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Heather Elise Photography

San Diego, CA, USA

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‘20 Certificate of Excellence, 2020

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Heather Elise loves capturing life's most wonderful celebrations! Getting married, celebrating family or a new career, she hopes to keep you comfortable and having fun during your session. Let's capture some memories!

3 hires on Bark
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30 March 2020

Heather photographed our wedding at Admiral Kidd’s Club. She did an amazing job and we share these photos as often as we can. We highly recommend Heather for any of your special events. More...

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19 November 2019

Event & Party Photography

Heather was EXACTLY what I wanted for my folks 40th wedding anniversary/family reunion. She was gracious and fun. She did an amazing job with no prior visit to the venue. Her photos will be treasured by all of us for many years to come. More...

18 October 2019

Heather is everything you would ever want in a photographer. We hired Heather as our photographer for our wedding last month. She is amazing. Her fun and energetic personality made me and my husband feel so comfortable during the whole photo process. She has an eye for creativity and knows exactly how to capture every moment. Our photos for both our wedding and engagement shoot came out incredible and it’s so hard to pick out the favorites because every single one came out great! Our guests and bridal party absolutely loved her and she was able to even get photos of almost everyone who attended our wedding which was a huge plus. She demonstrated true professionalism throughout the whole process. I would highly recommend Heather Elise. She’s not only an amazing photographer but a great person inside and out. We were truly honored to have her be a part of our day! More...

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18 January 2019

Heather and Chad captured our wedding wonderfully. I highly recommend her.

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25 July 2018

Heather Elise is an amazing photographer who loves what she does! She is super personable... So glad she also happens to be my neighbor.

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25 July 2018

Heather is very passionate about her work and has a lot if fun doing it. She brought the best out of my friends' wedding. It was great to meet her!

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25 July 2018

San Diego residents! If you are looking for a FUN photog that knows her stuff.. look no more!! Heather was amazing- in a VERY short notice situation, she took charge, met with us, shot super fun great shots, and was sooo easy to work with! We had a blast with her. Highly recommend! More...

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25 July 2018

Amazing photos, wonderful and easy to work with. She helped my fiancé set up a surprise photo shoot to capture our proposal and I will forever love my photos and be grateful to her!!

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25 July 2018

I just DJ'd with Heather last weekend and she did a great job! She was friendly, easy to work with, and competent. Her photos are high quality and I recommend you check her out!

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25 July 2018

Heather is FANTASTIC!! She recently took photos of our wedding and she did an amazing job. It was raining like I've never seen in San Diego the day of my wedding. Needless to say I was a little bit down about it. She managed to get us all smiling and out on the beach and she took some truly stunning photographs. She also found some of the most amazing places to take pictures! She knew my venue better than I did! I also loved that she took tons of great photos of my guests-something I don't always see other photographers doing. She also has a more natural look to her photography that I love-she doesn't Photoshop everyone into looking like porcelain dolls with unnatural features. I highly recommend her to anyone looking for wedding photography!! She brings a great happy energy to you wedding day and will take amazing pictures! More...

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25 July 2018

Heather is absolutely incredible! She photographed my wedding at L'Auberge this past weekend & her effortless talent, soothing personality & loving nature made our photo experience exceptional. Heather was extremely supportive throughout the entire wedding planning process & even comforted me when I thought our wedding was going to be rained out. :) Her expertise in photography & weddings was so appreciated by both families & the wedding party - everyone raved about how awesome she was! My husband & I adore Heather & we can't wait for her to one day capture photos of our next family milestone. Heather really deserves 10 stars & I would highly recommend her as the number one photographer in San Diego! More...

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25 July 2018

I highly highly recommend Heather Elise. She photographed our wedding this past September and did an amazing job. We didn't get a chance to meet Heather before our wedding day but when we met she was so down to earth and made us all feel so comfortable. She knew exactly what she was doing and captured every little detail. We wish we would have found her sooner to do our engagement photos but feel so blessed to have found her to capture our special day. Thank you so much, Heather. We love our photos!! ��� More...

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25 July 2018

We LOVE our photos! My husband and I wanted natural photos that captured our love and Heather went beyond our wishes. She made us feel so comfortable so we could just be ourselves. I am so happy with our photos that every single one could go in a frame and placed in our home. Thank you so much Heather for such a wonderful experience and photographs that we will cherish with our grandchildren some day! (I'm telling you, these are forever photos!) More...

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25 July 2018

Heather is AMAZING! She is such a bright and creative photographer with an extremely unique eye and approach to her work. She captures events, moments, and memories in an authentic and very creative way - and makes the shoot day easy and FUN ! Her work is visually stunning and something you will cherish forever! More...

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25 July 2018

If you are looking for a photographer, stop now. There's no need to look any further. Heather took the most exquisite photographs of my daughter's wedding in September.
She captured everything...
from start to finish every picture tells a beautiful story.
Thank you for creating such amazing images!!!
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25 July 2018

Photos were amazing 12/18/16 Went above and beyond making sure the setting was clear of people for a surprise proposal. Very excited to use the studio again.

We used Heather Elise for Engagement photos as well. 5/20/17. Excellent photos again. Great selection to choose from and very knowledgeable with backdrops. Very creative as well. Gave excellent advice for posing.
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10 July 2018

We are a slightly older couple who recently wed & used Heather Elise' as our wedding photographer. I mention our mature age as this was not our 1st or only experience with a life cycle event in which we hired a photographer. Heather was hands down the finest, most professional & skilled at her craft that I/we have ever experienced.  Heather results were exceptional. Our final product was 863 of top quality, creative & gorgeous photographs.Her ease & TLC cannot go without mentioning as well. She sets everyone at ease, all the while gently persuading everyone to fall in for the best possible results. She knows what works, what to anticipate & where to be for every nuisance. Your search is over if you've found Heather. More...

Reviewed on Yelp

23 May 2018

I almost have no words for this. How I feel about my whole wedding photography experience is really indescribable.  A year and a half before my wedding, I went to a local bridal bazaar, where I found Heather. It was an instant connection to her photos for me, but she was outside my budget so I moved on. I followed her on Facebook and Instagram and fell more in love with her style. Six months before our big day, I went back to the same bridal bazaar, determined to find a photographer that I could afford and whom I got along well with. We approached Heather's booth and my sister in law/maid of honor told me not to even go over because it would make me sad. Maybe I'm a glutton for punishment because I just had to look. The photos spoke to me in the way that only your dream wedding photographer's can. In a twist of fate, I ended up talking with Heather and she offered to do my wedding for what I could afford. I cried. And it wouldn't be the last time. On my wedding day, I was brought to tears several times because of how absolutely incredible our vendors were, Heather especially. I felt an honest connection with her that make my photos that much more special. My wedding day was the most magical day of my life, and I owe a lot of that to her. Book her, you will not regret it. I will never so much as consider another photographer for anything else - she has my business for life. More...

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29 March 2018

My wife and I are presently preparing our Poway home to become an Airbnb rental. We wanted our home to look its very best because most renters will make their lodging decision primarily of how the property looks in the photos. We originally thought to do the photo shoot ourselves with just our cell phones. While our shots would be just "okay" we really wanted to make sure we got the best pictures period...otherwise people would stay someplace else if ours did not stand out. Well...Heathers pictures came out...outstanding!! Not only did Heather get the right shots we asked for, she was very helpful in giving us advice of how each shot scene should be painstakingly prepared before she snapped the shutter. The instructions we gave her were followed closely and she expeditiously completed her work not only in my home but the beautiful photos that were delivered (she made each scene look better than it appeared in person!) soon after via her website.Heather has a positive attitude and is a quick thinker. It was a joy to work with her and look forward to referring her to our friends and to have her back for more additional work.We give her five stars. But on a scale of 1-10, my wife and I would like to give her an 11! Nice job Heather! More...

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11 February 2018

Where to even begin!! We met Heather at a wedding expo, and immediately fell in love not only with her beachy vibe that matched our dream wedding decor, but more so with her amazingly welcoming and bubbly personality. It certainly isn't easy for many couples to have a camera on them while gazing into each other's eyes, touching noses, or kissing--but Heather made us feel SO comfortable. She made a point to get to know us and our personalities, what we were comfortable with and what truly reflected "us." On top of making us feel comfortable and producing incredible quality photos both of our engagement and on the day of our wedding, Heather's experience and professionalism were so above and beyond anything we could have expected. She was on top of the timeline, helping bridesmaids get hair and makeup in the right place before snapping away, and even managing some of the vendors when they weren't sure of their roles! We can't thank her enough for all of the coordination and facilitation not only leading up to our big day, but also on the day of.We are SO grateful to have found such a wonderful soul to join us on our wedding day, and will forever cherish the photos that she was able to capture to help us remember it forever. Thank you, Heather!!! More...

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30 January 2018

I could never accurately put into words how much I love this photographer. Besides the fact that I feel like it was somehow fate that she was my photographer, she's literally everything you could ever want in the most important vendor for your wedding day. I was brought nearly to tears (a few times!) because of how grateful I am for her. Book her, you won't regret it. I will only ever use her for anything I'll ever need a photographer for in the future. More...

Reviewed on WeddingWire

12 October 2017

Wow...wow. Heather came as a recommendation from our hotel as an option for family photos on a big ol' vacation for the famn damily. I will say that the best part of the hotel, by far, was the recommendation of Heather. I have never seen an entire collection of photos as good as these. Perfect location. Perfect lighting. I would be willing to fly back from Colorado to have Heather take more family photos. She also recommended an awesome place for dinner (yelp.com/biz/las-olas-me…). More...

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8 October 2017

Heather is AMAZING to work with! As a wedding coordinator I look for upbeat, positive, smart, talented and responsive vendors to work with. Heather is all of the above and more! Not only is she is a fantastic photographer, she really cares about her clients and she is super easy to work with. I highly recommend Heather Elise Photography! More...

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19 September 2017

Our engagement and wedding photos turned out amazing! When I look back through our photo gallery, and we are so happy and pleased. Heather made us feel so comfortable in front of the camera. She was great directing everyone during those large group shots. She has a fun personality and we loved working together. More...

Reviewed on WeddingWire

19 September 2017

Our engagement and wedding photos turned out amazing!  When I look back through our photo gallery, and I am so happy and pleased.  She made us feel so comfortable in front of the camera.  She was great directing everyone during those large group shots.  She has a fun personality and we loved working together. More...

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14 September 2017

If you are in search of an amazing photographer you can stop here! Heather is not only talented but she is extremely professional as well. She did our engagement shoot as well as wedding photos. Her eye captures the most stunning images. She provides subtle direction that really helps alleviate those awkward poses and allows the subjects true personality to shine through while looking your very best. She listens to your ideas and desires. She is able to put you at ease right away, and will stop at NOTHING to see to it your vision is accomplished and ensure you look great in the photos. If you are lucky enough to have her husband join, you will witness an incredibly fluid photography team!! We loved Heather so much and will forever be grateful for the memories she captured of our love story More...

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14 February 2017

Heather Elise is amazing!!! She did our engagement shoot because I'd seen her photos and I fell in love with them years ago! !! I highly recommend going to balboa park with her, she really captures the beauty of the couple along with the place even on a ridiculously busy day!!! I get so many compliments on her photos!!! More...

Reviewed on WeddingWire

7 January 2017

Heather is AMAZING! She's so sweet, fun, and just a joy to be around. She is also incredibly talented and caught so many candid, special moments between me and my husband. She was our photographer for both our engagement photos and our wedding on October 7th, 2016 and I could not be happier. I still look at all of our photos at least once per week because I love them so much! Our photos are stunning and her creativity really shined at our unique venue, The Pearl Hotel. I could not recommend her highly enough! Thank you for everything, Heather! More...

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6 January 2017

There was pure perfection every step of the way with Heather. She takes care in getting to know you, became familiar with everything prior to our wedding, demonstrated impecable manners while shooting, always with a smile, and delivered pictures I feel are far superior in composition and quality than anything I've ever seen. Period.

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29 December 2016

If you are a happy person and want phenomenal photos of yourself or your party, just do yourself a favor a hire Heather Elise to capture that JOY on film. .. this woman is genius behind the camera!!!  The sunshine in her Smile radiates to all of her clients and into the images she captures of all of us.She has shot endlessly beautiful photos of love, family, food, sports, and beach for me and caught some of us in the funniest moments. That's just one part of what makes her so good at her career.  She is also professional, courteous, prompt, and fair.I am fortunate to know Heather personally as well as professionally, and I'm proud to call her one of the most joyous friends and brilliant photographers I have ever known..! More...

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20 December 2016

Photos were amazing 12/18/16 Went above and beyond making sure the setting was clear of people for a surprise proposal. Very excited to use the studio again.

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19 September 2016

Heather is incredible!!! She was so helpful, caring, and extremely talented!! I had already hired a wedding photographer when I came across her photos and fell in love! Therefore, she helped me with a completely reasonable rate for these photos that I will forever cherish!! It was hot that day and I had barely eaten, in pain with my new heels, the place was super crowded and my fiancé doesn't love attention from strangers, but you would never know because she's that good!!  This by the way is my very first Yelp review and nobody is more deserving! She's truly the best and you will never regret hiring her!!! More...

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12 September 2016

Heather photographed my wedding this past June. I did not have the opportunity to meet Heather before my wedding because I live out of state. This was a little nerve wrecking. However, in hindsight I had no reason at all to be nervous. She has a fun, yet calming personality that put everyone at ease. She has an eye for capturing the most amazing shots! She is creative and amazing at what she does. I highly recommend Heather to anyone looking for a photographer for a wedding or any other special event. More...

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26 July 2016

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!!!!
Heather is seriously AMAZING!! We met her at the Bridal Bazaar in Del Mar and she was super nice and friendly. I looked at so many different photographers, got quotes, compared styles, but overall I just kept gravitating toward Heather (Thank goodness!). I was dead set on having the same photographer for our engagement photos as wedding, so first we hired her to do our engagement session. She made us feel so comfortable and it was easy to work with her. Of course, we got our photos back and I was obsessed and immediately signed a contract for our wedding day! On the day of, she and her assistant were prompt and got right to work! They worked super well with our videographers (Heather recommended him from a previous job they did together). They were on their feet all day snapping pictures of everything that mattered (and things we missed because we were doing other things!) HIGHLY RECOMMEND!! The only thing I was bummed about, was not getting photos of our cupcake/dessert table (but in her defense, I didn't even know it was set up out there until all the cupcakes were almost gone.. it was separate from our wedding cake and out by the bar) and they left before the sparklers. BUT we have our videography of that, so not all was lost ;)
I will definitely be hiring Heather to do any other photo ops (maternity/family) in the future! LOVE HER!!!
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24 May 2016

Enjoying looking at some old photos of our wedding.... Heather's work is timeless, 7 years later I'm so very pleased. Heather really knows how to capture the beauty and emotion of the moment!  A good friend of mine who was getting married around the same time introduced me to her work and I'm so grateful for her referral.  When I was shopping at the time the decision seemed overwhelming but after meeting with Heather I felt at ease.  Her studio was impressive with a wealth of wedding portfolios, her experience in wedding photography was very apparent. More...

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16 April 2016

Heather is one of the most composed and comforting individuals I have ever come across. Her keen eye for photography was that of a true professional.  Thank you for making our wedding day @ l'augerge something we will never forget !! Thomas More...

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12 April 2016

Heather is absolutely incredible! She photographed my wedding at L'Auberge this past weekend & her effortless talent, soothing personality & loving nature made our photo experience exceptional. Heather was extremely supportive throughout the entire wedding planning process & even comforted me when I thought our wedding was going to be rained out. :) Her expertise in photography & weddings was so appreciated by both families & the wedding party - everyone raved about how awesome she was! My husband & I adore Heather & we can't wait for her to one day capture photos of our next family milestone. Heather really deserves 10 stars & I would highly recommend her as the number one photographer in San Diego! More...

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26 September 2015

Heather Elise is a dynamic person and extremely talented photographer. She is so amazing at what she does and has an amazing personality that you truly love spending the day with her. My husband and I will be working with Heather for a lifetime. I've never seen such amazing photography and so artistic. People commented on our pictures and stated that they “looked like paintings” since it was that good.

Not only is her photography amazing and she is so talented, has the eye, responsive, high quality, prompt, timely, professional, but also she is an amazing person. I truly feel like her husband is a lucky man to be married to her because she rocks. Her positive and adaptable attitude makes the environment shine more. Everyone at our wedding says that Heather Elise was the best photographer they ever met. I have a feeling the rest of my friends and family, (my husbands brothers and soon to be wives will be interested in her services and they live in Boston!)

We truly can say that having the best photographer, talent and personality wise is the best choice you can do for your wedding day. Heather Elise is amazing. I am so excited just writing this about her because I want to keep her in my pocket because she is so talented and so fun! She worked amazing with all the vendors such as our DJ Blake and our wedding planner Shelby Owens from Simply Classic Events.

We can't wait to take pregnant pictures and other life event photos with Heather Elise for the rest of our lives.
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12 September 2015

If yelp had the option of giving out 10 stars Heather would definitely be a deserved recipient of the high honor. From the very beginning she made me feel at ease. Not to mention the fact that I was a little rude in our first phone conversation because I had just found out our initial photographer scammed us. Not only did she remain professional but she also offered an initial consult in her home. That alone put me immediately at ease. Halfway through our engagement my now husband and I found out we were expecting and Heather was very willing to work with us on a new date. Again... She made that transition easy for us. A few weeks before the wedding, Heather volunteered to meet us at our house (since we had a backyard wedding in Ramona) to get a better feel for our special day vision. During our meeting we discussed at length wedding time lines, must have pictures with family etc. And the locations for our first look pictures. Heather was willing to travel to two locations for our fist look photographs. Our initial location was special since it was just the bride and groom at Balboa park. The second location was at old Poway park for pictures of the wedding party. As if that's not enough info on how fantastic this lady is, Heather stayed longer than she should have (we ran behind schedule thanks to traffic). After the wedding Heather met with us once more to go over pictures and she surprised us with little wedding gifts!! Her pictures were all amazing. The one thing that meant the most to me was that she listened to us, not just about wedding stuff, but also about what meant the most to us. Our dog is too active to be around a group of people, and Heather still snuck in a shot of her while she was at our neighbors house. When I saw those pictures I teared up because that proved that she cared for her clients. I would recommend Heather to anyone and will be using her again as our family continues to grow. Thanks Heather for the wonderful experience!!!! More...

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10 September 2015

I cannot say enough wonderful things about Heather - she undoubtedly contributed to how fun our wedding day was!!! We interviewed many photographers for months prior to hiring one, but as soon as I met Heather, I knew she would be the perfect addition to our perfect day! Heather replied so quickly to my inquiry. Her work was very impressive, so I wasn't surprised when we found that she was out of our price range, but she was willing to work with us to ensure we got the photos and number of photographers we desired for a very reasonable price! Heather was directive when she needed to be (with a rowdy bridal party!) and refused to let anything get in the way of our happiness and a perfect product. She was always smiling and made me feel like the most beautiful bride all day, even after a few hours of dancing next to the fireplace! Our family and guests loved her too, and she seemed to be in a million places at once! She and her team showed up promptly and she worked so well and professionally with our other vendors (our videographer, coordinator, DJ) to capture every moment and emotion perfectly. She is so much fun, has so many very creative ideas, and is very easy to work with! After the wedding, she completed the editing quickly, and we had our photos within a month. We absolutely could not have asked for a better photographer and could not recommend her more - thank you so so so much, Heather! More...

Reviewed on WeddingWire

21 May 2015

Heather was everything we wanted in a photographer. At our request, she met with us at our ceremony/reception site prior to booking so we could really get to see and hear her vision/creativity/ideas. We immediately felt relaxed and in good hands. Heather is fun and professional at the same time. What we appreciated the most is that she worked at our pace. We articulated what we wanted to happen and she made it work (we wanted the photos to move at a fast pace and we had lots of family and a large wedding party!) The end result was amazing. My husband and I love the photos and can't wait to share them with family and friends. We highly recommend working with Heather! More...

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13 February 2015

Heather spent so much time and worked so hard work to accommodate me and my husband.  We live in Corona, so distance could have been an issue but she came out to Corona to do our Engagement photos and our wedding was in Carlsbad.  She was nothing short of amazing to work with and I can't rave enough about the quality of her work.  She is a true professional and such a thoughtful person.  She captured the best day of our lives so beautifully.  Nothing we say or do could repay Heather for what she has given us. More...

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16 November 2014

Heather is amazing!! As one other reviewer stated, my hubby doesn't like photos either, but the moment we met Heather he got into it! What a fun shoot, and she is so easy to work with!  We hired her on a Wednesday and she was able to fit us in for a quick shoot that Saturday, with ease! She helped pic the location, scouted it, and took pictures that showed our fun side! I truly feel she will be our photographer forever :) Loved her! More...

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12 July 2014

Heather Elise was amazing! She has a very fun and bubbly personality. Working with her was an awesome experience.

She was prompt, professional and courteous with her correspondence and so fun to work with. We went with her for both our engagement and wedding photos. She has expert photography skills. It was cool to watch her take a double take at something she saw and turn it into a perfect backdrop for a photo. She was really good at this.

She also made us feel special, like we were the most important thing in the world to her at the shoots. She even "encouraged" a few people to move out of the way when they were carelessly interfering with our photo shoot.

Something else my wife and I liked about Heather was her approachability. She was very good at giving us directions when we needed it and at the same time respecting our wishes.

Heather Elise is the way to go when you need a photographer!
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