MUROL Tales- Ryan Meyer

Ryan is a corporate and sports photographer based in Cincinnati, Ohio. His passion for photography began five years ago after he bought a camera to document his newborn daughter. As his photography skills evolved his biggest dream was to photograph his favorite football team, Notre Dame. Not only has he had the opportunity to accomplish this, his portfolio now includes the NFL, professional soccer, ProCamps events, and other collegiate games. In the future he hopes to join a sports team as their dedicated photographer and capture even more than just the game.

Tell us a little about yourself.

My name is Ryan Meyer, from Cincinnati, Ohio. I am a full time sports and corporate photographer.

An interesting fact about myself is that I’ve played golf my whole life and even went to college to play golf. Golf was my passion and full-time job, until I discovered photography. Then photography became my full-time passion.

When did you start taking photos?

I actually got into photography about 5 years ago. When my daughter was born I bought a camera to document the start of our family. I initially started taking photos of her and realized how special it was to capture “the moment”. I found myself starting to take my camera everywhere and felt drawn to photograph different things. My passion quickly grew from there. What really intrigued me was not only being able to capture a moment but being able to share it from my point of view. It seemed that no matter who I showed my work to, everyone seemed to love it - telling me that I had an “eye” for photography. It didn’t start to sink in that I could actually turn this into something special until I had a few photographers (that I completely respect) compliment my work. From there I decided to jump in feet first and dedicate my time to the art of photography!

What are cool projects you've worked on? 

Growing up, I’ve always been a huge Notre Dame fan. I grew up in a large Catholic family, who also happens to love football! When I determined that sports and corporate photography was going to be my focus - I knew I had to create goals for myself, or a “bucket list” of events that I wanted to cover. At the top of my list was just one Notre Dame football game. Imagining covering my favorite team would be a dream. After four years of dedicating my heart and soul into this, I landed the chance to be on the field with them covering the game. Over the last two years, I’ve been lucky enough to cover eleven games. Hopefully there will be many more to come! My portfolio also covers NFL, professional soccer, ProCamps events, and many collegiate games. One area that is still on the “bucket list” is MLB - so if you have any connections don’t hesitate to reach out!

What/who would you most like to capture and why?

As for who or what I would like to capture, I feel my true passion would be capturing a sports organization holistically. I have had the pleasure of covering many game-day events and want to take my passion beyond the game. Sharing my vision with a team, diving into their marketing piece, corporate head-shots, non-profit benefits, etc… I feel that I have so much to offer a team that my goal would be to ultimately join a team and be their dedicated photographer. 

How did you hear about MUROL?

I found out about MUROL when another photographer, that I greatly look up to, Andy Kenutis, posted a video talking about the app!

What makes MUROL unique?

MUROL is unique, in my opinion, not only because it’s "landscape only" but the detail in the photos are incredible. It uses the cell phone screens to the fullest potential!

When did you have that eye opening moment and saw the Bigger Picture? 

My eye opening moment came after having the opportunity to speak to a few well-known photographers about my photography and what sets me apart from others. I  realized that great sports photographers aren’t just capturing the action, they are telling a story and evoking emotion from the athletes, coaches, and fans. I would like to give thanks to those photographers that helped me become who I am as a photographer today (in the order that I met them): Vincent Rush, Brad Helton, Mikey Williams, and Aaron Doster! I also can’t forget The University of Cincinnati Women’s Basketball team for allowing "some guy" that contacted them through social media to meet with them. I am fortunate enough to still be with them four years later!

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