Portrait Artist Heather Beadles started her journey to portraiture long before she picked up a camera. Being the fourth generation Oklahoman to grow up on her family’s 1889 Land Run Farm, family legacy is a integral part of her heritage. With a passion to encourage marriages and families, she studied Family Relations and Child Development at Oklahoma State University. After receiving a Master’s Degree in Counseling she went on to become a Licensed Professional Counselor. It was about that time that she was given her first “real” camera and the love of capturing faces and stories was born.
As a mother to four children, Heather completely understands the bittersweet emotion of being excited to see our kids grow and develop while also longing to make time slow down so that they can be enjoyed just a little longer at each stage. She knows that desperate internal desire to make sure each one of her own children know they belong and are deeply loved.
Heather believes that a family’s photographs have the inspiring power to provide hope and joy and serve as constant reminders of who and what is most important in life. Her background in family studies and counseling give her a unique ability to capture family dynamics and personality that stand the test of time and serve as a constant reminder of the family's legacy.
For over 15 years Heather has been honing her artistic skills in composition, posing, lighting and color harmony. Over time her portraits have evolved from photographs into hand-painted portrait art. By blending the crafts of photography and brush painting, subjects are no longer stuck with an artist’s “interpretation” of how they look, and as a result her embellished mixed media portrait paintings have become highly desired by her clients.
Heather has earned the prestigious Master of Photography Degree with the Professional Photographers of America, is a Certified Professional Photographer and was invited to be a member of the American Society of Photographers. She is sought after nationally as an instructor in the craft of photographic wall portraiture.
Heather’s passion is to use portraiture to encourage families and remind each child in the portrait that no matter what happens in life, they belong, they are deeply loved, they are worthy and are part of a larger story…the family legacy.