(b.1972, Canada) | heiko@heikoryll.com | 780.686.3044

Heiko Ryll is an artist whose passion vets his work. His youth was spent dreaming of being a performer - someone who loses themselves in their craft every night. But aging has changed Heiko’s intention behind his artistry - maybe it isn’t performance or praise he needs, but rather a feeling of transformation. By cutting his teeth on Graphic and Web Design, with over twenty years of experience, it was photography that gave Heiko the opportunity to combine performance and purpose. Performance is unique in its moments, offering gratification of emotion and feeling.

It has been Heiko’s study of Caravaggio, the Italian Baroque painter, that has shaped much of his artistic process. Caravaggio’s painting techniques regarding Tenebrism and Chiaroscuro (extreme contrasts of light and dark to heighten dramatic effect) have been the crux of Heiko’s distinct style, where originality and homage intersect. And photographing live performances in music, dance, and theatre is not just simply documenting the show, but rather finding the microcosms in performances, giving different light, angles, or stories behind the obvious. It’s about giving the viewer another experience contrary to the usual.

Heiko is constantly pushing himself to challenge his own creativity. Be it fashion, hair photography, or such, it’s about being himself and letting life and spontaneity inspire the visual nature of his work. Mistakes are welcomed and patience is key. In studio, where he photographs hair and fashion, his disposition has garnered Heiko appraisal from top brands in the hair industry like Revlon Professional, Wella International, Sebastian International and American crew. His work led him to photographing finalist collections at the Contessa Awards for the past three years. 

As society grows, so does technology; therefore, mastering the art of tradition is key to integration and expansion for a contemporary audience. Heiko knows that art is understanding our past, and creating now, to change our future. 

GEAR LIST

  • Cameras: Nikon, Leica, Fuji, Mamiya, Yashica, Pinhole

  • Lens: 105mm 2.8, 35mm 1.4, 24-70mm f2.8, 70-200mm f2.8, 50mm f1.4, 16mm f2.8, 14-24mm f4

  • Lighting: Profoto

CLIENTS

  • Wella Professional, Sebastian Professional, COTY Inc., Revlon Professional, American Crew, The Men's Room, Vandala Magazine, West Edmonton Mall, Remax Elite (Damon Bunting), PlanIt Sound, Estelle Academy of Hair, Eveline Charles Academy, MC College, Events Edmonton, International Hearing Society, Western Canadian Symposium, Flare Mortgage Group, Eden Textiles Inc., Sklark and Owl Linen Co,. Painters Enterprise, Irwin Fitness, Alberta Treasury Branch, Computerized Auto, DisBrand, Bestow Upon, Western Canadian Law Enforcement, Alt-Tech,

BIBLIOGRAPHY

  • 2018, 2019, Hearing Life Magazine

  • 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, Vandala Magazine, Monthly Music Features

  • 2017, Salon Magazine, Stacey Abdela Hair Collection

  • 2017, Neighbours Magazine, Monthly Features

  • 2016, Metro, Burlesque Feature,

  • 2015, Edmonton Journal, Sister Gray Feature, April

  • 2015, Vue Magazine, Sister Gray Feature, April

  • 2015, Avenue Magazine Website, Todoruk Designs, January

  • 2014, Vue Magazine, Bermuda Fest Feature, August

  • 2014 Edmonton Examiner, Bermuda Fest Feature, July

EXHIBITIONS

  • 2017, 2018, 2019, Vitality, Dance

  • 2016, Vistek, Music

  • 2015, Visual Arts Alberta, Open Image (Edmonton & Calgary Exhibitions)

  • 2015, Vistek, Transform 

COLLECTIONS

  • The Curse - Edmonton, AB

  • The Fallen - Edmonton, AB

  • Vice - Edmonton, AB

  • Devil at Your Door - Edmonton, AB

  • Faith - Edmonton, AB

  • Transform - Edmonton, AB

  • Enlightenment - Edmonton, AB

  • Private Collection - Edmonton, AB

  • MC College - Edmonton, AB

BRANDS

  • Wella Professional

  • Sebastian Professional

  • Revlon Professional

  • American Crew

  • Illuminate Makeup

  • Mister Cosmetics

  • Events Edmonton

  • Canadian Food Championships

  • Painters Enterprise

  • Parkstone Dental

  • Verico iMortgage Solutions

  • Advico

  • Tanya Chernova

  • Fiorio Salon

  • The Men's Room

  • Sister Gray

  • JFR

  • Computerized Auto

  • Edmonton Digital Arts College

  • NDP Caucus

  • Synthaesis Dance Company

  • MC College

  • Estelle Academy of Hair Design

  • Rock, Paper, Hair

COLLABORATIONS

  • 2015,2016,2017,2018,2019, Taste of Edmonton Festival, Photography

  • 2017,2018,2019, Wella International, Trendvision Collection (Edmonton & Calgary)

  • 2016,2017,2018,2019 IHS, Official Photographer for IHS National Conference (Chicago, USA)

  • 2016,2017,2018, 2019, Vandala Magazine, Music Photography

  • 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, BioVision Seed Labs, Marketing Collateral

  • 2016, 2018, Western Canadian Symposium, Event Photographer

  • 2017, Darling Bridal (Revlon Professional), Branding

  • 2017, Sebastian Professional, What's Next Awards

  • 2016, Edmonton Digital Arts College, Marketing Collateral

  • 2016, Revlon Professional Brands, Style Masters

  • 2016,2017, The Men's Room, All-Stars Challenge, Marketing Collateral

  • 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, Northwest Fest, Photography

  • 2015,2016,2017, Canadian Food Championships, Photography

  • 2015,2016, Alberta Gallery of Art, Photography

  • 2015, IMH Make-up, Photography

  • 2015, Dedfest, Event Photography

  • 2014, Revlon Professional Brands, Contessa Awards 2014Photography

  • 2014, Adelai Romphf, American Crew Style Masters

  • 2014, Marlo Steenman, NAHA Winning Hair Collection

  • 2014, MC College, Photography & Video Production, Western Canadian Fashion Week Spring 2014

  • 2014, Todoruk Designs, Photography, Spring Collection

  • 2014, Dean Somerset, Marketing Collateral

  • 2013, Guru Digital Arts College, Photography, Marketing Collateral

  • 2013, Wei Yew, Web Development, 30th Anniversary Client Appreciation

  • 2009, Guru Digital Arts College, Photography, Marketing Material

  • 2007, Saville Sports Centre, Web Design

  • 2006, Alberta Baseball Association, Web Design

  • 2005, Alberta Hockey Association, Web Design

  • 2004, Newport Sports Management, Web Design

  • 2001, Studio 3 Graphics, Presentation Design, IOC Presentation

  • 2000, Studio 3 Graphics, Web Design, The Works Art and Design Festival

FESTIVAL/MUSIC PHOTOGRAPHY

  • 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, IHS National Convention

  • 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, Taste of Edmonton

  • 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, Vandala Magazine

  • 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, TushFest

  • 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 Northwest Fest

  • 2015, 2016, 2017, Canadian Food Championships

  • 2015, 2016, 2018, Western Canadian Symposium

  • 2013, 2014, 2015, CREAM Railjam

  • 2014, 2015, 2016, Up+Dtn Music Festival

  • 2013, 2014, 2015, Citie Ballet

  • 2014, 2015, 2016, Western Canadian Fashion Week

  • 2012, 2013, 2014, ROGUE Endurance Race

  • 2013, 2014, High Level Downhill Race

  • 2013, 2014, 2015, Bermuda Fest

  • 2013, 2014, 2015, Culture Collective

  • 2013, 2014, Digital Alberta Awards

  • 2013, Hip Hop in the Park

  • 2013, The Works Art & Design Festival

  • 2013, FEATS Festival of Dance

  • 2013, CJSR FunDrive

  • 2013, Sonic 102.9 Band of the Month

  • 2013, Jubilee Auditorium Storybook Corner

  • 2013, Events Edmonton New Years Eve Celebration

  • 2014, Toduruk/Wala Spring Fashion Show

  • 2012, TedX Edmonton

  • 2012, LitFest

FASHION PHOTOGRAPHY

  • 2017,2018,2019, Eveline Charles Academy

  • 2016,2017,2018,2019, Estelle Academy of Hair

  • 2014, 2015, 2016, MC College Spring Fashion Collection

  • 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, Western Canadian Fashion Week Collection

  • 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, MC College Fall Fashion Collection

  • 2014, 2015, 2016, Revlon Professional Brands

  • 2013, 2014, 2015, MC College Fashion Collection

  • 2014, Todoruk Designs

  • 2014, Todoruk/Wala Spring Collection

  • 2015, IMH Makeup

  • 2015, Lipstick Language

  • 2015, Mister Cosmetics

HAIR PHOTOGRAPHY

  • 2017, 2018, 2019, Eveline Charles Academy

  • 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, Estelle Academy of Hair

  • 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, MC College Cycle 4 Hair Collections

  • 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, Contessa Master Colourist (Assistant)

  • 2014, 2015, 2016, Contessa Men’s Category

  • 2014, Contessa Student Category

  • 2014, 2015, 2016, Revlon Professional Brands

  • 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 Style Masters Men's Collection

  • 2014, 2015, 2016, Mirror Awards Colourist Collection

  • 2015, 2016, 2017, Revlon Style Masters Collections

  • 2015, 2016, 2017, All-Stars Challenge Collections

  • 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, - Rock, Paper, Hair Collections

  • 2017, 2018, 2019, Wella International, Trendvision Collections

  • 2017, 2018, Sebastian Professional, What's Next Awards

EDUCATION

  • 2010, Canada Snowboard, Competition Certified Coach

  • 2000, Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT), Multimedia Developer

TEACHING

  • 2008-2019 , Curriculum Development/Course Developer/Faculty Lead, Edmonton Digital Arts College

  • 2014-2017, Photography Instructor, Metro College (Portraiture, Lightroom, Photo Retouching)

  • 2014-2017, Guest Lecturer, MC College (Working with a photographer)

  • 2013-2015 , Workshop Facilitator/Mentor, Calgary Public School Board 

  • 2013-2015, Workshop Facilitator/Mentor, Calgary Catholic School Board 

  • 2013-2015 , Workshop Facilitator/Mentor, Edmonton Catholic School Board

  • 2013-2015, Workshop Facilitator/Mentor, Edmonton Public School Board 

  • 2007-12, Session Instructor, UofA Technology Training Centre 

  • 2000-12, Session Instructor/Course Developer, NAIT 

  • 2000-2, Core Instructor/Curriculum Development/Course Developer, DevStudios 

GRAPHIC DESIGN

  • 2010 -,Creative Direction/Production, BioVision Seed Labs (Design Yearly Brochure & Advertisements)

  • 2010, Design, Rohl Geomatics (Web Design)

  • 2004-2009, Creative Director/Process Development/Project Management, RAMP Interactive (Branding, Web Design, Project Management, Creative Direction)

  • 2002-2004, Branding/Process Development/Web Design and Development, RAMP Management (Branding, Creative Direction, Web Design)

  • 2000-2002, Web Design, DevStudios Inc. 2000, Web Design/Production, Lightgeist Visual Workshop