This week’s Featured Photographer is:
Heather Frank Photography
Areas you Serve:
Southwest Florida region
Tell us a little bit about yourself:
I am a wife of three years to my present day Boaz (Joshua), and mother to my one year old son, Hudson Jameson. I hold a degree in Psychology, yet passionately pursue my full time job of Photography (two years strong now). I value the strength of a community, the thought of it “taking a village to raise a child”, and raising respectable boys that will one day turn into great men.
How did you get started in photography?
My then boyfriend (present day husband) bought me my first DSLR camera while I was pursuing my degree in Psychology. I needed a little outlet from the countless papers on proposals, thesis statements, group studies, and hours of studying. I instantly picked up on it and wildly grew to love it. Once I discovered that very little job opportunities were present for my degree in my small town location, I decided to actively pursue photography full time. After a year of running a successful business, we welcome Hudson into our little world, and ever since then it’s been a beautiful dance of being a work-from-home mother.
What do you shoot?
I specialize in family, portraits, and maternity. Lately I’ve been branching out in the wedding world (so to speak) and totally loving it!
Who or what inspires you?
Other photographers, first off. Some may not admit to this, but I absolutely love following those that are 100 times better than I am (and that’s totally easy to do, by the way), and see where their creativity takes them. Friends who also have creative minds renew my mind when I need it. I am lucky enough to live within 45 minutes of one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, and the scenery there alone sparks a lot of ideas. Artists that live across the world and have access to fields that I may never see totally give me photo-envy.
What kind of camera bag do you carry and what’s in it?
My first official camera bag was a Thirty-One backpack, as a gift from a client. Presently I carry a bag my camera provided (Canon 6D). One day I aim to own a Kelly-Moore bag, those are beautiful!
My Canon 6D camera body, a 50 mm 1.4, 15 mm 2.8 fish eye, 17-40 mm, speedlite flash, a prism, and a few pieces of broken glass wrapped in bubble wrap – lol
What are some of your favorite photography products?
Prime lenses I feel are such a gift to the photography world. The fact that you can create such a dramatic feel with that beautiful bokeh effect gives reason in itself. Scarf camera straps are so cute and super comfy to wear as an alternative to stock camera straps. Living in Florida makes me so thankful for my diffuser!
Three random things about yourself:
1. No matter what time of day I wake up (which, since mommy-hood, that never exceeds past 8 am anyway), I HAVE to eat breakfast food first. Steak to me is not a breakfast item. Before Hudson, if I woke up in the afternoon, it did not matter- I HAD to have eggs/cereal/bacon/doughnuts first. No exceptions. Other food just taste nasty to me if not eaten in the right order.
2. I used to be really good at sports; maybe not the best, but I always seemed to make the teams in high school! Today the only sport I participate in is Crossfit, which lately I HAVE been totally slacking (but still utterly obsessed with). I really do think it’s a cult that just sucks you in.
3. Growing up I actually wanted to become a writer, living the dream of being a starving artist traveling the world.
Best piece of advice you’ve received?
Learn what you can from whomever you can, whenever you can, and as often as you can. It sounds like a piece from Dr. Seuss, but I swear I totally live by it.
Any advice you’d like to share?
There’s nothing wrong with taking life lessons from people who have been there and done that. Take constructive criticism with a grain of salt. The only person you should try to compete against, is the person you were yesterday.
Mac or PC? Photoshop or Lightroom?
PC, although I would love to convert to Mac one day. I use BOTH PS and LR! For four years I was strictly PS, until I added in LR to my workflow just this year. It totally made my life so.much.easier.
Where else can we find you on the web?
I have been published by a few other blogs, so you may just find me through Google. You may find me on theknot.com as a listed photographer. I (like any other female) actively use Pinterest and Instagram, so friend me there!