I'm Heidi Vail, a fine art photographer, and recent transplant to sunny Florida! I married my college sweetheart Tim a decade ago and we have two sweet kids, Charlie & Penny! People are my passion and I love documenting their stories. However, when I’m not photographing timeless weddings and joyful portrait sessions, you can find me exploring the great outdoors, experimenting in the kitchen, and having fun with my family!
Growing up on Cape Cod, if I wasn’t outside exploring the woods and the waves, I was creating art. I loved to draw, dance, sing, and craft jewelry to sell to tourists on the beach. And yet, the idea of going to art school never occurred to me. I figured I was going to a university to study biology or history. Luckily, fate stepped in when my high school art teacher encouraged me to apply to a few art schools, including Savannah College of Art & Design.
At SCAD I received my BFA in photography, joined the crew team, met amazing people from around the world, and fell in love. But it wasn’t until after college that I found my true calling. I was soon-to-be engaged, new to Boston, and just starting out when I applied to be a wedding photographer’s assistant. I helped photograph one wedding and from that moment, I was hooked.
There is a level of intimacy and connection that take place when I photograph a monumental moment in someone else's life. That’s why I’ve enjoyed being a wedding and portrait photographer for the past decade. It doesn’t matter if I’m thousands of miles from home or just down the street, I’m happiest when photographing compassionate, down to earth people like yourself, and helping them tell their story.
So what is your story? Are you newly engaged and looking for the right person to document your upcoming wedding? Maybe you are a mama of three and it has been way too long since you’ve stepped in front of a camera? Or maybe you are an old friend/past client and just want to stay connected? Whatever the case, I’m so glad you are here and hope to hear from you soon!
"Heidi was absolutely amazing from our engagement session to the wedding to editing and posting the photos quickly thereafter. She is so easy to work with and has a great calming way about her -- perfect for a wedding! Her photographs are beautiful and she took a lot of time to understand what exactly we wanted to capture. I would highly recommend her for any occasion you want memorialized and hope to get to work with her again."
"This holiday season marks the fourth year we have chosen Heidi Vail Photography for our family portraits. Each time, I have a moment of post- photoshoot doubt--will there be one of my kids with genuine smiles? What about a family shot where all four of us look presentable?--and I can honestly say this moment gets shorter each year. I put my trust in Heidi and I am always so impressed with the results. She beautifully captures those moments I didn't even see. Thank you, Heidi."
"Heidi is simply amazing. Working in the wedding industry gave me an upper hand when it came to knowing who I wanted to use for our wedding day. I knew right away that I wanted Heidi there with us to capture our big day. Heidi is beyond accommodating making not only one but two site visits when our plans for an outdoor summer wedding quickly changed to a small intimate winter wedding she wanted to make sure she was familiar with the venue and what we were looking for. I must say I am not an easy client I really do not like getting my picture taken but once again Heidi somehow made the picture taking not only painless but dare I say almost fun?? She is just simply the best and I can’t thank her enough for all she did to make our day truly amazing!"
"My family and I have had the absolute pleasure of working with Heidi for the past 6 years. Heidi photographed our wedding, our first maternity session, and continues to document our growing family. Heidi is so organized and talented, I always feel so at ease when working with her. Whether it's picking outfits or coordinating schedules, Heidi is the epitome of professional and so pleasant to work with. Heidi is also so amazing with my little ones. In addition to her getting fabulous photos of them, my children really look forward to seeing Heidi each time. This last time they even asked why Heidi wasn't in our pictures. It was so sweet and really speaks to her incredible talent for working even with very young clients. I feel so lucky to have Heidi document such important moments in our family's life, and could not recommend her enough to anyone looking for a professional photographer to capture special moments in their life."