Newsletter Vol. 2

2014 Top 10:

Hello 2015! Here we are, two weeks into the New Year and I can already tell this is going to be an amazing year. Things have been busy, visitors plentiful, and my creative mind has been on overdrive. It was nice to take a pause from future plans for a moment to reflect upon the monumental year 2014 was. Narrowing down my top 10 images of the year while always difficult, was extremely challenging this year. I found myself leaning more towards images that I not only loved but also marked huge milestones of my career and life. So without further ado, my top 10 of 2014, in no particular order.

After many months of dreaming, planning and researching, this screenshot was the first marker in making my dream a reality. Having a community behind you is a powerful thing and I am forever grateful to everyone for taking the leap and believing in me.

After many months of dreaming, planning and researching, this screenshot was the first marker in making my dream a reality. Having a community behind you is a powerful thing and I am forever grateful to everyone for taking the leap and believing in me.

When I first dreamt up my drive-in theatre project I  told a few people I was going to approach Honda about partnering up  and letting me use a new car for my trip. I got serval doubtful laughs (a few were from myself). This photo is my proof that no idea is out of reach.

When I first dreamt up my drive-in theatre project I  told a few people I was going to approach Honda about partnering up  and letting me use a new car for my trip. I got serval doubtful laughs (a few were from myself). This photo is my proof that no idea is out of reach.

This abandoned theatre in Yerington, Nevada marked the first drive-in shoot of my trip. It was raining as we drove up and not looking promising but the skies opened up and gave me one of the most scenic backgrounds I saw on my adventure.

This abandoned theatre in Yerington, Nevada marked the first drive-in shoot of my trip. It was raining as we drove up and not looking promising but the skies opened up and gave me one of the most scenic backgrounds I saw on my adventure.

This abandoned drive-in theatre in Porterville, California is one of my personal favorites from the trip. I can't put my finger on what it is exactly but this image is my personal favorite from my trip.

This abandoned drive-in theatre in Porterville, California is one of my personal favorites from the trip. I can't put my finger on what it is exactly but this image is my personal favorite from my trip.

Salton Sea has been on my bucket list since I heard about it several years ago. It was more amazing, interesting, and eerier than I could have imagined. A second trip is official on my bucket list.

Salton Sea has been on my bucket list since I heard about it several years ago. It was more amazing, interesting, and eerier than I could have imagined. A second trip is official on my bucket list.

Even though it seemed like 2014 was all drive-in theatres all the time, I had the chance to collaborate with another amazing artist, Francesca Berrini, on this fun small series. I hope to expand on this series more in 2015.

Even though it seemed like 2014 was all drive-in theatres all the time, I had the chance to collaborate with another amazing artist, Francesca Berrini, on this fun small series. I hope to expand on this series more in 2015.

I love this fantasy shoot I did for an amazing family in New York City. Lucas is, a 3 year old obsessed with trucks. To capture this stage in his life I creating a sneak peek into a magical fantasy land in his room where gravity was suspended and the wonder of life was explored.

I love this fantasy shoot I did for an amazing family in New York City. Lucas is, a 3 year old obsessed with trucks. To capture this stage in his life I creating a sneak peek into a magical fantasy land in his room where gravity was suspended and the wonder of life was explored.

After returning from my drive-in theatre adventure, I needed a little break and some distance from the project. What started out as a challenge to do fun creative shoots before starting the rest of my day turned into a new and exciting project. See more below!

After returning from my drive-in theatre adventure, I needed a little break and some distance from the project. What started out as a challenge to do fun creative shoots before starting the rest of my day turned into a new and exciting project. See more below!

2014 was an amazing year for focusing on my craft and my own personal art but I also had a lot of amazing clients throughout the year. This shoot I did for local Portland actor Ray Callaway who wanted his head shots to be taken with film rather than digital. This is a request I don't get often but considering I still shoot a lot of film for my personal work, I was really excited for our shoot.

2014 was an amazing year for focusing on my craft and my own personal art but I also had a lot of amazing clients throughout the year. This shoot I did for local Portland actor Ray Callaway who wanted his head shots to be taken with film rather than digital. This is a request I don't get often but considering I still shoot a lot of film for my personal work, I was really excited for our shoot.

And last but not least, I had the pleasure to photograph this lovely couples wedding. This also marked the last obligation I had in town before I hit the road on my adventure. I try to be very selective about the weddings I shoot each year. Wedding photography can be draining and I prefer shoot a handful of wedding that get my full attention rather than spreading myself to thin. Because of that, I try hard to work with couples that think outside of the box and really want creative fine art photos rather than traditional looking wedding photography. Chris & Karrie definitely met that requirement. 

And last but not least, I had the pleasure to photograph this lovely couples wedding. This also marked the last obligation I had in town before I hit the road on my adventure. I try to be very selective about the weddings I shoot each year. Wedding photography can be draining and I prefer shoot a handful of wedding that get my full attention rather than spreading myself to thin. Because of that, I try hard to work with couples that think outside of the box and really want creative fine art photos rather than traditional looking wedding photography. Chris & Karrie definitely met that requirement. 

 

Features:

I made a goal in early 2014 to start getting my work featured on more blogs, Instagram pages, and other publications to expand my audience. I was excited to meet this goal in 2014 and I am working hard this year to expand on that goal.

I started off the year right with a wedding feature on Rock N Roll Bride's website from Chris & Nikki's 2013 wedding. It was an honor to have my images featured in a publication that markets to the exact clients I am interested in working with. Unconventional, fun, and creative.

I started off the year right with a wedding feature on Rock N Roll Bride's website from Chris & Nikki's 2013 wedding. It was an honor to have my images featured in a publication that markets to the exact clients I am interested in working with. Unconventional, fun, and creative.

While I was on the road I had one of my drive-in theatre images from New Mexico featured on Dazed Magazine's Instagram.

While I was on the road I had one of my drive-in theatre images from New Mexico featured on Dazed Magazine's Instagram.

And, a few weeks ago Flawless Magazine featured two images from my new mannequin series.

And, a few weeks ago Flawless Magazine featured two images from my new mannequin series.

Art Shows:

Along with getting my work featured on the interwebs, I really wanted to focus on showing my work in person. It is such a different experience to see art work up close. I am trying to expand this goal in 2015 so if you know of a gallery or space that might be a good fit for my art, please drop me a line.

In July I exhibited 10 new images from my Shadow & Fire series at AFRU Gallery in Portland, Oregon alongside typewriter drawings from the talented Rachel Mulder.

In July I exhibited 10 new images from my Shadow & Fire series at AFRU Gallery in Portland, Oregon alongside typewriter drawings from the talented Rachel Mulder.

And, as you might have seen in my last newsletter, I was a finalist in Ripe Art Gallery's "What is a Portrait" competition juried by Ruben Natal-San Miguel. I have three portraits up in this group show until January 17th.

And, as you might have seen in my last newsletter, I was a finalist in Ripe Art Gallery's "What is a Portrait" competition juried by Ruben Natal-San Miguel. I have three portraits up in this group show until January 17th.

 

New Project:

As I said before, I have been on a kick of getting a little weird with my mannequin collection lately. I am featuring these on Instagram long before I share them anywhere else so if you want to keep up on my latest mannequin adventures you should follow me! 

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Drive-In America:

I am still very hard at work on my book and set some major goals for myself. I am aiming for a July book release! If I put it out there, I know I will make it happen. Until then, here is an image from the abandoned Hilltop Drive-In, located in Joliet, Illinois.

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!