Rick Belden Photography

Rick Belden is an award winning Professional Photographer with over 25 years of experience. 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

Professional Photography for Life's most Memorable Moments

This is ART!  What I love the most about photography...the opportunity to create beautiful images with talented people!  I had so much fun with the amazing Ballet Dancers @lisybaehman and @dre2898 recently in my studio!   Clothing by:  @mariiadancewear  @repettoparis @sodancausa  All photos copyright of  #RickBeldenPhotography           .................................
I am so glad I installed that new window in my photo studio!    Creating art with the amazing @poppyseed_dancer this past weekend.  All photos copyright of @rickbeldenphotography.     .............................................

What my Clients have to say

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

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

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

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

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

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

Frequently Asked Questions

How much experience do you have?  I have over 20 years of very diverse experience photographing everything from Landscapes and Architecture to Liquid Art and  Products to Weddings, Newborns and Professional Athletes.

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?  I have been 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 and currently working with numerous Equestrian and Racing organizations.  

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!