Rick Schmidt is an avid photographer with a passion for landscape photography. Over the years he has provided rich and unique Photo-Art pieces to stores and galleries across Canada.
People often comment that Rick's photography looks like a painting. His approach and treatment of his images transform them into works of art - at times referred to as Photo-Art. Rick likes the comment - "You take a photo, but you make a picture"
Rick's love of travel has enabled him to photograph the wonders of nature across Canada such as ocean scenes, sunsets, eagles, waterfalls, cottage life, canoes, Adirondiack chairs, white birch trees, floral images and Amish scenes of Waterloo county.
He has learned to capture the beauty of nature during the long shadows and soft light of the early morning. When he isn't rising early, Rick hones his photographic skills on the art of weddings, family and portrait photography.
Rick continues to improve his photography skills through personal instruction by professionals, as well as constant reading and learning through experience. Rick is an active member in the Grand River Imaging & Photographic Society in Kitchener where his photography has received high marks in local and regional photography competitions.
Rick works with his wife Mary in a picture framing company Gifts From The Heart, which they co-own, in Baden, where his photography has been incorporated into the product line providing stores with quality framed art across Canada.
Owning a framing company, enables Rick to provide his images in many different media from the traditional matted and framed style to stretched canvas to a contemporary framed style without glass or mats. Rick loves to converse with artists and photographers that come into his store to get their pictures framed. Sharing ideas and learning from each other is an important part of being an artist or photographer.
Rick's photography is showcased in their warehouse showroom in Baden and is open 9-5 Monday to Friday, evenings and Saturdays by appointment.