Collecting Thoughts with Andrew Ryback
Andrew’s passion for horse show photography began in 2005, when he was taking photos of a hunter rider named Stacy, who is now his wife. His career with photography truly began when he was asked to be the official photographer for Ledges Sporting Horses. From 2015, he continued to build his brand as Andrew Ryback Photography, training an impressive team of photographers and gaining a reputation in the industry for unique and beautiful equine photography. Now, Andrew and his team are the official photography company for several major shows around the country including Showplace Productions/HITS Chicago, Vermont Summer Festival, National Collegiate Equestrian Association Championship, and many more.
NAME: Andrew Ryback
BUSINESS: Andrew Ryback Photography
THE FUN STUFF
IF YOU COULD HAVE ANY SUPER POWER, WHAT WOULD IT BE? To talk to animals—to be able to tell horses, dogs, and cats how to pose would be amazing!
WHAT IS THE LAST THING YOU BINGE-WATCHED? Handmaid’s Tale.
WHAT’S THE MOST INTERESTING FACT ABOUT YOURSELF? I was once a Jungle Cruise skipper at Walt Disney World.
WHAT’S YOUR GUILTY PLEASURE? Pizza and White Sox baseball.
WHO IS YOUR EQUESTRIAN IDOL? My wife is pretty amazing—I wouldn’t be in this industry without her love and passion for all things horses.
IF YOU WEREN’T IN THE EQUINE PHOTOGRAPHY INDUSTRY, WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING? Probably flying airplanes somewhere—and taking pictures of everything and anything.
WHAT SONG DO YOU LOVE TO HAVE ON REPEAT? The Hamilton soundtrack.
WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE PHOTOGRAPHER? [American landscape photographer] Ansel Adams has always inspired me. I named my dog after him!
WHAT IS ON YOUR BUCKET LIST? I’d like to earn my private pilot’s license.
WHAT WAS YOUR BEST PHOTOSHOOT? One of my favorites involved two things I love—airplanes and horses! I had the great pleasure of photographing a client alongside a WWII bomber that she had named her horse after. It was pretty amazing to have the horse brought to the airport just for her portrait session.