Richard’s story as an artist began in the 80s when, after graduating from Brooks Institute of Photography, he opened his first studio in Las Vegas, Nevada—a mod little space constructed from the remains of a 3000-square foot citrus warehouse. It was there he honed the roots of his craft as he worked non-stop pro… Read More
Richard’s story as an artist began in the 80s when, after graduating from Brooks Institute of Photography, he opened his first studio in Las Vegas, Nevada—a mod little space constructed from the remains of a 3000-square foot citrus warehouse. It was there he honed the roots of his craft as he worked non-stop producing, photographing and directing projects ranging from nightlife to travel and leisure, portraiture to lifestyle, wild animals to intricate special effects, entertainment to advertising.
Understanding the need to evolve, the 90s brought Richard to a creative crossroads. Hungry for growth and culture, he made the decision to close down his Las Vegas shop to relocate to the fashion cities of Europe to shoot beauty and further experience life, risk and people. It was there that the seedlings of his cultural outlook and story telling curiosity were born.
Europe over, Richard settled in Los Angeles. A new life chapter (a period he lovingly calls “the humbling years”). Times where he found the perspectives that form him as a portraitist, film-maker and human.
In 2005, driven by a need to more deeply explore the depth of those he photographed, Richard began two photo-narrative projects. In both he explored more than the physical impressions of the still image, but through the use of video interview and written word, he studied the inner person as well as their perceptions on a variety of common questions regarding life and physical appearance: "The Seven Project" and "40 something." In each, he brought to surface the private thoughts, strengths and fears of his subjects. Opening a view to what he calls the real person and real beauty.
Richard’s passion for honesty, meaningful story and relevant works continues to evolve as he drives himself to produce his signature pure and revealing portraiture; socially relevant film works; and, via the reach of his non-profit advocacy Operation-365.org, to provide resources and published media that connects people in appreciating the worth of one another. He quotes, “If we do not truly see each other; nor do our connections grow from a place of sincerity, empathy and emotion, whether real, contrived or abstract; what we create, and the impact we leave, will be at risk of having no life, or lacking in meaning.”
When Richard is not behind the camera, in the field interviewing strangers and advocating for Operation-365.org, or keeping everyone in stitches (or tears) with one of his life found stories, you will most likely find him spending time with his family and mountain biking the trails surrounding the Los Angeles area. Read Less
Founder, Lecturer and Writer
OPERATION-365 — Los Angeles, CA, USA
Photographer, Director, Producer, Consultant and Educator
RADSTONE/RADSTONE CREATIVE — Los Angeles, CA, USA
National VP, Regional Board Member and Task Force Chairs
APA (American Photigraphic Artists) — Los Angeles, CA, USA
Radstone & Thomas Advertising Design — Los Angeles, CA, USA
Director of Marketing and Production
Cronopios Los Angeles — Los Angeles, CA, USA
Taft Printing — Los Angeles, CA, USA
Creative Director / Director of Photographic Development
Publicis, Nikon, Verizon, BBDO, Panasonic, PepsiCo, The Kaplan Thaler Group, Nestle, Toyota, Disney Store, Johnson & Johnson, JWT, Dunlop, Oglivy, Unilever, Lowe+Partners, Sony Pictures, Home Depot, Wells Fargo, United States Tennis Association, Espoir Parfum, Sephora, The Richards Group, United Airl… Read More
Publicis, Nikon, Verizon, BBDO, Panasonic, PepsiCo, The Kaplan Thaler Group, Nestle, Toyota, Disney Store, Johnson & Johnson, JWT, Dunlop, Oglivy, Unilever, Lowe+Partners, Sony Pictures, Home Depot, Wells Fargo, United States Tennis Association, Espoir Parfum, Sephora, The Richards Group, United Airlines, LaAgencia De Orci, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Buena Vista Picture Marketing, Disney Records, Perfeck’s Beauty, California Department of Health Services, U.S West Communications, Converse, IW Group, Dailey and Associates, Subway, Caesars World, Mars, Acento Advertising, Southern California Edison, Catholic Healthcare West, Disney Channel, Hill and Knowlton, Heidelberg, Florida Department of Health Services, RPA, 24 Hour Fitness, ESPN, Muse, Grey, Unisource, eVoice, 20th Century Fox, Hilton, Xerox, Nevada Division of Tourism, United Health Care, Hertz, R&R Partners, Walmart, Bally’s, Paramount Studios, Cisco, Lockheed Martin, Transamerica, United Airlines, Washington Mutual Bank, Arturo Calle, vTech, UPS, Energy Star, Octagon, Abbott Laboratories, Pfizer, McCann Worldgroup. The Intiger Group, David's Bridal, P&G, Relativity Media, FCB, Sony Online Entertainment, Gillette, Allergan.
Amanda Sefried, Josh Hutcherson, Henry Winkler, Jada Pinkett Smith, Jamie Pressly, Steve Carell, Seth Rogen, Isla Fisher, Dakota Fanning, April Scott, Josh Peck, Peri Gilpin, Michele Greene, Chris Wedge, Janice Dickenson, Jill Wagner, Holly Robinson Peete, Kirk Herbstreit. Chris Fowler, Ving Rhames, Billy Blanks, Bill Clinton, Antonio Villaraigosa, Diedrich Bader, Tyrese, Terry Bradshaw, Lee Corso, Zooey Deschanel, Shannon Kane, Selena Gomez. Read Less