.capturing the heart. {Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry AMT}

Prepping for this blog post made me chuckle a bit. Believe it or not all of these beautiful models were captured in about a two hour period! I know! I know!

I have the honor of teaching a photography class at Bethel’s School of Supernatural Ministry!! The challenge is to teach & capture!!! Teach & capture!! Teach & capture!!! It’s so fun! Love! Love! Love it!

Day 3 of the class is Studio Shooting & Natural Light Shooting! It is a lot going on & a lot to take in! With about 30 people photographing & watching, we love to set them up with super awesome models!

Camille & Nicole were my studio models & did an amazing job!!! One of the stations was set up with a 7″ Octodome SoftBox & the other a single Beauty Dish!

Natural light is always great, Hannah & Terese did amazing as well!

H A N N A H!

She was a little dream doll! Posing it up for all of the students! Held nothing back! So proud of her!!!!






It was so wonderful capturing Terese!!!! She interns for Ben & I couldn’t have been happier to photograph her!!! So beautiful you are Terese!!! Love you girl







C A M I L L E!! {i heart you & love to capture your beautiful face!!}

Thank you to Destiny Lopez for the use of the Besty Johnson dress! Sunkissed Tanning Salon for the beautiful Mystic Spray Tan & Brittany Martin, Make Up by Brittany for the AWESOME make-up! & Drop it Modern for the super cool backdrop!







We had just a little extra time with Nicole!!! So fun!!!! Amazing make-up done by Brittany Martin!





These were all shot with a Beauty Dish! Love the look of Off Camera Lighting outside!!! So fun! IMG_0547









Yep! Had to do just a few natural light shots!! Magic!IMG_0163



.jeremy + sarah | {Redding, CA Photography}

I truly believe that God puts people in our lives for a purpose!

Just over a year ago I met Sarah Cerami! She was a senior & launched my 2012 senior portrait sessions!

She brought in over 50 seniors last year & honestly I cannot thank her enough!!! AH!

As many of you know Sarah is a gymnist & has been so dedicated & driven to her sport! It’s been so amazing to see her go for it, even through so many things that could have held her back!!

The most fantastic thing ever is that Sarah has been accepted to the gymnastics team at Oregon State!

I couldn’t be more proud of her! My heart is just so happy!!!

Well, back in January Jeremy took Sarah to a Kings game & they “officially” became a couple!

Before she heads off to Oregon, Sarah wanted a little session with Jeremy!

It was a blast! I loved their giggles & sweet friendship! & who doesn’t love crusiers? Love! Love! Love!

Best wishes Sarah, as you adventure to Oregon State, & to Jeremy…we just might be hitting you up for some basketball lessons!!!!!

.Dan + Alix. {Tierra Oaks Country Club Redding, CA Wedding Photographer}

I truly couldn’t have been more honored to shoot Dan & Alix’s wedding!

Ten months ago I shot her sister’s wedding & I think just before I even shot Christa’s wedding Alix booked me to shoot her’s! as well.

It’s the biggest honor to shoot siblings or bridal party members from a past wedding! It really is. I cannot even express the honor!!!!!

Ahh! My two brides!!!!!! Sisters!!! You are both so beautiful! Thank you! Thank you!

Dan & Alix’s Wedding turned out perfect! The weather was absolutely incredible. The weather was calling for rain, but it never came & temps stayed low!

Dan & Alix were married at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church & then celebrated at Tierra Oaks Golf & Country Club!

Everything was just beautiful! & The service at Tierra Oaks (have to give a shout out) was amazing.

Congratulations Dan & Alix! Your life together (along with Rosie) is going to be beautiful!

love the 2nd shooter angles! Mitzi caught this shot!

almost one year married!!!!!!

& an outtake. I was giving Dan a “demo” of how I wanted him to sit down & didn’t realize the grass was so pillowy & completely fell !! Oh the fun moments of being a photographer!

.Raina Part II. {Mitzi Estefania Photography}

Hello everybody!! My name is Mitzi Estefania and I have been Heather’s intern for the last 8 months. This has been one of the most rewarding, fun, moving, refreshing and amazing experiences I’ve ever had in my life. Interning for Heather has been really good for me as I embark myself in the photography world. She is an amazing mentor who said yes to taking me on her team and has believed in my good and bad days!

She gave me the opportunity to shoot the super talented Raina Pratt to see how I directed the shoot, composed my photos and to see my growth of the last 8 months and it was really fun!! I felt more confident than the past and I believed in myself to deliver something good. The lighting was tricky at times but I stayed calm knowing that I had it in me to do well.

Thank you Raina for the opportunity to shoot your beauty, you are a stunning woman! and last but not least, thank you Heather for loving and believing in me. You have changed my life. I love you!

.raina pratt. {Redding, CA Bio Portrait Photographer}

Raina Pratt! I love you! Thank you for being constant! For always being so supportive & for being such a constant friend!

Raina Pratt is an artist! An absolutely incredible beyond amazing artist!

She painted this incredible painting for Ben & I to hang in our bedroom! It is oh so meaningful!

Raina’s art is in full display at Redding’s newest & finest, View 202!

If you are looking for a piece of art, check out her website!!!! You need a little “raina” in your house!!

Raina needed a little bio update! Such a treat to get to photograph her once again!

Oh such a beauty. Work it Raina, work it! AH! You are stunning girl!

Congratulations on your feature at the View!!!! It is absolutely stunning! Truly!


.happy 30th. {Redding, CA Photographer}

Photo shoots with Jenn always seem to happen fairly fast. She needed a new bio shot & in between a recording came over & we shot these in about 20 minutes. Literally 20 minutes! Oh the pressure! Smile!

One day we will have a just her “full-on” not rushed at all session, but this one turned out wonderful! I am always so happy to capture her & love finding something new about her to capture!!

I have been wanting to blog a few from the shoot, but knew Jenn was turning 30, so saved them for her HAPPY BIRTHDAY post!!!!


Jenn! Thank you for being my friend, my truest friend.

I love you so much & I am daily so very thankful for you!

I know your 30’s are going to be the greatest!

Thank you for the inspiration that you are!

The HAPPY that you always are! Your joy continually radiates!

Thank you for being such a leader & a catalyst for change!

Thank you for being an example of all a wife & a mother should be! You are incredible at it!

Thank you for being you! For shining! For loving! For being passionate! & For being real!

You are amazing & I just LOVE you!

Happy 30th Friend!

& to celebrate Jenn’s 30th Brian, myself, & my amazing husband planned a party!!!

Not just any party, a 30th party!

The location was epic! Absolutely breathtaking!!

The rain & fog didn’t stop us! It was the party of the year!

Jill from www.brightsideprints.com designed these amazing invitations! Loved them! Thank you Jill!!!!

& the PARTY!!  I texted Brian Jan 1st ready to start planning!! He was in the middle of recording, so we had to hold off, but the Party Planner in me was so excited to put together a 30th party for my best friend!!!!

In my next life I think I want to be an Event Coordinator & Designer! It is so much fun! Truly love the process of putting everything together! It’s an even funner process when it’s your best friend & you can incorporate so many of her “favorites”!

On a side note.. If I would have thought through it a little better, being the party host & a photographer doesn’t go hand in hand! Totally wish I would have designated a “photographer” there, but I got a few shots.


& be ready…. lots of sweet treat pics!!!

& cute boxes to take the sweet treats home!!

Thank you PINTEREST for the S’more idea!!!

…sweet notes from Brian…

& nothing like the taste of chips & salsa from El Mariach’s... Jenn’ favorite!

Jenn’s mom brought up all of Jenn’s childhood albums, as well as an assortment of Jenn’s friend & family albums! Fun times & fun laughs!

Wonderful DJ! Andrew kept the party hopping!!!!!

Brent Van Auken had his AMAZING photo booth! So much fun! I think our kids had the most fun in it!!!

& parking by the amazing Justin R! Thank you Justin for all of your hard work & directing cars in the cold rain & wind! You are the best!!

& for the surprise of the night! Jim, the owner of Nello’s, & our great friend Carson, came & made Jenn her absolute FAVORITE dessert, Banana’s Flambe!! Oh so delicious!!

& the most wonderful part of  the evening! Everyone singing Happy Birthday to the incredible Jenn Johnson!!!

and the perfect ending to this post!!! Jenn!!!! Happy 30th Birthday!

 To everyone who helped make this party a success THANK YOU!!!! We couldn’t have pulled it off without you!!!!!


.sean & nikki. {Redding, CA Photographer}

I absolutely love these two! Sean & Nikki! You’re the best! Thanks for modeling it up for my class! Brittnay Martin, your make up skills are off the charts! Thank you!

Nikki was so happy I brought balloons! (wink, wink)

oh nikki! you are gorgeous! gorgeous! work it! work it! work it!

this picture is one of my faves! Everything about it makes me smile!

.cece. {Redding, CA Portrait Photographer}

Yesterday I had the pleasure of having Cece, CEO of Love Lounge USA  as a special guest in the class that I have been teaching! Cece’s story is absolutely incredible & having her share was such an honor! After she spoke, the class had fun taking her pictures! She knows how to work the camera, so absolutely made for an awesome shoot!!  Cece! You are amazing! I know that you are going to go to Hollywood & launch another Love Lounge USA! Your story will forever be so very dear to my heart! Thank you for the honor of capturing your beauty! You are BEAUTIFUL!

.hannah. {Redding, CA Portrait Photography}

I am teaching round 2 of Capturing the Heart at Bethel School of Ministry, however, this term, teaching it in the morning, which I am loving! As well, the First Year BSSM class has moved to the Civic Center, making it even more exciting!  Yesterday was “move your setting to MANUAL mode” & start shooting manual! I did a basic teaching on manual settings & then had a little shoot scheduled, so that everyone could actually do what they were just taught! The most exciting part was that more of a winter forecast had decided to show up & it was pouring down rain! I decided to move ahead with the shoot & what fun we had! Hannah was the perfect model! She endured the rain & cold beautifully & was just so wonderful to capture! Thank you Hannah! You are absolutely stunning & a dream to photograph!

.paige. {Redding, CA Portrait Photographer}

Almost a year ago Ben & I captured Taylor & Paige’s wedding down in Pismo Beach!!! It was absolutely THRILLING to be featured this month on the amazing BLOG: Destination I DO! Taylor & Paige’s wedding was so beautiful & sweet, and as described: CONFECTION!! Be sure to check it out & leaving a comment would be AHHMAZING!!! Thank you! Thank you!

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