Alabama Travel – Aldridge Gardens | Birmingham

I made a trip to Aldridge Gardens in Birmingham Alabama this past weekend.  I really didn’t want to go on a Saturday and I didn’t want to go in the middle of the day, for photographing it, but the opportunity came up and I went.

Aldridge Gardens has a reputation, in this area, as a photographer’s paradise, especially for family portrait photography, as well as a beautiful wedding venue.  I quickly found out why.  The gardens are so popular with photographers that management has now had to set up a system to manage the many professionals that wish to use this beautiful backdrop.  Go to their website menu under “Photo Guild Gallery”, for all the information on fees and restrictions.

On this day I was there as a tourist.  In late June not much is in bloom so there was some disappointment there.  Also, on this particular day the gardens were hosting their annual art festival.  That wasn’t good for me either as there were people wandering around everywhere!  Photo ops were hard to come by.

One big plus was I met Maurice Cook, a very talented artist.  His art could be described as “Black Americana”.  What ever you call it, it was mesmerizing.  I think like most, I don’t know much about art, except, I know what I like and don’t like.  Maurice Cook’s work definitely had an impact on me.  He is only locally known.  He has no website nor email address.  He told me up until two weeks previous, he didn’t even have a cell phone.  You can see some of his work by Googling “Maurice Cook Artist”, then go to “Images”.  It’s not much but worth the look.  I was able to make two quick portraits of him.

Maurice Cook  ©Rick Lewis
Maurice Cook ©Rick Lewis


Maurice can be contacted my snail mailing him at:

Odd Job Art by Maurice Cook, 224 Mill Run Circle, Birmingham Alabama, 35226 or you can reach him at (205) 823-3191.

Maurice Cook, "Artist"  ©Rick Lewis
Maurice Cook, “Artist” ©Rick Lewis

After chatting with Maurice for a good while, I took a stroll through the gardens.

Summer meadow held back by split rail.
© Rick Lewis

The gardens are very diverse with numerous different elements.  This is truly a photographers paradise!

Calming waterfall.
© Rick Lewis

You will find tranquil streams and small waterfalls an, in the Spring, beautiful flowers everywhere.  There is even a small lake for a backdrop.  I found these beautiful blue hydrangeas blooming on this June day.

Blue Hydrangea
© Rick Lewis

If you find yourself in the Birmingham area, take a little side trip to Aldridge Gardens.  The admission is free, (donations appreciated), and in this case, you get much more than you pay for.

For larger versions of each of these images, please go to my Flickr page.  To contact me directly, email me at:



B&W Executive Portraits | Montgomery, Alabama Photographer

A client asked the other day, “Do you do black and white business portraits also?”  I have only been asked a few times to produce a black and white headshot, or portrait for a client.  Years ago, that was the standard.  Today, not so much.

In this day and age of digital manipulation, e.g., Photoshop®, converting a color image to B&W is quite easy.  All three of the images below, were originally shot in color, and delivered in color.  But, you’ll see they are also very compelling as a black and white image.

If you need a quality business headshot or portrait for advertising, the Web, public relations or any other use give me a call at 813.767.4685 or email me at  For much more information on my services please visit my website.



©Rick Lewis
©Rick Lewis
©Rick Lewis
©Rick Lewis


Business Portraits in Montgomery Alabama

When Tyler Tullis, branch manager at Hometown Lenders in Montgomery Alabama, called about updating their business portraits, I was surprised.  I had only been in Montgomery for about a week and did not expect business calls so soon.  I was also very happy to help him out.

Hometown Lenders wanted to convey in their portraits that friendly, “hometown”, feeling that they strive to deliver to their clients.  They wanted people looking for a mortgage to feel at home with their staff.  I think we succeeded.  All the staff were fun to work with and easy to photograph.  Give them a call, 334-647-1900, and see what they can do for your mortgage needs.

If your company needs to update their business headshots / portraits drop me a line at  Go to my website,, for my complete portfolio and information.

Tyler Tullis
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Public Relations Headshot
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Commercial – Editorial Photographer | Montgomery, Alabama

I made a big move to Montgomery, Alabama the first of July.  Family reasons pushed my wife and I north with no regrets.  We love the Montgomery and River Region of Alabama and look forward to many happy years here.

But, just after moving I had to return to Tampa for one last photo shoot for a fun client.  Dr. E (Emily), as she is known, is a forensic psychiatrist.  She has a practice that spans the United States.  She recently changed her office environment and needed new images for her website.  She called, and I returned to Tampa, to do a re-shoot for her.  Emily likes to keep her website fresh and new.

We spent a couple of hours to take several different shots of her in and around her office.  Two of the images you will see below.  She did not want typical “doctor” shots.  I think we got just what she wanted.

If you need Web content for your business, images for advertising, or have a need for an editorial images, drop me a line at:  I’ll be happy to get you some great images.

Dr Emily Lazarou
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Dr. Emily Lazarou
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Attorney Headshot Photography | Tampa

I know my last post was about attorney headshots but a substantial portion of my clients are attorneys so I thought I would also highlight another returning client.  Lee Pearlman, managing partner in Pearlman, Tetro & Clark law firm contacted me recently.  He needed two new associates photographed for his expanding firm.

In addition to headshots for the two new associates, one for the new office manager, and one for a new attorney, they would need a shot of the three attorneys together for their Website graphics.  This would also require some fancy Photoshop® work to cut them out from the background so their graphic artist / Webmaster could “drop” them into other images on their site.  We got some great images.

For your own headshot session or for other images for a better Web presence, contact me at 813.767.4685, or email me at  Go to my Website, or for more information and image galleries.

Business Headshot Portrait
© Rick Lewis
Jeremy Clark
© Rick Lewis
Pearlman, Tetro & Clark
© Rick Lewis



Tampa Headshot Photographer | Attorneys

I photograph a lot of attorneys during the year.  Jeff Aman, of Aman Law Firm, is a returning client.  He added two associates to his practice and needed to incorporate them into his imagery for his website and other collateral advertising.

After taking individual headshots, we posed them for a nice group image.  This image would be used in print and also on the website.  It had to convey professionalism but also show the group as approachable and friendly but also determined.  Sometimes that is difficult to achieve but I think we did it very nicely.

Below is the image Jeff chose.  It is on their Home Page and appears in their collateral print marketing pieces, as you will see in the 4″x6″ “business card” they use for marketing purposes.  (I scanned one of the cards which you will see is just below the original image.)

For more information on your own session and more examples of my work go to  To contact me, email me at or call me at 813.767.4685.

Aman Law Firm
© Rick Lewis
Aman Law Firm
Aman Law Firm

Executive Portrait Photography – Annual Report

Joe is the vice president for sales of a very large building materials manufacturer on the east coast.  He literally travels the world promoting his company and products.  He needed to update his headshot but also wanted a nice image for the company’s annual report.

In Joe’s field he rarely dresses formally to meet with clients.  The building materials industry is a very hands on field.  He expressed to me that he wanted a very professional look but also more relaxed and informal than most executive portraits.

We took the headshot against my standard neutral gray background that is so popular.  But, for the annual report image I wanted to convey a little more of his stature in the company.  Joe still wanted it to have a relaxed feel.  So, I changed the background, made it a little more “executive” looking with the chair as a prop and got exactly what he was looking for.

Whether you are just getting started in your career, or a well established executive like Joe, you need to look your best.  For more information on how I can help you with that drop me a line at:  Be sure to visit my website at or for complete information and a gallery of images.

An Executive Headshot
© Rick Lewis
Annual Report Portrait
© Rick Lewis

Business Headshot Photography in Tampa – Ameriprise Financial

I was contacted recently by Robert McCann of Samad Kalig Ameriprise Financial Advisors here in Tampa.  They needed new business headshots with a consistent look and feel to better present their image to their clients.

I met with the group and could immediately see and feel a closeness, and family atmosphere.  Everyone was so open, friendly and happy to be talking with me about enhancing their image for their future clients.  They wanted that to be represented in their new photos.  They wanted a professional look but a little more informal and open approach.  I think we got just what they wanted.  I am particularly happy with the group shot.  It really conveys a “family” of advisors to assist clients in making financial decisions.

For information on how you can do the same for your business, go to my website at or email me at

Ameriprise Group
© Rick Lewis
Sam Kalig
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Robert McCann
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Tampa Headshot Photographer – Advertising Photography

John Marazzi is the owner of Brandon Honda.  His previous session with me was just to get a few good headshots and images for his business website, to promote his car dealership in Brandon Florida.

He came to me a few weeks ago with his new rescue dog, Zeus, for another photo session. Zeus is to become the “mascot”, of sorts, for Brandon Honda.  John stressed that Zeus will become an integral part of their marketing, so we had to work him into some formal and casual images.

Here are just two images from the shoot.  Zeus is a rescue dog and could not have found a better home than Brandon Honda and John!  To schedule your own photo session contact Rick at  For more images and information about Rick’s photography, please go to

John and Zeus
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John Marazzi and Zeus
© Rick Lewis