Rick Ricozzi

Rick Ricozzi is a Wilmington, NC portrait, and commercial photographer.He likes the outdoors, fitness, his clients, yoga, cooking, travel and anything else that puts a smile on his face.

 
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I was recently contracted for a commercial photo shoot by a company known as Enviva. Enviva is the worlds largest producer of wood pellets, which is a clean energy alternative for fossil fuels. They have several production facilities throughout the Southeast and locally they have a plant in Sampson County and a deep water terminal at the Port of Wilmington. The majority of their product is exported to the UK and Europe where it replaces coal in power plants and reduces their customers carbon foot print. Its a fascinating business and for two days I got the cooks tour of the production plant and the storage facility at the Port of Wilmington. It was actually the first time I had to wear a hard hat during a photo shoot, but when you see some of the following images, you’ll understand why that was a requirement. Enjoy the tour!

 

 

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The following images are from a photo shoot for a firm out of Charlotte, NC., Grand Estates Auction Co. They establish auctions for the sale of high end homes, both domestically and abroad. It seems that sellers of these estate type homes are gravitating to this type of marketing and Grand Estates Auction is very successful at creating the atmosphere and exposure needed to produce a sale. If you are a realtor or home owner they could be a beneficial asset to market a home of distinction.

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I was recently commissioned to photograph the Cape Fear Community College Humanities and Fine Arts Center for Andrew Consulting Engineers. I was taken aback by the beauty of this building and hope that the city of Wilmington and its people realize how fortunate we are to have such a facility in our midst. They have already booked some wonderful performances and it’s just another feather in the cap of Wilmington, as a thriving community of the arts.

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I had a great time photographing the home featured in this months Salt magazine. The home at 423 South Front Street is not only featured on this years 2016 Azalea Festival Historic Home Tour , but rumor has it the owners throw an annual Festival party that is a coveted invite! The home is a finely appointed 1914 brick Neo-classical with a back yard built for entertaining. If you haven’t yet picked up this months issue of Salt, then do so and read the great article by Ashley Wahl. Also get out this weekend and visit this home and the nine others featured on the Tour. To pique your interest I’ve included images below from the days photo shoot. Enjoy and have a great Azalea Festival week end.

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This past weekend I had the fortune of being in Charleston, SC and attended one day of SEWE, the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition. It is the first major event in Charleston and kicks off the season, as those in the know like to say. It was fun as I got to carry a camera as a pure tourist and just take in the event. I also had a little curiosity, as it was actually the first time I had shot with the Nikon D810 without a tripod and I was anxious to see how the camera responded. The D810 is amazing for architectural work and interiors and the detail it provides at 36mp is really amazing. This time, however, I was going to be capturing moving birds and dogs, handheld, with a 70-200 lens. The cameras autofocus was simply astounding and although its frame rate pales in comparison to a D3, D4, or the newer D5, it was adequate and produced some nice images.

We saw some amazing art work at the Expo as artists from all over the country exhibited wildlife themed art at venues all over the city. After viewing the art we headed over to Marion Square for the Birds of Prey flight demos. Now I have seen birds of prey on a perch, but have never viewed them in a controlled flight environment. It was pretty cool. They had many species of birds, with the most impressive being the red kite. It was fast and the handlers let this bird fly all over the square and over the crowd, so they had a lot of confidence in the bird. The exhibition was staged by The Center For Birds of Prey. There were other birds that they let fly loose, but the kite was, in my opinion, the coolest.

After the birds we went down to Brittlebank Park to watch the Dock Dog competition. There was a lot of camo being sported here. The competition is a pretty big deal and is sanctioned by Dock Dogs. Its an agility drill where dogs jump off a dock and try and catch a baton held over the water. The air these dogs attain is quite amazing and the determination of the dogs and their handlers is fun to watch. I thought there would be predominately Labs and though they stood out there was also German Shepherds, Rottweilers and other breeds. Below are images from the day. It was a beautiful, but cold day and the birds and dogs made it special.

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Not sure who is more determined, dog or handler!

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My favorite shot of handler and dog. He looks like he’s ready to run past the dog!

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