Thank you for stopping by. I’m Heidi De La Teja, full time professional photographer and co- owner of De La Teja Studio in beautiful Appleton Wi. My photography journey began over two decades ago and I’ve loved every moment of this extraordinary calling!
I have dedicated my life to portrait and wedding photography. As a classically trained photographer I was taught the art of photography on a medium format camera. I graciously interned with master photographers for 10 years before opening Heidi Lee Photography.
My professional photography training in San Francisco with Playboy reflects in my unique style today... Romantic, Poetic and Emotionally Charged.
Photography is my passion! As an Inspirer and spirited extrovert I pride myself on having optimal people skills. My international experience behind the camera has sculpted me into a creative, resourceful quick thinking artist in any situation. I'm discerning, disarming and I will happily learn everyone’s names along the way.
I’m more than a photographer – I’m a director, producer, location scout, mediator, editor & wedding concierge just to name a few! To all of those that made my life story happen, thank you and namaste!
Hello, I'm Gerry De La Teja, full time professional cinematographer/ photographer and co-owner of De La Teja Studio. My passion for film making goes back to my childhood. I attended UW Oshkosh and hold a Bachelor Degree in RTF - Radio, Television, Film. I enjoy applying what I've learned to our fine art wedding photography and cinematic wedding films. I describe my style of storytelling as...modern, emotional and detailed.
Cinematography & photography are part of my everyday life, I need them to breathe. As an artist I'm happiest when painting, drawing and creating a masterpiece through the eyes of my camera lens. My approach to wedding photography is editorial. I simply document the day as it unfolds, offering guidance when needed.
I make that essential connection so people can relax and reveal their true personalities. By drawing from people’s energy I'm able to create spectacular images full of real emotion & expression! - Cheers
We're Heidi & Gerry top photographers in Appleton Wi and creative force behind De La Teja Studio! For over a decade our cameras have been our creative outlets to express our imagination for our unique wedding photography & cinematic wedding videos.
The DLT Experience -
We thrive among art lovers, photography enthusiasts and those who expect an unparalleled experience on their wedding day! In this fast pace world we search for beauty and graceful nuances that will stand the test of time for you and future generations to enjoy! We specialize in destination weddings and will travel the world to tell your story.
Our Ethos -
As experienced wedding photographers we want you to fall in love with our unique style, see the passion we put into our work, feel a connection when you meet us, experience our dynamic flow and ultimately obsess over your extraordinary wedding photo art!
I was taught the art of photography on a medium format film camera and I still shot film today.
One of my first jobs was at a local photo lab developing film, burning and dodging prints in the dark room before Photoshop existed. The owner "Ozzy" & LIFE Magazine photographer taught me about composition, lighting, and f- stops because there was no such thing as a digital back to preview images like these days.
All of my time, training & sacrifice over the past two decades has pushed me to become a better professional photographer and business owner.
There’s simply no substitute for experience and true talent when it comes to exceptional fine art wedding photography. I graciously take on the signifiant responsibility of documenting each and every wedding with the utmost gratitude, love and respect!
My motto ~ Why follow when you can lead!
My photography, painting & film making drive me. It’s the art of creating something new that gets me up in the morning. I draw inspiration from my travels, art museums, classic films and quality time at the gym & practicing yoga!
Here are a few of my mantras –
- I live in a world of possibilities and thrive on new experiences.
- Talking the lead is my strong point.
-Communication has always come naturally for me. By keeping a dialogue going, it clears the airwaves and avoids any miscommunication.
-By pushing myself to the next level I am constantly coming up with new ideas
My motto - Anyone interested in pursuing professional photography should have to take an art class!
I had vacationed in Mexico over the years and fell in love with the turquoise waters of the Caribbean, fabulous food, hypnotic salsa music and gracious people. I decided to utilize my time by setting up shop in Cancun, Tulum, Isla Mujeres & Playa del Carmen throughout the winter, returning to Wisconsin to photograph summer weddings.
While living in Mexico in 1997, I met the “love of my life” and fellow artist Gerry De La Teja. We hit it off and decided to tied the knot in 2005, blending both businesses into the dream team of “De La Teja Studio”. ❤️
Aside from work we consider ourselves adventurous souls. We crave white water rafting in Montana & skiing in Vancouver to scuba diving off the Great Barrier Reef & zipline in Costa Rica.
We enjoy helping nonprofits such as: The Boy & Girls club & New Pawsasbility animal shelter.
We believe in being the voice for children and animals that cannot speak for themselves.
There is always so much going on in our lives, we're eager to conquer the next day! Wishing you peace, love and happiness ~ Namaste ¡Te deseo paz, amor y felicidad!
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