A Florida native, raised in a small city along the Gulf Coast, Rya Duncklee of Ryaphotos is honored to document family narratives through films & photos. Specializing in coastal portraits, Rya’s purpose is to create bespoke & captivating films and photographs for families in the St. Augustine and surrounding areas. Rya is an internationally recognized, 26x award-winning child and family photographer with over 10 years of experience as well as an active member and educator of both the Professional Photographers of America (PPA) and the National Association of Professional Child Photographers (NAPCP).
- Claire reviewed 2 weeks ago
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Rya captured our family beautifully! She was professional, thoughtful, and easy to work with. She got our photos back to us quickly too!
- Nicolle Davis reviewed 2 weeks ago
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We have used Rya to capture the first year for both of our girls and we are absolutely amazed every time how beautifully our photos turn out! She captures timeless memories that you will cherish for a lifetime!! I highly recommend using Rya!!
- Annie Manglinong reviewed 2 months ago
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Rya was so wonderful to work with. She was so sweet and accommodating. We recently did a maternity shoot with Rya and the pictures came out beautifully. She worked so well with my 3 little ones and captured some really sweet moments. I’m so glad I found her to photograph my last pregnancy and our family of boys before the arrival of our babygirl. Those pictures are going to be forever cherished. I would highly recommend her!
- Andrea J. Lehner reviewed 5 months ago
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My fiance and I wanted non-traditional / more candid engagement photos that captured us and our relationship. When researching a photographer, we wanted to find someone that can continue to take photos for us over the years and can transition into taking family photos. Rya certainly delivered and we are so excited to have found someone that we trust and that takes stunning photos! Working with Rya was amazing – she made us feel very comfortable and relaxed. She also was able to snap a few adorable photos of us with our labradoodle puppy. Importantly, she delivered in terms of taking the photos that we had imagined. We look forward to working with Rya again and highly recommend her!
- Amy Nakamura reviewed 1 year ago
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I have been fortunate enough to have Rya capture special moments of our family for the past four years. Rya is absolutely amazing and a joy to work with. The photographs of our family are stunning. I love looking back and remembering my daughter’s fleeting years of childhood, especially the ones taken during our baby sessions. Our family photos taken by Rya are so cherished. What a gift to have our family captured in such a beautiful way.
- Veronica Copeland reviewed 1 year ago
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I have used quite a few photographers for my family over the years, but have never found anyone of quite the caliber of Rya. She brought my visions into fruition, and she takes such an artistic and beautiful approach to photography.
I can not recommend her highly enough; she has captured memories and emotions my family and I will truly treasure forever.
Side note… I have 3 kids and told my husband after the photo shoot that there was absolutely no way anything great could’ve come out of the session (because, well, they were being active and not entirely cooperative kids). I actually cried tears of joy when I received over 40 pictures that were truly outstanding. The hardest part was narrowing down which ones I could put on my walls…
Rya recently did a photo shoot for my family and I can’t say enough good things about her. Some people have an innate skill for capturing beautiful images and she is one of them. Her photos are not only visually striking, but manage to tell the story of the subject(s) in the images. It’s no wonder she’s won so many awards. I can not recommend her enough.
My family had the pleasure of spending the afternoon with Rya while she captured my daughter so beautifully at her 5th birthday! Her skills are amazing! Not only can you tell that she loves her job, but she makes memories that last a lifetime with her work. She took the time to ask questions about us and was so down to earth that my daughter was SO comfortable with the session immediately. Our session felt more like an afternoon of fun! Our images were beautiful. I would 100%.recommend Rya to anyone who wants stunning photos with natural light!
We were fortunate to find Rya through a Google search a week before our first born was due in 2013. She not only made time for our newborn shoot on such short notice, but she came prepared with a great attitude, professionalism, and so much patience. Since then, she has been the only one to capture our growing family in multiples cities throughout Florida (e.g., Miami, St. Augustine, Boca Grande, Gainesville, Jacksonville, Palm Coast). Surprisingly, her videography has become our favorite part as it captures little personalities and voices for future reference. Rya constantly improves her skills through more training, and each year, her already impressive work improves exponentially. We are so grateful for her, and how she is always willing to go above and beyond what is expected. You will not regret working with her!
I’ve followed Rya on social media and always loved her gorgeous style and the way she captures families. I was so excited to finally work with her for a Mom and Me session. Working with Rya was so great. She was quick to communicate, created such a relaxed environment, had an amazing wardrobe for us to choose from, and had the patience to get great smiles from my two year old and four month old that I will treasure forever. The pictures were delivered very quickly and I couldn’t be happier with them! Everyone who has seen them has commented on how gorgeous they are. I’d highly recommend Rya Photos for anyone wanting an exceptional photography experience and will absolutely be working with Rya for future family sessions.