Heather Symes | Featured Photographer

This week’s Featured Photographer is:

heather kelly photography- CT newborn, baby, and family photographer

Heather Symes
Heather Kelly Photography
heather@heatherkellyphotography.com

Website/Facebook:
http://www.heatherkellyphotography.com
http://www.facebook.com/heatherkellyphotography

Areas of the world you Serve:
Connecticut

Tell us a little bit about yourself:
I’m a mom to three kids and live in Newtown, CT. I would have never guessed that I would end up being a newborn photographer, but I couldn’t see it any other way now. I have a degree in business management that went unused for years. I am happy to now be using it. I get to combine my love of babies with my degree in business.

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How did you get started in photography?
After my 1st son was born, I couldn’t figure out how others with the same camera as I had were taking amazing pictures. I started diving into photography and learning everything I could. I was on forums and soaking up any information I could find.

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What genre do you shoot?
Newborns and families. I just love the little ones!

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Who or what inspires you?
There are SO many photographers that inspire me. Erin Elizabeth was my first newborn photography crush. Her images are just perfection. Same with Son Kissed Photography. I love the use of color that Caralee Case and Jennifer Nace use.

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What kind of camera bag do you carry and what’s in it?
I have a few bags because I’m an addict, but my most used bag is my Kelly Moore Classic. What’s in it depends on what I’m shooting. I have too many lenses to fit in one bag, but here’s what I have in my hypothetical carry it all bag 😉

Nikon D750
Nikon D700
35 mm f/1.4
50 mm f/1.4
85 mm f/1.8
105 mm f/2.8
180 mm f/2.8
14-24 f/2.8
70-200 f/2.8

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What are some of your favorite photography products?
A bike horn. Maybe not exactly a photography product, but I use it at all my family and toddler sessions to get the attention of the little ones.

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Three random things about yourself:
1. I used to own many (and I mean many) lizards and reptiles.
2. I can’t walk in heels. I’ve tried but it’s just not worth the pain and practice.
3. I was “team green” with all my children and it was such a great experience finding out in the delivery room.

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Best piece of advice you’ve received?
Not everyone is your client. You need to price yourself for a profitable business. Not everyone will be able to afford you, and that’s OK.

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Any advice you’d like to share?
Keep on practicing and learning. I don’t think you are ever done learning. Try something new if you are in a rut. Usually the winter is when I try to focus on learning something new. This year I worked on macros. My goal was to get some great snow flake shots. Of course we barely had any snow, which is unusual for the north east. I might have to work on macros again next winter 🙂

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Mac or PC? Photoshop or Lightroom?
PC lover

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Where else can we find you on the web?
Website: http://www.heatherkellyphotography.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/heatherkellyphotography
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/eris1995/
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/c/HeatherkellyphotographyCT
Google +: https://plus.google.com/+HeatherkellyphotographyCT

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  • Gretchen WillisApril 12, 2016 - 3:39 pm

    oh my goodness your work is stunning!!!I’m glad you say to keep practicing and learning because I would love to learn to shoot newborns, and I have a few practice clients this week and I’m SOOO nervous! 🙂 I’m sure I’ll use your images for inspiration!ReplyCancel

    • HeatherApril 27, 2016 - 7:52 pm

      Hi Gretchen! Thank you so much! It took me many years to get where I am today and I’m continuing to learn. I’m sure you’ll do great!ReplyCancel