Hi, I'm Heather!
I'm a 35 year old laid-back goof and single mother of two littles, with a lifelong obsession of all things love and photography related. My natural tendency to want to connect with everyone in some way, make people laugh & talk about anything, helps me capture my clients at their most happy & authentic.
I specialize in clear, easy-to-follow posing for anyone who feels like they need a little more direction to look natural in-front of the camera, and detail retouching work, which helps to elevate your images.
If you're looking for a photographer who can capture not only every detail of your love, be it your significant other, family, or wedding day, but also your true personalities by guiding you through natural, flattering posing and movement, you've come to the right place!
WHY I LOVE WHAT I DO
When I was a child, my camera and I were inseparable! I brought it everywhere with me and took photos of everything I could think of. In high school, I took classes in film photography, (and my friends would tease me for taking photos of them on all of our adventures). I enjoyed working at a photo studio for 2 years and was overjoyed to win blue ribbons in the county fair.
In 2015, I started working for 2 well-known companies doing product photography, social media marketing and public relations. My sister asked me to take headshots for her and I realized that I missed taking photos of people. From there, I began taking photography classes and offering free sessions to gain more experience and grow in my craft. In 2017, I officially opened Heather James Imagery to further follow my passion.
In my first year of business, my work was featured on the cover and inside of Spokane/Coeur d’ Alene magazine, Apple Brides, Tacori Wedding Blog, Popsugar and many more. In my second year of business, I was runner-up for the North Idaho Business Journal Best of 2018. In 2020, I was once again featured on the cover and inside of Spokane/Coeur d’ Alene magazine wedding feature.
Ready for a fun laid-back session where you can just be yourself, have a good time and get a gallery of beautiful photos? Contact me!
What services do you offer?I offer 3 types of photography: -Couples -Wedding -Family Upon request, I also do business branding, product photography, and portraits. I provide Retouching on your images to give them a polished, professional look, as well as Enhanced Retouching if desired. I also off professional grade heirloom products from the leading lab in the industry.
What is your photography style?My photography style blends both classic and modern photography and I love to use a mix of elegant, moody, posed and candid shots. I want my clients to feel comfortable and I make them feel at ease and relaxed during photoshoots so they can just focus on being themselves.
How many photos do you deliver after a session?I deliver a preliminary gallery of images, with you selecting your 15 favorite images for Basic Retouching, which is included in your session fee. Your images are delivered through an online viewing gallery for sharing with friends and family and where you can also make product purchases. Your keepsake wooden box containing your 15 heirloom images on a 64 GB vintage inspired key USB with room for 30K photos will either be hand delivered to you or mailed, depending on your preference.
How long will it take to get my images?I return your gallery within 1-2 weeks of our session, at which point you select your 15 favorites for Basic Retouching. Once I am notified of these favorites, they are retouched and sent to you within a few days. I will then transfer your high resolution images to your complimentary 64GB vintage key USB, and mail it or deliver it to you based on which you prefer. Wedding galleries are delivered within 1-2 months along with your online gallery for sharing with family and friends, and your keepsake vintage key USB containing the special moments from the best day of your life will be hand delivered to you or mailed depending on your preference.
Will there be a second photographer at my wedding?A second shooter will be available for your wedding day for a $400 fee. Second shooters are a great addition to your special day as they tend to capture angles and moments so diverse than what one photographer alone can deliver.
How do I book a photo session?You can book a photo session by filling out the Contact Form on my Contact page. Feel free to connect with me by texting 208.860.2318 or emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Are you available to travel to other locations?Yes! Travel is available upon request for a small additional fee for areas of 30 miles further outside of Meridian, Idaho.
I don't know how to pose or what to wear to my photo session. Can you help me with this?This is perfectly normal! I do wardrobe consults (included in your session fee) where I help you determine what colors, fabrics and clothing helps you feel most comfortable and looks flattering. During the photo session, I will advise you on how to pose, as well as use prompts to create natural expressions and emotions. I have a super dorky personality, and know how to make people laugh and feel comfortable (or so friends and clients have said!)
What sets you apart from other photographers?My photography style, my attention to detail and retouching skills, my excellent customer service and my personality, which helps clients to feel relaxed and at ease, and numerous publications sets me apart. I also have a deep rooted passion for photography and art, which I developed at a young age. I come from a long line of artists of varying mediums - my great grandfather drew anatomy for Gray's Anatomy Textbook 1st edition, my grandfather was a commissioned oil painter, my mother is also a commissioned oil painter and fine art teacher, my brother is a graphic design professor at the University of Idaho, and my sister a fashion designer and product inventor. I guess you could say it runs in the family!
What gear do you use?I shoot with a Canon R6 Mirrorless camera body, a Canon 6D Mark ii full frame body, a Canon 70-200mm f2.8 IS ii USM lens, a Canon 50mm EF f1.8 STM lens, a Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM lens, and a Speedlight flash. I utilize Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop for editing.
She Made it Actually Fun...
"Oh my goodness, we just got our photos back and we are amazed! I was super nervous heading into this but Heather made me feel so comfortable and she made it actually fun! Forever grateful, thank you!"
- Amber S