Meet Your Artist

Heidi Lee

Artist | Photographer | Film Maker

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Hello and thank you for stopping by, I’m thrilled you’re here!  I’m Heidi Lee, a full time – trained professional 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!

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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 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.  Portrait & Equine Photography are my forte ~ I am discerning, disarming & I will happily learn everyone’s names along the way.

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I interpret the mood of the day in search of candid moments, offering gracefully direction when needed. My fashion photography training in San Francisco reflect my unique style today.  I’m more than a photographer –  I’m a director, producer, location scout, stylist, mediator, consultant, wedding concierge & equestrian just to name a few. 😘

 

   My Experience 

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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…

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 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

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As a creative person I practice my craft seven days a week including – equine, families & branding to weddings, seniors & boudoir.  By pushing myself to the next level I’m constantly coming up with new concepts! 

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I draw inspiration from my travels, art museums, noir films and quality time with my horse, amazingly therapeutic! I truly enjoy interacting with my clients face to face rather than emails or texts. I love what I do and give 1000%! 

Laissez les bons temps rouler!

 

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When I’m not creating photo art, my other passion is culinary art. I enjoy preparing unique meals for friends (because food = love)  while listening to my fave tunes – New Orleans Jazz, Salsa & Reggae.  I’ve created a healthy cookbook of my most delish recipes from my international travels.  I believe in the power of yoga, massage, and organic vegan cuisine for a healthy heart & soul. Three words that best describe me: Ambitious, Enthusiastic and Dedicated!  

 

My Ethos

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🌱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

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Aside from work I consider myself an adventure addict. I crave white water rafting in Montana & skiing in Vancouver to scuba diving off the Great Barrier Reef & zipline 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, and several horse rescues.  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!