Understanding Photography | Cameras

What kind of camera do you use?

This is one of the top 5 questions people ask me when they find out I’m a photographer. In fact, I’m guilty of asking it too. But here’s the deal: the type of camera you shoot with doesn’t really matter. I’ve shot with Nikon, Canon, Sony & iPhones. Digital & Film. Professional & Consumer level. Vintage and Modern. Don’t let equipment dictate your skill set. A camera is only a tool. Yes, different types of cameras excel at different things – but is your vision that creates a compelling photograph.

The real question we should ask each other should be: Why do you love photography?
I love storytelling.

visual storytelling


Free Photography Cheat Sheet | Storytelling Workshop

The day has finally arrived for the launch of

Storytelling with Heather Hart, a photography workshop!

Imagine loving your camera,
because you can create the photos you’ve always wanted.

This video shows my family, these are my candid personal photos, this is our beautiful story. You can take amazing photos that share your story too; you can do this!

Let’s take one day to understand what creates the emotion of your life story and how it translates into your photography. We will discuss elements of story and narrative photography as well as simplify the often overwhelming options for equipment, settings, apps and prints.

All of this, with an intimate group of women, eager to learn and support you. And of course, let’s not forget the inspiring setting of Cacao Sweets & Treats and the delicious natural, organic scratch-made confections that will spark our own creativity.

All camera types and all experience levels welcome. Participation is open to women high school age and above. Weather-permitting, we will conclude our time together with a photo walk through historic downtown Grayslake. Participation in this workshop also includes 6 months of membership in a private FaceBook group, a perfect place to share your story & continue your photographic exploration.

Workshop Pricing: $250 per participant
Saturday, May 2nd – 12:00PM-3:30PM
Cacao Sweets & Treats located at 122 Center Street, Grayslake, IL
Dessert table & beverages included
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ATTENDEE REFERRAL BONUS! Here’s the extra-awesome part: Because this workshop is all about you, the participants, we are offering a $50 CASH bonus for EACH additional paid attendee you refer! Want to attend for FREE? Simply refer 5 friends! Contact Heather for full details: heather [at] heatherhartstudio.com. Storytelling with Heather Hart PDF As a gift in honor of this fabulous day, here is a FREE Manual Photography Cheat Sheet for all of my favorite people! Learn Camera Settings Happy shooting!


Family & Ballet Photography | Libertyville Photographer

This year we decided to do portraits of just the kids and then take some time to do special shots of the oldest daughter, an en pointe ballerina. It was a beautiful setting and her graceful moves matched it perfectly.

ballerina portrait


Fall Portraits | Gurnee Senior Photographer

I had a great time photographing these two siblings. Not only were they willing to venture out in the chilly fall weather, but they also went along with my creative shots and I LOVE how they came out. It’s a  big year for the older one, so we made sure to get in some senior portraits for him… I’m pretty sure he could be an Abercrombie model 🙂

Grayslake Senior Photographer



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Sunset High School Portrait | Grayslake High School Photographer

We had a fabulous high school portrait session right at sunset, with storm clouds rolling in. Haley may not be a high school senior just yet, but when she is, we will have SO. MUCH. FUN!WarrenHighSchoolSeniorPortrait


Kid’s Neon Summer Portraits | Grayslake Photographer



I love the neon trend right now – it just fits with my boys’ energetic style. We took one sunny afternoon and had a portrait session full of color, big sticks, sunglasses & light sabers. Just the way childhood should be.Gurnee Photographer


Extended Family Summer Portrait | Lake Villa Family Photographer



Even with a few fleeting raindrops, we managed to have a great time and capture some great images of this family. And of course the scenery was pretty amazing too!
Gurnee Family Portraits