About Rick Nye

RICK NYE DISCOVERED the power light has on film when, at the age of 13, he attempted to process a roll of Kodak 620 film in a dimly-lit room in his home! Of course the resulting film was totally black upon developing. Not being discouraged, he continued to shoot photos with his Brownie camera and the local drug store processed his images.

Despite the rough start, photography became Rick’s lifework—his passion. Rick is a highly-acclaimed professional photographer, capturing nature’s exquisite beauty as well as the vivid emotions found in wedding days and family portraits. 

After his tour with the U.S. Army in Southeast Asia, Rick returned to Brigham Young University where he received his Master’s Degree in Visual Arts. He taught basic, portrait, and commercial photography at BYU as well as managing the photo lab and photo studio facilities. He is now the owner/photographer at Rick Nye Photography near Salt Lake City, Utah.

Rick’s photography has been recognized by several professional institutions:

  • Kodak has twice awarded Rick with the Kodak Gallery Award for Photographic Excellence.
  • He has had his work published in the Professional Photographers Of America magazine.
  • Several of his photos have garnered awards from the Intermountain Professional Photographers Association, of which he was a board member. 
  • The Florida Epcot Center accepted one of his photographs to hang in the Epcot Art Museum.
  • His studio was voted Best In Utah Valley.

Rick’s ability to previsualize the final photograph has played an important role in his success as a photographer. With  that print in mind, he manipulates the scene—whether it be a family portrait session or flowing waterfall—through complete light control, camera and lens settings, composition, and print presentation. These elements must all work in harmony with each other in order to produce that previsualized print. 

Rick showcases his work several times a year through gallery exhibits and art exhibitions.