Photographer | Film Maker | Storyteller
Welcome, Namaskaar, Hola, Nyob zoo, こんにちは, Bonjour, 你好
Thanks for stopping by! I’m Heidi Lee, a full time trained professional wedding photographer from the beautiful midwestern town of Appleton Wisconsin. My photographic journey began over 20 years ago and I’ve loved every moment of this extraordinary & dynamic calling!
Photography is more than my job, its my passion! As an Inspirer I pride myself on having optimal people skills. My international experience behind the camera has sculpted me into a creative, resourceful and quick thinking artist… in any situation. What can I say, I love working with people and I work well under pressure.
As an experienced well traveled destination wedding photographer and spirited extrovert, I blend into any environment and social group with ease. Weddings are my forte ~ I am discerning, disarming and will happily learn everyone’s names.
I interpret the mood of the day in search of candid moments, offering gracefully direction when needed. My fashion photography training in San Francisco reflects in my unique style today. I am more than a photographer I’m a director, producer, location scout, mediator, consultant and wedding concierge just to name a few. 💗
I was taught the art of photography on a medium format film camera and I still shot film today💞. I worked at photo lab developing film, burning and dodging prints before Photoshop existed. I was taught composition, lighting, and had to know my f- stops because there was no such thing as a digital back to preview images. All of my time and training over the past two decades has pushed me to become a better photographer. There’s simply no substitute for experience and true talent when it comes to exceptional fine art wedding photography. I graciously take on the responsibility of documenting each and every wedding with the utmost gratitude, love and respect!
My motto ~ Why follow when you can lead!?
As Seen in…
I have been featured in: The Knot, Martha Stewart, Chicago Bride, Grace Ormonde, La Novia, Wisconsin Bride and Wedding Wire.
Martha Stewart Weddings named me one of the top 10 best photographers in the Midwest! 💌
My Artistic Flow
I use to teach photography / photojournalism classes throughout Wisconsin and with the P.P.A. Since classes took me away most weekends, I decided to stop teaching and focus on what mattered most….connecting with my brides & documenting weddings! I also enjoy photographing architecture and floral, especially on vacay, which gives me more time to relax and get into the shoot.
When I’m not creating photo art my other passion is culinary art! I enjoy preparing unique meals and desserts for family & friends (because food = love) while listening to New Orleans jazz, salsa & reggae. (I am a huge music buff!) I’ve constructed a cookbook of recipes from my world travels entitled “The Goodie Bandit”. I believe in the power of yoga, massage, and organic vegan cuisine for a healthy heart and soul. Three words that best describe me ~ Ambitious, Enthusiastic and Dedicated!
On A Personal Note
🌸I live in a world of possibilities, loving people and exciting new experiences. Personality is everything and thats why I’m eager to have a creative meeting with new clients…it’s essential to see if we click.
🌸Patience is my strong point. This helps when I am photographing newborns and toddlers also when I’m taking care of my mother who has dementia.
🌸Leading & communicating have always come naturally for me. By keeping a dialogue going it clears the airwaves and avoids any miscommunication. Basically we’re all on the same page.
🌸Disarming heated situations and bringing people together is my gift. I never shy away from a dilemma, instead I find a way to turn a problem into a solution.
🌸Empathy is my soft spot, I truly care about other people. I see a positive potential in everyone and I enjoy helping others.
🌸As a spirited extrovert I draw my energy from being actively involved in events with social interaction. I enjoy moving into action and energizing other people.
Aside from work I consider myself an adventure addict, from white water rafting in Montana and skiing in Vancouver to scuba diving in Cozumel and zip lining in Costa Rica. I am a supporter of the Boy & Girls club of the Fox Valley as well as several animal rescue groups including New Pawasbility in Oshkosh Wi. I believe in being the voice for children and animals that cannot speak for themselves. There is always so much going on in my life, I’m eager to conquer the next day!
Thanks for stopping by, Namaste 🌿