2014: Progress

I don’t really know what to say. 2014 was the biggest year of my career so far, and I can only express in so many ways how lucky, blessed, fortunate, downright blown away I am that this is my job. The truth is, I cried and listened to beautiful acoustic music while making selections for this post. One of those good cries. One of those cries where it just hits you that your life is special and that things are as they should be.

Being a wedding photographer isn’t like other jobs. People open their hearts for you to document, for you to witness, and with every click of the shutter, you show them a little piece of your own heart. It shows in how you bathed a mother in glowing light as she zipped up a dress, or how you focused on the way his arms wrapped around her, or how you captured that millisecond of a smile before the kiss.

These are some photographs I took in 2014. These are some pieces of my heart. I hope you enjoy them.

Tiffany - Beautiful! Absolutely beautiful! Wishing you an even bigger year in 2015! :)

Aaron - Oh Heather, what an incredible year you’ve had! Your photography is vibrant, skilful and never dull – you’ve captured some amazing moments and you should be so proud of a busy and productive year! Here’s to 2015!

rahul khona - Gorgeous work, love the party photo’s!

Tomasz Wagner - I haven’t even started culling images for my 2014 best of post… and now I don’t want to even more. ;) Well done!

Anton Chia - All lovely images!

Natalie and Peter’s Old School Glam Wedding at the Detroit Yacht Club

This was one of those wedding days where, as a photographer, I wanted to spend the entire day pinching myself. Everything fell together just the way it should: the breathtaking ceremony location, the moody skies during portraits, and the classic reception in my favorite ballroom in Detroit (the Detroit Yacht Club). The entire day was infused with an old school glamour inspired by Peter’s work in the film industry, and their mutual love of an era of hollywood long since past. Most importantly, I had an amazing couple, Natalie and Peter, who treated me like family, were willing to brave the cold and the wind, and more than anything wanted genuine moments in their wedding photographs.

Here are a few of those genuine moments.

Dolce and Gabbana Wedding shoes.A brideHair and makeup preparations before a Detroit wedding.Bride is given last minute touches on her hair and makeup before her Detroit Wedding by photographer Heather Jowett.The mother of the bride and maid of honor help a bride into her Monique Lhuillier gown.The mother of the bride and maid of honor help a bride into her Monique Lhuillier gown.Finishing touches on a Detroit BrideFirst look with father before a Detroit wedding.A groom gets dressed in his custom 1701 Bespoke Tuxedo before his Detroit Wedding day.A groom gets dressed in his custom 1701 Bespoke Tuxedo before his Detroit Wedding day.A groom gets dressed in his custom 1701 Bespoke Tuxedo before his Detroit Wedding day.Groom shares a drink with his groomsmen before his Detroit wedding.The groom and his groomsmen head to the wedding ceremony on a Detroit wedding day by photographer Heather Jowett.The bride is transported to her wedding ceremony in her fatherThe father of the bride drives his daughter to her wedding ceremony in Detroit.Bride touches up makeup in the back of a classic Mercedes.Ukrainian Orthodox Wedding Ceremony in Hamtramck Michigan.Mother of the bride and the groom watch for the bride coming down the aisle during a Ukrainian Orthodox Wedding Ceremony in Hamtramck Michigan by photographer Heather Jowett.The father of the bride giving his daughter away.Ukrainian Orthodox Wedding Ceremony in Hamtramck Michigan by photographer Heather Jowett.The bride and groom exchange rings during a Ukrainian Orthodox Wedding Ceremony in Hamtramck Michigan by photographer Heather Jowett.Crowing ceremony during a Ukrainian Orthodox Wedding Ceremony in Hamtramck Michigan by photographer Heather Jowett.Interior of the sanctuary at Immaculate Conception Ukrainian Rite Catholic Church during a Ukrainian Orthodox Wedding Ceremony in Hamtramck Michigan by photographer Heather Jowett.Bride and groom during wedding ceremony at Immaculate Conception Ukrainian Rite Catholic Church in Hamtramck Michigan.Bride and groom during wedding ceremony at Immaculate Conception Ukrainian Rite Catholic Church in Hamtramck Michigan.Bride and groom share their first kiss during wedding ceremony at Immaculate Conception Ukrainian Rite Catholic Church in Hamtramck Michigan.The bride and groom take their wedding party on a trolley ride through Detroit on the wedding day.Bridal party portraits at the Detroit Institute of Arts by Wedding Photographer Heather Jowett.Wedding party portraits at the Detroit Institute of Arts by Wedding Photographer Heather Jowett.Bride and groom portraits at the Detroit Institute of Arts by Wedding Photographer Heather Jowett.Old school glamour bride and groom portraits at the Detroit Institute of Arts by Wedding Photographer Heather Jowett.Old school glamour bride and groom portraits at the Detroit Institute of Arts by Wedding Photographer Heather Jowett.Old school glamour bride and groom portraits at the Detroit Institute of Arts by Wedding Photographer Heather Jowett.Timeless bride and groom portraits at the Detroit Institute of Arts by Wedding Photographer Heather Jowett.Bridesmaid and groomsmen portraits at the Belle Isle Casino by Wedding Photographer Heather Jowett.Bridesmaid and groomsmen portraits at the Belle Isle Casino by Wedding Photographer Heather Jowett.Bride and groom pose for wedding portraits by willow trees on Belle Isle in Detroit.Bride and groom pose for wedding portraits by willow trees on Belle Isle in Detroit.Bride and groom pose for wedding portraits by willow trees on Belle Isle in Detroit.Bride and groom pose for wedding portraits by the Conservatory on Belle Isle in Detroit.Bride and groom at the greenhouses on Belle Isle in Detroit.Bride and bridesmaids wear traditional Ukrainian wedding flower crowns.Glamorous gold wedding cake at a timeless Detroit Yacht Club black tie wedding.Glamorous details at a timeless Detroit Yacht Club black tie wedding.The ballroom at the Detroit Yacht Club ready for a black tie wedding.Bride and groom take a private moment to practice their first dance.Bride and groom enter their Detroit Yacht Club wedding reception by Photographer Heather Jowett.Maid of honor shares a heartfelt toast during a Detroit Yacht Club wedding reception by Photographer Heather Jowett.Maid of honor shares a heartfelt toast during a Detroit Yacht Club wedding reception by Photographer Heather Jowett.bride and maid of honor hugging.The best man toasts to his brother during a Detroit Yacht Club wedding reception by Photographer Heather Jowett.The best man toasts to his brother during a Detroit Yacht Club wedding reception by Photographer Heather Jowett.The best man toasts to his brother during a Detroit Yacht Club wedding reception by Photographer Heather Jowett.The father of bride shares some words and a hug with his new son in law during a Detroit Yacht Club black tie wedding reception.The groom shares a few words with his wedding guests.Wedding guests enjoying dinner at the Detroit Yacht Club.A bride shares a dance with her father at her Detroit Yacht Club wedding by photographer Heather Jowett.A bride shares a dance with her father at her Detroit Yacht Club wedding by photographer Heather Jowett.A bride shares a dance with her father at her Detroit Yacht Club wedding by photographer Heather Jowett.The groom shares a dance with his mother at his Detroit Yacht Club wedding by photographer Heather Jowett.The groom shares a dance with his mother at his Detroit Yacht Club wedding by photographer Heather Jowett.The groom shares a dance with his mother at his Detroit Yacht Club wedding by photographer Heather Jowett.A live swing band performs at a Detroit Yacht Club wedding.A live swing band performs at a Detroit Yacht Club wedding.The bride and groom share their first dance at the Detroit Yacht Club wedding by Michigan photographer Heather Jowett.The bride and groom share their first dance at the Detroit Yacht Club wedding by Michigan photographer Heather Jowett.The bride and groom share their first dance at the Detroit Yacht Club wedding by Michigan photographer Heather Jowett.The bride and groom share their first dance at the Detroit Yacht Club wedding by Michigan photographer Heather Jowett.The bride and groom share their first dance at the Detroit Yacht Club wedding by Michigan photographer Heather Jowett.Old school hollywood portraits are use to photograph wedding rings.Wedding rings.Wedding guests dance the night away at a black tie Detroit Yacht Club wedding by Michigan Photographer Heather Jowett.Wedding guests dance the night away at a black tie Detroit Yacht Club wedding by Michigan Photographer Heather Jowett.Wedding guests dance the night away at a black tie Detroit Yacht Club wedding by Michigan Photographer Heather Jowett.The bride, groom, and guests do traditional Ukrainian dances at a Detroit Yacht Club wedding by Michigan Photographer Heather Jowett.The bride, groom, and guests do traditional Ukrainian dances at a Detroit Yacht Club wedding by Michigan Photographer Heather Jowett.The bride, groom, and guests do traditional Ukrainian dances at a Detroit Yacht Club wedding by Michigan Photographer Heather Jowett.The bride, groom, and guests do traditional Ukrainian dances at a Detroit Yacht Club wedding by Michigan Photographer Heather Jowett.The bride, groom, and guests do traditional Ukrainian dances at a Detroit Yacht Club wedding by Michigan Photographer Heather Jowett.Bride tossing her bouquet.Groom retrieving the garter from his Bride.Groom tossing garter.Wedding guests dance the night away at a black tie Detroit Yacht Club wedding by Michigan Photographer Heather Jowett.Wedding guests dance the night away at a black tie Detroit Yacht Club wedding by Michigan Photographer Heather Jowett.Wedding guests dance the night away at a black tie Detroit Yacht Club wedding by Michigan Photographer Heather Jowett.Bride and groom dance the night away at a black tie Detroit Yacht Club wedding by Michigan Photographer Heather Jowett.Wedding Photographer Heather Jowett poses with her bride and groom at a Detroit Yacht Club wedding.Wedding guests dance the night away at a black tie Detroit Yacht Club wedding by Michigan Photographer Heather Jowett.

Becky, Jeremy, and Fall in Michigan

To anyone who hasn’t experienced fall in Michigan, I feel sorry for you. On a sunny day the light is absolutely stunning and our foliage is some of the best in the country. Also, it’s the season of the most delicious apple in the world, the honeycrisp. I don’t have a favorite season, because that’s just silly, but I have a special place in my heart for fall and it’s brevity. It comes and goes so quickly.

Becky and Jeremy love fall too. In fact, Becky got in touch with me in August to insure we’d be able to shoot together come fall. October is truly the gauntlet for Midwest photographers. Everyone wants to shoot with the fall colors and they’re so brief, so take this as a tip: if you want to shoot in fall, follow’s Becky’s example and reach out in August.

Stunning fall foliage at a couples session at the Matthei Botanical Gardens in Ann Arbor by wedding photographer Heather Jowett.Fall couples photography at the Ann Arbor Botanical Gardens.Fall couples photography at the Ann Arbor Botanical Gardens.Bright red fall foliage at a fall couples photographyn at the Ann Arbor Botanical Gardens by wedding photographer Heather Jowett.Bright red fall foliage at a fall couples photography session at the Ann Arbor Botanical Gardens by wedding photographer Heather JowettA couple poses between a line of pines during a photography session in Ann Arbor.Fall couples photography at the Ann Arbor Botanical Gardens.Fall couples photography at the Ann Arbor Botanical Gardens.Fall couples photography at the Ann Arbor Botanical Gardens.Fall couples photography session at the Ann Arbor Botanical Gardens.Couple wraps up in a plaid scarf at a fall couples photography session at the Ann Arbor Botanical Gardens.Bright orange and tell fall foliage at a fall couples photography session at the Ann Arbor Botanical Gardens by wedding photographer Heather Jowett

M o r e   i n f o
T w i t t e r