Randi Baird

Randi Baird

Art and design have always been at the center.

Beginning with the High School of Art and Design in New York City and continuing to a Fine Arts degree in Photography, I have been called to capture life through the lens.

My first real photo adventure took me to an extraordinary world as the Photojournalist for Greenpeace. I completed expeditions on the Rainbow Warrior in Russia, Tahiti + Japan. This was a turning point for me. There was no time to “set up a shot” as I’d been taught in school – life was happening. It was happening fast. And I couldn’t get enough.

I learned to make quick decisions. I learned to tell stories in an instant, before they were gone. The lynchpin was becoming eternally aware of the environment around me, to dive into it and get to know it before I needed it.

My surroundings became the palette for my portraiture and life was captured for real.

To this day, and with an earthy intuitiveness, I tell the stories of my subjects using the environment as an extension of character and the journey. On the Vineyard, my home of 20 years now, this vision has reached into the portraiture of people, living local, food, bees…and, of course, the continuous celebrations that burst forth on this island.

The challenge I set for myself every time I pick up the camera: Where is the art? How do I bring forth the design?

Art and design must stay at the center. Of every subject, I capture, of every story I tell, and – always – in the heart of the woman behind the camera.

Jessie Valenti

Jessie Valenti

Associate and Production Manager

Jessie is the motor that keeps the RBP operation moving from day today. From digital capture, editing, graphic design, marketing, and studio management, Jessie is a versatile team member instrumental to our success. Plus we love her because she’s considerate, creative, and appreciates jamming out to our disco playlists while enduring long hours of editing. 

Jessie’s diverse background (she once lived in Australia playing semi-pro soccer while working on a camel milk farm!) means she can tackle anything that comes our way, and she does–with keen attention to detail and a collaborative approach. When she’s not on duty for RBP you can find this active creative exploring nature trails with her dogs, or combing the beaches for sea glass for her next project. Whether she’s out running, playing soccer, snowboarding, wakeboarding, or just hanging low with friends she’s constantly stimulated by every day and the next big thing. Her personal motto is “Create. Transform. Inspire.”

Melissa Knowles

Melissa Knowles

Assistant and Studio Manager
Melissa Knowles is an emerging professional photographer who brings her esteemed technical skills to Randi Baird Photography, in addition to her passion for art therapy and her lifelong commitment to humanitarian efforts. At RBP Melissa contributes her gentle, yet professional demeanor to making clients feel comfortable in front of the camera and provides much-needed assistance in the studio through her work with editing, design, and studio management. 
 
Melissa’s background includes artistic direction, education, and therapeutic art practices, along with international experience in community development through the arts. Melissa’s compassionate and thoughtful approach allows life to spontaneously unfold before the camera, enabling her to authentically capture those fleeting, intimate moments that reveal the essence of heart and soul. Sensitive to the dynamics of her subjects and the healing potential of photography, she gives people the confidence to communicate themselves freely before the lens.