We had the good fortune of connecting with Rikee Banks and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Rikee, what do you attribute your success to?
The most important factor behind the success of my business and brand, Rikee Banks Photography, is love. I know that may sound simple or corny or generic for naming a success factor, but it is 100% absolute. When I started this adventure I was at a point in life where I had to muster the courage to dare to love myself again; and learn how to see the beauty in life all over because I had been through a traumatic set of events in my relationship that diminished my internal glow to a point that I found myself just barely existing. If not for the LOVE of my daughter, I may have ceased to exist. It was the love of being a mother that made me claw and fight my way out of the depression that I found myself in. I loved my daughter and I wanted better for her in life and I knew the way to get there was to become stronger mentally and at a soul level so that I could show her that what we had experienced up to that point in some aspects, was not life. It was only a period in time that we could overcome and grow from. While in the process of healing myself I had a moment. I gathered 30 seconds of courage and had this powerful life changing thought of “WHY NOT ME?” and had the nerve to purchase my first camera. I have been thankful every day since that I loved myself enough to make an investment like that in me. I always wanted to be a photographer when I grew up, but I had no idea how to get there, so I let that dream die until 2016. That year I found my art, my passion, and a new love; I began to see the world through new eyes. Or so I thought… what was actually happening was I began to see the world again how I used to view it, which was through a lens of love and wonder and connection. I remembered I loved people! I began to connect again with old friends that I had isolated myself from previously, I made new friends and met new people that inspired me when I began college again and started studying Art Photography. Shout out to American River College! I was at a point that I loved the path that I set myself on so much, and it felt so good, and it made me so happy that I wanted to share it with people. Rikee Banks Photography has become a way that I can love on the world in my own way. It is a way that I can stay connected with people that I love and give them something beautiful of myself, that I hold value in which is the vision of how I see them through my eyes and my heart. I have always wanted Rikee Banks Photography to bloom organically so I started from a small center, the rosebud being North Highlands, California; my place on the planet. I wanted to show love to the people I grew up with and learned from and never gave up on me in life and believed in me and loved on me, even when I forgot how to do it myself. Most of the people I do work for are from my community and I love it! And I have been growing from there! So even though love may sound simple or corny or generic for naming a success factor, it is 100% absolute.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Rikee Banks Photography is my dream. I am living it. That is powerful to be able to say that you are living your dream. I am very passionate about what I do! I think the people that I work with know through my excitement every single time I approach a new project. Everyday presents a new challenge, sometimes I get no sleep, and I have been in a constant state of learning which is amazing because it means this thing I am creating never gets dull or boring. It is hard work, it’s absolutely worth it, and I love it! I am a Photography Artist, I communicate thoughts and feelings, moods and ideas, with imagery. I create an opportunity to make a single fraction of time last forever.
Any great local spots you’d like to shoutout?
The only place I ever want to go, wherever I go, is the water. I’m a Pisces! We should all be beach living.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I want to dedicate my shout out to my daughter, Nikee Lee, she made me a fighter; and to every single one of the people I know that dared to believe in me just a little bit which made it possible to believe in myself.
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