Gerry De La Teja
“I think an art class should be a requirement in all educational programs because it makes you see the world rather than just look at it.” – unknown
Born and raised in Mexico City, Gerardo “Gerry” De La Teja began his career in 1996 as a freelance commercial photographer in his native city, where he worked for several advertising and model agencies. Two years later, his career took him to Cancun, Mexico, where soon after, he met fellow professional photographer, Heidi Lee, the woman who would become his wife years later, and who was about to launch Heidi Lee (wedding) Photography in her native Appleton, Wisconsin.
In 2005, Gerry moved to The United States and joined his beloved bride in her pursuit for excellence in wedding photography. Four years later, and with hundreds of photo-shoots of experience in the United States, Mexico, and Europe, Gerry began a new venture with Style and Action Photo in an attempt to capture the essence and style of his clients, and to take his portraiture to a new level.
His enormous creativity forced him to expand his horizon, and in 2008, already in his thirties, he enrolled in the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, where he studied film, creative writing and studio art.
Since then, he has written and directed several short films and mini series, and has drawn many portraits, life stills and abstract compositions. In 2019, he took on painting and his oeuvre is growing, but he hones his photography and composition every single day. He says, “Photography has always been part of my life and part of who I am and I could never imagine living without it. It has given me great satisfactions, taught me incredible things and has given me the opportunity to meet amazing people around the world, including my wife, Heidi.”