Te Awamutu photographer Kate Ryan has won two awards in the RISE International Photography Awards.
She won bronze awards in the Family and Teen categories with a candid family portrait and an avant-garde creative piece. The family and portrait photographer was judged amongst a pool of over 1500 entrants from 79 countries.
She said she was “absolutely thrilled” to won awards at an international competition “for the kind of client work that I produce every day”.
“The family photo is of a pretty normal kind of photoshoot for me, which makes it so exciting that it has been awarded. The photo is of the Gordon family from Auckland and is a candid lifestyle documentary shot. Mum, Elisabeth asked me to come and take some family photos that included their newborn Darci. I had previously photographed their family when older sister Hazel was born.
The Avante-Garde creative photo featured 16-year-old Abby Christian and was entered into the teen category.
“It was something I photographed in collaboration with Hamilton-based hairstylist Shannon Dowd of Zibido Hair, and Sian from Velvetine Make-up. We shot the photo as part of a series of six images to be entered in the Industry Hair awards which is a nationwide competition for hairstylists.”
Kate Ryan has lived in Te Awamutu since 2016 with her family and has been a professional photographer since 2013.
Her business, Ryan’s Daughter Photography focuses on family, wedding and “a little bit of small business photography”.
She said 2020 had been a challenge for the wedding and event side of her business, and she has had to extend her creativity into the ways that she operates and works.
“As a result, I’ve developed an online course for parents that shows them how to get all their photos properly safe and backed up, off their devices, and how to start using them every day to build on their family connection, identity and resilience. It’s something I’m really passionate about and being able to share my knowledge and skills in a way that has a positive impact on families is very exciting.”