Artist | Photographer | Film Maker
Welcome, Namaskaar, Hola, Nyob zoo, こんにちは, Bonjour, 你好
Hello and thank you for stopping by! I’m Heidi lee, a full time trained professional wedding photographer from the beautiful midwestern town of Appleton Wi. My photographic journey began over two decades ago and I’ve loved every moment of this extraordinary calling!
Photography is more than my job, its my passion! As an Inspirer and 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. What can I say, I love working with people and I work well under pressure. As an experienced destination wedding photographer and spirited extrovert, I blend into any environment and social group with ease. Weddings are my forte ~ I am discerning, disarming & I 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 & boudoir photography training in San Francisco reflect my unique style today. I’m more than a photographer – I’m a director, producer, location scout, mediator, consultant and wedding concierge just to name a few.
Old Fashion Experience
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 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 named me one of the top 10 best wedding 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 finish teaching and focus on what mattered most….connecting with my brides and documenting weddings! I also enjoy photographing architecture and floral especially on vacay which gives me time to unwind.
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’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
My photography drives me, it’s what keeps me going all day until I hit the sack about 4 am or later. It’s the art of creating something new that gets me up in the morning. Here are a few of my mantras –
I live in a world of possibilities, loving people and exciting new experiences.
Patience is my strong point.
Leading & communicating have always come naturally for me. By keeping a dialogue going, it clears the airwaves and avoids any miscommunication.
As a spirited extrovert I draw energy from being involved in social events and I enjoy energizing other people.
The Side B
Aside from work I consider myself an adventure addict. I crave white water rafting in Chile & skiing in Vancouver to scuba diving off the Great Barrier Reef & ziplining in Costa Rica. When my hubby Gerry and I are not touring the globe, I enjoy helping nonprofits such as: The Boy & Girls club & New Pawsasbility animal shelter. 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!
Wishing you peace, love and happiness ~ Namaste
¡Te deseo paz, amor y felicidad!