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Meet Heather Koepp

Today we’d like to introduce you to Heather Koepp.

Heather, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
My love for photography started young; the ability to capture a moment in time was almost like a superpower. I’d ride my bike to the print shop to see what I captured on my disposable camera and would stash photographs all over my room; on the walls to remember the happy times, in between the pages of books for safekeeping, under my pillow at night to be close to the ones I missed. I was always aware of the importance of taking photographs, preserving these memories, but I never pursued photography as a career until recently.

It was 2016 and my son was celebrating his first birthday when I realized that I had no physical photographs of him. Every moment had been captured on a cellphone and that awoken something in me. A few days later, I was scouring the community garage sale apps looking for a camera.

I found a cheap Nikon for $110.00 and that is when my passion for photography was reborn and my life changed forever.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Honestly, the road has been pretty good to me. When I decided I wanted to pursue photography as a career, I knew it was going to be hard work but I was prepared for that. I’ve been incredibly lucky in my journey so far and feel blessed that I get to go out and create with such fascinating people every day. But there have been a few hiccups along the way, the stand out moment was when my beloved camera plunged to its death the day of a wedding. I was so desperate to find a replacement that I drained my entire savings to buy a used one, come to find out that camera had its own set of issues and I was out two cameras and every last cent that I had.

That was definitely a moment in my career where I questioned. “Is this it? Am I out of the game already?” But I’m way too stubborn to give up so easily and things eventually worked itself out.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
My favorite part about my business is that it was created on a foundation of heart. The day I brought home that cheap little Nikon, I never intended to start up a business. I was a single mom who had recently escaped domestic violence, I had little personal belongings, no funds in my bank account and no professional training in the field but my soul was pulling me down this path.

I have strived to keep that essence at the core of my business because without heart you’re just taking pictures of pretty faces.

What were you like growing up?
I was the carefree, running in the backyard barefoot kind kid. I enjoyed my time alone and could entertain myself for hours by making “potions” out of leaves, writing in my notebook, and bringing home all kinds of lost pets much to my mother’s dismay. I was and still, am fiercely independent and never really belonged to any one group of peoples as I was always able to adapt to all types of personalities. I’ve always had strong empathic tendencies and find peace by creating or participating in the arts; watching live music, writing poetry, taking photographs, etc.

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Image Credit:
Personal Photo: Larissa Raquel, Photo of Me on Stage: Ethan Ingram

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