My wife, Sue, and I are Rich Howe Photography. I am the photographer. Sue is the people watcher and editor. She has helped me improve over the years so I can see my style and the art in my photographs. When we need other photographers, we have a short list of people we can call for help.
I started in the 1970s with Polaroid SX-70 and Canon 35mm film cameras and always intended to do something “memorable” with photography. My first 20 years or so were spent being a serious hobbyist, hauling around a camera and a couple of lenses. I spent too much time in an office doing “work” to be more than a hobbyist photographer. The best part about those years was that I learned about the technical aspects of apertures and shutter speeds and lens focal lengths. It was telling though, when I thought about how many of those images were worthy of hanging on the living room wall. Would anyone else, even a relative, want to hang one in their house? Now, I’m on a journey to find my favorite 100 photographs. I have found a few and I am searching for several more.
About 10 years ago, when I realized that none of those thousands of photographs I had taken were going to make my top 100, I got serious. I took some college classes, studied several art and photography books, and did some workshops with professional photographers. I was privileged to participate in a workshop with Nels Akerlund, a freelance photographer for magazines such as the National Geographic Society, The New York Times, and Architectural Record. I continually try different techniques and carry my camera everywhere so I practice and ingrain the technical aspects of photography as “muscle memory”. I want to think about capturing the emotions and feelings in a time and place.
I do portraits, events, commercial assignments, and a bit of landscape/architecture work. Take a look at some of my photos and judge for yourself whether my style fits for your photographic needs. Most of what I do is a service – I will find the emotions and feelings in your event and bring them to you. I include simple clean-up, exposure adjustments, and cropping. I generally have this work done in about a week although I do try to beat that time. I will make the photos available on this website. Depending on our arrangement for the services, you can download your photos or order them from my photo printing service, which is one of the largest and best available. If you want help laying out a book, I can provide that service too.
Sue and I have traveled the world and we have a few photographs representing several countries under the "wall hangers" menu listing. My images can be printed in a portfolio, published in magazines or a website, displayed on the walls of your home or office, or given as a gift. For your convenience, I use high quality photo printing services around the world to quickly fulfill your requests in a regional currency. Please contact me if you would like a photograph in some other media or for a special purpose.
I generally quote every job individually because your situation is unique and the value I can bring you is probably not a function of my time or the number of photographs you decide to use. In general I charge a site fee, to capture images of the place or event, and a usage fee for the photographs. The site fee covers basic editing to enhance exposure and composition in the photographs I select from the event or site. The usage fee is a royalty for use of the photo in a publication or an advertisement. If you will use the photographs for personal purposes – like a wedding album – I may waive the usage fee. I will also perform detailed editing and design/layout work on a time and materials basis. I retain the copyright in all cases and will give you a license to use the photos according to your needs and provide you with the digital image files of your event to print your own copies or use in media with a credit to our studio. Please contact us for a specific quote for your particular needs.