Why is Ridgeway Different?


Why is Ridgeway different than every other photographer


 John Ridgeway

The Artist behind the Ridgeway name

John Ridgeway has studied the art of portraiture for years. He doesn't just take photographs, he CREATES beautiful photographs using the techniques he has learned over years of study.

He won't shoot 300 photos to get 3 or 4 good ones. John understands what makes an image beautiful and how people are best photographed and use that knowledge to make every single photograph one that you will love and want to own.

Sessions with John are nothing but exciting! This isn't just any portrait session, it's an experience!


Lighting makes all the difference in the world

Great light sometimes just "happens" and we can be there to capture it. --Reality check: most of the time, the light isn't just right and we have bad shadows, spotty light or no illumination to the eyes.

Other photographers might settle for whatever light might be there (natural light photographers) to take your photo. At Ridgeway, that isn't good enough, so John works hard to make great lighting.

John uses many reflectors, light barriers and even sets up powerful strobes to make sure the lighting in our photos looks great. Sure, it's more work on our part, but there is no comparison in the results.


Better customer education equals better photographs

Most people are a little unsure on how to best prepare for a professional photo shoot. Unless you are an experienced professional model, you might be scratching your head on what to do and bring.

When you schedule a photo shoot at Ridgeway, we send you our exclusive 'What to Wear' guide. This guide helps you prepare for your photo shoot with important tips like clothing suggestions, great colors to look for, things to avoid and even makeup and grooming tips for photos.

Let's face it, if you are better prepared, your photographs will be better.


Pose like a pro - Not sure on how to pose to flatter your shape? It's Ok; John knows.

The right pose can make you look a size smaller. The wrong pose can make you look a size larger. Do you know the right and wrong way to move and stand in front of a camera? John does! So don't worry, he will coach you on how to move, stand and position yourself so that you look your best. Be up front with us, too. If you are concerned about how a part of your body might look on camera, just let us know. If you are worried about your arms looking big, John will pay special attention to how he positions your arms, so as not to make them look larger than they really are.

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Better Color - How good do you want your color to be?

Many photographers give you color that looks like a bad Instagram photo. Who wants their skin to look like that? We understand the science of color and each of our cameras, monitors and printers go through an elaborate color calibration process to render perfect, rich, beautiful color. That's why everyone's skin color looks great in a Ridgeway Portrait. Others might tell you that the color doesn't matter that much, and we make too big a deal of it. Try telling a painter the color of his paints doesn't matter.

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Archival Prints - Your senior pictures are a big deal; you'll want them to last!

Not all prints are created equal. The cheaper on-line and one hour labs frequently use cheaper chemistry to keep their price low and heat up the chemistry to make them develop faster. Nobody bothers to tell you this can shorten the life of the photos do they? At Ridgeway, we use one of the highest quality pro labs in the country. We then have their archival grade prints and canvas prints coated with a UV inhibitor, which acts like a sunscreen on your prints to make them last longer. All of our albums and mount boards are acid free as well. This results in prints that will last up to 40-50 years! That's a far cry better than the 10 year photos you get at many places.