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Heather Hummel
Heather Hummel embraces two careers--one as a land and seascape photographer and the other as a writer. Both Heather's photographic lenses and her writing pens have captured the faces and voices of public figures, corporations, politicians, and philanthropists.
Her photography is represented by Agora Gallery in the Chelsea District of New York City.
Television, print, and radio coverage for her books include: "The Today Show"; Publishers Weekly, USA Today and the Washington Post; and magazines that include: Health, Body & Soul, First and Spry Living, a combined circulation of nearly 20 million in print alone.
A graduate with High Distinction from the University of Virginia, Heather holds a BIS degree with concentrations in English and Secondary Education. Visit and
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Entries by Heather Hummel

Photographers, Don't Think You Need to Register Your Copyrights? Think Again

(0) Comments | Posted December 17, 2014 | 11:59 AM

"Summer Sky" Photo Credit: © Heather Hummel Photography

So many people get caught up in the fact that "you don't have to register the copyrights to your work because it's copyrighted the moment you create it." True. Anything you create is...

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Not My Day to Die

(2) Comments | Posted October 26, 2014 | 10:29 PM


Photo Credit: Heather Hummel Photography

On the morning of Oct. 8, 2014, and fresh out of the shower, I stood naked in front of my dresser trying to decide what to wear on that early fall day. As I reached for...

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The New Way to License Photographs: A Q&A with ImageBrief Co-Founder Simon Moss

(0) Comments | Posted September 9, 2014 | 5:37 PM

Imagine if you had a project that required a certain, even specific, image and rather than pool through thousands of images in a stock library, you could personally describe the photo you have in mind in great detail to a pool of professional photographers. And, imagine if these photographers would...

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Behind Every Legend -- RIP Joan Rivers

(0) Comments | Posted September 5, 2014 | 9:35 AM

Behind every legend there is someone who in some way helped to launch their career, to fulfill their dreams. Perhaps it was a teacher, a coach, a ghostwriter, or... a comedy writer.

The legendary Joan Rivers passed away today after a nearly 50-year career in comedy. But, what most...

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Q&A With Author Darcie Chan

(1) Comments | Posted August 26, 2014 | 7:12 PM

2014-08-24-cCarrieSchechter.jpg Photo Credit: Carrie Schechter

Darcie Chan is the famed author of the eBook breakaway sensation The Mill River Recluse and the sequel, The Mill River Redemption. Set in the fictional sleepy town of Mill River, Vermont both novels portray the...

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Wrestling With the Wrath of Writer's Block

(4) Comments | Posted July 8, 2014 | 7:24 PM

Staring at a blank page and not having the words flow the way they did last week, or even yesterday, is every writer's nightmare. Writer's block can feel paralyzing, especially with a deadline fast approaching, and it can often leave writers wondering if they should give up on their craft....

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Q&A With Retired Firefighter Doug Bailey, Lightfinder Photography

(1) Comments | Posted July 8, 2014 | 3:10 PM

Photo Credit: Doug Bailey

Last year Doug Bailey, a Southern California firefighter, put down his firefighting gloves and jacket one last time. Now, as a retired firefighter, Doug spends his days capturing breathtaking images. In this compelling...

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How Aerial Photography Changes A Photographer's Perspective

(2) Comments | Posted July 2, 2014 | 4:49 PM

Nothing has changed my perspective of photography the way flying in a little Cessna plane over one of the most historical towns in our nation did.

Planes Lined up at the Charlottesville Regional Airport.
Photo Credit: Heather Hummel...

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My Long Distance Relationship With New York City

(0) Comments | Posted May 6, 2014 | 4:42 PM

I grew up in Connecticut where I had the luxury of hopping on a Metro North train and arriving in Grand Central Station in about an hour. When the train door opened and the stale stench of Grand Central Station greeted me, I would set out with the crowd to...

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What Compels an Agent to Sign an Author? Q&A With Literary Agents Jeff Kleinman and Michelle Brower (Part III of III)

(2) Comments | Posted April 24, 2014 | 2:24 PM

In this Part III of the series from my interview with literary agents Jeff Kleinman and Michelle Brower of Folio Literary Management; they continue to shed light on the industry by discussing what compels them to sign an author and how willing they are to edit.

Q: What compelled...

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Can a 12-Year-Old Boy Really Play the Stock Market? An Interview With Author Ginger Heller

(0) Comments | Posted April 15, 2014 | 5:52 PM


When I learned of Ginger Heller's new release, The Kid Who Beat Wall Street and Saved Africa, it piqued my interest... could a 12-year-old really play the stock market? I also appreciated Heller's global approach to young adult literature, which...

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Indie Authors Seeking an Agent: Take Note! Q&A With Literary Agents Jeff Kleinman and Michelle Brower (Part II of III)

(3) Comments | Posted April 15, 2014 | 5:21 PM

"If a book has 250 reviews with 4 and 5 stars, and 70,000 in sales, this author has a lot of promise." -- Michelle Brower

If you're an Indie author looking for an agent, take note! In this Part II of my interview with literary agents Jeff Kleinman and Michelle...

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The Author Success Story Behind ABC's Resurrection: Q&A With Literary Agents Jeff Kleinman and Michelle Brower (Part I of III)

(2) Comments | Posted April 7, 2014 | 5:52 PM

Photo: ABC

What began as an interview with literary agents Jeff Kleinman, Founding Partner, and Michelle Brower, Senior Vice President, of Folio Literary Management turned into enough material for a three part Q&A series on what agents really want from authors. The...

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If Everyone Is Working for Free, How Is Anyone Supposed to Earn a Living?

(0) Comments | Posted April 6, 2014 | 10:44 PM

Have you or your company ever hired someone from a website such as Freelancer, oDesk, Fiverr, eLance, or another popular site for outsourcing gigs? Alternatively, have you or your company offered services on one or more of these sites? If so, you are a part of the Global Online Employment...

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Celebrating Women Entrepreneurship With Julia Hartz and Daphne Koller

(0) Comments | Posted March 6, 2014 | 4:40 PM

This post is coauthored with Charu Sharma (@charu1603), startup entrepreneur and author of a forthcoming book on women entrepreneurship.

In light of Women's Day (March 8,2014), we chatted with Julia Hartz of Eventbrite and Daphne Koller of Coursera, two of today's leading women...

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10 Tips on How to Write an Author Bio

(2) Comments | Posted March 6, 2014 | 11:58 AM

Kind of like kids knowing they need to eat their veggies, authors know the importance of a well-crafted bio, but that still doesn't mean they like writing one.

Several years ago when I taught writing workshops through Barnes & Noble in Charlottesville, VA, the first exercise I had students do...

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Social Entrepreneurship: A Shift in the Traditional Business Mindset

(0) Comments | Posted March 2, 2014 | 11:12 PM

Co-authored by Tanya Brockett, speaker and author of The Loan Solution

Social Entrepreneurship builds on the business innovation, creativity and flexibility of traditional entrepreneurship and enhances it with a social solutions perspective. Its effectiveness is not solely measured by profits distributed to shareholders, but by social impact felt...

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Two Facebook Features Every Author Should Be Using

(2) Comments | Posted December 31, 2013 | 9:10 AM

The number of titles available on Amazon has increased at an unfathomable rate. For example, when I first published through McGraw-Hill in 2008, there were two million books on Amazon. Kindle wasn't a contender at the time, so this number represented paperback and hardcovers. Today, there are over 24 million...

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The Relevance of a Professional Author Photo

(0) Comments | Posted December 26, 2013 | 12:49 PM

Due to social media, an author photo connects authors with their audience now more than ever. Since these images are not only long lasting on books, but are also shared on social media outlets, isn't it worth making sure they're great? The answer ought to be an obvious: "yes!" So,...

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What Harry Chapin and Marty Taught Me About Unconditional Love

(0) Comments | Posted December 26, 2013 | 10:52 AM

It took me over 20 years to realize that I once had unconditional love. We met in college in the mid-'80s, and his name was Marty. He was the captain of the rugby team and labeled "a real man" by those who knew him, not just because of his khakis,...

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