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RYAN DOWNIE, PHOTOGRAPHER/EDITOR/DESIGNER

and

ANNIE LEIB, BUSINESS OPERATIONS

SAUCE PHOTOGRAPHY, LLC


A MORE DETAILED STORY OF THE BEGINNING:

PHILADELPHIA NATIVE RYAN DOWNIE HAD A REVELATION THE DAY HE SAW THE LIGHT, BOTH LITERALLY AND FIGURATIVELY. ONE DEWY MORNING DOWN THE SHORE JUST BEFORE SUNRISE AND HIS BRAIN WAS IN A STATE OF RUMINATION. WORDS AND THOUGHTS DANCED IN HIS HEAD, BUT HE WAS UNABLE TO EXPRESS THEM. NOTHING NEW FOR RYAN, HE CAPTURED A PHOTO OF THE SUN GRAZING THE HORIZON WHILE THE OCEAN WAVES SANG A MUFFLED MELODY.  A LONELY LIFEGUARD STAND CAST A GOLDEN SHADOW ONTO THE SAND AT THAT MOMENT, LIFE FROZE.

IT WAS THEN THAT IT STRUCK RYAN: HIS PURPOSE IN LIFE LAY AT THE INTERSECTION OF PHOTOGRAPHY AND FATE. HE COULD COMMUNICATE AFTER ALL, BUT NOT THROUGH WORDS - INSTEAD, WITH HIS PHOTOGRAPHS - EACH CAPTURED MOMENT SPEAKING SEAMLESSLY FOR HIM.

WE ALL KNOW HOW STRESSFUL THE DAILY GRIND CAN BE. SOME DAYS WE MAY FEEL STUCK OR OVERWHELMED, AND RYAN IS NO STRANGER TO THOSE SENTIMENTS. TO GET UNSTUCK, HE MADE THE CONSCIOUS CHOICE TO VIEW LIFE THROUGH A NEW LENS. FINDING CLARITY, RYAN KNOWS THAT SOLACE IN LIFE IS A DIRECT CORRELATION TO PERSPECTIVE.  

AN EMPATH OF SORTS, RYAN HAS A STRONG DESIRE TO HELP OTHER SUFFERERS AND HE FELT THE NEED TO SHARE HIS CATHARTIC EXPERIENCE WITH OTHERS. NATURALLY, HE TEAMED UP WITH HIS FAVORITE PERSON EVER AND TOGETHER, SAUCE WAS BORN. RYAN AND ANNIE HOPE THIS PERSONAL STORY RESONATES WITH FOLLOWERS. MOST OF ALL, IF YOU KNOW SOMEONE WHO SEEMS LIKE THEY REALLY TRY BUT RARELY HAS FOLLOW THROUGH OR OFTEN DISAPPOINTS YOU, GIVE THEM THE BENEFIT OF THE DOUBT. YOU TRULY CAN’T KNOW SOMEONE’S INNER STRUGGLES. IF YOU ARE SUFFERING AND OFTEN FEEL LIKE AN OUTSIDER, STAND UP AND FIGHT IT. TALK TO A PROFESSIONAL. TELL THE NON-ACCEPTING FAMILY AND FRIENDS. PRACTICE SELF LOVE, SELF CARE AND LEAN IN. LET THE FOG CLEAR. YOU ARE WORTH IT. **JUNE UPDATE: RYAN RECEIVED AN OFFICIAL ADHD DIAGNOSIS WHICH CONNECTS MANY OF THE FRUSTRATING STRAY DOTS FROM HIS PAST. ALTHOUGH ITS PRESENCE WAS FAIRLY CLEAR, PUTTING A NAME TO HIS “WAYS” CAME AS MUCH OF A SHOCK AS IT WAS A RELIEF. ANSWERS TO CERTAIN QUESTIONS CAN FINALLY BE ARCHIVED, PUT TO REST. SO, WHAT’S NEXT? THE PAIR THINKS LIFE IS EXACTLY WHERE IT’S SUPPOSED TO BE. https://chadd.org/understanding-adhd/

 

RYAN'S RECENT WORK AND AUDIENCE CONNECTION INSPIRED SAUCE TO PURSUE A TRUE BUSINESS LAUNCH, SPAWNING ITS’ ONLINE PRESENCE. AS PHILADELPHIA NATIVES THEMSELVES, THE OWNERS OF SAUCE INTENTIONALLY STRIVE TO REFLECT THE FIERCE AUTHENTICITY AND UNAPOLOGETIC GRIT OF THOSE LUCKY ENOUGH TO CALL THE AREA HOME. SAUCE’S PORTFOLIO EXEMPLIFIES AN OVERARCHING THEME, WITH ANGLES AND EDGES GENTLY CONTRASTING BLURRED UNDERTONES OF A RAW, OFTEN OVERLOOKED, BUT EXTRAORDINARY PLACE. RYAN’S PHOTOGRAPHS PROVIDE PHILADELPHIA WITH A VOICE AND SHOWCASE A CITY WITH BONES, CULTURE, DIVERSITY, HISTORY AND RICH FLAVOR.

GIVEN THEIR COMBINED EXPERIENCE IN SALES, IT WAS A NATURAL TRANSITION FOR ANNIE TO PURSUE HER EXECUTIVE MBA TO SUPPORT THE PAIR’S VISION FOR SAUCE. MOST IMPORTANTLY, THOUGH, WHAT RYAN AND ANNIE LOVE THE BEST IS PARENTING THEIR BEAUTIFUL, BLENDED HERD OF PINT SIZE HUMANS – ALL OF WHOM ARE UNDER THE AGE OF TEN*. THIS COLLABORATION INCLUDES, BUT IS NOT LIMITED TO: LAUGHING, DRIVING, CARPOOLING, FINAGLING, REFEREEING, LECTURING, TEACHING, COACHING, FEEDING, CLEANING, AND OF COURSE, MASTERING THE ART OF LOVING THEM. [MOST DAYS ARE COMPRISED OF THE COUPLE SIMPLY SURVIVING AND SMILING ALONG THE WAY.]

DURING THEIR FIVE MINUTES OF SPARE TIME PER DAY, THE TWO ARE DEDICATED TO CREATING AND NURTURING THEIR FIFTH BABY - THIS BRAND, SAUCE PHOTOGRAPHY.  

FULL DISCLOSURE / BACKGROUND INFO/ SIDEBAR: RYAN ASKED ANNIE TO BE HIS WIFE FIVE-ISH MINUTES AFTER THE PHILADELPHIA EAGLES WON THE SUPER BOWL ON FEBRUARY 4TH, 2018.  THOSE OF YOU THAT KNOW HER UNDERSTAND THE DEPTH OF THIS ON EVERY LEVEL.  [FUN FACT: SINGLE BEST DAY OF HER LIFE AND PLEASE DON’T SHARE THAT WITH THE KIDS BECAUSE SHE’S PRETENDING THEY DON’T ALREADY KNOW.]  THE DUO CURRENTLY RESIDES OUTSIDE OF PHILADELPHIA WITH THE AFOREMENTIONED HERD OF PINT-SIZE HUMANS AND A BRIAN DAWKINS AUTOGRAPHED FOOTBALL. 

THE PAIR HOPES THESE PHOTOGRAPHS LEND THE OPEN-MINDED VIEWER A REFRESHING, NEW PERSPECTIVE ON LOCATIONS THAT HAVE NOT BEEN SHOT JUST LIKE THIS. SAUCE’S TEAM BELIEVES THAT IF SOMEONE CAN OPEN THEIR HEART AND MIND TO A PHOTOGRAPH, THEN ONE CAN IDEALLY APPLY THAT SAME FRESH OUTLOOK TO EACH AND EVERY DAY. AND, AFTER ALL, THAT’S ALL WE HAVE, RIGHT? TODAY? WE BELIEVE SO. SO GO, OPEN YOUR HEARTS AND GET CAUGHT IN A MOMENT.

WE LIKE WHEN YOU SAY HI. LET US KNOW HOW WE CAN MAKE YOUR MOMENTS BETTER. YOU NEED SOME SAUCE IN YOUR LIFE…

*NOT A MISPRINT.  FOUR KIDS.  UNDER 10 YEARS OF AGE.  IT’S THE HOUSE OF CHAOTIC PERFECTION.


AFFILIATIONS

MEMBER, PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHERS OF AMERICA

MEMBER AND VOLUNTEER, HEARTSPEAK ORGANIZATION, ARTISTS HELPING ANIMALS


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