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In 2009 I was diagnosed with throat cancer. After a tonsilectomy, 7 weeks of radiation, a couple of mega-doses of chemo, and a second surgery to remove what was left of the affected lymph nodes, I was told they "got it all." All that was left was the medical bills and other debts that resulted from being pretty much out of work for 3 months. As a result, I told my partner, Elise, to start her own business, as she could make more money working for herself than I could pay her at the time.

Finally, in mid 2012, I closed Carr Portrait Art and started two new companies seeking a fresh start and a new direction. I put my photography businesses into Rick Carr Photography, LLC, and started a separate corporation for doing charitable work such as my cancer survivor project: Portraits of Hope. The corporation name is Portraits of Encouragement, Inc. I've applied for 501(c)(3) status for that company.

At the end of 2012, I decided to close Rick Carr Photography, LLC, as well. I will continue being involved in photography through Portraits of Encouragement. I'm putting my marketing efforts into helping Elise build her photography business, and will serve as a "second shooter" for her when needed. I'm currently serving as president of Professional Photographers of Oklahoma, voluteering one day a week at the Oklahoma Cancer Center, and working a second job on weekends to help pay off the medical bills.

If you'd like to book a portrait session, please visit, as I'm referring my portrait work to Elise Breeding. She is an amazing photographer who worked in my business for more than 12 years. I highly recommend her.

Our family - September '09

I would give just about ANYTHING IN THE WORLD to have a fine family portrait of my family with both my parents.

This may be hard to believe. I'm a professional photographer, and I never had a professional photograph created of my family when my father was still alive. Dad died in November 2005, and it took that event to make us realize how fleeting opportunities can be.

What I wouldn't give to be able to go back in time, and capture those moments on film. That's one of the reasons I became a professional photographer in the first place I want to help other families hold on to their memories forever, and never regret not having a family portrait done.

Elise and Rick created this portrait, taking turns behind the camera. This one was created from three of the original images, moving people from one to the other so that everyone looked good in the finished portrait.
We will give the same attention to detail in creating your family portrait.
We care as much about how you look as you do.