Ric Damm has been photographing people and places in the Ripon area for more than 25 years. It began out of necessity as part of his job duties at Ripon College, where he is currently director of creative and social media. Then it became a hobby, snapping pix with his phone. It was only recently that he invested in his own professional camera equipment and began thinking about turning his passion into a trade.
In 2018, he established his part-time business: Ric Damm Photography. Now, Ric combines his years of experience as a journalist, photographer and designer to capture everything from portraits (human and animal) to events (family reunions, celebrations and athletics).
Ric is active in the Ripon community, donating his time and services to the local schools. He has served on the board of directors of the Ripon Education Foundation, helping raise funds to support innovative teaching and student scholarships. Ric has an affinity for music and has offered his services to Green Lake’s Thrasher Opera House, Ripon’s The Heist and other venues and musicians. Additionally, Ric was the first coach of the Ripon College Red Hawks cycling team and helped secure a $25,000 grant to build sustainable mountain bike trails within the college’s Ceresco Prairie Conservancy. He still enjoys biking when he can fit it in and leads "spin” classes at the College’s Willmore Center. Ric also spends time on the water in his kayak and frolicking in the snow with this two golden retrievers. He lives in Ripon with his wife, Chrissy. Their two children, Morgan and Sawyer, are enrolled at the University of Wisconsin in Madison.