My name is Ryan Phillips. I tour the world as the guitar player in the platinum selling rock band STORY OF THE YEAR. When not writing, recording, or playing shows, I chase my other passion as a professional freelance photographer.
I live in St Louis, Missouri. The weather here sucks and there are no mountains or oceans, but we do have mosquitoes and tornados. That said, this is where I grew up and most of my family and friends are here. This is home, and somehow I kinda sorta love it.
I’ve spent the last 16 years traveling Earth with STORY OF THE YEAR, visiting over 30 countries and all 50 states in the USA. We’ve released 5 albums and 2 documentaries featuring alot of naked dudes and alcohol. During much of time I had a camera in my hands, I convinced a world class babe to marry me, and became a dad to two beautiful little humans.
I started getting serious about photography in 2013, working diligently on teaching my self the fundamentals of lighting, composition, connecting with subjects- all of it. I became obsessed. In 2015 I started working professionally, shooting for record labels, bands, athletes, businesses, even the occasional wedding with my wedding & engagement venture Tonight Tonight Photography.
I spend my days working on music or playing with cameras & computers. When not doing that, I’m usually playing with my epic little kids or I’m outside running trails, mountain biking, road biking, climbing, fishing, trying to become a ninja warrior, or in my garage making something.
The rest you can read in my blog.