We had the good fortune of connecting with Heidi Jewell and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Heidi, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
I chose to pursue an artistic and creative career because it’s who I am. Once I picked up a camera, I knew it was the creative outlet for me. It’s a privilege to be a part of what goes into the entire pre-production through post-production of a photoshoot for a client. The storyboarding and moodboarding, collaborating with stylists, production crews, the final retouch of photos. For me, the camera’s viewfinder is a window of opportunity. I love the challenge of getting the perfect shot. The entire delivery of images to the client and seeing how they come to life on the brand’s website, social channels, newsletters. It’s a privilege to be a part of the bigger picture being shared: their story.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’m a Denver-based commercial photographer specializing in food & drink, lifestyle, and product photography. My path to being a professional photographer has never been easy. It has been rewarding in teaching me perseverance, resilience, and gratitude. I’ve learned to overcome the inevitable business challenges that arise by staying focused on the course. Eye on the ball. Never giving up like Winston Churchill said. For me, it helps to keep things in perspective, and take it one step at a time. Being a business owner has furthered my love of being organized and systematic. I’m one of Marie Kondo’s fans, and agree that you can “spark joy” by being organized. Up to now, the challenges have taught me that the gift of learning is growth. I look forward to continuing to grow.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Stretch your legs post flight and head to Boulder for a hike at Sanitas Mountain Trailhead. Take in some great views of the Flatirons at the summit. Afterwards, go to Rosetta Hall for a meal and drinks. Or, Wonder Press for organic cold-pressed juice and smoothies! Meanwhile, back in Denver, RiNo is a creative neighborhood with unique graffiti lining the streets to places like Denver Central Market, Topo Designs, and Crema Coffee House. Walking along 32nd in the Highlands Square neighborhood is another good option to dine and shop local businesses. Avanti Food & Beverage down the street has Nashville Hot Chicken and patio views.. Speaking of food halls, The Source Hotel + Market Hall, Zeppelin Station, & Stanley Marketplace in Aurora are excellent. Lace up your hiking boots! After all the local dining, a Colorado 14er at Mt. Bierstadt (14,060 foot summit) is calling your name early the next morning. Back in the city, rent bikes or scooters and make your way to Denver Botanic Gardens. Afterwards, the Denver Zoo is close by to pedal to. Or, take in the local scenery and make your way downtown to Union Station for cocktails and apps at the fancy Cooper Lounge. April through November, enjoy a show at the historic Red Rocks Amphitheatre. Get your tickets in advance and take an Uber or Lyft there. Next, turn to the great outdoors and small town mountain charm. Telluride, Crested Butte, and Steamboat Springs are great places for skiing, biking, hiking, and camping excursions!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Juli Dimos and Jennifer McGhee of Voco Creative!