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Jan 01, 2017

About Me

My name is Rick Gates. I'm a Photographer/Videographer/Screenwriter.

Seems everyone has a camera nowadays, but there is more to photography than just snapping a picture. It takes talent, technical skill, and a keen eye to produce a quality shot in camera before editing even begins.

I bring my many years of experience in art, design, photography, and video to each shoot to capture, create, and compose photos that are unique and, perhaps, even "feel" cinematic.

Unfortunately, so much of what I see in photography today is derivative. Social media platforms across the Internet are filled with photographers who continually emulate and replicate the same popular looks and trends in photography and post-processing. After a while you can't tell one photographer's work from another. That is not me.

I edit with Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop and tend to keep modifications to a minimum, adjusting exposure and clarity and cleaning up basic things like blemishes, unnecessary marks, stray hairs, frayed clothing, unsightly creases and folds, distracting background objects, etc. My desire is to try to keep things as close to real, natural, and beautiful as I can with only minor imperfections and distractions removed. Also, the better your complexion and hair, the less time I spend post-processing, so having good and healthy skin and hair is a plus.

So, if quality and uniqueness are important to you, please consider shooting with me. I will do my best to exceed your expectations and make your shoot an enjoyable experience both during and well after it's over.

Looking to work with regional or traveling models, actors, fashion designers/stylists, makeup artists, hair stylists, and various other artists.

Let's work together and fill our ports with some awesome shots!

I have learned about lots of different aspects of filmmaking over the last several years. While I don't consider myself an expert as I feel there is always more to learn, I do have very strong skills and am dedicated to produce quality work.

I am soon-to-be graduated from San Francisco Academy of Art University with a degree in Motion Pictures and Television. While I have knowledge of Photography, Non-Linear Video Editing, Cinematography, Lighting, Storyboarding, and Sound/Foley/ADR, my specialty is Screenwriting. As far as Screenwriting goes, my most enjoyable genres to work in are Horror, Thriller, and Comedy (or some some combination of those).

Looking to work with writers, directors, crew techs, producers, sound designers, actors, set designers, or simply people interested in making films (short or feature length, regional or otherwise). Interested in collaborating or helping with projects.

All that being said, I will ultimately consider all TF* work based on how I feel about working with you, but I am trying to make this my full-time gig, so paid work is important if I want to build my business.

If you have any questions or would like to work with me, please contact me here via Model Mayhem or one of the sites below:
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Red Raven Studio (

As with any shoot, you are welcome to bring an escort as long as they do not interfere with the productivity of the shoot.

If you receive a Friend request from me please know that it is because I am sincerely interested in working with you at some point, whether your idea or mine. So if you have an idea you want to test or collaborate on, let me know, I'd like to hear about it. I'm not going to Tag you with some blurb on your page that you will likely never read begging you to shoot with me. Seems just a bit tacky to me.


January 1, 2019

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