Heather started using photography as a young child as a simplified and exact way to communicate with her mother who is a deaf, Chinese immigrant with limited ASL and English language comprehension. She continues to use it as a tool to tell universal and personal stories across the spectrum of life experiences including birth and death. Heather’s clients range widely from individual and family commissions that last years documenting their lives to small businesses and fortune 500 companies worldwide humanizing brands and missions. In 2019 she became a birth, postpartum and death doula and with each client calls on her unique life experiences and perspectives to create a non judgmental and inclusive experience that allows the individual and/or family to fully experience whatever life transition they are going thru in an emotionally safe environment.
Heather is a graduate of Pratt Institute and the Victorian College of Arts and her photography has been published & exhibited internationally. She has been voted the Best Family Photographer and top 3 Birth Photographer by the Austin Birth Awards from 2017-2019 and has attended over 150 births since 2011. She is a certifying INELDA death doula & NEDA member. In 2018, she founded Life’s a Spectrum, an online platform sharing stories from a spectrum of experiences, centering marginalized voices. Through this platform and her photography work, Heather has raised and donated over $10,000 to organizations whose mission is to uplift, protect and amplify Women, BIPOC and LQBTQIA+ folks. She is a public speaker who talks candidly about her unique childhood and life experiences, mental health and a lifetime of witnessing how others live through her work as a photojournalist. She is currently writing her first book.
Heather splits her time between Burlington, VT & Austin, TX with her husband, son and many animals. She is available for travel worldwide (when safe) and virtually.