Self-portrait - Arches National Park, Utah

Self-portrait - Arches National Park, Utah

My awesome husband, Andy

My awesome husband, Andy

My amazing parents - I took this photo when I was five.

My amazing parents - I took this photo when I was five.

My name is Heather, and I'm a photographer.

It took 37 years to become a full-time photographer, but I've always been involved with imaging of some sort. I played with my dad's cameras as a kid, but at the age of nine I decided to become an astronomer; I got a B.S. in astrophysics in 2001. Instead of looking at the stars, I spent the next fifteen years having a blast with imaging and engineering in the military. In January 2016, I made the huge leap to photography as a career.  

I love to photograph everything. I attribute that to my love of experimentation over theory. Flowers are my favorite because of the colors, precision, and variety. I learned to adore landscapes after living in the western US for several years. People are interesting because they are rarely predictable, and such people lead to amazing things around the world.

How did I get here?

Alabama will always be home. I was born in Huntsville and went to college there, but I consider Muscle Shoals my hometown. I moved to Baltimore, Maryland after college to join Andy, my husband. We spent nine years in Castle Rock, Colorado before moving to Powder Springs, Georgia in March 2016.  

Why Alpha Lyrae?

I always loved the novel Contact by Carl Sagan, the story of a radio astronomer who makes first contact with an alien civilization. The movie came out in 1997, my senior year of high school, and it greatly influenced my decision to focus on radio astronomy. In both the novel and the film, the star Vega is the source of the alien transmission. Vega is in the constellation Lyra and is also known as Alpha Lyrae. I may not be a radio astronomer now, but I can at least reference one of the most influential books on my life.

Art Shows and Exhibitions

Arts Alive, Florence AL - 20-21 May 2017
Arts Alive Gallery Exhibition at the Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts, Florence AL - 8 May - 24 June 2017

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