Meet the Photographer: Ryan Schmidt

Ryan Schmidt

Ryan Schmidt has been working as a photojournalist for The Collegian for 1 1/2 years. Schmidt is an economics student at Colorado State University. 

Every Friday, The Collegian posts a photographer’s favorite photo they’ve taken for the photo desk on Instagram. Referring to the first photo below, Schmidt said:


This is one of my favorite photos I’ve taken for the Collegian because I just love the detail. The softness of feathers on the bird combined with the falling snow makes for such a peaceful scene. I also feel like this photo is able to show a really close look at such a small bird, capturing a still moment in its sporadic life.”

A white-crowned sparrow sits on a branch in the snow on April 16. These sparrows are common visitors to backyards and feeders. (Ryan Schmidt | The Collegian)
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  • University of New Mexico basketball player Keith McGee dunks the ball on March 4. New Mexico took a 79-66 victory over San Jose. (Ryan Schmidt | The Collegian)

  • Erik Carlson installs an art piece by the anatomy and zoology building Dec. 11, 2019. Carlson and his wife, Erica Carpenter, have a portfolio called AREA C projects, which includes this piece that was commissioned by the University and Colorado Creative Industries. Nick Hollibaugh fabricated the piece and installed it with Carlson. The piece, called “Veil,” was inspired by a “cell shape that was discovered recently, called the scutoid,” Carlson said. “It’s about looking into the building blocks of life.” (Ryan Schmidt | The Collegian)

  • A squirrel bounds in the snow on Nov. 30, 2019. Squirrels are a common character on the Colorado State University campus and are commonly fed by students. (Ryan Schmidt | The Collegian)

  • Brian Kittrell of the band Maxwell Mud opens for Gasoline Lollipops at Washington’s Oct. 4, 2019. Maxwell Mud caught the attention of an originally disinterested crowd and energized the room for the Gasoline Lollipops. (Ryan Schmidt | The Collegian)

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Ryan Schmidt can be reached at or on Instagram @ryan_t_schmidt.