Meet My Photographer - Robert Hamm Photography

Hello. I'm Robert Hamm.

Thank you for taking the time to visit my site and learn a little more about me.

I am a native of Hampton Roads, Virginia and truly enjoy the seven cities. It is here that I have made a life for myself and my family. Breaking the "thirty-is-the-new-twenty" mark several years ago lead me to realize a few things. The first is that thirty years passed by in the blink of an eye, and for most of that time I was earning an income that did not allow for much family time. Then, in 2012 ,my father passed away much too early.

So, I decided to do the very best that I could for my family. I left the corporate world where I managed pharmaceutical companies, what else would I do with two degrees, and continued to do the three things I enjoy best in this world: spend time with my family, teach karate and develop self confidence in my students, and photograph families at play, both in happiness and sorrow, with the eye of a historian.

Of course this did not all happen at once. I didn't just become a photographer anymore than I magically became a Black belt. Instead, I had been practicing these arts, which would become my livelihood, for many years.

I have been practicing the martial arts for years studying traditional styles. My Black Belt was earned in 2000 in Tae Kwon Do. I enjoy teaching and wound up as an  instructor at the Family Martial Arts Center in Virginia Beach, Va. in 2011. Here I learn and teach the art of Kenpo Karate from Master Jim Bacon. This is very important, not just the fact that Jim "BACON" and Robert "HAMM" have similar last names, but this partnership would catapult my budding photography business because a martial art dojo is the perfect place to engage in portrait photography.

Speaking of photography, I started taking pictures of weddings in 2001 for my fellow soldiers. It all made sense to me in because I had studied photography in high school and always kept a camera handy, namely my Canon T-70, which a very good friend gave me. So, it began. One of my soldiers lamented the fact that his wedding photographer cost so much. I jokingly told him that I would do it for him for free if he provided a digital camera of my choosing to use. Yes, he had to buy a camera, but he got to keep it at the end, and he was happy about that. The camera purchased was a FUJI S series, nothing too shabby for the time but not great either. I took the photos and they came out great (at the time I thought they were great and so did my friend. In truth, they were just good enough, but I didn't know that yet. I would develop my eye for family and wedding photography over the next decade). That year I photographed fifteen weddings. It was awesome.

That's how it began so many years ago, karate and photography. As I grew and matured and attended college, I realized that I could organize these two passions and support myself someday. But "someday" was never today. Instead, "someday" stayed on the horizon until 2011. It was then that I began thinking about building a photography business while developing the outreach of the Family Martial Arts Center.

This brings us up to the present. I help manage a martial arts school, with the hopes of owning my own school one day while building a growing photography business. Many times I shoot portraits during the day in the dojo, as I have all my studio backdrops and equipment there, and then teach the art of self defense in the evening.

My sons are with me always, my sweetheart passes through in the evening to give me a quick kiss on the way home from work, and I am surrounded by amazing friends and wonderful new clients. I couldn't be happier. 

Thank you again for stopping by. Please enjoy your visit- Rob:)

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