It’s no wonder Heather Gallagher chose documentary photography. She was in our house for 5 minutes and I had already offered her half my coffee and exchanged breastfeeding notes. She was an instant friend. And if I had to guess, I’m not the only client that has felt that way.
Back to documentary photography and why it’s so fitting for Heather. She photographs the most intimate of family moments– maternity, childbirth, the first 48 hours, and then should you choose (and you should choose), will continue to document your family for as long as you’d like. More about her subscription service later. Heather stopped by our house on a regular Sunday morning to shoot some photos of my family. At times, we forgot she was there–quietly snapping away and letting us get lost in our Sunday routines of cooking breakfast, playing with Bowie and taking a family walk. We had nothing planned which as a wardrobe stylist and creative, every detail is always planned, especially the outfits, but we decided to give up all control and truly let her document our life as we live it and the results were beautiful, busy, and so us. We sat down with Heather to find out what exactly documentary photography is, how Heather and husband Tim (co-owner of St. Elmo Brewing and first father featured on Love Child here) manage two businesses while raising their son, and what’s next for Heather Gallagher Photography. Hint, hint…subscription photography services!
1. You are a documentary photographer. How does this style differ from other photography?
2. What was your journey like to becoming a photographer??
3. You photographed our family in our home on a regular Sunday morning. No matching outfits, dog hair everywhere, and yet, you managed to capture us perfectly. Why is it important to you to capture families as they are just hanging at home?
4. Your subscription service is brilliant. How did this idea come to be?
5. What is the benefit of a family working with only one photographer?
6. Your husband, Tim (co-owner of St. Elmo Brewery) was recently featured on Love Child. How do you guys balance running your businesses and finding time for your relationship?
7. What does your wellness routine look like?
I definitely don’t have a routine, per se. I used to be more diligent about working out, going for a swim at Deep Eddy or practicing yoga, but I’d be lying if I said I’ve kept that up in recent years. And honestly I’m okay with that. Like I said before, there’s a season for everything and I’ve given myself grace since becoming a mother and stopped putting so much pressure on myself to do it all. That has been incredibly rewarding in itself, if that makes sense and I feel is really beneficial to my mental and emotional health. I go outside, walk the dog, play with my son in the yard, take a long bike ride and engage with the world whenever possible. I know this sounds so basic but I can’t tell you how hard it is to do this when I spend so much time behind a computer. I’ve always had sleep issues, never being able to nap and general insomnia. I’m high anxiety and restless so melatonin has been a really wonderful and gentle addition to my daily routine. It helps me get much needed restorative sleep. Oh, and kale. Lots of kale.