Growing up in Wyoming I was fortunate to be able to experience nature in it's purest form. In Wyoming, you can truly be surrounded by wilderness without civilization for miles. My father being an outdoorsman, I was able to experience this wilderness multiple times throughout my childhood. Even though I may not have appreciated it all the time then (especially in the winter) I appreciate it now more than ever.
My father also loved to take pictures. Not for profit, though. He always loved taking pictures of our camping and outdoor trips to preserve those memories. And I am thankful that we do have pictures! It's always fun looking back at those pictures and remembering the fond time I had with my father and sister. I also had the opportunity to help take pictures with our polaroid and disposable film cameras. I was so excited at the end of our trips to go to the store to develop our film, and see the pictures!
As you can see, I was a very adventurous child but I was also kind of a nerd. My favorite magazine was National Geographic. Not a typical favorite magazine among children (well at least I thought so at the time). I would skim through the pages wondering if I could ever travel to such places and take my disposable camera with me. I loved learning about the culture, history, and exotic animals. And of course, I still do!
I think I was destined to not sit around my whole entire life and see the world. As I grew older and began a career I kind of forgot the wonder I had as a child. Although, I always still had the desire to travel.
Two years ago after some medical issues, I made the transition to a plant-based diet. It was the best decision I have ever made for my health and it has made such a positive impact on my life. A little while into the diet, I learned about ethical veganism. I watched the documentary Forks Over Knives among others and soon after I became passionate about spreading the word of being vegan for the animals. I also got into wildlife conservation and spreading the word to others through social media about conserving our wildlife for future generations.
I have always loved animals and I think after becoming vegan it kind of all came together. I knew I was meant to be the voice for them. In previous years I would pick up the camera every now and then when my husband and I would go on vacations or day out on the town but I never really took photographs for a living. My husband often told me that I had an eye for photography. I would often laugh it off at times - but he always said I was better at nature photos than him. BTW - he is actually quite good at portriat photography!
After years in the corporate world, I knew that I was meant to do something with my life. One day I was invited to cover an event at Kindred Spirits Animal Sanctuary in Ocala, Florida. After editing the photos and presenting them to the director, she was ecstatic! She absolutely adored them. A little lightbulb kind of came off.
After some contemplation of what I wanted to do with my life, I realized what I was meant to do. I picked up that camera and started taking more photos of wildlife and animals, started to promote myself, and then created the business you see today!
And that is how Heidi Lynn Photography started! My aim as an animal photographer is to promote activism and conservation. It is the least that we can do for the precious animals on our earth. We need to be a voice for them because if we don't stand up for them, many of them will be gone forever. I hope you stand with me!
Please comment and share this post! I hope you have a wonderful week!