MEET PHOTOGRAPHER KELLY HECK

KELLY@KELLYHECKPHOTOGRAPHY.COM | 443-340-6317

Hi there! My name is Kelly Heck, and I am a portrait and branding photographer located in Carroll County, Maryland.

I am formally trained in traditional photography (i.e. lots of time shooting film and in the darkroom) at Savannah College of Art & Design in Savannah, GA and thankful to be an award-winning photographer. Check out some of my personal work!

Freelancing since 2004, I left my full time job in Spring of 2015 to focus 100% of my time on building my photography business.

A LITTLE ABOUT ME

THE PEOPLE WHO BRING ME JOY EVERY DAY

I find myself working all the time - because it does not feel like "work". But my fiancé Adam, who proposed in October of 2018, is my reminder to slow down, take breaks, and enjoy more in life. He is an awesome videographer, editor, and motion designer... not to mention an incredible chef. Together we love on two pups, my girl Nala and his family pup Remmington.

I'm a daughter to a woodturner / beekeeper and a gardener / floral arranger / bonsai artist. I'm a sister to a goldsmith jeweler. I am an Aunt to two beautiful little girls who like to pretend to be monsters, build block towers, and eat "snail snacks" (pie-crust pinwheels with cinnamon sugar). I am a granddaughter to the most talented woodworker I know, a potter and chef, and practically a granddaughter to my great-aunt who is an incredible seamstress. There is so much more... but a great wealth of talent, passion, and love runs through my family and I could not be luckier.

MY FAVORITE THINGS

WHAT SPARKS JOY IN MY EVERY DAY

When I am not immersed in photography or working on the business, I am often cooking good food or eating it! I love intense flavor and both my fiance and I are quite happy in the kitchen. Food is a great way to bring together family and friends, which we try to do as often as our busy schedules allow!

(What are some of my favorite recipes you ask? Rice Krispie Treats, Tomato Basil Soup, Gourmet Grilled Cheese, Smoked Salmon Pasta, Homemade Pizza (or No Anchovies in a pinch), Cinnamon Buns, Scones, Homemade Pasta, Fajitas & Quesadillas, BBQ Shrimp on Lime Avocado Toast, Baked Ham & Cheese Sandwiches, Tuscan White Bean & Sausage Soup, Fresh Squeezed Lemonaid (with Maple Syrup or Honey) or Brazilian Limeade, Sausage & Shrimp Jambalaya, Chicken & Ham Pot Pie, and a WHOLE LOT MORE.

I stay active in the warmer months playing tennis, soccer and kayaking. I also love fine art, and find myself coloring hand-drawn cards in the evenings. I'm a juggler and unicycler. I tend a vegetable garden and can the best chunky salsa.

WHAT'S IN MY GEAR BAG

EQUIPMENT THAT HELPS ME MAKE PHOTO MAGIC

Camera & Lenses | Canon 5D Mark IV & Canon 5D Mark III
Canon 50mm F/1.2, 100mm F/2.8, 24-70mm F/2.8, & Sigma Art 35mm F/1.4
Studio Lights | 400s, 800s, & 1600s Watt Alienbees by Paul C. Buff
Light Modifiers | Westcott / Paul C. Buff / Impact
Filters | B+W Circular Polarizing Filters
Radio Triggers | Pocket Wizard Plus X & Plus II
Camera Bag | Tenba Messenger DNS 13
Gear Cases | Pelican 1510 Carry-On & Pelican 1654
Camera Stabilizer (Video) | Zhiyun-Tech Crane-2 3-Axis Stabilizer w/ Follow Focus
Continuous Lighting (Video) | Neewer Bi-Color LEDs
Teleprompter (Video) | Glide Gear iPad Smartphone Teleprompter

TOOLS THAT HELP ME PROSPER

SOFTWARE & APPS THAT MAKE ME SAY OOO-LA-LA!

Photo Editing | Adobe Lightroom CC
Photo Retouching | Adobe Photoshop CC
Video Editing | Adobe Premiere CC
Prints & Products & Framing | Mpix Pro
Monitor Calibration | Datacolor Spyder5 Express
Proofing | Zenfolio (20% discount)
Studio Management & Workflow | HoneyBook (save 50%)
Time Tracking & Invoicing | HARVEST (save $10.00)
Continuing Education | Professional Photographers of America & Creative Live
Email Campaign | MailChimp (join my email list!)
Products | MOO / USB Memory Direct

RECENT AWARDS

2018 CARROLL'S BEST WINNER
Kelly Heck Photography was voted the 2018 Carroll's Best PHOTOGRAPHER!
View 2018's Winners
2017 CARROLL'S BEST H.M.
Kelly Heck received Honorable Mention for Carroll's Best PHOTOGRAPHER in 2017!
View 2017's Winners
2016 CARROLL'S BEST H.M.
Kelly Heck received Honorable Mention for Carroll's Best PHOTOGRAPHER in 2016!
View 2016's Winners

WHO I'M GROWING WITH

COMMUNITY MAKES THE WORLD GO ROUND
PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHERS OF AMERICA: A non-profit photography association that was created by photographers, for photographers.
Visit PPA Online
RISING TIDE SOCIETY: Resources to empower the creative economy and connect with local creatives through networking and education.
Visit RTS Online
LAUNCH CARROLL: Carroll County, MD's premier young professionals networking and leadership development community for business pros 45 & younger.
Visit LC Online
CARROLL COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE: Helping our business community prosper through advocacy, leadership, relationships, and education.
Visit CCC Online
TANEYTOWN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE: Supporting our member businesses, our local community, and the surrounding area.
Visit TC Online

YOUR Story, YOUR Business, YOUR Life

It's time to photograph all that makes you unique.