|landscapes were the cotton fields and cattle that grazed near my house. The school I attended at that time was small with a very, very |
limited budget for photography. Therefore, there was no education in photography and no mentor for guidance available to me. I just
took the pictures that I liked and did extra chores around the house to pay for the developing and purchasing of more film. I was just a
modest country boy in Texas who spent what time I could with my two main hobbies, which were writing and photography.
At the time I did not know just how much my two hobbies went hand to hand. With ink on paper I wrote stories that took me to
imaginary far away lands, on film with light I told of the real life story around me. Due to finances and circumstances my two forms of
writings changed very little for many years.
As I got older I upgraded my camera to a Canon 35mm (I thought I was in photographer heaven) and my subjects changed as well.
From cotton fields to the mountains of Colorado and Tennessee. My paper and ink were traded for a computer and word processors.
The topics in my writings were less imaginative and more business, and as time went by, my photography was put on a back burner.
College, carer, marriage and ministry became my focus. Although college and carers changed, my marriage and the ministry grew
stronger. Kids entered the picture and secular work became more frequent to pay for the extra expenses, then - the recession hit. All of
the areas of my life were affected. Depression and worry became a dominating factor for me. At the age of 26 I had already experienced
1 major stroke that affected my right side. I recovered, but by the time I was 34 I was having multiple mini- strokes a month.
Something needed to change.
The solution was, well adventurous and to be honest quite risky for me to say the lest. However, spending more time with my family
and serving God will be even more rewarding. A wise business man once said, "Do what you love, love what your doing!" Therefore,
with the support of my wife, kids, and parents I jumped head first into a photography carer. With in a few weeks of putting together a
very small digital portfolio (most of pictures were 5x7s from non-pro labs), I emailed it with a resume to a few interested parties. After
a couple more weeks of waiting and making phone calls, I signed a contract with a national studio based in New York (advertising and
marketing photography) and began working with Gaylord Entertainment in Nashville. These opportunities gave me the freedom to
continue pastoring, take some photography courses and to add my own studio.
I am excited about sharing my passion of photography with you. Please contact us to set up a session in our studio, your
home or place of business. God Bless.
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|Creative Images by Robert G. Heard
541 Jack Thomas Dr. Manchester TN 37355