out of town first mentioned the great time they had at the wedding, and then they went on and on about the pictures and how fantastic they came out!!! We will absolutely hire her again for our next life event!! Ps. Get the photo booth: it was a highlight of the night!!
We were so lucky we found Heidi! In a sea of wedding photographers, her personality and perfect blend of traditional with Read more...
We were so lucky we found Heidi! In a sea of wedding photographers, her personality and perfect blend of traditional with a twist of quirky photo style suited us perfectly. Heidi is patient and allowed us to have our space on the wedding day, and I was pleasantly surprised by the great shots that I didn't even realize that she was able to capture on the day of. Our friends from out of town first mentioned the great time they had at the wedding, and then they went on and on about the pictures and how fantastic they came out!!! We will absolutely hire her again for our next life event!! Ps. Get the photo booth: it was a highlight of the night!! Read less
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Megan
Wedding:
7/12/2014
5.0/5.0
Heidi Ryder Photography is the absolute best!! My husband and I first met with Heidi when we were engaged (and expecting our first child). I had become familiar with her work after pouring over her blog and many featured weddings on Style Me Pretty and Wedding Wire. I was immediately drawn to her use of natural light and her simple, elegant style. Since I was already a fan of her work, it was a wonderful surprise upon meeting her to find that she was also such a sweet person. We immediately knew she was the photographer we wanted to trust with both our wedding and our baby’s newborn pictures, two of the most important events in our lives.
For our rustic, summer, vineyard nuptials, Heidi took the most beautiful pictures I have ever seen for any wedding. She captured our special day in every detail without me worrying about a thing. She somehow dealt with and effortlessly corralled our 22 person wedding party into pictures without ever seeming annoyed. She was discretely everywhere during the reception capturing every moment. I never had to worry, look for her, or to check to see if she was getting everything. It was so nice to be able to trust her completely so I could just have fun. She got pictures of our guests laughing, our surprise choreographed dance, sweet moments between our families that I didn’t even see, and everything in between. It was perfect. Our pictures are so amazing that they were featured in Style Me Pretty. I cannot tell you how many of my friends have commented that they wish Heidi had done their wedding. We received our picture proofs very quickly, and were thrilled with every one of them. We have pictures Heidi has taken all over our house. Heidi is punctual, respectful, kind, creative, organized and talented. She is an amazing photographer, a joy to work with, anand I cannot recommend her highly enough.
Heidi Ryder Photography is the absolute best!! My husband and I first met with Heidi when we were engaged (and expecting Read more...
Heidi Ryder Photography is the absolute best!! My husband and I first met with Heidi when we were engaged (and expecting our first child). I had become familiar with her work after pouring over her blog and many featured weddings on Style Me Pretty and Wedding Wire. I was immediately drawn to her use of natural light and her simple, elegant style. Since I was already a fan of her work, it was a wonderful surprise upon meeting her to find that she was also such a sweet person. We immediately knew she was the photographer we wanted to trust with both our wedding and our baby’s newborn pictures, two of the most important events in our lives.
For our rustic, summer, vineyard nuptials, Heidi took the most beautiful pictures I have ever seen for any wedding. She captured our special day in every detail without me worrying about a thing. She somehow dealt with and effortlessly corralled our 22 person wedding party into pictures without ever seeming annoyed. She was discretely everywhere during the reception capturing every moment. I never had to worry, look for her, or to check to see if she was getting everything. It was so nice to be able to trust her completely so I could just have fun. She got pictures of our guests laughing, our surprise choreographed dance, sweet moments between our families that I didn’t even see, and everything in between. It was perfect. Our pictures are so amazing that they were featured in Style Me Pretty. I cannot tell you how many of my friends have commented that they wish Heidi had done their wedding. We received our picture proofs very quickly, and were thrilled with every one of them. We have pictures Heidi has taken all over our house. Heidi is punctual, respectful, kind, creative, organized and talented. She is an amazing photographer, a joy to work with, anand I cannot recommend her highly enough. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
4.9/5.0
Heidi was absolutely wonderful! We live in another state and did not have an opportunity to meet with her prior. However, she was very willing to do a Skype call with us as well as being extremely fast in contacting us via email. I highly recommend her!
I also appreciated her patience. Our wedding was in no means well organized. Especially since we did not have much time to plan, it seemed very much chaotic at many times. She was patient and even provided some support!
Heidi was absolutely wonderful! We live in another state and did not have an opportunity to meet with her prior. However, Read more...
Heidi was absolutely wonderful! We live in another state and did not have an opportunity to meet with her prior. However, she was very willing to do a Skype call with us as well as being extremely fast in contacting us via email. I highly recommend her!
I also appreciated her patience. Our wedding was in no means well organized. Especially since we did not have much time to plan, it seemed very much chaotic at many times. She was patient and even provided some support! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
I would say Heidi's strongest skill set is making you feel comfortable during the day, particularly during the planned shots (e.g. romantic photos). I can't overstate the importance of that - it's a huge differentiator between you looking stale and you looking like how you actually feel.

It's easy enough to look at her blog/website to see the quality of her shots. It's not a simple skill even among professional wedding photographers. She's very good at working with the light and adapting to the environment to get the best quality picture she can. Usually weddings are either indoors and/or outdoors in the mid-day sun, so I was very impressed with her ability to get such quality wedding portraits. My bride and I had her take some sunset pictures during the wedding just to take advantage of the best light possible - I think it was a good choice and she was extremely amenable to those kind of requests.

Stylistically, she gets very good subject isolation in the photos, partly because she uses a full-frame camera and fast lenses. And when the wedding moved indoors, I was very impressed with the quality of the shots there too. In the toughest environment to work - poorly lit, indoors, with tons of movement - her shots came out perfectly.

It's hard for me to judge value because it's not like I've hired a bunch of wedding photographers and compared them. It's possible to find someone just as good for less, but it's a risk because they're often less experienced. What I can say is that I am very happy with the results. I've seen a ton of wedding photos on Facebook from friends who recently got married and the honest truth is not a single one I saw compared in quality to those that Heidi took.
I would say Heidi's strongest skill set is making you feel comfortable during the day, particularly during the planned Read more...
I would say Heidi's strongest skill set is making you feel comfortable during the day, particularly during the planned shots (e.g. romantic photos). I can't overstate the importance of that - it's a huge differentiator between you looking stale and you looking like how you actually feel.

It's easy enough to look at her blog/website to see the quality of her shots. It's not a simple skill even among professional wedding photographers. She's very good at working with the light and adapting to the environment to get the best quality picture she can. Usually weddings are either indoors and/or outdoors in the mid-day sun, so I was very impressed with her ability to get such quality wedding portraits. My bride and I had her take some sunset pictures during the wedding just to take advantage of the best light possible - I think it was a good choice and she was extremely amenable to those kind of requests.

Stylistically, she gets very good subject isolation in the photos, partly because she uses a full-frame camera and fast lenses. And when the wedding moved indoors, I was very impressed with the quality of the shots there too. In the toughest environment to work - poorly lit, indoors, with tons of movement - her shots came out perfectly.

It's hard for me to judge value because it's not like I've hired a bunch of wedding photographers and compared them. It's possible to find someone just as good for less, but it's a risk because they're often less experienced. What I can say is that I am very happy with the results. I've seen a ton of wedding photos on Facebook from friends who recently got married and the honest truth is not a single one I saw compared in quality to those that Heidi took. Read less
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