We had the good fortune of connecting with Dick Patrick and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Dick, how do you think about risk?
A good idea is worthless without action and action usually has some kind of risk attached. Early in my career I had a high risk tolerance and I used it! LOL! I was not afraid of failure and I did that too. The thing is, when you have very little, you have little to lose. I understood that then and used that risk/reward ratio to make bold moves. Some worked, some didn’t but without taking those chances early on, I wouldn’t be where I am today. No doubt.
What should our readers know about your business?
In such a competitive field, the difference between 1 photographer and another is rarely a matter of talent. There is so much talent out there that at this level of the business, a certain amount of ability is assumed. The differences are more a matter of chemistry between the team members, the facility you work out of and the people you have around you. You just connect with some people better than others. I have made my facility a priority. Maybe more so than most. I spend so much time there, I want to be comfortable and have everything I might need an arm’s length away. I also want my clients to feel at home and enjoy the experience. This job can be pretty intense and my hope is to make everyone feel that they are valued and their opinion matters. My goal is for the studio to feel like a safe place and encourage everyone to participate in the process. I take my job seriously but I like to have fun while we work. Not only does it make the whole experience feel less like work but I find the end result benefits if everyone is loose and enjoying themselves. I like to say that we are good at our job but we play well with others : )
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I love live performances and sports so depending on the season (and a COVID vaccine) we might catch a Cowboy game or check out the new baseball stadium. Of course seeing Luka Doncic play live is amazing! If there is a play in town the Dallas Theater Center is an awesome experience I like to get to a few shows each year and it’s convenient being so close to the arts district, which has a variety of word class art venues. Lastly I’d say catching the sunset from BarBelmont and then heading over to Bob’s or Town Hearth for a great steak dinner is hard to beat.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Studio photography is a team effort. Through the years I have been fortunate to work with some very talented studio managers and assistants. Without them, I never would have been able to do my job the way I do it. My current studio manager, Jesse Chacon does an amazing job. At the risk of leaving out some important people, Tim Berryman (great assistant and even better guy,) Tadd Myers (who is an amazing photographer in his own right,) Jenna Gersbach-King (a wonderfully generous teacher of traditional photography techniques,) and Myles Newberry (who runs a homeless shelter these days) are some of the standouts that always had my back. In the early days of my career in Dallas, Arthur Eisenberg, owner of Eisenberg & Associates, gave me some opportunities that took a leap of faith on his part! It wouldn’t be right if I didn’t mention the DSVC (Dallas Society of Visual Communications.) I was a board member for many years also serving as VP and President in the mid-90s. I am still an active participant to this day and a couple of years ago was awarded their highest honor, The Golden Egg Award. I would not be here if it weren’t for the relationships and friends I made through the club.