About - Epic Beard Photography

Epic Beard Photography is a Veteran Owned Virginia Beach based photographer specializing in wedding,

family, sports,  and commercial photography in the Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Portsmouth,

Chesapeake, Williamsburg VA, its surrounding areas and destinations beyond.

Capturing your special moments in life that are genuine, elegant and everlasting.

All About Epic Beard

Who is Epic Beard?

Hey There! I am Jeff Heiser of Epic Beard Photography. I grew up in Merritt Island Florida, a small but important town in Florida. Important with regards to Kennedy Space Center, literally my house as a kid was a 15-min drive to the gate. At the age of nineteen I decided to “Let My Journey Begin” and joined the Navy. The Navy took me around the world and gave me opportunities to see and do things I would have never been able to do. While in the Navy I always had my camera in hand either while out at sea or while we were in port in distant lands. After the Navy, my wife and I moved to Rhode Island for a short 3 years and then decided to move back to the Hampton Roads area to go back to school. I have 3 kids the oldest being 15 and the youngest is 6, also with my family comes 2 dogs, a cat and a horse. All in all, we are a lively group. I have a fun-loving personality and have fun bringing smiles to everyone.

Since I was a kid I have always liked creating art. I started at an early age with drawing to pass the endless time of school to stay out of trouble. My parents have always supported my drawing abilities with encouragement to come up with a cartoon character of some sort. As I got older I started to follow more in the footprints of my dad who does photography. My first camera was a Kodak C110, and my love for photography just grew from there. My first 35mm camera was a Minolta that I bought from a pawn shop for a college photography class in 1999. I like to bring an artistic approach in my photography, looking for the story and beauty within what I am photographing. In my photography, I like to capture the organic in the moment photo-journalistic style to tell the story.

Photography Accomplishments:

Member of Professional Photographers of America.

Published in Modelz View Magazine December 2017 issue.

Published in ConnecTen Magazine, 

Published in the 2016 340 High Street Student Art Magazine

Honorable Mention award at the 32nd annual juried photography exhibition at the Suffolk Art Gallery, Provost award for photography at the 41st annual Student Art Exhibition at Tidewater Community College Visual Art Center.

Degree in Studio Arts with a concentration in Photography from Tidewater Community College

Random Facts:

Jack of all trades, and a Master of none; love dumb comedy; like to travel; cooking is my therapy; wood working; rather be outside then playing video games or on social media; love to make people laugh and feel good; can talk to anyone; Bachelor’s degree from Embry Riddle in Aviation; been a Field Service Engineer and self-taught in machining; Avionics Technician in the Navy; Have an Federal Communication Commission’s license with RADAR endorsement; Love anything vehicle related, Sports fan, always cheer for the under dog

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