My Story in Words

My name is Richard Bivins and I am a self-taught photographer, writer, and author, among other things. Some would like to label me as a disabled veteran, but I'm one of the luckier ones. My disability is neurological and has slowed down my mobility but not my creativity.

I refuse to let that stop me from pursuing my passions. For many years I was a builder of things that ranged from residential homes and gears used in engines that run cars, trucks, and ships, to machinery used in nuclear power plants .

Writing and shooting pictures has allowed me to explore my creativity. It may all be in my head but I think I shoot some pretty darn good photos. Even if it is in my head, I want to get better and wish I had started this adventure decades earlier.

I was 18 years old and in the Army when my dad gave me his old Pentax K-1000 camera. It was the first SLR camera I ever owned and I loved shooting with film. Specifically, I loved shooting in black and white and shooting time lapsed photos of the Mojave Desert sky and shooting head-shots and portraits of my Army buddies.

I knew I had a talent back then but I didn't foster it. I left the Army and went off to college to pursue other interests and regrettably let photography become an occasional hobby.

So here I am, nearly 30 years later, picking up where I left off. I started for the following reasons:

  1. Primarily for my love and passion for photography.
  2. Secondly, because I learn better when I digest information and then share it with others.
  3. Thirdly, because I know there are others in exactly “the same boat” and would hopefully want to share this adventure with me.

It would be great if you decided to join me in transitioning from amateur to professional photographer.