Rick Souders is an honors graduate from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. Rick's unique creative and business background has allowed him to work at a Fortune 250 Beverage Company, then to one of the largest Advertising Agencies in the US, to owning one of America’s top food and beverage Studios. Rick also has a background in public speaking, graphic design and color psychology.
Awards & Boards (Yippi):
His photography has been seen at The International Photography Hall of Fame, Photo District News and worldwide in food and beverage advertising campaigns. Souders Studios was selected Top Beverage Photographer 3 consecutive times at the World Food Media Awards in South Australia. Rick has traveled extensively around the US lecturing on Digital Imaging, Food and Beverage Photography, Self Promotion, Lighting, and Running a Successful Studio. Rick has completed several books including "The Art and Attitude of Commercial Photography," "Retired and Inspired," "Colorado Colore" and "Colorado Classique" Cookbooks. He is on the Advisory Board for Colorado Mountain College and RMCAD. He is also a member of ASMP, a member of the Golden Public Art Commission and on the Executive Committee of the Foothills Art Center.
In his own words:
I grew up in the rural high plains near the Pawnee National Grasslands. Yes, very rural. My mom worked at a portrait studio and my dad, amongst many things, was a professional leather artist and taught leather craft. So, I lived in a very creative and inspiring atmosphere. Growing up in a small town allowed me to raise chickens, rabbits, and pheasants and have many pets including toads, tarantulas, possums and a raccoon. My passion for food and agriculture runs deep. I appreciate where our food comes from and I think that has played an important role in my love of food and beverage photography. Today I live on the Studio property in a beautiful environmentally friendly ranch home. Other quirky things include a degree in Taxidermy. Working with light, texture, color, form and shape is so amazing to me. The Art of Seeing is a never-ending journey through life. Then add food and beverage to this fabulous journey and you simply can’t go wrong. So stop in to satisfy your creative hunger.