Rick Bern has carried a camera for as long as he can remember. Driven to share his unique perspective and to document the world around him, he drew inspiration from the mundane to the magnificent as he fed his passion.
He has training is as a child and family therapist, earning a Masters Degree in Social Work from Smith College in 1993. He also devoted many years to building sales teams, traveling coast to coast. In the end, Rick gives credit to his wife for the transformation from lifelong hobbyist to professional, as she questioned why he wasn’t following his true calling. A vast array of photography experiences and intensive formalized training soon followed, resulting in the establishment of Rick Bern Photography.
Since that time, Rick’s work has been published in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald and other media. Rick Bern Photography was awarded the prestigious Bride’s Choice Award by WeddingWire.com, placing the studio in the top 5% of all wedding photographers. The studio also placed in the Top 5 of Boston.com’s “A-List” of wedding photographers in the Greater Boston area.
Rick’s strength lies in t
he versatility of his work. Although Weddings and Bar/Bat Mitzvahs are a significant portion of what he loves to shoot, his subjects range from newborns to CEO’s, pets to celebrities, sports figures to political candidates. Rick has donated photography services for a handful of philanthropic foundations including March of Dimes, ALSTDI, Youk’s Kids, Pitching In For Kids, and more.
Whether shooting the first hours of a newborn’s life, spending a day creating executive portraits, or working to capture timeless images of someone’s 14 year old Golden Retriever, Rick approaches each task with a fresh perspective and an openness to creating something great each and every time he picks up the camera.
Rick is a proud member of PPA (Professional Photographers of America) and WPPI (Wedding & Portrait Professionals International). Although perhaps best known for candid event photography, Rick also has a portrait studio in Needham MA inside Old Gorse Mill.
Rick currently lives in Needham, MA with his wife, two young sons, and Australian Labradoodle.
Being entrusted to shoot a wedding or a portrait is a responsibility that I approach with the utmost care and respect. I work tirelessly to capture the best creative interpretation of what I am privileged to witness. Much like when I was a therapist, I am privy to some of the most intimate moments in people’s lives. Having that access motivates me to work harder every day.
Event photography is unique in the technical and relationship challenges it presents. Issues of timing, positioning, artistry, and personality come into play. Building rapport and creating trust with families and guests is as important a skill as understanding your camera.
Great event photographers have the ability to capture moments as they happen, without hindering the flow of the event going on around them. Stealthy and invisible, we must move from one shot to the next, never missing an opportunity to capture something genuine and honest. The overall goal is to tell the story and not become part of the story in the process.