Richmond's journey into the wondrous world of photography began during his sophomore year of high school. He credits his esteemed high school photography instructor, Mr. Jack Noah, with igniting and fostering my passion for photography which continues to this day. Like many others, his beginnings were modest using Kodak Box Brownie and Pentax K-1000 cameras and hand processing B&W film and prints in a home darkroom. Eventually Richmond progressed to advanced 35mm and medium-format cameras as well as manual and automatic color film and print processing. While experienced in both film-based and digital imaging, Richmond transitioned entirely to digital photography around ten years ago. During his 20 years of military service, he was fortunate to be assigned to several scenic locations stateside and overseas. Richmond began experimenting with portraiture about 25 years ago as a way to learn more about studio lighting and soon discovered its potential as a medium for creating stunning and profoundly meaningful images. Shortly thereafter, he ventured into the realm of pet portraiture. Being a pet owner and animal lover, he found "petography" to be fun and deeply rewarding. Richmond is presently a member of the Southwest Missouri Camera Club and a member in good standing with the Professional Photographers of America (PPA).