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Life and Work with Heather Koepp

Today we’d like to introduce you to Heather Koepp.

So, before we jump into specific questions about what you do, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I started photography in 2016 as a way to start capturing memories of my then one-year-old son. I bought a used Nikon camera on a Buy/Sell/Trade page and just ran with the passion that was reignited once I started taking photos.

I was new to California and knew NO ONE but I didn’t let that stop me! I joined several groups that introduced me to a whole world of creatives. After about a year of working with local models, I started shooting for magazines where I now specialize in celebrity editorials and live music photography.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
There’s been a share of emotional and financial strains which comes with starting any business but overall I feel I’ve been incredibly blessed with opportunities.

My advice to other womxn starting this journey is to listen to your voice and not the ones around you. In this industry, there will be so many people with opinions on your art; that you have to edit a certain way, or shoot with certain gear, or photoshop the hell out of people, or charge a certain amount or that they just don’t “get” your concept.

It doesn’t matter what other people are doing with their art; stick to what speaks to you!

Please tell us about Heather Koepp Photography.
I work one on one with actors, musicians, and public figures to create unique portraits for magazine editorials, album covers, press releases, and website/social media content. I also shoot live music, specializing in rock and roll.

My proudest work to date is a photo series I did with singer Haley Reinhart; we were featured in Forbes and Billboard and my work for that session now graces the cover of TWO of her singles!

It’s always the biggest honor when someone contacts me to photograph them. It’s surreal that people FINALLY appreciate my weirdness and actually want to be apart of it; there’s no greater feeling!

There’s a wealth of academic research that suggests that a lack of mentors and networking opportunities for women has materially affected the number of women in leadership roles. Smart organizations and industry leaders are working to change this, but in the meantime, do you have any advice for finding a mentor and building a network?
Networking is one of the most important parts of my job. I did so much trade work, in the beginning, to get my portfolio amped up. I went to so many events so people could get to know me as a person. I attended photography workshops and actively participate in online groups, sharing my art, advice, and commenting on other’s art to support and uplift others.

I make it a point to be a supportive member of the community and offer advice to anyone who seeks it.

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Image Credit:
Main Photo: Jade Averill Photography, Side Profile Shot: Skyler Barberio

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