About

Richard Photo Lab is a quality-obsessed company, more interested in doing things the right way than chasing high volume or fat margins. We take a great degree of care with our image processing, scanning, and handling--sweating the details of each and every frame to exceed your expectations. Richard takes pride in personalizing our services, developing unique relationships with our clients and treating them as the individuals they are.

Take a look behind the scenes

Our Team

SIR RICHARD

COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF

Richard grew up in Pittsburgh, PA. His dad built race cars. His mom was a test pilot. From these humble beginnings, Richard learned the value of making things awesome. Richard fell in love with a girl and followed her to Hollywood. She introduced him to photography. Richard loved to develop her pictures. His love was infectious - and people came from all over to work with Richard. Once, the King of Astoria came to have Richard develop pictures of his pet cockatoo Edward. Upon receiving the developed pictures, the King dubbed Richard - Sir Richard. And so it stands today.

Richard is the first man here. He’s the last one to leave. If there’s a problem, he has an answer. If there’s an answer, he has a better one. Richard makes quality photography with love, and best of all, he’s here to help you.

Brian

Owner

Born and raised in Southern California, Brian started his career in the photo industry over 20 years ago. Beginning with a photo class with his college roommate, Brian’s photo career has spanned from photo assisting, processing, customer service and even scanning. If he’s not at the lab, thinking about the lab, or near the lab, you can find Brian at a vintage car or motorcycle convention with his wife and three children.

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Bill

General Manager

Straight out of Flint, Michigan, Bill moved to LA in 1985 to pursue his passion for photography and warmer weather. Bill has been in the photo industry since shooting in high school, developing his own film and making darkroom prints. He’s been in the professional photo world since 1984 where he worked in almost every department, even owning his own lab. Bill has worked with Brian since 1991 and has worked with Richard since 2007.

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Jersson

IT Manager

Jersson comes to Richard Photo Lab with more than 8 years’ experience behind the scenes in a photo lab. He has experience in all areas of the photo lab business including customer service, web design, IT, marketing and more. He currently oversees our IT and automated production systems to make sure everything runs at top performance. A big basketball and Lakers fan, Jersson lives in Los Angeles with his wife.

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Colleen

Creative Marketing Manager

Colleen moved to LA from Chicago, Illinois in 2010 when her husband became active in the TV and film industry. Her background in fine arts and graphic design makes her the perfect fit for Richard’s marketing department, which she joined in February of 2014. When she’s not busy getting her creativity on at Richard, Colleen loves drawing, movie marathons, and spending time with her husband and two dogs.

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Albany

Account Manager & Marketing

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Albany comes to Richard Photo Lab with eight years of photography experience. After receiving a formal education in photography, Albany studied the traditional film process with a master darkroom printer. She frequently exhibits her own photography in galleries around LA and Portland, and even has her own darkroom! Albany is an outdoorsy gal; you’ll always find her biking, hiking, and camping (oh my!). She loves attending live music shows and collects vinyl records.

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Cohen

Account Manager

Born and raised in LA, Cohen started with Richard in 2010. He’s been in the photo industry for over 8 years, getting his start as a photo producer for an automotive company. He’s now a customer service and account management superstar, not to mention our loyal MC at WPPI. When he’s not at the lab, Cohen is making a killing playing poker. He’s a huge Lakers and USC Trojans fan. And if you haven’t heard him talk about his love of Prince yet, trust us, you will.

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Jack

Scanner

As a self-proclaimed analog geek, Jack started his editorial/commercial photography career developing and printing his own photos in the darkroom. Prior to working at a pro lab, Jack's educational background in marketing and product management afforded him the opportunity to work in the Bay Area in UI/UX design. He joined Richard as a scanner in 2014, but you’ll also find him busting a move in account management and customer service! In his free time, Jack enjoys riding fixed gear bikes, taking photos, hiking, thrifting/collecting vinyl, and tinkering on his 1974 BMW.

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Marisa

ROES Guru

A California native, Marisa moved to Las Vegas for 9 long years before coming back to the Golden State and joining the Richard family in 2015. Marisa’s first photo lab experience was in high school working at a 1-hour photo lab and upon graduating college with a degree in web/graphic design, she worked at a pro lab in Sin City for a couple years. With 5 years of ROES support experience, Marisa loves working behind the scenes to make sure things run smoothly. Besides her love for photography, she likes to knit, make paper crafts, and tutor. When she isn’t being creative, at just 5’2, she can kick butt with a red belt in taekwondo (and has won a medal for the highest kick in the whole jojo)! Like, whoa. Her favorite color is teal blue and she is “drawn to it like a moth to a flame”—if you ever visit her at the lab, you’ll see this is oh-so-true!

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Marielle

Customer Service

Marielle was born and raised in Los Angeles and studied at the University of California at Santa Cruz. She began working at Richard cutting negatives back in 2010 and now has 3 years’ experience helping the printing, shipping and quality control department. When she isn’t rooting on the LA Kings, Marielle is advocating the LA bicycle community and riding throughout the city.

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Narineh

PRODUCTION

Narineh’s love for photography began in high school when she made her own prints in her school’s photo lab and darkroom. A Los Angeles native, Narineh went on to receive a BA in Fine Arts and Photography from Cal State University at Northridge. She’s worked in camera shops, printing departments and labs for over 9 years and began with Richard in June of 2011. A lover of the Tottenham Hotspurs, Big Bang Theory, South Park, well you get the picture.

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Cindy

CUSTOMER SERVICE

Cindy started with Richard in mid- 2012 for a shipping position and has quickly become a vital player of customer service. With over 12 years of customer service knowledge under her belt, Cindy is a great addition to our team. She is now working in all areas of customer service, quality control and shipping. Cindy was born and raised in East LA and continues to live in LA with her husband and two boys.

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Chelsea

Shipping

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Chelsea joined the Richard team in 2015 and has kept us on our toes with her awesome dance moves on the production floor! Chels took several photography classes in high school and went on an art trip with her photography class to Europe to see the Mona Lisa! Her artistic endeavors didn’t stop there. With her love of learning to play new instruments, Chelsea went to school to be a sound engineer. She is currently learning the guitar and piano. To top it all off, super fun fact: Chels was a model “way back” when she was in a Stevie Wonder music video… Say what?! Yep, it happened. #multitalented

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Kathy

Production

A Los Angeles native, Kathy was part of the Richard family before she even started working here! Kathy is Virginia’s daughter, and says her mom is her inspiration; “she is a strong, independent, and smart woman”. Kathy is an adventurous soul who loves shopping and her three dogs and pet chameleon. She is headed to Cal-State Northridge in the Fall of 2014.

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Nicole

Shipping

Nicole was born and raised in the South Bay area of Los Angeles. She is currently studying Photojournalism, mostly shooting digital and video/audio, at California State University, Northridge—she shoots film for fun, too, and has experience in the darkroom. Nicole also serves on the university’s newspaper as Visual Editor. Nicole digs outdoor activities like biking, camping, snowboarding, as well as getting her groove on to the latest indie rock!

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Becky

Production

Rebecca began working in a photo lab just after graduating high school, and it has been her passion ever since! A SoCal native, she loves camping (from the desert to the beach) and riding her 400 EX motorcycle, as well as spending time with her husband, two kids, and four grandkids. One of Becky’s biggest inspirations is her father, who taught her to “be honest, always do your best, and give it your all!”—Richard couldn’t agree more.

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Fred

Printer

One of our most recent additions, Fred joined the Richard team as a printer in May of 2014.  This state-hopper is originally from West Palm Beach, Florida, then headed to Las Vegas, and finally landed here in LA. His first experience with photography was working in a portrait studio, but his personal interests lie with a different kind of film… motion film-making (including writing his own projects). Besides loving film and television, Fred is an avid traveler and outdoorsman, always bringing his camera along for the ride.

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Ana

Printer

For Ana, who was born and raised in Guatemala City, working in a photo lab runs in her family. Her father was a printer for many years and, admiring his career, got her a job alongside him. Now with more than 20 years of photo experience under her belt, Ana joins the Richard team as a printer and scanner. Ana lives in LA with her husband of 26 years and 18 year old daughter.

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Virginia

SCANNER

After moving to LA from Mexico City when she was 3 years old, Virginia’s first job was as a photographer. Her photo career continued when she was hired by a lab who taught her every machine they bought. She’s been in the photo industry for over 20 years and has worked in every department! She began with us in May of 2012 and lives in LA with her husband and three grown kids.

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Adriana

PRODUCTION

Adriana has been in the photo business for over 20 years. Born and raised in East LA, her career started working at an E6 lab in LA where her sister-in-law got her the job. A film junkie herself, Adriana has a collection of cool antique cameras at her desk including a Beacon Two Twenty Five 620 and a Kodak Junior 620. She is married with two 8 year old twin boys and makes the best apple pancakes… ever.

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Kham

PROCESSOR

Kham “the man” moved to LA from Laos to escape communism in 1982. A family member got him a job at a local LA lab in 1989 where he began processing film. Wanting to continue his love for film development, Kham began working with Richard in 2008 where he continues to kick ass in the darkroom.   Always smiling, when Kham’s not in pitch darkness he’s working out, watching Manchester United dominate or spending time with his wife and 2 daughters.

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Sam

PROCESSOR

Sam moved to LA from Thailand in 1987 and began working as a film processor at a photo lab a year later. He’s been with us since May of 2012 and continues his love of developing film with us. He’s been processing for over 24 years and has been kicking butt on the golf course for over 20 years. Sam lives in LA with his wife and 2 children, a son and daughter.

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Carlos

Production

Originally from Peru, Carlos came to New York in the late 1980s and then headed west a few years later in search of warmer weather. Photography has always been in his blood, with both film and digital mediums being a sort of “family trade” Carlos learned early on from his father and uncles. He still loves photography to this day, as well as motosports and hiking with his lovely wife.

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Randy

Production

Originally from Brisbane, Australia, Randy is one of the coolest cats we have on our production floor. Randy moved to Los Angeles in 1998 to work in special effects in TV & Film. In conjunction with his 15 years of experience in fine art printing, scanning and retouching, his hobbies include photography and gardening. With a B.S. in Biology, Randy’s heroes are Charles Darwin and David Attenborough, and is thoroughly inspired by “The Scientific Method”. Randy currently lives up the single life, but in his own words… he is “available to the highest bidder”. #goodtimes #youcanthavehim

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Tamas

Production

Tamas was born in Budapest, and spent over ten years and 1,000 events as a photographer! But, he’s also super well rounded, receiving degrees in everything from business communications & visual art to foreign trade and IT! Tamas loves to travel—he’s already seen India, Turkey, and 12 countries across Europe! He’s setting his sights on Tokyo next (or Rio, or Kenya, or Borneo—who knows!). Some of his heroes include Steve Jobs, Robert Downey Jr., and Winston Churchill, because “they all failed one or more times, but stood up to build success again”.

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Satomi

SCANNER

Born and raised in Osaka, Japan Satomi moved to LA 13 years ago to study film. After receiving her degree in film production, Satomi began working at a local camera store before joining the Richard team in June of 2013. She is an analog photo junkie and loves indie films. She lives in LA with her 3 cats who she couldn’t live without.

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Michele

Production

Michele joins the Richard family after some serious experience with one of the biggest names in the film biz—Kodak! She started there in 1992, and has worked nearly every department. She loves photo restoration and scanning, and received her Associate of Arts degree with a focus in Graphic Design. Michele has always called the Los Angeles area home, and spends her time here hiking, baking, gardening, and doing just about anything to help stray animals!

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Martin

SCANNER

Martin became a member of the Richard family back in 2008. When he started with Richard he already had 10 years experience scanning under his belt. This experience made him a perfect fit to the scanning team. A major Steelers fan and Mexico native, Martin lives in Los Angeles with his wife and son.

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Stacy

PRODUCTION

Born and raised in Seoul, Korea, Stacy was 14 years old when she came to the states. She has been in the photo industry for over 12 years, as she was always interested in photography and graphic design. She began working with Richard in 2009 and has worked on major movie label projects as well as retouching for some pretty well known LA studios. She lives in LA with her husband and two children, who she says are her biggest accomplishments.

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Michael

SCANNER

Michael moved to LA from Vietnam in 1993 and began working with Richard shortly thereafter. He started printing black and whites in 1994 and moved to the scanning department where he continues to rock it every day. Michael is our in-house Chinese movie buff and loves Chinese dramas and tv shows.

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Steven

PRODUCTION

A true-to-life LA beach bum, Steven’s passion for photography began when he was handed his first camera at age 13. He’s had a darkroom in his home for as long as he can remember, and got his first job in the photo world to pursue his artistic passion. He began working as our Photoshop guru, and has since mastered the craft of digital production and quality control. Steven is still a professional photographer shooting for major events around town.

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Michael

PRODUCTION

Michael’s love for photography came in high school back in his home state of New Jersey. His photo industry career started in 1992 where he worked at a custom black and white photo lab in San Francisco. Moving to LA in 1997 to escape the cold, Michael worked at photo labs across LA and started with Richard back in 2007.Our resident Eagles fan, Michael lives in the valley with his wife and two twin babies.

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John

SCANNER

John began his photo industry career back in his native country of British Guiana where he made black and white prints for the local newspaper after school. After moving to LA in 1998, John started at a local LA photo lab where he continued to print in a black and white dark room with custom printing and scanning. Another avid Steelers fan, John lives in LA.

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Ruth

PRINTER

From Fargo, North Dakota, Ruth is our resident amazing black and white dark room printer. She has been in the photo industry since 1984, where she began printing and hand tinting historical photo murals in San Francisco for corporate art programs. After continuing to work as a hand printer at LA photo labs, Ruth started with Richard in 2007. She continues to participate in solo and group exhibitions of her own photography, she’s even featured at LACMA.

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Martha

Project Coordinator

Martha has brought her mad organizational skills and project management experience to the lab to keep Richard on the ball! An LA native, Martha has received degrees in both Social & Behavioral Studies as well as Communication Studies. When she’s not cracking the whip at the lab, you can find her with her nose in a book (she’s hoping self-driving cars will allow for hours of reading on the road). She has a lot of inspirations in her life, ranging from Gloria Steinem and Elizabeth Warren to Beyoncé and Professor X—but her #1 is her son, Xavier!

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Jennifer

Accounting

With over 15 years of management and accounting experience, Jennifer has a B.S. in Business Management. Richard totally scored when Jennifer came on board in 2015 and brought exceptional organizational and accounting skills to the team. Jennifer enjoys cooking and spending time with her family while exploring the outdoors. With that, if you are ever craving a little sweets or just want to borrow a pen from a hot pink, blinged-out pencil cup—she is your lady!

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Simona

ACCOUNTING

Simona comes to Richard with over 20 years of Business Administration and Accounting experience. She has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a CPA. She has practiced accounting for many years and even built a coffee business in her hometown of Denver. She still currently lives in Denver with her 2 daughters and her Mini American Eskimo, Sasha.

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Client List

"Sterling work as ever. Love the colour."
- Polly Alexandre

"Editing a wedding I did from Richard Photo Lab and the color is so spot on! #minimalwork"
– Jonathan Canlas via Twitter

"Love my scans. Thank you so so so so much."
- Virgil Bunao

“Just got my first digital order back, so impressed!”
- Devin Palmer

Contact Us

Feel free to call or drop us a line. We’d love to hear from you.

ADDRESS:

Richard Photo Lab
28022 Industry Drive
Valencia, CA 91355

EMAIL:

info@richardphotolab.com

PHONE:

(661) 200-5300