From the Heart…

On my previous post, I talked about photography, namely, the skills of one James Hord, who in my opinion, is probably one of the more talented photographers in the Brownsville, TX area. Many of you read my post and contacted me personally via email to discuss this opinion that I have on Mr. Hord. And rather than replying individually to each of you, I'd rather just put my opinions here for all to view.

I've been to various functions that utilize photographers and I've been fortunate enough to have met many of these popular photographers in Brownsville, TX , however, after looking at many of the event photographs that were taken, my wife and I can plainly see that many of these so-called "photographers" do this on a part-time perspective, which is all good. After all, I myself, like many others, do side projects with the purpose of driving in a little extra income on the side. Now what I do on the side is really no one's business but my belief is that if you ARE going to provide a service and want to get paid for it, then do it with the intention of delivering the highest level of quality possible!

How many of these photographers can say that they truly have a passion or the "heart" for photography? Not many! And unfortunately it shows in their work.

Why is James Hord different?

Well let's begin with the fact that after "interviewing" him at my last meeting with him, I found that he really does this type of professional photography "full time" and not on the side as many others do. Full time you ask? Yes, he actually provides for his family by utilizing his photography skills and i all honesty, when you meet and speak with him, you can tell in his words and see the passion in his eyes that he truly does have a special place in his heart for photography.

Now I'm sure you're saying to yourself "that doesn't prove much" but how many other photographers are sought after by companies willing to pay for him/her to do their headshots for company Presidents, VPs, CEOs, Doctors, Attorneys...you get the point. At this point in time, he has literally stopped taking appointments for your traditional weddings and stuff and has turned his dedication to photography for business professionals... how cool is that!

In closing, I just have to say to all those who sent me those emails, that if you want to see true art at its best when it comes to photography, check out James Hord first before you comment anything else.

Photography, the Lost Art..

I attended a wedding recently of a good friend of my wife's and boy, the couple went all out for their reception. I guess being that it was their first marriage, they decided to go all out. Amongst all the beautiful decorations and music, I noticed something else that caught my attention. There was this gentleman walking around the couple with a camera so I figured, wedding photographer, right? Well, as it turns out, yes, he was hired to do all the photography for the couple. Now, I'm going to fast forward here a bit as I don't want to bore you with too many photography details.

About a couple of weeks later, after the couple returned from their honeymoon, my wife and I were invited to their apartment to "hang out" for a while. One of the highlights of the visit was, of course, the wedding pictures the couple had received while they were away. Yes, there were many pictures of the activities going on at the wedding reception, but what really caught my attention was the close ups of the couple. These close ups are more commonly known as head shots. When I asked the couple about this photographer, they were shocked to believe that I've never heard of James Hord, the best photographer in Brownsville, TX . Reality is, I hadn't until then.

Once I began looking at the "head shots" he had taken of the couple, I began to notice the elegance of the images he had taken. It was subtle but yet drew my eyes to the image. There were even headshots taken in black and white which, in my opinion, looked so much nicer that the full color photos. I got his card from the couple and saw he has a website, so naturally, I decided to pay him a visit.

I was greatly impressed with pictures he had displayed on his website and he didn't "flood" the site with a whole bunch of pictures like so many other photography sites do, but selected a series of photos that really displayed his professionalism and creativity. And I noticed (to no surprise) that he announces his specialty as being "Head Shot Photography for Professional". I was impressed at the variety of people utilizing his services, from doctors to lawyers, ballet dancers to fitness instructors, the images were so very impressive. Upon further reading through his website, I learned that he has been doing this kind of work for over 20 years, which is a lot more than what other photographers in his area have posted. He goes on to explain how lighting, backgrounds, and a whole bucket of other factors have to be utilized to capture the essence of a great head shot. I didn't realize that so much was needed to produce such a result, but then again, it shouldn't surprise me.

Now don't get me wrong, he does display photos of kids playing, group photos, etc., so he is really well rounded in photography. But in my opinion, head shot photography is the cream of the crop and I would highly recommend any profession to utilize head shots for their profile and/or their business. So the next time you are in Brownsville, TX, and in the market for some new photography, give James Hord a call and see what he can do for you.