Heather Moran

Heather Moran

Learn the rules... so you can break them. Heather Moran , Photography Instructor , The Art Institute of Charleston, a branch of The Art Institute of Atlanta

Was there a defining moment when you knew you were destined to become a creative professional?

When I was a kid, I picked up a camera....and I’ve never put it down.

How do you weave your professional background into the classroom experience?

I try to give my students the real-world prowess they need to become proficient professional photographers.

What class assignment exemplifies your approach to teaching and mentoring.

In my portrait photography class, students work on one portrait every day—from day one through the last day of the quarter. They’re not allowed to photograph the same person twice. After a few weeks, they usually run out of subjects...so they’re forced to approach people they don’t normally talk to. It's a great way for students to learn how to work with people and creating emotion in the subjects face and body language. They also learn that they always have time to take a portrait.

In what way do you inspire students to push themselves beyond their own perceived limits?

I like to push students out of their comfort zones. The portrait project is a good example of that.

What’s the most important thing you impart to students to help them succeed in class and the real world?

Learn the rules...so you can break them.