A New Year…a New Look!

I like change. Change is exciting, especially when you are a very visual person and creating something feels almost as important as breathing. I like change in my home decor, my clothes, my shoes, my music and my workouts…but my business identity is not something I want to change often. However, 2012 brought some new and exciting changes to the content of what I was shooting. In addition to my core business of portraits, in 2012 I second shot more weddings than ever and added national sports events to my portfolio, with more to come in 2013. After 10 years of the same logo, it was looking tired and did not represent my personal style or the style of my photography anymore; so I decided it was the perfect time to make a change.

I asked my talented friend Holly Hollon for her help because I knew she could create something from the ideas and styles that were swirling around in my head. I wanted a modern, clean look, playing off my initials, while keeping the same color palette . Turquoise has always been my favorite color because it reminds me of the beach. Just like the ocean water, it’s a place for my eyes to rest and makes me relaxed and happy…exactly how I want my clients to feel when I photograph them!

Here’s to a new year and a new look…cheers!
Heather

Davy

Davy was coming in from out of town to visit her grandmother “Lovie”, so Lovie emailed me to capture this time in her granddaughter’s life — full of energy, exploration, wonder. She loved exploring the Botanical Gardens and we had fun playing with her in the golden ginkgo leaves!

It’s always appreciated when a client sends a kind note after their session. Here’s the one I got from Davy’s Mom…

“Thank you so much for photographing my baby girl today. It was a wonderful experience and the pictures are better than I could have possibly imagined. I love your view of nature and your view of my daughter. We will definitely be coming back to you! Thank you so much again. You are a rare talent and possess a beautiful gift. Thank you for sharing it with us.”

That note made my day! I look forward to watching Davy grow up and capturing her when she’s in town visiting her “Lovie”!

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Meet Sebastian

I have been photographing this sweet family for several years now. Every fall we set up a time to capture Luke and Nate. They are cute, spunky and full of imagination! This year there was going to be a new additiona to their family; so we waited until Sebastian was born and could be part of the fun! He is beautiful just like his brothers! Welcome to the world, Sebastian!

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The Baker Family

Meet the beautiful Baker family! We met through some dear mutual friends, our kids have been in pre-school together, and we’ve spent weekends at the lake chatting around the pool while our kids splashed away. Alice Bell and I had been talking about a session for a while and finally got a date on the calendar. Then, I get a call a few weeks before we are supposed to shoot and Mary Myers has broken her arm. Without hope of getting her cast off anytime soon, we decide to embrace it as the photographs that will spark a “that was the year when…” story. It was a cute cast too — bright and cheery tie-dye! And, how cute are these girls — Maloy, Mary Myers and Chapel! Dustin and Alice Bell are going to have their hands full when these three get in high school! But, for now, you gotta love them in some pink and orange Hannah Kate!

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The Smith Family

I’ve been having fun watching the Smith children grow up over the years and see their little personalities bloom! I first photographed Connor as a baby, then they moved to Dothan and Christi would come back to Birmingham for me to photograph Ella and Coby. Now, I’m glad they’re back in Birmingham again! Such a sweet and beautiful family who is always such a joy to work with.

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The Dogan Family

Every fall Allison asks me to photograph her cute boys for the gallery in her home and for Christmas cards. I look forward to catching up with this sweet family and seeing how much Weldon and Hardy have grown in a year. They are so much fun!

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The Wyatt Family

I enjoyed meeting the Wyatts and their precious baby boy Nathan. I know they are excited about his first Christmas! He is such a cutie and all smiles…especially when his parents gave me a tip to sing “Moves Like Jagger”! 😉

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The Martin Family

Meet the Martin Family! How cute are these girls?! They were truly some of the happiest children I have ever had the privilege of photographing. Sadie and Sydney were all smiles and laughter the whole time.

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The Hurst Family

This was my first time to meet the Hurst family, even though we have so many mutual friends. Stacy won the session I donated to the Vestavia Schools Foundation silent auction. I enjoyed getting to know them during our afternoon at the cabin. Such a cute family!

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The Lanier Family

Amy contacted me months in advance to schedule her fall family session at Aldridge Gardens, and somehow we both missed that afternoon was the Native American festival! We drive up to the gardens and the parking lot is so full we have to park down the street. Now, I’ve encountered busy times at both gardens, shooting around proms, weddings and the buzz of other photographers with families on a pretty day. But, this was REALLY busy with people everywhere and there were also little blue strings tied on many of the trees and bushes as part of the festival. Nice! So it was my job to dodge all these people and blue strings while photographing a family of six! I love a good challenge…and very shallow depth of field!

I enjoyed my adventure with the sweet Lanier family! It was a lot of fun and we certainly had some good laughs. In fact, I posted one shot on the proofing gallery of their kids feeding the ducks with another set of random kids who had decided to be in our shot. I told them they could use that one for their Christmas card and shock everyone with their newly adopted children! 🙂 Needless to say I’ll be noting the date if the Native American Festival in my calendar next year! Here’s some highlights from our afternoon together…I don’t think anyone would be able guess what all was going on around us!

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I see a little blue string in this next shot! Nothing a little photoshop can’t fix in the finished print.

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