Interview by Tiffany Reed Briley
Hey Rick! We are so excited to chat with you and pick your brain. The RRS Sponsored Interviews are called Raw & Unedited because anything goes, and we really want you to be as candid as you feel comfortable with. So, let’s get started. You are a successful photographer, writer, speaker and instructor. But where did it all begin for you and how did you get started?
Well, basically it all began in my parents basement in the 1960s developing black and white film in the darkroom – my mother would hand color them. I was around photography from a very young age and, although my father wasn’t a professional, he loved photography and loved taking pictures. I started doing it myself and I thought it was magic. I still think that today. There has never been a more exciting time for people to be photographers because there is so much we can do.
When did you make the shift into becoming a pro?
I did not make it until I was 40 because after high school I had a couple of jobs, and then I went to Berklee College of Music in Boston studying arranging of composition in Jazz. When I got out of there I was teaching music.
In my down time I started sending pictures to magazines because I thought it would be fun to be published. The first picture I sent did indeed get published. They then asked me to write an article, and following that (with no experience) they asked me to be editor of the magazine, which was Studio Photography Magazine. I did that for three years, and with zero experience, Minolta’s advertising agency called me up and wanted me to be the Vice President & Group Supervisor of that account. So I started doing that in 1980 for 10 years.
However, from being in that business, I knew that ...