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, he traveled to Cancun, Mexico, where he received a position as a staff photographer for a local model agency. Soon after, he met fellow professional photographer Heidi Lee, the woman who would become his wife in 2005, and who would launch Heidi Lee [wedding] Photography in 1997 in her native Appleton, Wisconsin.
In 2005, Gerry moved to The United States to join his beloved bride in her pursue 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.
In 2008, Gerry enrolled in The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, where he seeks to obtain a Bachelor degree in Radio, Television, and Film with the minors of Art Studio and Creative Writing in order to follow a long-life-dream career in Filmmaking. Up until November 2013, Gerry has directed three short films (two of them written by him–and one of them currently competing in major national film festivals), and has been the cinematographer for six more including the two he wrote. He is currently writing his first feature length film. He expects to graduate in December of 2014 and then continue with his career as an independent filmmaker or–with a bit of good luck and hard work–to become an asset to a Hollywood studio.
Once his career as filmmaker takes off, Gerry plans to keep doing still photography but not as often, 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 and has taught me incredible things; it’s given me the opportunity to meet amazing people around the world including my wife Heidi, and it’s the basic component of my dream career of filmmaking. After all, movies are… motion pictures.”