On March 4th, we held our first pet mini session. What a great turn we had. We can’t thank our clients that came out and had just as much fun as we did.
We had dogs posing with their owners
a first birthday with cake
a tribute to an old friend
and some that just chilled on the couch
Our very first Easter sessions will be held this Sunday April 2nd, from 1-5pm in half hour increments. Please Click here to select your time and spot.
OPTION 1: $200 – includes your session fee ($50 value for mini portrait sessions) and THREE high resolution digital downloadable files printable to a 30×40 ($300 value)
OPTION 2: $300 –
includes your session fee ($50 value for mini portrait sessions) and SIX high resolution digital download able files printable to a 30×40 ($600 value)
OPTION 3: $450 –
includes your session fee ($50 value for mini portrait sessions) and TWELVE high resolution digital download able files aprintable up to a 30×40 ($1200value)
*with OPTION THREE, you will also receive a video slide show with VIDEO FOOTAGE – something that will definitely get passed down for many years to come.
**with OPTION THREE you also get a bonus of your own app that I can create for both apple and android devices. You will LOVE this, just as my other clients do. It will have all of your pictures on there as well as your video.
***EVERYONE can enjoy prints and canvases at my cost from my professional lab! That is something you cannot beat ANYWHERE!!!
Did you know that I still offer my Mastering the Shot, Mastering the Edit & Mastering the Shot online classes? You can sign up and join at any time, as everyone is working at their own pace. I am here for you every step of the way via our online private Facebook group. Even those that decide to do the class in person will be in a group for any further questions and me critiquing your 3o day challenge. I will NOT leave you hanging and in the dark!
Here are the links to the 3 classes.
With my classes you can work at your own pace
I have a private Facebook group that offers positive feedback
You get feedback from me
This is from a previous student, look how far she came!
MTE was a very informative class! It has taught me so much about both programs. I was afraid of using Photoshop at first. There was so much to learn about it. But after taking this class I use both programs easily and every picture that is edited is taken from what I learned! It’s an outstanding class and Heather is an amazing teacher!! Her feedback is very helpful and will also help with any questions after the course has completed. It’s so much fun and definitely worth taking!! My images have changed in so many ways!! Thank you so much Heather!!! ~Pamela Evans
Heather teaches in a very careful way. She is open to ideas and so willing to teach others. She is a wonderful source of information for both photoshop and lightroom processing! Well worth it – plus beautiful images by fellow photography nuts! ~Susanna Zellefrow-Sing
MTE changed the way I look at photos, and opened doors for me that I never dreamt of passing through. This class provides an excellent foundation to boost your confidence and improve your photo editing abilities. Heather is a skilled and passionate teacher. ~Angela L Stine Wenger
I took the MTS class with Heather. It was awesome! I have always been a fan of her work. Her instructions are easy to follow, and her feedback is fantastic. I am signed up for the MTE class and couldn’t be more excited! ~Meggan Zimmerman
This class is a must have for anyone looking to start their journey through photoshop! Heather is an extremely patient and knowledgeable teacher. The class teaches you everything from picking up the brush itself to turning your photo into a work of art. You will be amazed how transformed your images will be, even with your very best straight out of camera shot. After taking this course, I find myself wanting to edit every single photo I take. The course opens your eyes to what “could be”. I cannot say enough wonderful things about this editing course and how it took my images to a whole new level! ~Missy Zaprazny Lynam
Mastering the edit changed my photography greatly! It gave me the ability to look at a well taken photo and edit it to enhance it to another level! Heathers is a great teacher who wants her students to succeed! The combination of PDFs and videos is perfect! I highly recommend this class! ~Amanda Crosetto Herrold
I have known Stephanie since her first was born 5(ish?) years ago. She has taken both of my classes, and I just ADORE her!
So I am so excited to learn about Stephanie’s new business – She Writes in color. I promise you that you that you will be AMAZED at her work. You can find her contact information at the bottom of this post.
1. I have seen some of your work and it is BEAUTIFUL! Could you tell me what led you to this form of art?
Thank you so much. In February of last year, I noticed that a friend of mine was participating in a Rock Your Handwriting challenge on Instagram. The challenge offered a simple prompt each day for a month and was intended to showcase and improve your everyday handwriting. I have always enjoyed writing in general and the challenge seemed interesting and fun. At the time, I was emphasizing cursive writing practice with my 7th graders, so I created a handwriting challenge in my classroom as well. I began to peruse the challenge hashtag, explored the feeds of other participants, and found new hashtags and challenges. That is when I discovered the world of brushlettering and modern calligraphy.
There is a vast, well-moderated, and hugely supportive lettering community on Instagram. I have always been drawn to creative expression and art and I made up my mind to give it a try. I headed to Michaels for some supplies and I have been practicing ever since.
2. How did you learn to write so beautifully?
I started by watching lettering videos and viewing photos of lettering work by several artists on Instagram. I found some brushlettering practice guides and I learned the basics of forming letters as pieces of art, not just writing them like you would in your every day handwriting. I practiced every evening with different types of pens, brushes, inks, paints, and papers. At first, I attempted to mimic the styles I admired in others’ work, but eventually as my confidence grew, I practiced more, I found the tools with which I was most comfortable, and I naturally developed my own style and process.
3. What or who inspires you?
I am an extremely sensitive, emotional, and expressive person. I feel deeply and those feelings are something I value, nurture, and study. So most often, my artwork is informed by and is an expression of my innermost self. It is highly personal and sharing it puts me at my most vulnerable. If you’re viewing one of my pieces, you’re most likely seeing a reflection of me. I’ve grown less and less hesitant to share as I’ve learned more and more that my art resonates with others, brings them peace, or helps them to know they are not alone.
I am also inspired by my surroundings: nature, the changing seasons, the weather. Other art forms such as music or film or theater. Even the emotional climate of social media, especially Facebook, can inspire me to create something peaceful and positive to add to someone’s daily scrolling.
As far as being influenced by a person, that’s an easy answer. My dad loved to write. He was a writer by trade and was a soulful creative just like I am today. He wrote his way out of the mental shackles that were put on him by his cancer and paralysis. Fortunately, my mother saved his journals and I am able to read them and draw inspiration from his courage and his pain, even though he isn’t with us any longer. I find it oddly comforting that he was writing with the same dual-tipped brush pens that I use now.
4. What are your top favorite apps? Which do you use the most?
My favorite and most-used apps for creating, painting, drawing, and lettering digitally on my iPad Pro with my Apple Pencil are Procreate and Adobe Sketch. I use Adobe Sketch to paint digital watercolor backgrounds and then bring them in to Procreate where I can add layers of lettering and design with different brush types ranging from those that mimic pencils and gel pens to water brushes, chalk, pastels, and other calligraphy pen styles.
I also use Hyperlapse and Rotate & Flip to film and edit my lettering videos. Photoshop Mix and PS Express are used to edit photos of my lettering and create digital pieces. And of course, the list wouldn’t be complete without Instagram–my preferred social media platform, the place I share my artwork, and where I do most of my learning about lettering and design.
I love to use Prisma to create photo art and Pinterest is always a source of inspiration when I’m looking for the perfect saying or tutorials on how to draw or paint.
5. What are your goals for 2017?
My goals for 2017 are to continue to practice and make progress on my lettering style. I plan to learn pointed pen calligraphy and make an effort to practice different watercolor techniques and styles as well as my drawing skills. I hope to offer different types of products as services as my small business continues to grow. And I would love to work as the lettering vendor on another wedding this year!
6. Could you share your favorite piece that you designed so far? You know they say that your favorite piece is the one you will do tomorrow, so I know this is a hard question. You have done so many beautiful pieces.
You’re right, this is a hard question. Usually, my favorite pieces are the custom orders I create for others because they are filled with special meaning for both the giver and the recipient. It means a great deal to me when someone entrusts me to express their sentiments for another person through my artwork. That said, I really enjoyed making this custom order for my friend as she anticipated the birth of her first child. The message is an important reminder to be still and soak in the simple, quiet, fleeting moments.
7. Anything else you would like to share?
Anyone can letter. There is a common thought that if you don’t have the best everyday handwriting, that you cannot be successful at handlettering and calligraphy. But all it takes is the right tools and consistent practice to create from the heart.
I also was honored to create all of the signage for my sister-in-law’s wedding in September including her canvas guest book.