I am Heidi - photographer, writer, explorer. I'm also mum to Belle and Ashton, and wife to Ben. We live in Adelaide, South Australia but explore the world as much as we can. Thanks for joining me on this fabulous journey. A journey where you will discover the fun and excitement of taking beautiful photos.
I'm a tourism focused photographer, with curiosity to kill. I love going behind the scenes, seeing what others can't, discovering new things and having fun. And I want to show what I find to the world. I love to dream, plan and escape - even when I physically can't. So why can't you? It keeps us going - til our next travel fix.
Photography is for everyone. And why can't you come home with pics that make you proud? I'm hoping I can change the 'it looked so much better than that; I'm not sure why it's blurry' to 'wow, that is awesome, I can imagine being there'.
My Photography Life
I loved taking photos as a child and did Photography as a subject at school until I moved to a different school that didn't offer it. That didn't stop me, though. While studying Craft in the final year, I decided to do photography as my project - and went back to my old school to develop the film and photos in their darkroom. The benefit of living in the country - you don't get lost and forgotten in numbers.
After High School, photography was never thought of as a career. I probably didn't think too much at all about a career. After stints as a child portrait photographer travelling through South Australia, New South Wales, Victoria and Northern Territory I decided to head overseas. I worked in hospitality and tourism, including pulling pints in London pubs. It was in one of those pubs that I became friends with a photographer and decided that is what I want to do.
On returning home to Australia, I had to make the choice between a travel agent job with Flight Centre or start my own photography business. Two loves of mine - travel and photography. Needless to say, I'm glad I went with the photography. Now I get paid to travel AND take photos.
I've worked as a Photographer since 1998 - in many different forms. I've worked with kids, animals, the elderly and everything in between. Moving and non-moving. Past photography gigs (before I started heidi who photos) have included -
Baby photographer in malls/KMart - why does mum expect the baby to smile when she brings him in with a soiled nappy and due for a nap?
School photographer - oh my this is hard work.
Cruise ship photographer - where I enjoyed the Greek Islands, Croatia and Italy
Photo lab tech
Camera store sales
Wedding assistant - got to see many brides lose the plot on their wedding day
Wedding photographer - loved my casual and fun brides
News Ltd photographer - so many exciting behind the scenes views including photographing Mark 'Chopper' Read and not realising he was the real deal to after
Commonwealth Games sports - great experience, but hated it at the time. I'm not a sports photographer; it's too boring for me
I've never got into entering too many awards or exhibitions but am proud of the success I have had when I do.
Proudest moments include -
- Intrepid Travel using my images in their brochures
- Expedia Travel buying an image of my daughter in a tuk-tuk for a campaign
- Becoming an Associate Photographer with AIPP (Aust. Institute of Professional Photography)
- Exhibiting my work at ASO, Adelaide Convention Centre, Richmond Hotel and Red Poles in McLaren Vale
- Tourism operators
- Uni SA
- mid to large corporate
What else do I love?
Have fun with family and friends
Samba, reggaeton, salsa and anything Latin
Brazil - my second home
Yoga and soul nurturing