Aaron Ricketts has a reputation for exceeding expectations and being at the right place, at the right time. The Philly photographer is an internationally recognized visual artist who challenges himself and others to take a walk on the wild side.
Igniting his trailblazing path wasn’t easy for the 20-something-year-old, as he used the highs and lows that come with all journeys to master the art of resiliency.
“I’ve always had the mindset that if there is an issue, I can handle it,” Aaron Ricketts explains in an exclusive interview with Complex. “I don’t look at obstacles or adversities as problems. I look at them as challenges to be solved and that can be solved.”
Ricketts’ positivity allowed him to quickly transition from known-unknown to global artist whose work goes straight to the top. In fact, he’s the man responsible for the legendary shot of Offset proposing to Cardi B at New York City’s Powerhouse venue. The photo immediately went viral, elevating the hip-hop power couple’s fame, and cementing Ricketts as a force in the industry.
“I realize that that [photo] was a moment much bigger than myself and I had to do everything in my power to capture what was going on,” he tells us.
For some, the instant fame and a sizable payday are licenses to relax. But in Ricketts' case, the big break has only made him hungrier. Click the play button on the video above to track Ricketts' incredible journey, and keep it locked to the photographer’s work as he adds more big name subjects to his already impressive resume, which includes Drake, ASAP Rocky, Teyana Taylor, and more.