I Heart Faces Creative Team of Photographers
We’re thrilled to have so many talented photographers on our I Heart Faces Creative Team helping us provide great photography tutorials, tips and photo inspiration to our I Heart Faces Community!
Learn more about our Creative Team…
Amandalynn Jones is a Commercial & Portrait Photographer in Middleton WI. Focusing on creating gorgeous images of anything she can get in front of her camera, she enjoys the challenge of diverse work and has provided her skills for weddings, political figures, colleges, bakeries, novelists, actors and beyond.
A self-described “Flash-aholic” Amandalynn is never far from her speedlites, and is always happy for an occasion to break them out to make dynamic image (or sometimes just to show off).
When she doesn’t have a camera in front of her face she’s often shuttling her 10-year-old son to extra-curricular activities and trying to keep a very sneaky puppy off of the couch. This year her goal is to master the one-handed diaper change as she and her husband finally got to welcome their long awaited baby girl to the family, but she’ll settle for just staying sane amidst the happy chaos of sleep deprivation that comes with being a new parent and a business owner.
Andrea Riley, a photographer and teacher from Ohio, has the distinct honor of being the first follower of I Heart Faces. She has been an enthusiastic cheerleader as she has watched the site blossom into an incredible resource for beginning to professional photographers. Andrea has taught special education classes at the middle school level for fourteen years, and she loves to apply her teaching experience when writing tutorials, teaching at workshops, and interacting with other photographers in the I Heart Faces Community.
Andrea started her own photography business in 2011. Her photography experience mixes well with her teaching career as she can often be found with Canon in hand capturing portraits of the Students of the Month, action shots at sporting events, and the chaos of pep rallies and Tailgate parties. Photoshop Elements has become Andrea’s area of expertise. She also enjoys working in Photoshop CS5 and Lightroom 3. In December of 2010, Andrea received her Master’s of Education in Instructional Technology with an additional certification as a technology facilitator. When not in the role of photographer or teacher, Andrea enjoy spending time with her husband and three children. They love biking, boating, and playing with their dog, Copper.
Adrienne Zwart is a child and family photographer serving the Akron/Canton, Ohio area. She’s a nature-loving mom of three amazing kids and one fluffy cat who thinks she’s a dog. Her love for photography started with a love for the photographs themselves. When she was a little girl, she would sit and leaf through the family photo albums over and over again. Adrienne loves a good story, and believes every good photograph has one.
Along with being a talented photographer, Adrienne is an important part of the I Heart Faces team! As the Associate Editor of iHeartFaces.com, she helps manage and brings to life the amazing tutorials and photography articles you read daily.
Becky Leatherman, a photographer and social worker from Pennsylvania, has been supporting and participating at I Heart Faces since the we first started. Becky has loved watching the I Heart Faces community grow and thrive. Becky has been a social worker in Philadelphia for 13 years. Becky loves meeting and interacting with the many photographers who visit I Heart Faces and has always been our biggest fan!
Becky has been taking pictures of children and families since 2010. Becky enjoys street photography and takes pictures often of the city scenes she observes each day. Being a mom to her 14 year old son is Becky’s favorite thing in the world. Kaishon enjoys having his picture taken less and less as he grows, so she has to be sneaky. Becky’s favorite way to shoot is photojournalistically. She believes real life is beautiful.
Dana Suggs is a family photographer living just north of Tulsa, Oklahoma. Dana has been a member of the I Heart Faces team for many years inspiring thousands of women and making them laugh with her humorous photography tutorials. She began her photography interest like thousands of other women: to take pretty pictures of her kids. But like so many other wives and mothers, didn’t have the time (or energy) to go back to school to learn the craft, which brought her to I Heart Faces: to learn. She is proud to be self-taught through hard work and determination and lots of late night hours pouring over tutorials online. She has more regard for grit and tenacity in honing your craft, than fancy awards, expensive certificates, or sparkly titles. And more than anything, she loves to laugh!
In 2013, her and her husband adopted 3 children out of the foster care system growing her family from 5 to 8! She is very dedicated to the adoption and foster care community and spends countless hours helping families and foster children, volunteering and mentoring. When she is not with her large family at home, she is a faithful church-goer and Jesus follower where again, she volunteers much of her time. Now, instead of pursuing her Photography business, she uses it as a beautiful hobby and a way to help and bless others. She dreams of lots of land to help more children and watch her family grow. She believes it’s better to be nice than just about anything else, and her insides are filled with sparkles and glitter, and that makes her extra special.
Heather Rodriquez, owner of Heather Rodriquez Photography, has a laugh and personality as contagious as her commitment toward capturing authentic moments in everyday family life through her photography. In her family and children portraiture business she is a devotee of the use of natural light, as well as familiar surroundings when it comes to getting the right shot.
“My desire is to show you how great those times are in your everyday life,” says Heather. “You don’t have to pull out the matching outfits or even comb your hair for the pictures I take. I want to show you the genuine essence of those wonderful family moments, and give them back to you in a way you will cherish forever.”
With a heart has big as her talent, Heather also serves as Board member and photographer for GiGi’s Playhouse-Syracuse.
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Blog: Heather Rodriguez Photography
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Hilary Camilleri has become an award-winning and highly sought family and children’s photographer while also developing an impressive commercial portfolio that includes a diverse collection of work for corporations, actors and singers. She photographs nearly 200 sessions a year and has also been featured on many photography-related blogs. Most recently she won best photographer and best photography studio in her region’s annual Reader’s Choice Awards.
Jean Smith is an on location photographer living in New Hudson, Michigan with her husband and four little boys. Jean’s husband is also a full time photographer and they feel blessed beyond words to do work that they both love. With separate photography businesses, the husband wife team works together on workshops, weddings, and commercial projects. Jean loves all “genres” of people and therefore photographs them all…babies, kids, high school seniors, models, and couples. She likes to consider herself a natural light photographer, but is madly love incorporating off camera flash into her work as well.
Jean considers 2006 to be her official “jump” into photography. In early 2006, she and her husband had the opportunity to move to China for a short while. Travis (the hubby) suggested they get a decent SLR camera, and her love affair was born. Jean says she lived, ate, and breathed photography while she was in China, practicing in every situation available. When they came back to the states, she immediately started portfolio building and officially opened her business in the summer of 2007.
Jean is currently adventuring around the world with her family. To keep up with Jean and her family as they journey, visit her travel blog We Might Be Nomads.
Jessica Thew is a life inspired photographer located in Central Ohio where she lives with her husband and six children. It was the love of capturing her busy brood with her camera that led her to start a career in Photography. In 2010 she officially began her photography career by opening One Willow Studios. Jessica specializes in family, children and high school senior photography, as well as commercial projects.
In addition to being the photographer behind One Willow Studios, Jessica is also the founder and designer of One Willow Presets. She began designing presets a few years ago, when she was inspired by the potential of speeding up her editing workflow by utilizing presets in Lightroom. Since then, it has become her passion to help other photographers experience the joy of a faster, more efficient editing workflow; so they can to can spend less time behind the computer and more time living life.
Julie Rivera is a wife and mother who is extremely happy to take beautiful images of other people’s family and children. She is a natural light photographer specializing in family and children’s portraiture since 2008. Being married to an Army soldier forces her to be creative about how to run a profitable business in ever changing locations.
Julie and her family recently relocated to El Paso, Texas where she discovered the dry heat really is much different (and better) than the moist heat of the South. She launched her business in its fourth location and has already enjoyed meeting and working with new clients. Julie’s goal with each session is to show a family’s individual beauty, not with magnificent settings or fantastic wardrobes (though those never hurt!), but through the emotional moments between the people you love best. Her photographic eye is constantly turned upon her own family, looking for these same emotional moments between her young daughters. After completing two “Picture a Day” projects, Julie is devoting 2015’s project to sisters, observing the relationship of these two girls who fill her home with so much life and laughter.
Mandy Blake is a lifestyle portrait and wedding photographer working and living in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada.
After a rewarding decade-long career as a massage therapist and massage therapy college instructor, Mandy wanted to reconnect with her creative side and after pursuing a college diploma in Photography, she launched her photography business in 2011. She loves being able to capture the moments in between, the little moments of love between people that shows their true happiness shining through.
In 2012, Mandy began to take on outsource editing and quickly realized that everything about photo retouching was her JAM. In 2012, Flow for Photographers was born, offering actions, presets and training to help photographers have an efficient and seamless workflow. She tends to geek out about post-processing and has been known to ramble for extended periods about the Curves adjustment.
When she is not behind her camera or computer, she is slow-dancing in the kitchen with her husband of eleven years, laughing at her hilarious prat-falling seven-year-old daughter while simultaneously having an eye-rolling battle with her 10-year-old daughter or throwing a slobber-covered ball for her loyal, old Lab-Hound mix.
Mandy loves spending time at her family’s cottage on beautiful Georgian Bay and photographing everything with her beloved iPhone to post to Instagram. She is a voracious reader of historical fiction, avid documentary watcher and Netflix addict.
Rachel Durik is an international wedding and portrait photographer based in Southwest Florida. Rachel got her first DSLR in February of 2008 and started her business the following November.
Rachel says, “I’ll be honest: the reason I got into photography was so I could have beautiful pictures to post on my personal blog. Most photographers grew up with the love of photography in their blood, they played with their parents cameras, they were always creative with their point and shoots before upgrading to a DSLR. I was none of that. I was a crappy picture taker with my point and shoot. I made learning photography a project for me and insisted that I learn as much about my camera as I possibly could. I hit the books hard, and I still do. So I think maybe creativity is more inherent, but the technical aspects of photography can be learned!” But since then, she has only learned from her mistakes. Now Rachel has a thriving business, Savor Photography!
Besides teaching and working as a photographer, Rachel is a mother to three children.
Susan Keller is a lifestyle family photographer based in Orange County, California. She is a woman living amongst dudes (husband of 20+ years, 3 sons, and a big dog) who enjoys good books, good coffee, good music, regular doses of beachy sunset splendor, bike riding (so long as no hills are involved), waterskiing (so long as the air is warm and the water is smooth), and ROADTRIPPING with her dudes (so long as she’s not the driver). Photographing it ALL is her passion. Susan shoots wide and close and loves to wrap a “landscape” (be it home or the great outdoors) artfully around people. She’s intensely keen about documenting a time and place, about observing & capturing minute, intimate details, about telling a story … without necessarily using words. She’s the author of Beautiful Lifestyle, a workbook encompassing her incorporation of the “lifestyle” genre into her personal and professional photographic imagery.
We are happy to have known Susan for a long time and to have her teaching so many people here with a passion for photography! You can follow along her journey on her blog, Short on Words.