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IRC Photographer Spotlight Series – Nathaniel Helfferich

Indian River County launches "gratitude campaign" in efforts to showcase the community through the eyes of some of the most creative and local photographers.

Indian River County – Photographer Spotlight Series!

For the month of October our selected Photographer Spotlight is, Nathaniel Helfferich!  A native of The Keystone State (PA), he can’t seem to get enough of our beautiful beaches and ocean life!  He has the extraordinary ability to capture barrel shots while surfing that will inspire you to go and get out on a surf board. A full-time Physical Therapist at Sunshine Physical Therapy, Nathaniel clearly was meant to exercise his passion for people and the beauty that surrounds them. We won’t spoil anymore of this self-taught photographer who shares his genuine personal experience on how photography first helped him through some challenging times in his life.


Continue reading to learn more about this talented photographer!

Nathaniel Helfferich | Photographer Spotlight
1. How long have you lived or have been visiting Indian River County?

I started visiting Indian River County after my mom moved to Vero Beach back in 2012. When I was attending college back home in PA, I would visit Vero during the summers between semesters. Vero Beach then became my home base when I wasn’t in Texas working on my doctorate degree, and I have now since been living and working in Vero Beach permanently as of January of this year!

2. What do you love the most about experiencing our county?

I grew up in small town Pennsylvania, and I believe Indian River County has some of the best examples of small-town Florida. Vero Beach is one of the coolest little beach towns I’ve ever visited, and I love that I get to call it home. Not to mention that the Indian River Lagoon is one of the most biodiverse ecosystems in the country, and the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge is one of the top sea turtle nesting locations in the world.

3. What’s your favorite place in our county to shoot? And Why?

Anywhere on the coast and in the ocean. I love the water, and if the waves and lighting are good, I’ll most likely be in the water taking photos, body boarding, surfing or just out swimming in it and appreciating it. I grew up snowboarding in PA, obviously not surfing, so I only ever got to dream about the big glassy barrels that I’d see surfers catching in all my favorite surf films. The first time I experienced them here, I was instantly hooked. The colors, the water, and the connection you feel to this planet when you’re out there is why I enjoy trying to capture it with my camera.

4. How long have you been a photographer?  

5. Are you self taught or did you go to school to become a photographer?  

6. What motivated you to get behind the lens?    
7. What is your favorite area to photograph that is off the beaten path? 
8. Is this a hobby or your business?  
9. What can our followers and readers expect from you in the future in terms of creative expression?
We hope you enjoyed learning more about Nathaniel’s love for photography and our county. To stay up to date on Nathaniel’s work, be sure to visit: https://www.instagram.com/thanthaman/

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