For those of you who might be wondering what Heather Soucy Photography is all about,
I wanted to give you an opportunity to get to know me a little better.
Let’s start at the beginning…
Growing up, I was always a bit of a nerd with two major interests; life and art. On one hand, anatomy, science, and nature. On the other, innovation, uniqueness, and admiration for unhindered spirits. Photography was the first way for me to combine the two.
I was a relatively normal kid who underwent a healthy amount of self-exploration. There might have been an "emo" phase where I dyed my hair purple, or that "hipster" phase where I learned how to play guitar and sing Taylor Swift songs to myself each night before bed (haven't forgotten)... But, through all of the awkward phases-of-Heather that have somehow made me who I am today, my love for photography never wavered.
Going even farther back, before the purple hair, for as long as I can remember there have been cameras around. My Dad, now a successful professional in the photo/video industry, was always practicing with new equipment and needing subjects to work with. Naturally, his children and dogs were photographed frequently.
Back then, I couldn’t fully appreciate the work he was doing... the talent he was building. It wasn’t until years later, once I picked up my own camera, that I began to understand that he was doing much more than pointing a lens and clicking a button. Looking back now, even in the early days of his career, it was evident that he is someone who has the ability to capture the essence of who someone is, not just how they appear.
In high school I began picking up the camera too. Dad taught me everything I know about photography. With his coaching and being able to learn the basics on his professional gear and editing software, it quickly became my greatest hobby and a special way for us to spend time together.
We began traveling together and photographing our adventures. Over time I became more comfortable with the camera, its settings, and moving subjects, and began photographing people a little more and landscapes a little less.
After high school, I attended UMass Amherst to complete a degree in Kinesiology (human anatomy and exercise kinetics and physiology). While I pursued my academic studies, I had a lot that I still hoped to learn about the business side of photography. I started taking on small, paid sessions (mostly senior portraits in my home-town) for friends or students I had known in-passing for many years. It was a good way to learn how to photograph people without worrying about the “coaching a stranger” component of the shoot...
As undergrad came and went, I continued traveling any chance I got as well as second-shooting with my Dad at some of his high-end weddings and large-scale corporate productions. As a fly on the wall, working alongside him and some of the very best in the industry, witnessing masterpieces in the making, it was the ultimate apprenticeship.
While Photography continued to stay near and dear to my heart, the sciences were a love too strong to deny. I chose to apply my Kinesiology degree towards a Master of Science in Nursing at Johns Hopkins University. It was around this time, while I was barely staying afloat in school work and clinicals, when people around me began to get engaged, pregnant, married, etc.
I was working two jobs to pay my bills and the thought of congratulating my friends on their marriage with a toaster that might sit on their counter for a few years before breaking totally broke my spirits. Then I realized I had a talent and a service that I could offer to my dear friends and colleagues in these special moments. Instead of giving them something to sit on their kitchen counter for a few years, I could give them something that would remain on their walls, in their photo albums, and in their memories for the rest of their lives together. It wasn’t until I had done a few sessions for friends, and received such amazing feedback (and many save-the-dates with my images on them) that I fully believed maybe I could offer this to everyone.
Throughout Grad School I began to book my first corporate sessions, parties, and weddings. These shoots ultimately helped fund a few special trips that have always been on my bucket list. Today, I have traveled to Iceland, Switzerland and Alaska. I have spent months on the road traveling with my dog, Ripley (my favorite subject), exploring and photographing remote parts of the country that are often overlooked. We even fell in love with some of these places, like Colorado, and decided to call them home for a brief period of time.
From Boston to Baltimore, to Denver, and now Portland, Maine I have nearly a decade of experience taking professional headshots, solo portraits, still-life photos, engagements, weddings, and corporate/commercial events.
“But, photography isn’t your full time job?”
One important thing to know about me is that I put 100% into everything I do. I treat every photo shoot with the same professionalism and urgency that I bring to my hospital and nursing career.
As an Emergency Room nurse at a Level I Trauma Center, I often witness and document some of the most painful and traumatic moments of peoples’ lives. In contrast, as a photographer, I get to document some of the most joyful and beautiful moments of peoples’ lives.
For both jobs, I am required to be on high-alert and ready for anything to happen, at any moment. For both jobs, I am required to adjust and adapt with changing situations and to make the best of whatever situation we find ourselves in. In both, there is opportunity for me to go above and beyond to make the experience as comfortable as possible for my client so that they can look back and say “Heather made the difference” in the experience that they had.
It is in both that I find balance. Without photography, I’m not sure I could do my job as a nurse without losing sight of just how beautiful and special life really is...
Whether you’re looking for a photographer or simply want to chat more about learning how to develop your photography skills, I’m always excited to network. If you've made it this far, thank you for reading!