Meet the Artist
I'm Melissa, the Washington DC-based photographer behind Lissa Ryan Photography, and I'm a wanderer and adventure seeker at heart. I search out experiences that make my heart beat faster and my adrenaline get going - from traveling the world to wiping tears as I photograph an emotional father - daughter dance. Travel is my passion, and I'm lucky enough to be married to a wonderful man who shares that passion - so far, we've been to 38 countries and counting! Together we live in the heart of Washington, DC with our doberman pinscher, Seb, and our recently rescued kitten, Ruthie (both of whom make frequent appearances in my insta-stories!). The energy of the city keeps life exciting, and it's wonderful to always be within an hour's distance from one of the three local international airports, for when the urge to explore new places becomes too strong to resist!
I aim to capture each of these moments with an artistic and editorial eye, creating beautiful portraits and stunning candids that will tell your story for generations to come.
After getting both my undergraduate and law degree from Georgetown University (Hoya Saxa!), I quickly realized that my soul craved a more creative outlet than law, and knew that I had found my path with wedding and portrait photography. I love that my job allows me to document the very best moments in peoples' lives, from the excitement of your engagement, to the tears as you say "I do", to the unimaginable joy of welcoming your children into your home. I aim to capture each of these moments with an artistic and editorial eye, creating timeless, beautiful portraits and stunning candids that will tell your story for generations to come. These fleeting moments are the ones that are so important to memorialize, and I would love to tell your story!
"Thank you, Melissa, for your expert eye, skilled hands, and warm heart, evident in every photo of our wedding day. You captured the genuine love, joy, excitement, and celebration my husband, family, friends, and I experienced with each click of your camera. Words cannot express the happiness I felt when I received my wedding day photos, and I could not hold back from sharing them immediately. I wholeheartedly endorse and enthusiastically recommend Lissa Ryan Photography for all your special events. We are grateful to Melissa for making our wedding day truly special and memorable!"
- Barbara & Alex