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

Hi Heather, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
What is business, or life for that matter without a little risk taking? When you have a passion for something you chase after it. You learn to play the harp, or earn that black belt, you study all day and night to win the spelling bee ; all of those instances have a risk behind them but the reward is beyond worth the fear of missing out. I’ve taken many big risks in life. I’ve started and quit various jobs and businesses; some before I even hit my lunch break. Simply because my heart was just not there. I think that is the biggest risk of all. When you put your dreams in a drawer, you risk losing yourself and you will always wonder, ‘what if?’ I couldn’t be that person, I wasn’t built to be that person; so when the timing was right I dove head first

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I cant do boring. I cant do your standard posey pose type photography. We’ve all been there; the awkward photo shoot where you’re hustled to some local park and your photographer is posing your body like clay, all while telling you to smile and fake laugh aaaand I think that’s why people have grown to loathe having their portrait taken. Bad experiences can haunt you. I’m a complex person. So naturally, I can’t do simple either. I’m the photographer that’s like, ‘ HEEEY, let’s fit this STEEL IRON STAIRCASE in the back of my car and tie it so it doesn’t fall out… (it did) … and drive to a mountain and carry it up said mountain. Trust me it will be epic!” But that’s the adventure; that’s what makes it fun and different. When you look back on your photos you’ll be transported back to the day we spent together and hopefully smile at the memory and be like, “Damn, I look goooood!” And maybe learn to like photograph….jus a little… How did you get to where you are today professionally? Well it was a lot of studying, trial and error, taking every opportunity that I was given, and a lot of just winging it. Apart from always being a creative and emotionally driven soul, I knew photography was my destiny when I didn’t quit it haha. Even on the hardest, worst of days I still pick up my camera and show up. I’ve had many and still have days where this creeping self doubt nags in the back of mind asking myself, “Am I good enough to compete in Hollywood?” And who knows? Maybe I am, and maybe I’m not. But hey, remember those risks we were talking about? I’m gonna give Hollywood Hell either way and have a good time doing it.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
We would travel Pacific Coast Highway with the windows down, tasting the salty air and listening to nothing but waves and the soundtrack of our laughs as we reminisce about our past. Enjoy the awe of the redwoods, travel from beach to beach, eat at local diners, and feel the dirt of yosemite under our feet. Just escape and go with the flow. Itinerary not necessary.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My journey has been full of so many wonderful people that has helped make me to become successful. I have to thank my Rival Fam; Rival Magazine LA is a publication I launched Jan 2020 and it quickly became the most difficult project I have taken on. I COULD not have done it without the various hair stylist’, make up artists’, wardrobe stylists’, PR agencies’, showrooms’, and the Rival Writers.

Website: www.heatherkoepp.com

Instagram: @heather.rival

Facebook: @heatherkoeppphotography

Image Credits
HEADER IMAGE: Ethan Ingram Side profile of me shooting..image 6 is Skyler Barberio

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