Harold R. Stinnette
Having grown up in a small rural East Tennessee town, Harold gained an appreciation for nature early in life. As a youth he spent many hours outdoors, fishing with his father or taking trips to the Smokies with his family. As he grew older he became more involved in hiking and camping and eventually developed a desire to record on film the beauty he saw in nature. Harold believes that nature photography is a positive way of learning to protect and preserve the natural world we all share. Harold is well known in Tennessee and throughout the Southeast for his exquisite images of nature and his love of the outdoors. He is a regular speaker at nature events and camera clubs. Sharing nature and nature photography through the teaching of nature photography workshops has been a passion of Harold's for the last 14 years. His images have been published in magazines such as ; Outdoor & Travel Photography, Birder's World and Outdoor Photographer. His photographs have also been featured on postcards, books and advertisements. Harold lives in Spring City Tennessee with his wife Donna and son Brandon, where they own and operate Harold R. Stinnette Stock Photography & Natural Impressions.
About Harold's Images
The images in the Stock Photography portfolios contain a cross-section of my work. Most of the images were born from a love of nature, created from the pleasure of being outdoors. They are derived from the experience of being in nature. "While I may not remember technical information, F-stops or shutter speeds, I can recall the feelings or experiences of that moment. I feel that the experience while creating the image is as important as the final image".
Every nature and outdoor photographer I know started out "taking pictures" of nature because they enjoyed the experience of being in nature first, before the image. It's very easy to get caught up in the idea that an image must be publishable or good enough to win a contest. It's true that seeing your work published is flattering and helps pay the bills, but an image shouldn't be judged a success based on it's ability to be marketed or to win a contest. It's my hope that the images convey, to the viewer, the feelings and emotions of that instant in time when they were created.