Hi, I'm Heather. I am a Documenter of Love, more commonly referred to as a Wedding and Lifestyle Photographer. I am 28 years young and have been in love with love since I was a tiny little thing. My first camera was an old school Polaroid that I put heart shaped stickers all over (yeah, I know, we all do questionable things) and I currently have it on display in the office of my home.
In 2006, my high school sweetheart moved away to college, leaving me with more free time, outside of school. My camera and I became inseparable, starting with photographing nature and then sessions with family and friends, even shooting for my high school newspaper, The Panoptic. My favorite thing to tell people is how horribly I did in my high school photography class. At the time, I wasn't into learning the way the camera actually works, I just wanted my hands on a camera capturing as many moments as possible. On Easter of 2007, my world shifted. As an 18 year old with a family as tight knit as mine, losing the first member so unexpectedly was heartbreaking. As my family and I sat on my bedroom floor looking through old photos, we came to one that stopped me in my tracks. It was a photo of my uncle, the one we had just lost. He was mid laugh, like a good, deep belly laugh that makes your soul feel alive. I couldn't look at that picture of him without smiling and to this day that image is burned into my memory. In that instant, I felt the power of a photograph that preserves a fleeting moment in time. I knew that to spend my life capturing more moments like that of the photograph of my uncle would fuel me to my core.
After graduating high school in 2007, I began pursuing a degree in Art at a community college. Two years into the program, I felt as though I hadn't learned anything I didn't already know. I took my studies to a University just north of Atlanta, GA, changed my major to Early Childhood Education and settled in to see what else was out there. During these years of college, I continued photographing when my schedule allowed. Some weddings, maybe one or two per year, but primarily I was booking high school senior portraits. I remember during this time hearing other photographers that I admired say things like, "We are completely booked for the remainder of the year!" and thinking, "wow! that's the dream!" Unhappy with where I was, I struggled with myself for a few months, playing with the idea of going for what I was daydreaming about. Quitting school to focus on my photography seemed like an outlandish idea. I talked things through with my parents and decided to go for it! Working part time at a day job and photographing on evenings and weekends became my usual for about a year and a half. During this time, I booked whatever and whoever I could to get the experience I wanted and needed to learn and grow. To meet new people and interact with new families was my first goal which I reached rather quickly. At the end of 2014, my goal for 2015 was to book at least one wedding per month for the entire year, adding up to 12 weddings in total. I've been blessed beyond measure with booking a total of 18 weddings for 2015.
Beyond the Lens.
When I'm not attached to my cameras or editing, I love running outdoors as a way to reset my mind. I'm as slow as a turtle running through peanut butter, but that has yet to stop me from enjoying it. I'm a fan of cooking new recipes and dancing around the house to Beyonce. Painting for hours and reading when it's raining are also on my list of Favorite Things To Do.