While many photographers have quit their day job to become wedding photographers, I hold a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography from Massachusetts College of Art, which is ranked among the top art colleges in the country. I studied photography under Guggenheim fellow Abelardo Morell, documentary photographer Nicholas Nixon, and Virginia Beahan. Being immersed in photography, benefiting from rigorous critique, and and being surrounded by inspiring classmates for four years was invaluable.
After college, I worked at Milk Studios in New York City, one of the world's premiere photography studios. Following my expoloration of New York City, I photographed architecture for nationally recognized architects and 5-star resorts appearing in magazines such as This Old House, Boston Magazine, Palm Springs Life, and Delta Sky. My involvement in fashion photography brought way to my work being exhibited at Boston Fashion Week.
Wedding photography allows me to combine everything I love photographing - people, spontanaety and emotion, beautiful architecture, and of course fashion.
When I am shooting your wedding, I am “on assignment.” I have a documentary approach and my clients as well as their parents often remark how unobtrusive and incognito I am throughout the day.
Because the wedding that is taking place in front of me will never happen again, I look for split-second moments that have a high-impact when you view them after the blur of the wedding day has passed. There are the typical occurrences that take place throughout the day, and in addition to documenting those, I am lucky to have a knack for often knowing where to be before a tear falls or a burst of laughter ensues. I have learned that the best photos are created when my mind is a step ahead of my finger hitting the shutter button.
While documentary photography is what will ultimately allow you to remember the grip of your father’s arms around you and the witty expressions of your maid of honor, there is still a very important place for formal portraits on the wedding day. My goal is to assist you in preparing beforehand to create a list of important family members to be photographed, and ensure this process is done efficiently to keep your schedule on track.
A fine art approach enables me to think about how the moments I capture will be used by my couples in the future. I think about your wedding as an artful collection of moments that can be displayed proudly on the walls of your home. I think about composition and color when I am photographing so that your wedding photos are creative and flattering. My BFA in Photography from Massachusetts College of Art and Design might be a piece of paper, but four competitive years at one of the country's top art colleges has allowed me to see things differently. Hours of critique by internationally renowned photographers who are Guggenheim fellows and Fullbright scholars has enabled me to revisit technical and aesthetic traditions while exploring contemporary concepts. Mastering color-balancing in the color darkroom taught me skills in perfeting skin tone that I apply today to more effectively use imaging software. I immersed myself in color theory with many design and painting courses and consider myself a painter as well. Digital cameras have made photography much more accessible to people who have ditched their day jobs to become photographers but studying human emotion, architectural history, design perspectives and contemporary art come together to fuel an artist's creativity.
I work with a limited number of clients per year to ensure everyone gets the attention they deserve. Bookings are done on a first-come, first serve basis and unfortunately I am unable to hold a date without a booking process to be complete. To do this, I require both a retainer fee and all parties to sign a contract to reserve a date.
Most couples book me 12-18 months out. Busier times are often holiday weekends and the entire months of June, September and October. On occasion, I book only a few months in advance, so get in touch to inquire about availability. If I’m not available, I’m happy to recommend a few other documentary photographers whose work I admire.
The balance is due three weeks prior to your wedding date. This way, in the weeks leading up to your wedding on tying loose ends together and enjoying time with those close to you.
I am sometimes asked by couples who are getting married whether they need a second shooter/photographer on their wedding day. There is, unfortunately, no standard answer to this question. I make recommendations to my clients based on their specific needs. A second shooter can capture more faces which is useful for large weddings. They can shoot at a different location, such as shooting the groom and his groomsmen at a separate house if they are not getting ready in the same hotel as the bride. A second photographer can provide up to twice the coverage, adding up to more photos. Is all of this necessary? The short answer is “no.” The majority of the weddings you see in my portfolio were shot solo. After hundreds of weddings under my belt, I am confident in shooting a solid body of photos creatively and enthusiastically on your wedding day. If you have a large wedding or feel that logistically it would make sense to have added coverage, I’d be happy to discuss this with you.
Many of my clients have graciously raved about me on weddingwire.com and on Google. I have many more reviews on Yelp.com, though because of Yelp’s filtering algorithm, quite a few reviews from couples who aren’t regular “Yelpers” have gotten filtered out and are located at the bottom of their page. Here is a link where you can check out what others have to say about me.
Having previously photographed resort and hospitality, I have gained an understanding of how to journey safely with fragile equipment. I partner with a destination wedding planner who can assist with everything from hotel room blocks to visa travel requirements. I regularly photograph in Boston, Chicago, and Nantucket but am also available to travel within the US and internationally. Some of the destinations I’ve photographed include Dubai, Tokyo, San Juan, Negril, Montego Bay and Ocho Rios, Jamaica, Toronto, Honolulu, Austin, Washington, D. C., New Orleans, Malibu, and New York City.
All of your edited images will be uploaded to an online gallery after they are enhanced. Because I don’t outsource this task and obsessively fine tune each image by hand, my turnaround time is eight weeks. You can certainly find a photographer that can get you photos faster, but I take care of more than just the photos that get selected for a wedding album. If your wedding photos look absolutely perfect, that’s free advertising for me as well. In your online gallery, you and your guests can view images, order prints, and tag favorites directly.
The average turnaround time for a Queensberry Album is three months. This also depends a lot on you. After the wedding, you’ll choose the images you’d like to include in your album in an easy process by adding them to a favorites folder online. I then create proof layouts based on your selections. We work together on revising to create a perfect album. Once you approve the final layout, the design is sent to the bindery in New Zealand where printing, binding and delivery process takes about 3-6 weeks.
I use the latest professional-level DSLR Canon digital cameras and the only the highest quality prime lenses. I always have backup cameras on site, and carry lots of spare memory cards and batteries in case the need arises.
If you would like to obtain high-resolution copies of your images and there is no holding period to receive these files, nor are you or your guests required to meet any print ordering minimums before release. I offer high-resolution digital images without watermarks. You can create prints at home, locally, or at a recommended top quality print lab. While Heather Parker Photography retains all copyrights to the photos, clients receive a personal use license, allowing you to create unlimited prints, anywhere you like.