Both lifelong photographers, the two met in 2014 and immediately joined forces, pursuing their mutual passion of photography.
Since then, they have photographed weddings together around the world & have run multiple photography-related brands, the newest of which is a brick & mortar studio located on Magazine Street, in New Orleans, LA.
Hunter and Desiree have a daughter, Pearl, and are expecting their second child in Spring of 2021.
In 2016, Hunter & Desiree saw the opportunity to capture more than just the bride, groom, & their families. They wanted to give the guests at the reception the same attention to detail that their clients received on the wedding day.
Hunter & Desiree formed HD Photobooth Co. (H for Hunter, D for Desiree).
Since then, Hunter has done hundreds of events, photographed thousands of people & has created a brand that is synonymous with quality & intention. HD Photobooth Co. is known throughout Louisiana for its timeless black & white portraits & Hunter still loves running the booth to this day.
After operating under independent brands while dating, Hunter proposed to Desiree, thus forming their new brand, We Are the Rylands. Little did Hunter know, Desiree had already secretly purchased the domain name a few weeks after they photographed their first wedding together in early 2015. The two work exclusively as a husband & wife team to capture wedding days with energy & fun, while carefully creating family heirlooms along the way. The Rylands were married on November 1, 2017 in Natchez, Mississippi.
During COVID-19, with the loss of weddings and events, Hunter & Desiree added a service more suitable for the changing times.
The Rylands Studio, located on Magazine Street, allows people access to exceptional photography without having to attend an event; now you can come to them!
What started out of a need came innovation and a passion project ensued.
Hunter and Desiree look forward to seeing you in their studio!
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Hunter and Desiree have truly taken their talents to a new level. The experience they have come to offer goes well beyond their photographs. In fact, the expression captured in their artwork doesn’t take place in front of the camera. Instead, they have come to craft a space that twists the classic approach to photography all together. You might just find yourself hiding behind Ryland’s Lens, and only those who succumb to this escapade will find the true color within the black and white photographs they create.
Hunter and Desiree really make you feel like a star. They know exactly how to capture the perfect angle and make you look your absolute best. I could not recommend a better pair of photographers for any occasion! I am obsessed with our photos!
Through my past experiences with HD Photobooth Co., I was already a fan of The Ryland's art & aesthetic. When the opportunity presented itself that I was able to visit them at their new shop on Magazine Street, it was no shock that Desiree & Hunter exceeded all expectations of the photoshoot experience they provide. From start to finish, the vibe that The Rylands put off is one that makes you feel comfortable, confident, & that your smile is a million bucks. The atmosphere they provide is relaxed, fun & it definitely shows in the end. I was so pleased with the final products that it was hard to narrow my selection down. They were extremely efficient with the turnaround time too. I highly recommend The Rylands | Studio for your photography needs – they are sure to capture your essence at any time in your life!
Hunter and Desiree did such an amazing job photographing my children in their studio setting! They are so talented, kind, and fun to work with. Our family truly saw the value of the service provided. We had a wonderful experience and absolutely love all photos that are wonderful memories for years to come! I highly recommend them without hesitation!
I cannot say enough great things about our experience with Desiree & Hunter! They made us feel so relaxed and comfortable in front of the camera. We truly felt like we were hanging out with old friends! Hair & makeup was done in-house before our shoot; super convenient! Our photos are absolutely stunning and something we will cherish forever. I'm already looking forward to working with them again in the future!