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.