We had the good fortune of connecting with Heather Elise and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Heather, is there a quote or affirmation that’s meaningful to you?
“If I should be gracious enough to receive the opportunities placed in front of me, let me receive them.” I developed this mantra when I backpacked through Australia a decade ago. So many people were so wonderful to me and I couldn’t possibly pay back their kindness so I decided to simply accept it and hope that I would pay back the world in other ways. It was a little nugget of wisdom that to me meant sometimes you just have to be grateful …and nothing else.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I grew up painting, drawing anything artsy but didn’t really consider photography until I photographed PEOPLE! Photographing people is so incredible because I get to capture this moment in time that will NEVER be the same again. I treasure this and so it’s super important to me that they feel at ease! I realllllly want my couples, families, people to walk away from one of my photo sessions saying, “That was so FUN!” I myself get nervous when I am in front of a camera so I really hope that my couples are able to get comfortable and feel at ease with me while I capture their fabulous souls being around those they love!

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
If I have a close friend in town I would take them hiking at Torrey Pines then dip into the ocean for a swim or surf. After this a stop at Roberto’s in Del Mar for a burrito with salsa that will make their eyes water. Possibly the Safari Park, a paddleboard session at the Catamaran in Pacific Beach, a hike at Lake Hodges, some live music at happy hour at the Crossings in Carlsbad and dinner in Little Italy. Oh and definitely, most definitely, snorkeling with the leopard sharks, sea lions and if your lucky a turtle or two in La Jolla! Followed by one of our beautiful sunsets!

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Shoutout to Carrie McCluskey, my hard working sister-in-law who allowed me to shadow her in my early days of interest in photography. She gave me the encouragement and confidence to believe that I could become an awesome wedding photographer! I also credit many other photographer friends over the years who have given me food for thought along the way. Brian Kent, Andy King, Susan Yee and Natalie Schrik all have been supportive and creative souls who I very much respect.

Website: heatherelisephotography.com
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/heatherelisephoto/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Heather-Elise-Photography
Yelp: https://www.yelp.com/biz/heather-elise-photography-san-diego?osq=heather+elise+photography

Image Credits
Andy King Photography – pic of self

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