This spring 2011, Rick took me on a one day tour of some of the waterfalls in North Carolina. What a great experience! Rick sure knows the area like the back of his hand! And he designed the day for my personal hiking abilities..,...in other words, the easy trails:)
I saw some surprisingly beautiful and amazingly huge waterfalls. The opportunity to take numerous shots, with assistance on camera settings and composition was readily available. It’s nice to have a guide experienced with photography!!! Don’t hesitate to sign up for one of Rick’s trips!! He will definitely make sure you have a safe and excellent journey! Plus as a bonus, you will come home with lots of wonderful photos to share from your experiences!!
Nancy M Germer
Our adventure to the Elk Rut in October was one of most memorable experiences of my life. We arrived in the afternoon to shoot for several hours before sunset and it was amazing. After a nights rest we returned for a frost covered morning of shooting the Elk in the frosty grassy fields of Cataloochie. What a great time. I have never seen anything like this before and I will remember it forever.
I had asked for a special request. I wanted to spend the night on the beach and photograph the sunrise and sunset as well as a lighthouse. Rick set up a trip to Cape Lookout. We arrived at the ferry on Friday morning, crossed the bay, and Rick drove us down the beach about 8 miles where we set up camp. We spent the day fishing for dinner, and walked down the beach to what seemed the ends of the earth. What a marvelous place. I got some great shots, but I think I enjoyed the adventure more than the photography. At night, we went gigging for flounder, which made a wonderful breakfast and I took some home as well.
"Rick is a wonderful photographer. He is perceptive and can "capture" the light and make landscapes look magical and mysterious. As a creative maven who has in-depth knowledge of all things photographic, Rick has few equals and one can learn a lot from him. Rick's Photo Safaris are not to be missed. He'll take you places that even the locals don't know about. I went with his group to North Carolina in October, and it was an experience I will cherish the rest of my life."
"I've known Rick for years as a dedicated organizer of the Ohio Valley Camera Club, a 600+ member group of amateur and pro photographers. During that time Rick has handled web site development, organization, event coordination, and member benefits. He has worked behind the scenes, tirelessly, and with integrity. I am happy to recommend his Nature Trek Photo Safaris venture as fun, instructive, and well-run."
Eric Hatch Photo Artistry
Having gone with Rick to photograph waterfalls, I can truly say that you definitely get your money's worth out of him, but be ready to be utterly exhausted by day's end and yet, always eager for more first thing in the morning. His knowledge of hidden treasures is amazing and he will not let you get out of there without some awesome photographs. He freely shares his knowledge and he ensures not only your shot, but your safety and your complete satisfaction. One tip, get comfortable shoes, real comfortable! This is one trip you won't want to see come to an end!
Frank hired you as a Photographer in 2008
Top qualities: Personable, Expert, Creative
“I met Rick through the Ohio Valley Camera Club. I know him to be an authority on photography, and a leader in his field. Rick’s photos have the ability to take you to that place in photograph and see what he sees with the composition, colors and subject are the essence of a true photographer.He captures the moment and mood. He supports fellow photographers at different levels of experience from the novice to the professionals who seek his advice and options in a personable way. He has put together a pool of talent, organizers to seek out fresh ways to keep you in the business, technology, and spark new ideas with challenges. He mentors inspiring folks like me in supporting the craft/ art. I have improved tenfold since my association with the Rick and the group. Rick brings these people together organizes their ideas, expertise and provides a place where the group can meet and showcase their works of talent. Rick is not just a photographer he is in the business of photography.”
Special Projects Coordinator, Miami University (business partner)
“Rick is an easy going, dedicated and hard working individual that always has the best interests of the customers in mind. He is very knowledgeable and organizes exceptional photography outings. He is an excellent person to travel with and is always willing to share his knowledge with others.”
Owner, Wedding Photography by Tammy Bryan
“Rick is a great guy and a talented photographer. His photo safaris are fantastic! Great customer service.”
Rick is an amiable and highly talented artisan. Knowing Rick and his work over the past 20 years, you'll find him bringing imaginative and realistic, quality results to your projects. You can count on Rick to be an ethical business person.
Jim hired you as a Photography Related Nature Tours in 2010
Top qualities: Personable, Expert, High Integrity
“I have taken photography nature tours with Rick. They were really excellent! Rick knew all the great spots to go to, and Rick knows how to make things FUN! Rick is also an excellent cook. HIGHLY recommended!”
Owner, Bob Coyle Photography (business partner)
“I have been associated with Rick as an organizer and driving force in a photographic organization for a few years now and found him very competent, energetic, driven, ethical and creative. I would enjoy working with him in any endeavor.
Nancy hired you in 2011 and hired you more than once
Top qualities: Great Results, Personable, High Integrity
“Rick is an excellent tour leader! He is knowledgable, and sincere in his efforts to make sure everyone has a great fun, and educational time. I have been on several of the Nature Treks and found them all worth the money. Rick is very personable, and he does a terrific job of planning and following through on the treks.”
Owner, Kim A Meyer Photography
“Rick is a great photographer and group organizer and leader. He is responsible of managing shoot for the OVCC (Ohio Valley Camera Club) Photographers group and succeeds in educational and fun shoots for many others. He is highly respected.”
Database Administrator, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
“Rick provided mentorship to me in my beginnings as a photographer. He showed me some techniques and tricks in portraiture that I have found very useful and helpful. His willingness to share knowledge and assist others is very much appreciated. It has helped me grow immensly.”