Studying under famous Southern painters as young as 7, Nancy Heffernan found her true niche in photography in 1973, becoming the first female staff photographer for the Savannah Morning News and Savannah Evening Press. She was awarded many AP, UPI, Georgia Press Photography Association (GPPA) and National Press Photography Association (NPPA) awards over those 14 years. Some images are in Presidential Libraries. Freelancing fashion earned her the first-ever awarded National Retail Advertising Award, presented to her with the Longwater Agency in NYC in 1980. She has a BFA from Georgia Southern University. After two years at the Savannah papers, she lived in Iran (’76-79) after which she re-joined the staff of Savannah Morning News until 1984.
She is still a freelance photographer living in Savannah, Georgia, using the beautiful city and Tybee Island as wonderful backdrops for portraits and weddings.