Work with One of New York’s Top Portrait Photographers!

Let Me Capture Your Perfect Shot for Social Media, Marketing Materials, or Anytime You Just Need a GREAT Photo to Share with the World!!

I’ll Help You Feel Comfortable with the Right Pose, Enhance Your Natural Features with Perfect Lighting, and Use Camera Angles That Bring Out the REAL You!

Let Me Capture Your Perfect Shot for Social Media, Marketing Materials, or Anytime You Just Need a GREAT Photo to Share with the World!!

I’ll Help You Feel Comfortable with the Right Pose, Enhance Your Natural Features with Perfect Lighting, and Use Camera Angles That Bring Out the REAL You!
“He taught me how to pose to get the perfect shot!

~ Angelica

“John is incredible

~ Liza

“Had a fabulous time shooting today!

~ Jehan

Work with the Best

When You Want to Look Your Best!

Don’t settle for selfies and ‘generic’ looking photos when you’re presenting yourself to the world.

Hire a professional photographer who can capture your personality, true skin tone, and most flattering angles so your pictures get NOTICED!

When you want to update your social media profiles…

You need a professional headshot for work.

You need to work with a photographer who has years of experience photographing women of color just like you.  

Why trust your image to someone who is still trying to figure out what they are doing with that fancy new camera?

Work with a professional image maker.

You deserve it.

I’m here to make you look approachable, confident, beautiful, and stunning in every shot we take!

Angelica

Jehan

Liza

Shedika

Perfect For Women of Color Who Need Good Photos for:

  • LinkedIn and Facebook™ Profiles
  • Corporate Pages
  • Speaking Engagements
  • PR Projects
  • ​Magazine Features
  • Promotion Announcements
  • Marketing Brochures & Ads
  • Social Media
  • ​...and More!
  • Promotion Announcements
  • Marketing Brochures & Ads
  • Social Media
  • ​...and More!

High-Quality Retouching Included

Delivered FAST and
On Time

Natural Poses & Coloring to Show Off the REAL You!

High-Quality Retouching Included

Delivered FAST and
On Time

Natural Poses & Coloring to Show Off the REAL You!

Work with Me and I’ll Show You Exactly

How to Pose Every Step of the Way!

One of the biggest reasons why people don’t like to have their photo taken is because they feel awkward and uncomfortable when posing.

Having a stranger take your photo can make you feel anxious and self-conscious...and this WILL show through in your photos! That’s why I take the time to make my clients feel comfortable and relaxed on set.

When you come into my studio for your headshots, you’ll feel like you’re working with a good friend who is going to make every effort to make you look amazing.

The session will be like crash course in "How to Pose for Photographs".  You will use the lessons you learn in our session long after the session is over.  Even your selfies will improve as your incorporate what you've learned.  We will focus on 2 main areas -eyes and mouth.    I will show you how to use your eyes to convey confidence and how to use your mouth to convey approachability.  The goal is to capture you in your best moment.  (We will also work on a 3rd element that is very subtle.  It is this aspect that ads a bit of mystery to your portrait!)

Your photography session with be an experience you will find both informative and productive.  Not only will we give you  amazing headshots but we will also give you the skills you need to have better photos taken anywhere!

Why Work with Me?

  • You need someone who can capture your ESSENCE vs. capturing a generic-looking photo with no dimension that falls flat
  • I’ll teach you how to pose so we can capture your TRUE personality and inside the frame.
  • You’ll receive your final set of retouched photos within 48 HOURS, not DAYS and certainly not weeks!
  • I make you feel like your REAL, authentic self in front of the camera so your real, authentic self shows through your photos!
  • ​I use advanced lighting techniques to bring out darker and mixed race skin tones so your skin will NEVER end up looking blotchy, murky, or overedited
  • ​You’ll learn how to smile naturally and feel at ease in front of ANY camera after your session with me!

How the Headshot Session Works

Book a Headshot Session on my calendar.
Come to my easy-to-reach NYC photo studio and have fun being photographed.  You will be bringing two ‘looks’ to the session and we will photograph you in both.
During the session will periodically stop to review your images to help you understand your best angles and to ensure that the images we are capturing are meeting your approval.
At the conclusion of the session you will review your images to select the shots that you would like to purchase.  Select carefully, as all remaining images will be deleted!
Receive a set of professionally-retouched and enhanced photos of your favorite shots delivered via password protected gallery!

What Clients Say About Working with Me

“He taught me how to pose to get the perfect shot!

~ Angelica

“John is incredible

~ Liza

“Had a fabulous time shooting today!

~ Jehan

About Your Photographer, 

John Ricard

I was born in Brooklyn but my family quickly moved back "home" to Baton Rouge, LA. There I spent my days playing with dogs in the dirt. We moved back to Brooklyn while I was still in elementary school and my adventures took place in my head as I lived in the pages of comic books and science fiction novels.

After graduating from Baruch College many years later, I became a high school English teacher where I spent eight hours each day talking about the world rather than being out in it. And when you think about what an amazing world it is, you want to see and experience all of it. So I left teaching in 2001, so I could live in the real world.
Today, I provide private photo sessions in my studio in Manhattan. Everything is set up in there to capture the perfect photos and I do my best to make my clients feel empowered and confident.

Working with me means you’ll get a set of extremely high-quality photos as well as skills and tips to help you feel more confident in front of the camera -- even when it’s not my own! I love to help people be their best selves and capture shots that represent who they really are.
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