Hello! I’m Kathy and I am a Photographer & Adventurer.
Walt Disney said... 'If you can dream it... you can do it...' I try to live by this mantra everyday of my life.
As a photographer my career is based upon dreaming and creating. My goal is to create images that can tell a story and give emotion. I want people to view my photography and be able to both see and feel what is going on in that photograph.
I'm not afraid to step out of the box or go down a road less travelled for an amazing photo. I'm always trying to outdo myself.
Although I photograph a little bit of everything my main focus is weddings & wildlife. Over the past 4 years I have used the money I have made shooting weddings to travel the world and photograph wildlife in it's natural habitat. The purpose of these adventures are to educate people on how they can help save our planet.
Two years ago on one of my adventures to Africa I was introduce to David Sheldrick's Wildlife Trust. This organization is helping to rehabilitate baby elephants who were orphaned in the wild because of poaching. I quickly fell in love with their mission and organization and knew I wanted to give back. For all my couples that book a wedding package I adopt a baby elephant in their name.
I lost my mom to cancer in 2012. I have always had a bucket list of sorts but her passing inspired me to actually start crossing items off my list. Since that point I've travelled to all 7 continents (twice), 48 countries, and 42 states. I've snorkeled with Orca Whales under the Northern Lights in Norway, I walked amongst thousands of Penguins in Antarctica, I've been face to face with Lions & Elephants, I celebrated Carnivale in Brazil and Holi in India, I've hiked in Patagonia, up volcanoes in Congo, and on the Inca Trail. I've trekked with Gorillas and Tigers. I've won my first award for my wildlife photography and will officially publish my first article this fall.
I love the Outdoors- Hiking, Camping, and just breathing the fresh air. I love all things Disney (even after working there for 10 years). I've only read the Harry Potter books once but I think JK Rowling is a genius. I appreciate Star Wars, but will admit that I really just love Ewoks! I love love love animals. I have 2 dogs and 2 fish... and I'm working on chickens. When I grow up... other then a photographer I hope to work in Wildlife Conservation.
15 Awards for Documentary Wedding Photography
71 Diamond Awards for Engagement Portraits
15 Awards from the Artistic Guild of Wedding Photojournalists
2 TOP Wedding Photographer Titles
The WPJA proudly recognizes Kathleen Ricker as a TOP International Wedding Photographer. Members holding the most contest points at the end of each year are ranked as TOP Wedding Photographers or, in some cases POY - Photographer of the Year.