Rick Belden Photography

Rick Belden is an award winning Professional Photographer based out of Charlotte, NC with over 25 years of experience. He is the photographer/author of the book "Art on Pointe - A photo book of amazing dancers". His goal is to create unique art of the highest quality for his clients. For more info contact: rickbeldenphotography@gmail.com Follow on Instagram and Facebook @RickBeldenPhotography and #RickBeldenPhotography

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What my Clients have to say:

Rick Belden’s work is without any doubt the best photography I’ve ever had the good fortune to use throughout my entire 40 plus years in professional Drag Racing Championship Series. His work was able to take my promotional material from just another so-so PR kit to something that has delivered a whole new interest in not only my career, but interest in the Sport itself and the racing Industry as a whole. Thank you, Rick, for your incredible talent, your patience and for a job well done.

~ Shirley Muldowney - Racing Icon

Multi-time World Champion and Top Female Racer of all time!

I appreciate that Rick took the time to do a professional consultation before and after the photoshoot to get to know my style and and idea for the images we wanted to create.  During the consultation he got to know me and detailed information about my ideas for the project.  Rick is very professional and is able to give direction about lighting options and how different tones and lighting modification make a dancer appear strong.  He made capturing difficult poses very easy and has incredible timing with movement photography.  He was also able to provide the most beautiful outfit to help create the images I wanted.  Rick asked several times during our shoot.  He is all about making the artists happy with the experience and the results!  The Professional hair and makeup option was a wonderful bonus to the already magical day.  His studio was very comfortable and well equipped with all of the needed props.  I had the most wonderful experience!! 

~ Alicia - Professional Ballet Dancer

Absolutely AMAZING experience working with Rick. Not only did we create some amazing images, but we had so much fun doing so! I was super impressed by Rick’s work and his work ethic. He was so genuine and professional from the beginning of our shoot to the end. Rick made sure to be completely transparent about everything to expect for our shoot, prioritized my comfortability, and gave me a lot of helpful tips and advice to consider as a new model. He’s incredibly knowledgeable about what he does, which makes him a really good teacher as well. I am super thankful and grateful I was able to work with Rick, he’s an extremely talented photographer and a wonderful human being. I definitely recommend booking him and checking out his work on Instagram and on his website!

~ Grayson - Professional Model

I had such an incredible experience working with Rick. He radiates friendliness, positivity, humor, hospitality, and a humble attitude, while also delivering the utmost level of professionalism. He makes the session feel like a collaboration: he utilizes the uniqueness of each dancer and bases his approach around what would compliment each individual best. Not only did he capture the most breathtaking photos in my session with him, but he also educated me on lighting and tips within the realm of photography. I am walking away from my session with Rick with not only pictures I am proud of and will cherish forever, but an enriching experience full of laughs, smiles, and positivity. If I ever am in need of photos in the future, you better believe I will schedule another session with this amazing photographer and person!

~Jordan - Professional Ballet Dancer

I had an amazing time shooting with Rick Belden, I would travel from New York again anytime to relive the experience I had working with him.  The pictures I received are my favorites I have ever had taken!  I appreciated how he valued what I wanted as a dancer prior to shooting and completely achieved the results I was looking for.  I hope the opportunity to work with him again in the future.  I would highly recommend Rick to any of my fellow dancers whoa are looking for amazing pictures for their portfolios.  

~ Christina - Professional Dancer and Model

Every shoot I’ve had with Rick has been a blast. His combination of sarcasm, hospitality and genuine care for his clients makes him stand out from others as a photographer and a person. Not only that, but his pictures are absolutely amazing. All the photos that he has taken of me as well as others have always exceeded my expectations and I’ve never been disappointed with how they’ve turned out. I’ve gained so much confidence working with Rick and I will always be grateful to him for the experience that he has given me, as well for being an awesome person to be around.

~ Alex - Professional Ballet Dancer

I have had the pleasure of working with Rick Belden many times over the past year, not only is he incredibly professional but he is an amazing personality to be around!  This translates into a very comfortable and fun environment or myself and other clients/models.  He strives to make every picture a work of art, giving every photo shoot 100% of his focus.  Not just an amazing photographer but I feel fortunate to be able to call him a good friend.  I feel so lucky to have worked with him and I cannot recommend him enough!!

~ Lexi - Professional Model

Rick is an absolutely fantastic photographer, and on top of that, a really fun, sarcastic, and caring person to work with! He creates an extremely comfortable environment in the studio and allows the dancers to be creative in various ways throughout the photoshoot process. He is so encouraging and supportive during the shoots which allows the dancers to feel confident throughout the process. You can tell how greatly he cares about the work he creates because of his attention to every tiny detail he puts in during the shoots. And to top that off, he truly cares about having fun while creating images. He has said to me multiple times “remember create high quality shots and have fun doing so!”

Luci - Ballerina

Rick never ceases to amaze us with the shots that he is able to get. The quality and clarity are unmatched. He is always able to capture our boys exact personality. These are pictures that we will hang on our wall for a lifetime. I even joke that our Rick Belden pictures are the ones that we will be hanging on our nursing home walls!! He is truly the most talented and smartest photographer we have ever worked with! We look forward to him capturing our boys as they grow up!

~Caroline - Family Portraits

Rick made the experience fun and not stressful at all.  His time and attention to detail shows the quality clearly in just the proof images!  He captured my Daughter in her true form and it means so much to me to have these beautiful keepsakes.  It is extremely difficult for us to pick our favorites. 

~Paige - Mother of Dancer

I had such a great and memorable experience working with Rick. He is so kind and so much fun to work with. I appreciated his attention to detail throughout each picture we took. Rick taught me so much about how photography works and the goals he strives to succeed. I would recommend Rick to any and every dancer and I can’t wait to work with him again in the future.

~ Mia - Ballerina

Rick has been nothing but professional since day (1) of working together!  He has given me so much confidence and support in my modeling career.  I always have such a great time working with him and the photos come out AMAZING!!  Every time I leave I always say "These are my new favorite photos!"  Rick never fails to remind me why I love modeling! 

~Erika  - Professional Model

As a Ballet Dancer, it is my job to create art with my body and movement, and Rick was able to extenuate that in the photos we shot together!  He was so accommodating from the moment I arrived, and he made me feel comfortable and encouraged.  One of the things I really appreciated was how in tune he was to my desires for the final photos.  He provided various backdrops and outfits and suggested poses that would compliment me, which proves he definitely cares about providing his clients with outcomes they will truly love!  I highly recommend all Dancers spend an afternoon with Rick for any and all photography needs, and I look forward to working with him again in the future!

~ Mary Grace - Ballerina at UNCSA Dance School

I cannot recommend Rick enough!! He went above and beyond my expectations! He was extremely welcoming, willing to give tips and advice, and just an overall amazing human being. Hire Rick for any of your photography needs - you will NOT be disappointed! I hope we can work together again in the future

~ Aly - Professional Dancer 

Rick is an AWESOME photographer and an even better person! He’s extremely professional, genuinely loves to teach, and knows the ins & outs of photography, lighting, posing, etc. you name it! Never a dull moment on set with this guy, HIGHLY recommend booking a shoot with him if you’re looking to build your portfolio or just need a good laugh. Always a pleasure!!

~ Cearra - Professional Model

My photos turned out incredible, just wow!!  I'm honestly so happy with how well the photos look.  Working with you was an absolute pleasure!  You made the environment feel so safe and fun, and I felt so comfortable creating these images with you.

~ Sarah - Ballerina

I truly have nothing but the highest praise for the work that Rick does! He is incredibly talented, makes you feel completely comfortable, and is committed to achieving the best possible photo. As a dancer, finding a photographer that is able to capture you in your best light is so crucial, and I couldn’t be happier with the photos we created for my auditions. He walks you through every step of the process, and he is an extremely knowledgeable and experienced professional. I would recommend Rick Belden Photography to anyone I know without hesitation. With the perfect balance of professionalism and humor, Rick provides an unparalleled experience and breathtaking photos!

~ Abby - Ballet Dancer

Working with Rick is a truly unique and fulfilling experience. The comfortable creative space in his studio allows for artistic freedom both behind the camera and on set. Rick has an incredible eye for capturing the perfect moment with careful attention to ensuring the best possible photo. As a dancer, I appreciated that Rick was able to capture me in my best light without losing his unique artistic sense in the process. Each picture is a true masterpiece of creativity and passion.

~ Amalie - Ballet Dancer

When looking for a dance photographer to shoot with, I looked for photographers who could specifically help show my strengths as a dancer. Rick Belden's photography skills and abilities go above and beyond what I thought I could find in a photographer. His work with dancers showcases athleticism as well as the innate beauty of the art form.

~ Eva - Ballet Dancer

100% recommended! I was nervous because I'm terrible in photos and absolutely not photogenic at all, but Rick guided me through everything and made it simple, easy, and fun. Couldn't have asked for a better experience. 

~Korynn - Corporate Portraits

Rick was such a pleasure to work with!  I'm new to modeling and was super nervous, but Rick helped me with everything and calmed my nerves!  The photos turned out better than I could have ever imagined.  I'm so happy with my first experience a 10 out of 10!

~ Rileigh - New Developing Model

I absolutely love working with Rick he is amazing! I appreciate the time he puts into his growing and teaching his models. I truly learn so much when we work together. Rick is extremely professional and makes you feel right at home when you come into the studio. All his equipment is amazing he is able to get a huge variety of images. I highly recommend working with him!

~Jordan  - Developing Model

I absolutely loved working with Rick!  He is so talented and extremely professional.  I cannot say enough good thing about him.  He made sure I loved all of the images we took and I learned lots of new things in the process!  Rick made me feel super comfortable and confident, I hope to work together again soon.  I was a great experience!!

~Ellie - Developing Model

I had an amazing time shooting with Rick who is a true professional and so is the quality of work that he provides.  He is an extremely personable individual, who is very talented at his craft, fun and energetic! I hope to keep learning from Rick and I will definitely be back to shoot in the future, Easily the best experience with a photographer to date!

~Jocelyn - Developing Model

Working with Rick Belden was the best experience. As a dancer he really appreciates your work and understands how difficult it is to achieve a high level of technique. The environment was so comfortable and so much fun. This was our very first ballet photo shoot and he made sure we left with some beautiful photos and had a great time!

~ Lucy and Greta - Pre Professional Ballerinas

I am so amazed with your work! Thank you so much for making this experience comfortable and fun! Doing the shoot and seeing the proofs gave me more goal motivation but in the same breath, I am so proud of myself of how far I have come in my fitness journey and how you were able to capture it! I love the pictures and you really captured amazing shots of Alison! I am in awe! Our main goal was to have fun professional fitness photos together and you gave that to us and more!!! I look forward to working with you again!!

~ Alison and Nicole - Fitness Shoot

This was one of the best experiences I ever had. I have never experienced a photo shoot before and Rick was super patient and helpful. I felt comfortable during the shoot and learned a TON! The pictures came out even better than what I imagined and were finished with all of the edits in no time. If you are looking for a reliable, trustworthy, and insanely talented photographer, Rick Belden Photography is it. I would rate 100 on a scale of 1-10 and will be my main source for any future photo shoots. 

~Rayanne - Fitness Competitor

Not only is Rick Belden an incredibly talented photographer, but he is very enjoyable to work with!  Whatever look you are going for, he will create that for you and go above and beyond.  With my fitness shoot we recently did together, Rick exceeded all my expectation and portrayed me to look like the strong woman I've always been aiming to be.  There is no doubt, I would recommend him 100% all the way!!

~Lauren - Fitness Competitor

As a growing artist still developing my trade and look, I knew from early on that I needed to work with people who could help me grow and were professionals themselves. I've worked with Rick for a few years in several industries, and in my professional and sincere opinion, Rick Belden is one of the most talented and artistic photographers I've ever worked with. His eye for detail shows in his ability to only shoot what he needs and wants. Working with him is a breeze, and beautiful quality is inevitable. 

~Tiffany - Fitness Model

Excellent photographer. Knows what he's doing with very in-depth knowledge on what it takes to get impressive shots. Is very clear on communication and doesn't waste anybody's time. I've worked with him twice as a new model and once as an assistant for one of his other shoots. All experiences have been great! 

~Savanah - Pilot/ New Model

Working with Rick Belden Photography has been one of the best experiences I've had as a Make-Up Artist.  He provides a very Professional and Comfortable environment to create in.  If you are an Artist or Model who's looking for a photographer with a lot of knowledge, experience and passion I highly recommend working with Rick!

~ Gabrielle - Professional Make-Up Artist

Rick Belden Photography is top notch! He literally had pictures from my horse show posted the next day! That's unheard of! They are beautiful high end quality pictures at a great price! He was so quick to respond to what I wanted and extremely friendly! I would highly recommend him! 

~Annie - Equestrian

Besides Rick obviously having a great eye for a plethora of different styles, he also knows how to tailor each shoot to your individual needs, comfort, and style. I've shot with him on location and in the studio and am so excited to see what he creates each time! I've already recommended him to friends and family and will continue doing so

~Micah - Singer Song Writer

Rick and I worked together on a bodyscape shoot, and the images we created were absolutely breathtaking! More, Rick's studio is beautiful, and he coached me, provided feedback, and made sure I was comfortable throughout the shoot, being that I am a new model. If you're looking to work with a communicative, professional, highly-skilled and knowledgeable photographer, I would 100% recommend Rick! I would work with him again in an instant!  

~Stephanie - Bodyscape

Amazing experience. Rick makes you feel comfortable and relaxed. I love how my pictures turned out and I would refer him to anyone! It was just a lot of fun. 

~Tiffany - Fitness

I worked with Rick this past weekend for a photoshoot and he was amazing. He was very professional and got the photos processed in no time! Excellent person to work with. 

~Holly -  Pilot and Equestrian

I had an awesome time working with Rick!  I loved the photos we created together and would definitely work with him again!

~ Chala - Professional Fitness Model

Rick is amazing! He has great talent working with people and his photos do the talking. They are rich full and gorgeous. The best around. I highly recommend him to everyone!!! 

~Erica - Wedding and New Born

If you are interested in photography and how you camera works and how to create great photos you need to take his class. He is an amazing teacher and you will learn an amazing amount. He has such a passion for this and it comes out in his teaching and the only thing you will do from this class is benefit and learn. Highly recommend looking into his classes. 

~Merina - Student and Equestrian

I have worked with Rick several times now and have always been thrilled with the results.  He creates a comfortable and fun working environment.  His photos and concepts are gorgeous and unique.  If you are looking to build your portfolio, I would highly recommend Rick as your photographer! 

~Lexie - Ballet Dancer

Every time I have worked with Rick, I am extremely happy with the final product!  The atmosphere during the shoots is always fun and enjoyable but also very professional.  He is open to new and different ideas, very collaborative and always makes you look good.  I highly recommend!!!

~Selena - Ballet Dancer

I love all the photos Rick and I created together.  I had not only so much fun shooting but also learned a lot along the way!  Thank you for working with me to help build my portfolio. 

~MacKenzie - Model/Actress

Frequently Asked Questions

How much experience do you have?  I have over 25 years of very diverse experience photographing everything from Landscapes and Architecture to Liquid Art and  Products to Weddings, Newborns, Professional Athletes and of course Dancers.

What got you into photography?  Photography has always been my passion and stress relief.  I really enjoy the creative process and love working with individuals and companies who like to create unique and memorable images.

Tell me about your familyI have a beautiful wife who is very supportive of my work and two incredible young Daughters who I love more than anything in this world!  All of the girls in my life really inspire me during the creative process.

How do you describe your style?  Although I work in many different genres, my work is probably best described as photo journalistic.  I am very easy to work with and communicate  well with all of my subjects and models.  Every photographer has their own style they naturally gravitate to, but those that are really experienced can adapt to multiple different styles.  

Where else can I see your work?  As of 2022 I have been photographed 55 magazine covers and had thousands of images published in several national print magazines, online sites, news papers, Billboards, TV news and advertising campaigns.  I have won the coveted City Block Project twice shooting for the Charlotte Historical Society.  I am the Author and Photographer of the book "Art on Pointe - A Photo Book of Amazing Dancers".            

What is your Philosophy?  My Philosophy is quite simply this...the customer must be 100% happy with the end result or I have failed.  Anyone can snap a picture, however to create an image that inspires is the real goal of a true Professional.      

Why should someone hire you specifically?  In this day and age it seems that everyone who owns a camera is refereed to as a Photographer.  I know it can be very confusing to the consumers, so I will be clear on my thoughts here.  There are people out there who snap pictures and then those of us that create images.  I am passionate about producing images that you would be very proud to show your friends and family members and will be handed down for generations.  If you are looking for someone who is experienced, diverse, creative, easy to work with and passionate then I feel as though I'm a good choice for most people.              

How do I book a session?  Simply send me an email with your contact information to : rickbeldenphotography@gmail.com and I will send you back a quick questionnaire and Fee Schedule so we can determine the best way to make it a great relationship.

In the extremely unlikely chance I'm not totally happy with my images what happens?  I offer a 100% guarantee and I stand by that, no gimmicks here.  If you are not 100% happy with the images we either re-shoot until you are, or there is no charge.  Period!