Richard started creating images seriously during his high school years in the late 1970's; taking basic and advanced photography courses as a
follow on to his previous works in pencil and charcoal. During that time, he was introduced to many of the Masters of Photography when he
began learning darkroom techniques for both black & white and color processing. As a photographer for the school yearbook and newspaper, he
developed an affinity for catching the "Decisive Moment" (philosophy of the Master Photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson).
"Photography is not like painting. There is a creative fraction of a second when you are taking a picture. Your eye must see a composition or
an expression that life itself offers you, and you must know with intuition when to click the camera. That is the moment the photographer
is creative. Oops! The Moment! Once you miss it, it is gone forever."
[Interview with Cartier-Bresson, 1957, Washington Post]
Richard believes this philosophy to be the essence of his wedding photography; understanding that he is not just taking pictures but
creating memories. These memories, captured in a fraction of a second, are the beginning of a brand new family so he is always honored and
gratified to be part of those special events.
Throughout his career as a photographer, Richard has specialized in landscapes, inspired by the photography of Ansel Adams, and in wildlife,
utilizing Arthur Morris' "Wildlife as Art" techniques. He is also an accomplished photographer in the fields of science & astronomy,
aviation, railroad, industrial, and even made images of the emergency services during his time as a fireman on Long Island, NY.
Sara boasts a diverse background in areas such as professional photography, wildlife biology, and business management.
She gained a great deal of photographic knowledge and experience assisting her mother, a former
professional photographer and owner of Marty Cole Studio in San Diego, California. From childhood through her early 20s,
Sara was involved in everything from darkroom work and studio portraiture to shooting weddings and model portfolios.
Today, her interests lie in wildlife and botanical photography. Having an understanding of animal behavior and tracking, she possesses an eye for finding wildlife even at a distance; sometimes with only a few
identifying features available. Sara isn't opposed to sitting for long periods waiting for the wildlife to come to her, either. Together with patience
and a serious appreciation for nature, the work sometimes involved in getting to the destinations where we photograph is a pleasure.
Sara's inspiration comes from an early interest in such naturalists as the well-known Charles Darwin for his sketches and adventures discovering new
species as well as the modern-day Edward O. Wilson, known for his studies of ants and their behavior. She had the honor of meeting Dr. Wilson
in college and came to find they had much in common both in their philosophy on conservation and animal behavior. It's just these types of
scientists that have moved her to continue on in her exploration of the environment, melding her scientific background with photography to create
the images you see in her collections.