“I could not have enjoyed the photo shoot I did with Ralph any more than I truly did. I have done a number of photo shoots over the years and I can say with all honesty working with Ralph was one of the few that actually resulted in high quality photos that showed my best self.
What I felt was really exceptional about how Ralph presented me is that there are basically three aspects to who I am that are perhaps most important to me. One is my relation to knowledge and interest in exploring wisdom literature from various cultures; another is my connection with the natural environment (we spend much of the year at our home in the Colorado Rockies); and third is my interest in being open to the Other within my exploration of life and meaning. Ralph was able to capture all three of these elements in the “best” of the series he took of me, and I assure you that is no small task. The photos not only show me in a good light, but in a light that really represents who I feel I am and what I value as a person. That is a lot to read into a picture, but I believe it is true!”
- Jed Emerson, Founder, Blended Value; Sr. Advisor to private families worldwide; Chief Impact Strategist, ImpactAssets; Sr. Fellow, Center for Social Investment
Shamina de Gonzaga
“My colleagues and I chose Ralph's photograph 'UNity' to mark the visual opening of a multimedia event on the role of art and technology in achieving the SDGs, as it gracefully encapsulated the overarching concept of our event. The image instantly and silently conveys the awesome ambition of the UN's mission, and the humility and interdependence required of human beings to transform that mission into reality.”
- Shamina de Gonzaga, Executive Director, World Council of Peoples for the UN
“As a layman, I only know what I experience when working with Ralph, and that is one of love, kindness, and gentleness that puts you totally at ease. On the other side of that is a consummate professional and you know that every move that he is making is deliberate and well thought out, and all of that together truly shows through in his work.
Working with Ralph made me feel incredibly comfortable with myself, and as the work continued I felt more and more expressive and open, and powerful to express myself.
It takes some getting used to, to allow someone to capture your courageous vulnerability, but I have always had the desire to show this, so others could learn from it. I believe there is so much to be learned when people, especially women open up and allow ourselves to be raw and open. It is a time when this kind of courageousness is truly needed, and for all to see this globally, not just at home. Anyone is lucky to experience [Ralph’s] photography and his beautiful soul.”
- Holly Ruxin, Founder and CEO, Montcalm, TCR; Founder & President, TCR Foundation
"Ralph was able to draw out the vulnerable stories of my life right before he took the photographs. He created a safe, kind, loving space where I felt he was incredibly present to witness me and my life. Because of this, the photographs show an open energy that would not have been there without the sharing. It was a beautiful process. I've never spent this kind of time with someone taking photographs… he truly took time to express his art through my life.
This matters because photos and 'looking good' mean too much in society. He allowed me to look beautiful from within, especially in a natural setting. Photos where we are exposed, and raw, is the beauty of his art form. He asked deep questions about me and my life, and truly listened. I could see how it directly translated to the photos and the natural setting he took them in. When I look at these photos I see joy, playfulness, love, and passion for life. Which means, he captured my essence perfectly!
He made me feel like I was the most powerful woman of purpose, and that my power comes from being myself. You could not put yourself and your story in better hands. Ralph is a man who possesses and holds the divine masculine in service of the divine feminine.
There is no other person I would imagine who could rock a book with a title like "Women of Iceland in Their Power". He is truly celebrating the divine feminine as powerful. This is what the world needs to see - and he is the man to do it.
Ralph is one of the most genuinely caring human beings I have ever met. Celebrating vulnerability as power is one of the most important ways to bring about global social change that exists.. and he is a champion of this. I love Ralph!"
- Heidi Cuppari, Founder & CEO, DreamTank; and Anastasia Finance
Meghan Dunbar French
"Ralph possesses an unparalleled capacity to truly see those who he is with and capture their true essence and soul. His work is moving, courageous, and beautiful."
- Meghan Dunbar French, Co-Founder, Conscious Company Media
“Ralph Reutimann is a seer and a weaver, who through his artistry of photography imbues his subjects with the glorious experience of being seen with penetrating, encouraging, and futuristic eyes. Like a key unlocking a gate, his is that eye through the lens of time and space, knowing/feeling the perfect moment when all is joined together in an enchanting synergy, and without missing a beat, Ralph has captured the essence of one’s soul.
Ralph quietly, slowly took me out into the ocean and before I knew it, I had gotten quite far away from the shore. There were moments of wanting to get back to the safe shore of my more familiar, sometimes reticent self. Yet Ralph urged me to let go, stay strong and trust the power of the ocean of my often concealed self. I now know, after the experience, that this is the unique choreography aimed for by Ralph; the beautiful, perplexing dance between the vulnerable wounds of a woman’s life and the precipice on which she stands looking out into her future.”
- Rebecca Bronson, Founder, Innovating the Art of Relationships; ED, Satori Institute
Testimonial title: "Your power. His eye. The magic"
“You are in the most kind, talented hands and lenses working with photographer Ralph Reutimann. As a camera shy woman, Ralph put my anxieties at ease through his steady, calm focus and insightful reflections. He took the time to sit with me and explore the essence of what I wished to capture, humbly asking me if he could scout and suggest locations based off of not only what I said but, more importantly, how I was feeling.
I was blown away by his vision, masterfully crafting time, space, ease and light to embrace the all of me. Based off of experience, I encourage you to say YES, take the opportunity to work with Ralph. Your vulnerability will be held in grace as your courage is unveiled. Synergize your power with Ralph's eye and enjoy the magic.”
– Dana Pauzauskie, Founder, Look to the Lighting; Coach, Speaker
“Working with Ralph was a truly wonderful experience. Usually, I don't enjoy the process of having pictures of me taken, but I needed professional photos for my website promoting my work as a kinesiologist. I often find myself feeling stilted and smiling unnaturally in front of a camera, and I end up looking back at my photos not recognizing myself at all and critiquing every angle taken of me. With Ralph, it was a completely different experience. His easygoing, nurturing, and encouraging demeanor helped me feel more relaxed and be less rigid.
Unlike others I have worked with in the past, Ralph has an innate ability to represent the true essence of those he is photographing. I always assumed that many of my previous professional pictures were unflattering because the photographer didn't know me personally, and therefore couldn't honestly capture my personality. Ralph, however, sincerely sees the individual and brings forth the qualities of what makes them wholly unique. He works in a manner that doesn't allow you to over think things but allows you to flow with the process.
I look back at the pictures that Ralph had taken, and I sense a fearlessness as well as vulnerability. I notice the light emanating from my eyes and detect the sense of humor in my smile that I don't often share with others because I have always wanted to appear as a serious professional. As women we are often very critical of our looks, but in these pictures I saw all my strong features come together to create beauty I hadn't really seen before - a combination of sass and strength. And most of all, I still felt that I looked relatable and perhaps someone that people would really like to know. There's definitely a sense of empowerment with an image of you that can genuinely share your story. I recommend Ralph to anyone who is looking for a creative and gifted individual who can capture and present their authentic story.”
- Caress "Ce" Kiere, Behavioral Kinesiology