Today we’d like to introduce you to Richard Policastro.
Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I am from New York originally and I have always been interested in photography because my father is a wedding photographer. I guess you can say it’s in my blood. I moved out to LA a decade ago with a hand-me-down camera from my dad. I started off by shooting anything and anyone who would let me. There were a few amazing photographers that I met out here in LA that took me under their wing to really show me the ropes on the west coast. I started to shoot as a second photographer and assisting other photographers for weddings to really learn the process and the art of wedding photography. Taking what I learned growing up watching my father and what I absorbed with the other photographers that I worked with, I decided to launch my own company. That was 5 years ago and now I am busier and busier each year since. I now not only shoot weddings all over Southern California, I shoot all over the states and the world. In the past few years I have shot weddings all over Mexico, Bali, Fiji, Europe, NYC and Miami to name a few!
Please tell us about your art.
My style is photojournalistic with a vibrant, fashion forward influence. I love capturing candid moments during a wedding because those are the moments that they will go back and look at years down the road. They are timeless classics.
What do you think about conditions for artists today? Has life become easier or harder for artists in recent years? What can cities like ours do to encourage and help art and artists thrive?
Being an artist is being in a community. We all share ideas and encourage each other to be better. Sometimes you see an amazing photo and then get inspired by it and then put your own twist on that idea.
With social media these days I feel like being an artist is easier and harder haha. Easier because the exposure is through the roof! You can post work and within hours thousands of people see that work. On the flip side it is harder because now EVERYONE is a photographer or an artist. The capability of phones and quality of cameras allows anyone to take an amazing photograph. At the end of the day you still need the creative bone and the eye.
How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
Instagram: @richardanthonyphoto – wedding and lifestyle images
@richardanthony822 – lifestyle, landscape and adventure photography
A lot of times when I travel to different countries for a wedding I will extend my trip so I can capture the beauty, culture and landscape of these places.
- Address: Santa Monica, CA
- Website: www.ranthonyphotography.com
- Phone: 315-263-8636
- Email: Richard@ranthonyphotography.com
- Instagram: @richardanthonyphoto – @richardanthony822
- Facebook: Richard Anthony Photography
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