Originally trained as a photojournalist, with additional experience in a traditional film-based portrait studio, Heidi combines the technical skills of her craft with a passion for capturing the dynamic and engaging moments of her clients.
Splitting her time between commercial assignments and portraiture, she approaches each session with the goal of creating a range of images, from simple posed shots to completely candid expressions.
After graduating with an MA in Image & Communication from Goldsmiths College, she lived in London for 13 years, returning to Illinois with her husband and three children in 2006. In addition to operating a successful business in La Grange, she volunteers photographic services to a number of charitable causes, and is the co-founder of SHOOTALONG.COM and PHOTO CHARITY HUB.
Other names: H Samantha, H, pretz, heids, mom, mumma
Shoot: Nikon (25+ years is a hard habit to break)
Favorite ice cream: Coconut
Most interesting place I’ve lived: Deptford
Neato place I’ve worked: The Economist
Most famous person I ever sat next to in Starbucks: Robin Williams
Favorite saying: Get off the cross, we could use the wood.
Pizza: Mushroom, spinach and olive
Favorite lens: 70-200mm 2.8f
Motto: What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger
Charities & Associations: NAPCP, PPA, Tiny Sparrow, St Baldricks, The Angel Band Project
Secret talent: Ear wiggling
Best vacation spot: Kefalonia
Husband: Strong silent type
Often heard saying: You will probably find it under your bed.
Best job: Taking pictures.