In the beginning…
The company history first started with Heidi of Heidi Lee Photography. Greatly influenced by her Father Bill who enjoyed photography & film making and her Mother Grace who excelled is sales & marketing, Heidi was surrounded by a love of art, travel, and photographic elements. From the age of 13, Heidi began working with a Mamiya 645 medium format camera. Heidi attended marketing school for 2 years and then started her first photography job at a local studio. Thereafter, Heidi traveled throughout the U.S. working for studios in Chicago and San Francisco gaining further experience.
The Mexico connection
Heidi had vacationed in Mexico and fell in love with the ocean, food, music and the gracious people. She decided to utilize her time by setting up shop in Cancun & Playa del Carmen throughout the winter, returning to the U.S for summer weddings.
While living in Mexico in 1997, Heidi met the “love of her life” and fellow artist Gerry De La Teja. Together they worked throughout the Mayan Riviera, San Miguel De Allende, Cabo and Mexico City over the years.
Deciding it was time to combine the successes of Heidi Lee’s wedding & boudoir photography and Gerry’s fitness & fashion photography, they tied the knot in 2005 blending both businesses into the dream team of “De La Teja Studio”. They live and work between 2 countries – Covering Midwest weddings summer / fall and returning to their home in Mexico City to cover events in winter. Heidi & Gerry specialize in destination weddings and will travel the planet to tell your story!
As visual storytellers Heidi & Gerry have a sincere respect and joy for capturing the human experience. They make that essential connection allowing people to feel comfortable and reveal their true personalities to their cameras. The magic happens when they draw from your energy to create spectacular images overflowing with emotions and expressions.
Heidi & Gerry’s vibrant energy & fun suggestions will inspire you to try something new and step out of the box.Their extensive travels have given them an edge by working with people from every walk of life. The teamwork they have during photo shoots is unparalleled and is advantageous in their success at work and in their marriage. Heidi and Gerry would like to invite you to experience what your eyes have yet to discover! Words that best describe Team Teja – Grounded, Focused, Meticulous and Devoted.
On a personal note
Heidi & Gerry want to offer a few fun facts as a married couple and dream team.
Their favorite hobbies, sports and pastimes include ~
World travel, art galleries & museums, painting & drawing, mountain biking, weight lifting at the gym, downhill skiing, road trips, movies & theater and cooking together!
Please explore their wedding portfolios and reach out with questions.🌿