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Rivas Images is more than just a photo & video company for millennial couples, it’s a company built on love and passion that is dedicated to documenting real life love stories for our couples to look back on and cherish for years to come.

  • Our Story
  • Our Brand
  • Our Team

Our Story

Before the photography

We founded Rivas Images in 2016 as a way for us to change careers and work from home so we could focus on raising our brand new daughter and enjoy our time at home together. 

You see, before we started photographing we worked in the hospitality as bartenders and servers for close almost our entire adult lives and when the local industry/economy began to shift we realized how important it was for us to find a new job ASAP. 

So instead of running around like chickens with our heads cut off, we decided to think outside of the box and start our own business. Dennis’ mother had just passed away not long before we decided to go down this path and Dennis was already working on a business project that was inspired by her passing, but that wasn’t going to be enough to support us in the short-term. 

How we got behind the camera

Brittany always had an affinity for photography and Dennis had always been into shooting video, but growing up our parents’ never pushed us to be creative professionally so we had never thought about these possibilities before. 

One of the big reasons we decided to make a jump for it was because during our time behind the bar/serving we worked for several banquet companies and had worked on dozens of weddings. During those weddings we noticed how stressed out the photographers looked when they were working. They we always sweating and running around trying to control dozens, if not over a hundred people at once. It inspired us. 

During those weddings we noticed how stressed out the photographers looked when they were working. They we always sweating and running around trying to control dozens, if not over a hundred people at once. It inspired us. 

So we decided that since there were so many photographers who are photographing weddings that have ZERO wedding banquet experience, it wouldn’t be too far fetched to hire a photographer that has A TON of wedding banquet experience and not so much photography experience. 

We were right. 

Fast-forward to today

So over the next few years we spent our time taking family photos, event photo & video, kids photos… You name it and we dabbled in it. But it wasn’t until after Hurricane Michael struck our hometown that we decided to take a turn and start focusing more on our niche – Down-to-earth Millennial couples that actually want to document the special moments in their lives, not the ones who just want to take a few cute pics for Instagram. 

What Drives Us

Vision

Through our work our clients will always be able to look back with ease  on these special moments in their relationship and share their legacy with their friends and family for years and years to come.

Mission

To document the most characteristic and authentic moments in a relationship.

The way we see it, there are too many photographers out there that are great photographers but don’t actually really care about their clients’ or their experiences. We do. We know how important these moments are and we’ll do whatever it takes to document them for you.  

Values

  • Authenticity
  • Passion
  • Love
  • Customer Service
  • Creativity
  • Life

The Team

Dennis Layden

Things I Do/Am Known For:

  • Marketing Yogi
  • Website Architect
  • Mr. Producer (Just Say Producer)
  • Camera Slinger
  • IPA Fiend
  • Arrested Development Scholar
  • Adult Animation Lover
  • Male Pattern Baldness Recipient of The Year
Brittany, our main photographer during a beach photography session.

Brittany Rivas

Things I Do/Am Known For:

  • Future Masterchef
  • Home-School Mama
  • Camera QUEEN
  • Also an IPA Fiend
  • American Horror Story Lover
  • Longboard Street Surfer
  • Porch Garden Master
  • Roller Coaster Quality Assurance Tester