2013: Progress

I’m sitting here trying to come up with a word to sum up 2013, and I realized the only one I can come up with is the same one I used in 2012. This year has been a progression, on so many levels. I’ve progressed in my personal and professional life in ways I couldn’t have foreseen. I’ve grown. I’ve taken risks. I’ve had glorious photographic failures, and at the same time, successes that have surpassed them. I have pushed myself as an artist, and a storyteller. I’ve created work I’m proud of, and worked with people who allowed me the space to create.

To my 2013 brides and grooms, consider this a love letter. Consider this a thank you. Consider this a tribute. You all have been a part of my progression. You have all opened your lives up to me and made me, even for one day, feel like I’m a part of your family. You have all pushed me. For that, I am grateful.

To the couples I will be working with in 2014, consider this a warning. You’ve got big shoes to fill.

Chicago wedding photographer Heather Jowett presents her best photographs from 2013.Ann Arbor wedding photographer Heather Jowett presents her best photographs from 2013.Ann Arbor wedding photographer Heather Jowett presents her best photographs from 2013.Ann Arbor wedding photographer Heather Jowett presents her best photographs from 2013.Ann Arbor wedding photographer Heather Jowett presents her best photographs from 2013.Ann Arbor wedding photographer Heather Jowett presents her best photographs from 2013.Ann Arbor wedding photographer Heather Jowett presents her best photographs from 2013.Photojournalistic Ann Arbor wedding photographer Heather Jowett presents her best photographs from 2013.Photojournalistic Ann Arbor wedding photographer Heather Jowett presents her best photographs from 2013.Photojournalistic Ann Arbor wedding photographer Heather Jowett presents her best photographs from 2013.Photojournalistic Ann Arbor wedding photographer Heather Jowett presents her best photographs from 2013.Photojournalistic Ann Arbor wedding photographer Heather Jowett presents her best photographs from 2013.Photojournalistic Ann Arbor wedding photographer Heather Jowett presents her best photographs from 2013.Photojournalistic Ann Arbor wedding photographer Heather Jowett presents her best photographs from 2013.Photojournalistic Ann Arbor wedding photographer Heather Jowett presents her best photographs from 2013.Photojournalistic Ann Arbor wedding photographer Heather Jowett presents her best photographs from 2013.Photojournalistic Ann Arbor wedding photographer Heather Jowett presents her best photographs from 2013.Photojournalistic Ann Arbor wedding photographer Heather Jowett presents her best photographs from 2013.Photojournalistic Ann Arbor wedding photographer Heather Jowett presents her best photographs from 2013.Photojournalistic Ann Arbor wedding photographer Heather Jowett presents her best photographs from 2013.Photojournalistic Ann Arbor wedding photographer Heather Jowett presents her best photographs from 2013.Photojournalistic Ann Arbor wedding photographer Heather Jowett presents her best photographs from 2013.Photojournalistic Ann Arbor wedding photographer Heather Jowett presents her best photographs from 2013.Photojournalistic Ann Arbor wedding photographer Heather Jowett presents her best photographs from 2013.Photojournalistic Ann Arbor wedding photographer Heather Jowett presents her best photographs from 2013.Photojournalistic Ann Arbor wedding photographer Heather Jowett presents her best photographs from 2013.Photojournalistic Ann Arbor wedding photographer Heather Jowett presents her best photographs from 2013.Photojournalistic Ann Arbor wedding photographer Heather Jowett presents her best photographs from 2013.Photojournalistic Ann Arbor wedding photographer Heather Jowett presents her best photographs from 2013.Photojournalistic Ann Arbor wedding photographer Heather Jowett presents her best photographs from 2013.Documentary Detroit Michigan wedding photographer Heather Jowett presents her best photographs from 2013.Documentary Detroit Michigan wedding photographer Heather Jowett presents her best photographs from 2013.Documentary Detroit Michigan wedding photographer Heather Jowett presents her best photographs from 2013.Documentary Detroit Michigan wedding photographer Heather Jowett presents her best photographs from 2013.Documentary Detroit Michigan wedding photographer Heather Jowett presents her best photographs from 2013.Documentary Detroit Michigan wedding photographer Heather Jowett presents her best photographs from 2013.Documentary Detroit Michigan wedding photographer Heather Jowett presents her best photographs from 2013.Documentary Detroit Michigan wedding photographer Heather Jowett presents her best photographs from 2013.Documentary Detroit Michigan wedding photographer Heather Jowett presents her best photographs from 2013.Documentary Detroit Michigan wedding photographer Heather Jowett presents her best photographs from 2013.Documentary Detroit Michigan wedding photographer Heather Jowett presents her best photographs from 2013.Documentary Detroit Michigan wedding photographer Heather Jowett presents her best photographs from 2013.Documentary Detroit Michigan wedding photographer Heather Jowett presents her best photographs from 2013.Documentary Detroit Michigan wedding photographer Heather Jowett presents her best photographs from 2013.Documentary Detroit Michigan wedding photographer Heather Jowett presents her best photographs from 2013.Documentary Detroit Michigan wedding photographer Heather Jowett presents her best photographs from 2013.Documentary Detroit Michigan wedding photographer Heather Jowett presents her best photographs from 2013.Documentary Detroit Michigan wedding photographer Heather Jowett presents her best photographs from 2013.Documentary Detroit Michigan wedding photographer Heather Jowett presents her best photographs from 2013.Documentary Detroit Michigan wedding photographer Heather Jowett presents her best photographs from 2013.Documentary Detroit Michigan wedding photographer Heather Jowett presents her best photographs from 2013.Documentary Detroit Michigan wedding photographer Heather Jowett presents her best photographs from 2013.Documentary Detroit Michigan wedding photographer Heather Jowett presents her best photographs from 2013.Documentary Detroit Michigan wedding photographer Heather Jowett presents her best photographs from 2013.Documentary Detroit Michigan wedding photographer Heather Jowett presents her best photographs from 2013.Documentary Detroit Michigan wedding photographer Heather Jowett presents her best photographs from 2013.Chicago wedding photographer Heather Jowett presents her best photographs from 2013.Photojournalistic Ann Arbor Michigan wedding photographer Heather Jowett presents her best photographs from 2013.Photojournalistic Ann Arbor Michigan wedding photographer Heather Jowett presents her best photographs from 2013.Photojournalistic Ann Arbor Michigan wedding photographer Heather Jowett presents her best photographs from 2013.Photojournalistic Ann Arbor Michigan wedding photographer Heather Jowett presents her best photographs from 2013.Photojournalistic Ann Arbor Michigan wedding photographer Heather Jowett presents her best photographs from 2013.Photojournalistic Grand Rapids Michigan wedding photographer Heather Jowett presents her best photographs from 2013.Photojournalistic Grand Rapids Michigan wedding photographer Heather Jowett presents her best photographs from 2013.Photojournalistic Grand Rapids Michigan wedding photographer Heather Jowett presents her best photographs from 2013.Photojournalistic Grand Rapids Michigan wedding photographer Heather Jowett presents her best photographs from 2013.Photojournalistic Grand Rapids Michigan wedding photographer Heather Jowett presents her best photographs from 2013.Photojournalistic Grand Rapids Michigan wedding photographer Heather Jowett presents her best photographs from 2013.Photojournalistic Grand Rapids Michigan wedding photographer Heather Jowett presents her best photographs from 2013.Photojournalistic Grand Rapids Michigan wedding photographer Heather Jowett presents her best photographs from 2013.Photojournalistic Grand Rapids Michigan wedding photographer Heather Jowett presents her best photographs from 2013.Photojournalistic Grand Rapids Michigan wedding photographer Heather Jowett presents her best photographs from 2013.Chicago wedding photographer Heather Jowett presents her best photographs from 2013.Photojournalistic Grand Rapids Michigan wedding photographer Heather Jowett presents her best photographs from 2013.Photojournalistic Grand Rapids Michigan wedding photographer Heather Jowett presents her best photographs from 2013.Photojournalistic Grand Rapids Michigan wedding photographer Heather Jowett presents her best photographs from 2013.Photojournalistic Grand Rapids Michigan wedding photographer Heather Jowett presents her best photographs from 2013.Photojournalistic Grand Rapids Michigan wedding photographer Heather Jowett presents her best photographs from 2013.Photojournalistic Grand Rapids Michigan wedding photographer Heather Jowett presents her best photographs from 2013.Photojournalistic Ann Arbor Michigan wedding photographer Heather Jowett presents her best photographs from 2013.Photojournalistic Ann Arbor Michigan wedding photographer Heather Jowett presents her best photographs from 2013.Photojournalistic Ann Arbor Michigan wedding photographer Heather Jowett presents her best photographs from 2013.Photojournalistic Ann Arbor Michigan wedding photographer Heather Jowett presents her best photographs from 2013.Photojournalistic Ann Arbor Michigan wedding photographer Heather Jowett presents her best photographs from 2013.Photojournalistic Ann Arbor Michigan wedding photographer Heather Jowett presents her best photographs from 2013.Photojournalistic Ann Arbor Michigan wedding photographer Heather Jowett presents her best photographs from 2013.Photojournalistic Ann Arbor Michigan wedding photographer Heather Jowett presents her best photographs from 2013.Photojournalistic Ann Arbor Michigan wedding photographer Heather Jowett presents her best photographs from 2013.Photojournalistic Ann Arbor Michigan wedding photographer Heather Jowett presents her best photographs from 2013.Chicago wedding photographer Heather Jowett presents her best photographs from 2013.Photojournalistic Grand Rapids Michigan wedding photographer Heather Jowett presents her best photographs from 2013.Photojournalistic Grand Rapids Michigan wedding photographer Heather Jowett presents her best photographs from 2013.Chicago wedding photographer Heather Jowett presents her best photographs from 2013.Photojournalistic Ann Arbor Michigan wedding photographer Heather Jowett presents her best photographs from 2013.Photojournalistic Ann Arbor Michigan wedding photographer Heather Jowett presents her best photographs from 2013.Photojournalistic Ann Arbor Michigan wedding photographer Heather Jowett presents her best photographs from 2013.Photojournalistic Ann Arbor Michigan wedding photographer Heather Jowett presents her best photographs from 2013.Photojournalistic Ann Arbor Michigan wedding photographer Heather Jowett presents her best photographs from 2013.Photojournalistic Ann Arbor Michigan wedding photographer Heather Jowett presents her best photographs from 2013.Photojournalistic Ann Arbor Michigan wedding photographer Heather Jowett presents her best photographs from 2013.Photojournalistic Ann Arbor Michigan wedding photographer Heather Jowett presents her best photographs from 2013.Photojournalistic Ann Arbor Michigan wedding photographer Heather Jowett presents her best photographs from 2013.Photojournalistic Ann Arbor Michigan wedding photographer Heather Jowett presents her best photographs from 2013.Photojournalistic Ann Arbor Michigan wedding photographer Heather Jowett presents her best photographs from 2013.Photojournalistic Ann Arbor Michigan wedding photographer Heather Jowett presents her best photographs from 2013.

Dustin Hall - Heather your photography is incredibly beautiful. I love how you arranged these in a wedding day timeline. Keep it up, you get better every year :)

Tyler - crazy good.

Tyler - So good.

James - Some fantastic emotions captured! Wonderful work Heather!

Ross Harvey - Wonderful!

Haley - Love!! Fantastic, Heather! Looking forward to 2014 :)

Teresa K - So many amazing images in this set…2013 was good to you!! This one right here…http://heatherjowett.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/Best.of_.2013027.jpg…that one….holy wow, a favorite in a sea of favorites. I can’t wait to see what 2014 brings!!! xo

Kellee Walsh - Congrats on an incredible year Heather, there’s some truly amazing work in there. All the best for 2014!

Justin R - Some solid work you’ve got, so many powerful images! All the best in 2014!

Jeremy - Your clients were so lucky to have you Heather! Great job in 2013. Can’t wait to see your art in 2014!

Daniel - So many amazing photos from 2013! You must have had a hard time narrowing this post down to just the images you shared. Can’t wait to see what you do in 2014!

Nessa - You already know I love your work, but I wanted to say it here, too. You’re cussing wonderful, Heather J.

Jouni - Great progress. Unforgettable moments. Can’t wait to see your 2014.

Darin Collison - So, pretty sensational year, then…? Killer.

Jessica - Seeing ‘best of’ posts like this remind me of how awesome it is to be a wedding photographer!

Anton Chia - Heather Jowett, crazy amazing girl. Crazy talent, amazing skills.

Tomasz Wagner - Haha, good warning to your 2014 clients ;) Wonderful compilation, Heather!

rich - what a year!! such beautiful work in this post – really looking forward to seeing your 2014 work!

Bec - Loved it Heather! 2014 HAS to be amazing for you x

Rob Dodsworth - Really incredible image making – raw, emotional power!

Joseph Hall - An awesome year – great locations and great couples. Have a fab 2014 Heather!

Let’s Go On a Field Trip

Last Month, I went to California for a week to hang out in the hills of Santa Barbara at a campground with 300 other photographers and creatives. As often happens when I’m around amazing people I love, I failed to even pick up my camera most of the time I was there. I love what I do, I love photography, but I place a higher value on being present with the people around me, which is hard to do through the glass of a viewfinder.

On my last day there, I did manage to walk to the ocean and put one roll of Portra 400 through my Rolleiflex. Here are some of the resulting images.

lindsey - oh those tones.. nothing is comparable. nothing.

Sachin Khona - Lovely images Heather J!

Lauren and Jeff’s Comerica Park Engagement Session

It’s a big day in Detroit, Opening Day for the Tigers. For those of you who aren’t lucky enough to call yourselves Michiganders, imagine Fourth of July, the first day of Spring, and Halloween all rolled into one and then covered in tiger stripes. Coming from a state with no national sports teams, it took me a few years to acclimate to living in a state where sports were not only a part of life, but an obsession for some. Now, after almost 9 years in the state, I yell “Eat em up Tigers!” with the rest of them.

Lauren and Jeff are two people for whom Tigers baseball is an obsession. They’re season ticket holders, their apartment was in the shadow of Comerica Park, and I can tell you in the days leading up to Opening Day, Lauren’s Facebook has exclusively been devoted to her excitement for the start of the season. Well, since that day is upon us, I thought it would be appropriate to share their engagement session from last September, which we photographed right inside of Tiger Stadium, with the entire place to ourselves.

Happy Opening Day Lauren and Jeff!

A couple poses for an engagement photo with Comerica Park and the Detroit Skyline in the background.A couple poses for an engagement photo with Comerica Park and the Detroit Skyline in the background.A couple poses for an engagement photo in the dugout at Comerica Park.Tigers Baseball fan couple poses for an engagement photo in the dugout at Comerica Park.Tigers Baseball fan couple poses for an engagement photo in the tunnel at Comerica Park.A couple enjoying the view of the field during their engagement session at Comerica Park.A couple posing in the empty seats during their engagement session at Comerica Park.A couple posing in the press box during their engagement session at Comerica Park.A couple posing in the press box during their engagement session at Comerica Park.A couple posing with the empty stadium and field during their Tigers Baseball themed engagement session at Comerica Park.A couple posing with the empty stadium and field during their Tigers Baseball themed engagement session at Comerica Park.A couple posing with the empty stadium and field during their Tigers Baseball themed engagement session at Comerica Park.A couple posing in their season ticket seats during their Tigers Baseball themed engagement session at Comerica Park.Lauren and Jeffs Season ticket seats during their Tigers Baseball themed engagement session at Comerica Park.

Kristen and Steve’s Misty Farms Wedding Barn Bash

Kristen and Steve are the type of people who believe in you and your talents, who put their full trust in your vision and tell you to go for it. On the wedding day, Steve introduced me to his grooms-people as “Our amazingly talented photographer, Heather.” Amazingly talented, I like the sound of that. I’m grateful for the confidence these two placed in me, I’m grateful for the the story they allowed me to tell, and lastly, I’m grateful for the ego-boost I got every time Steve introduced me to another friend.

I’ve been wanting to get this wedding up for a while, and when Steve posted this video he edited together of the days highlights, it was just the motivation I needed.

wedding dress hanging from the balcony of the barn at Misty Farms by photojournalistic Michigan wedding photographer Heather Jowett.horses in the field at Misty Farms by photojournalistic Michigan wedding photographer Heather Jowett.The grounds at Misty Farms by photojournalistic Michigan wedding photographer Heather Jowett.The brideBride getting ready Guests enjoying cocktail hour at Misty Farms by photojournalistic Michigan wedding photographer Heather Jowett.No Ugly Crying custom handkerchiefs were given to the bridesmaids before a wedding at Misty Farms.Bride getting into her dress at Misty Farms in Ann Arbor MichiganBride and groom sharking a first look at Misty Farms in Ann Arbor Michigan.Bride and groom sharking a first look at Misty Farms in Ann Arbor Michigan.Bride and groom sharking a first look at Misty Farms in Ann Arbor Michigan.Bride and groom sharking a first look at Misty Farms in Ann Arbor Michigan.Black and white bride and groom portrait at Misty Farms by photojournalistic Michigan wedding photographer Heather Jowett.Black and white bride and groom portrait at Misty Farms by photojournalistic Michigan wedding photographer Heather Jowett.Bride and groom pose by the barn at Misty Farms by photojournalistic Michigan wedding photographer Heather Jowett.Bride and groom pose by the barn at Misty Farms by photojournalistic Michigan wedding photographer Heather Jowett.The wedding party poses by the barn at Misty Farms by photojournalistic Michigan wedding photographer Heather Jowett.The wedding party poses by the barn at Misty Farms by photojournalistic Michigan wedding photographer Heather Jowett.The wedding party poses by the barn at Misty Farms by photojournalistic Michigan wedding photographer Heather Jowett.The wedding party poses by the barn at Misty Farms by photojournalistic Michigan wedding photographer Heather Jowett.The wedding party poses by the barn at Misty Farms by photojournalistic Michigan wedding photographer Heather Jowett.The bride is given away by her father during a wedding ceremony at Misty Farms.The bride is given away by her father during a wedding ceremony at Misty Farms.Wedding ceremony at Misty Farms in Ann Arbor MI.The bride and groom laugh during the brides wedding vows at Misty Farms in Ann Arbor MI.The bride and groom laugh during the brides wedding vows at Misty Farms in Ann Arbor MI.An emotional wedding ceremony at Misty Farms in Ann Arbor MI.An emotional wedding ceremony at Misty Farms in Ann Arbor MI.An emotional wedding ceremony at Misty Farms in Ann Arbor MI.An emotional and laughter filled wedding ceremony at Misty Farms in Ann Arbor MI.Bride and groom share their first kiss at Misty Farms in Ann Arbor Michigan.Bride and groom pose by the pond at Misty Farms in Ann Arbor MI.Bride and groom pose in a field at Misty Farms in Ann Arbor MI.Bride and groom share a quite moment at Misty Farms in Ann Arbor MI.Custom Mason Jar wedding favors.Custom Mason Jar wedding favors.Wedding details at Misty Farms by photojournalistic Michigan wedding photographer Heather Jowett.The grounds at Misty Farms by photojournalistic Michigan wedding photographer Heather Jowett.The grounds at Misty Farms by photojournalistic Michigan wedding photographer Heather Jowett.Guests enjoying cocktail hour at Misty Farms by photojournalistic Michigan wedding photographer Heather Jowett.Guests enjoying cocktail hour at Misty Farms by photojournalistic Michigan wedding photographer Heather Jowett.Laughter filled toasts during a wedding reception at Misty Farms by photojournalistic Michigan wedding photographer Heather Jowett.Laughter filled toasts during a wedding reception at Misty Farms by photojournalistic Michigan wedding photographer Heather Jowett.Laughter filled toasts during a wedding reception at Misty Farms by photojournalistic Michigan wedding photographer Heather Jowett.Laughter filled toasts during a wedding reception at Misty Farms by photojournalistic Michigan wedding photographer Heather Jowett.The bride sheds a tear during toasts at a wedding reception at Misty Farms by photojournalistic Michigan wedding photographer Heather Jowett.The tent and the sunset at a wedding reception at Misty Farms by photojournalistic Michigan wedding photographer Heather Jowett.Bride and groom enjoy the sunset at a wedding reception at Misty Farms by photojournalistic Michigan wedding photographer Heather Jowett.Wedding rings on a piano at Misty Farms.Bride and groom share a first dance in the barn at a wedding reception at Misty Farms by photojournalistic Michigan wedding photographer Heather Jowett.Bride and groom share a first dance in the barn at a wedding reception at Misty Farms by photojournalistic Michigan wedding photographer Heather Jowett.Bride and groom share a first dance in the barn at a wedding reception at Misty Farms by photojournalistic Michigan wedding photographer Heather Jowett.Parent dances in the barn at a wedding reception at Misty Farms by photojournalistic Michigan wedding photographer Heather Jowett.Parent dances in the barn at a wedding reception at Misty Farms by photojournalistic Michigan wedding photographer Heather Jowett.Wedding guests dancing the night away in the barn at Misty Farms.Wedding guests dancing the night away in the barn at Misty Farms.Wedding guests dancing the night away in the barn at Misty Farms.Wedding guests dancing the night away in the barn at Misty Farms.Wedding guests dancing the night away in the barn at Misty Farms.Exterior shot of the barn at night at Misty Farms.The stars.

Joseph Hall Photography - Lovely couple, lovely wedding and adore ALL the couple shots – fantastic memories!

damian burcher - Wonderful fun set. Love that black and white group shot near the beginning, also really like the rings on the piano keys and the sun poking through the barn. The first look shots are beautiful.

caroline - lady!!! these are ridiculous!!! the dark/moody back of the dress lace shot is ridiculous good. also, THIS needs to one blown up and hung somewhere the whole world can see: http://heatherjowett.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/misty.farm_.blog010.jpg. also this one is a just plain awesome moment: http://heatherjowett.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/misty.farm_.blog045.jpg. nice work, heather!

/mariahedengren - I love first look moments. So adorable! And just the awesomeness all throughout you captured. fabulous work!!

Lyn Ismael-Bennett - Wow, you nailed those portraits! What a charming wedding this was!

Sachin Khona - Beautiful as always Heather J! love them portraits!

Heather Elizabeth - That shot of the bride crying is absolutely haunting. Also your reception shots are just SO damn good. I give praise to a fellow Heather.

Janet Palmer - What a fun bridal party!
Perfect storytelling, love the barn!

PJ - this is amazing story Heather…

Albert Palmer - Your work is genuinely awesome Heather, but I’m particularly drawn to your posed photos with the bridal party – beautiful! What a location.

Jessica - The first black and white photo. OH MY HEART!

Joanna - Beautiful work as always! I love your reception photos and their portraits.

Sinereh Soleimani - Lovely storytelling, it just looks like such a fun and happy wedding. This last few shots of the barn are killer! And that B&W sun flared portrait of the couple, LOVE!

Heather Kanillopoolos - Absolutely gorgeous work, Heather!! I adore the fun bridal party portraits!!

M o r e   i n f o
T w i t t e r