Have you ever met someone whose career is a work of art? Photography is a medium in which the hidden is exposed, the truth is revealed and the masterpiece of the photographer is created.
Rick Stone, owner of Stone Studios, has been a photographer for over 35 years. His eye for the unique, his ability to connect as an artist and his passion for creativity has allowed him to sustain a long career in photography.
Read on and you will discover what has been instrumental in Rick becoming a high achiever in the field of creative arts.
“Photography takes an instant out of time, altering life by holding it still.”
EB: You have been a photographer for over 35 years, what got your started?
RS: As a child I found art, to be a way to express myself. Starting first with pencil drawings and paint by numbers (that shows my age) and enjoyed taking pictures. Before starting my own business one of my jobs was a waiter. It’s there, I found out I loved dealing with people. I enjoyed the “face to face” customer service I offered. And I could tell how good I was, through the tips I received.
EB: What would you say has been key to your success?
RS: Believing in myself and what I wanted to do. With the determination to follow through with it
EB: For you, a photograph is a platform for an individual to fully express who they are. It would seem the same is true for you as a photographer. What have you learned about yourself over the years through your photography?
RS: I have been given a talent and my ability to offer it to others.
EB: You have a passion for capturing moments in time. How has your work influenced your own life?
RS: By creating an atmosphere for others to be themselves and accepting what they want to show me. I in turn, have learned it is alright to be who I am.
EB: How and where do you find inspiration?
RS: By looking at other photographer’s work. If I feel an emotion from their examples, then I see if I can incorporate it in my style.
EB: As a high achiever, what has been instrumental in your ability to overcome obstacles and stay empowered through tough times?
RS: The tough times give me an opportunity to check in with myself. Do I really believe in, who I am and what I stand for?
“LIFE is like a camera, FOCUS on what’s important, CAPTURE the good times, DEVELOP from the negatives; if things don’t work out, TAKE another shot.”
EB: What has been your greatest life lessons through your 35 years in business?
RS: Commit to be a better person each and every day. Choose to see the positive in everything in my world.
EB: What is your favorite quote?
RS: “If you don’t like the way your day is going. Then change it.”
EB: Any words of wisdom you would like to pass along?
RS: Know who you are and accept the responsibility to change, only if you want to.
Rick Stone Bio: I have been self-employed as a photographer for 35 yrs. Specializing in “Creating Images You Can Feel.”