Heidi describes her experience of having a makeover and portrait session at Confederation Park in Calgary with Laurie MacBrown Photography, and how she was overcome with emotion when she saw how beautiful she was in the photos.
Grief is a tough topic, but Heidi isn't shying away from it.
She's a young widow who is combining her life experience with a childhood dream to become a writer and do what she is best at: helping others.
Heidi is hilarious, kind, and generous.
Let me give you an example: I ask all of the participants in 30 Days of Gorgeous to answer 3 questions for me on video towards the end of their session.
I ran into so many technical difficulties with my memory card and my microphone that day (WTF!), but Heidi was so patient with me.
She answered my questions REPEATEDLY, even though it made her cry every time!
Her portrait session in Confederation Park was like hanging out with a good friend!
30 Days of Gorgeous:
A Photography Project in Calgary Featuring the Beauty of Women 35 and Older
Tell me your story, Heidi.
This is a broad topic....no pun intended.
I am a 40+ year old business owner, who is figuring out this life of mine.
Recently widowed, I have found myself trying to figure out this new normal after a major loss, then COVID hit and it's a new normal again.
I have always had a dream to write and publish a book, so during this crazy COVID time, I have started 2 books, one will be out at the end of Nov 2020 and the other early in 2021.
Both books are on grief, which sounds depressing, and some parts are sad, but others are funny (cuz that is just how I roll) and others are really practical, because most of us have never been taught how to grieve, and could use a few pointers.
I have a passion to travel, and it is usually to places hotter than here. Calgary is home as my family is here, but my heart loves the heat and meeting new people and cultures.
Once COVID settles down, you will find me in warmer climates as much as I can.
I am currently in the process of downsizing (pretty much putting whatever I want to keep in storage) so that I can enjoy the full benefits of travel without the weight of material things holding me down.
I am a business owner that virtually supports other small businesses administratively.
I started Summit Designs 5 years ago when I decided I was done working corporate.
I love what I do, and the joy of being a business owner and the freedom it allows me to still connect with people, but from anywhere in the world (well where there is internet).
Lastly, I have a love for people.
I am blessed to have a very diverse network of friends and family.
I am very active in personal development programs that allow me to have amazing people in my life from around North America that I know very deeply, and whom I consider family.
In my travels, over the last 20 years, I have connected with some amazing people who I treasure deeply.
I am blessed to have the life I have.
Why do you want to participate in the 30 Days of Gorgeous?
All of the photos of women that have taken part look like they are so comfortable and happy.
They are stunning.
I want to feel that way too!
What does being a woman of your age mean to you?
Life happens for you not to you, and I am learning this in every aspect of my life.
I am 40+ and have a lot to live as I have learned that tomorrow isn't promised.
I am literally packing up my house, and putting everything in storage to see where life takes me.
My hope is to travel and promote my book, and share my stories, and not be in Canada for the cold winters!
Putting a lot of faith into I will land where I am supposed to....especially during COVID!
I have learned that what other people think of me is none of my business and that I am quite happy when others think I am crazy, it usually means I am having fun.
What is the number one piece of advice you'd tell your younger self?
Practice gratitude every single day.
Tell the people you love that you love them whenever you speak.
What makes you feel beautiful?
I am amazing at loving myself and others.
I have a gift to be able to connect with people, and have them be open with me.
I am funny, some may disagree, but many comment that I missed my calling to be a comedian.
I am a Contemporary Beauty and Personal Portrait Photographer.
You will have an unforgettable experience when you book a portrait session with me. You will look and feel like a celebrity, I promise!
The people I photograph always feel a boost in self-confidence during their portrait session. They tell me that I set them at ease and make them feel comfortable in front of the camera.
Print is my passion, and I believe that your portraits deserve to be displayed on your walls and in gorgeous folio boxes. I will custom-design the most beautiful wall displays and albums to suit your style.