William (Rick) Rowell Photographer
To whom it may concern.
I’m a photographer with 33 years of experience working in many different disciplines of photography. Public relations, celebrity, entertainment, episodic television unit photography. Portraiture in studio and on location during production, industrial, editorial, as well as weddings and engagements. My career started in 1984 working for Long Photography which at that time had the contract to document the 23rd Olympiad for the LAOOC (Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee) in Los Angeles and the surrounding area. I was credentialed as a Technician assistant and was able to work with some of the best sports photographers of that time. After the Olympics, I was retained and continued to gain experience in public relations, industrial, studio portrait and entertainment photography. I left Long Photography in 1986 and joined Vanguard Photography Inc. At Vanguard, I did a lot of the same kind of photography. I worked with public relations firms and corporate clients like GTE of California, First Interstate Bank, Bateman Eichler Hill Richards and Coldwell Banker. Executive portraiture was my specialty and I became very good at lighting on location, indoors and out. I left Vanguard after the business was sold to a new owner. It was then in 1989 I began my freelance career working with many of the same clients I had worked with before and a few more I picked up through recommendations of current clients. Some of the new clients included commercial real estate companies like Daum Johnstown American and Grubb and Ellis. I was shooting special events for prospective tenants, interior and exterior of properties and executive portraiture. I was also covering assignments for ABC Television. The Oscars and Emmy Awards and unit photography for a variety of ABC and Disney television shows. In 2009 I was offered the staff Photographers position with The Disney/ABC Television Group in their Photography and Visual Communications Division. At Disney/ABC I photographed special events, interviews, unit or episodic show coverage, Portraiture in studio and on location for the ABC Network and the Disney cable channels, Disney XD, Disney Family (later changed to Freeform), Disney Junior and Radio Disney. I also did photography for ABC News shows, 20/20, Good Morning America, interviews and specials with Robin Roberts. I worked at Disney/ABC until November of 2016.
Throughout my career I have always strived to improve my photography, my education and never lose sight of my desire to be the best photographer I can be. I believe my work speaks for me in that sense. I’m always open to new methods and new ideas and continuing my education to improve my photography and to stay abreast of new technologies that help me to work more efficiently with the best quality always being the driving factor.
With all of this in mind, I would appreciate your consideration and I’m looking forward to our meeting. Thank you for your kind attention to this letter.
William (Rick) Rowell Photographer. https://williamrowell.smugmug.com
Seeing the smiles on peoples faces when they look at my work and the compliments I receive. I love the challenge of problem solving to create the best images possible.
I have done many wedding assignments in the last 33 years. I love showing the emotions of the day and capturing these moments. Making them special means always being ready for that moment when it happens and planning ahead using my knowledge gained through experience.
I have received praise from all of my former employers and clients. But I'm not the sort of person that enters photography contests. I do however look at other photographers work for some inspiration and ideas that I might incorporate into my work as well.
I'm a history buff and I enjoy reading about history. Especially the mid to late 19th century old west and the American Civil War.