I'd rather live it...

I woke up today, as one does everyday, and started out with my usual routine.  Cuddled Shitbird and told him how adorable he is, drank some coffee, and started checking all my usual websites before hunkering down to work for the day.  In the midst of it, I suddenly had the realization of how far I have come in a year.  {This is where I warn you this might get a bit sappy so stop reading if you aren't ready for it.}

This time last year, I was finishing up college.  Stressing out about finishing my thesis and defending it.  Wondering how I was going to push myself towards my goals of being a photographer full time.  I had been talking about it for years, and I was doing freelance work the entire time I was in school but I was also working a full time job.  To say the least, I was busy and kept telling myself I would focus on my business more once school was finished.

 My favorite assistant and me hanging in the studio over the summer.  We are both too fast for cameras.

My favorite assistant and me hanging in the studio over the summer.  We are both too fast for cameras.

Well, here I am, out of school just one year and living the dream sooner than I had expected.  It took some strange turning of events and some serious kicks in the ass from life to push me to this point but for the first time in my life I am working for myself.  I am not waking up to a day job that I hate with a boss who doesn't appreciate me.  Don't get me wrong, it is still hard work and the fear of failure is present everyday.  I still have a long way to go but as the Aesop Rock song goes...dream a little dream or you could live a little dream.  I'd rather live it cus dreamers always chase but never get it.  

So thank you to all of the clients, fans, followers, family, and friends out there who have supported me, because without you I don't know where I would be.   And, here is to living YOUR dreams and fighting for them each and everyday, especially when you feel like you are going to fail!  

Lindsey Rickert

Portland, OR, United States of America

I turned to photography at a young age as a way to manipulate the world in front of me into endless possibilities. It remained a hobby for several years until I decided to run away from the snow in Iowa and towards the rain in Portland, OR. While I was inspired by film makers and my surroundings, I had a tendency to pick apart single frames and freeze them. My memory wasn't a movie playing back in my head, it was a series of still images that created a narrative. This translates into my work through the use of lighting and props that build a scene and create a story. When I am not taking pictures, I spend my time roller skating, playing with my puppy Charlie Von Shitbird (he is very sophisticated), spending time with my snake Vans, embarking on capers with my girlfriends, messing around with special fx makeup, and exploring the great Pacific Northwest and all it has to offer. The best thing about my job is getting to meet a variety of people. No to shoots are the same and I thrive on getting to know my clients and collaborating with them to create truly unique and bold images that fit their needs. Whether it be wedding photography, family portraits, small business needs, or you simply want a kick ass original portrait. If you are looking for a creative experience that will not only boost your confidence but create a lasting memory then lets make it happen!