Originally trained as a photojournalist, with additional apprentice experience in a traditional film-based portrait studio, Heidi combines the technical skills of her craft with a modern passion for capturing the spontaneous moments of children, teens and families.
Splitting her time between commercial assignments and portraiture, she approaches each session with the goal of creating a range of images, from simple posed shots to completely candid expressions.
After graduating from college, she lived in London, England for 13 years, returning to Illinois with her husband and three children in 2006. In addition to operating a successful business in La Grange, she volunteers her photographic services to a number of charitable causes, and is the co-founder of ShootAlong.com.
Other names: H Samantha, H, pretz, heids, mom, mumma
Shoot: Nikon (20+ years is a hard habit to break)
Favorite ice cream: Coconut
Most interesting place I’ve lived: Deptford
Neato place I’ve worked: The Economist
Most famous person I ever sat next to in Starbucks: Robin Williams
Favorite saying: “w.w.t.w.d?” (and if you know what this means without looking it up on Google I will consider giving you a free session)
Pizza: Mushroom, spinach and olive
Favorite lens: 50mm 1.4f
Motto: What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger
Charities & Associations: The Angel Band Project, Giving is Awesome, PPA, WPPI, Salt Creek Ballet
Secret talent: ear wiggling
Best vacation spot: Kefalonia
Husband: Strong silent type
Often heard saying: You will probably find it under your bed.
Best job: Taking pictures.