About Me

I am a product and prop stylist, as well as a set designer, and on set art director. I currently live in Upstate New York, and formerly worked in the commercial photography industry in NYC and Miami.

 

Bed styling is one of my specialties, I also enjoy tabletop, accessories, set design and light food styling.  I am an expert at 'making it work', I face obstacles head on and do whatever I can to get a fantastic shot that will drive my client's sales. My job is to bring the client's and art director's vision to reality. I deliver quality images, under budget and before the deadline. My clients trust me to take the reins with art direction to tighten up concepts. I guarantee the product will shine!
 
Willing to travel.
 
imrievisual at gmail dot com 
voice/text 518•369•2614

@imrie_visual_stylist
 

History

My interest in photography began as a child and by twelve I had my own make shift darkroom, taking over the upstairs bathroom, until I was granted permission to use the darkroom at the high school. After high school I took two years off, landed a job as a Visual Merchandiser and found I had a natural ability to present merchandise attractively. At 19 I had my window featured in the local paper.
 
I had my first photography show at this time at a local pub, where I also dressed the windows. A gentleman told me my photography was good, I had won some local awards and I sold a few pieces, but the windows, 'that's where your talent lies'. He grabbed a few glasses and put them in front of me and said 'I bet you could come up with some amazing way to show these off.' He was right, I was flooded with ideas.  It was an important moment for me. But I still wanted to be a fancy fashion photographer. So off to NYC I went.

 

After getting my degree in photography at the Fashion Institute of Technology I jumped right into assisting commercial photographers. During school I won awards for my work and several pieces were accepted into FIT's permanent collection. Although I had set my sites on high end fashion, and was lucky enough to assist some excellent ones, I worked for a great number of product photographers.

 

 

I learned view cameras like the back of my hand and all kinds of lightening techniques, tungsten, strobe, HMIs, etc. This was before the digital era, eventually I worked as a shooter in a studio that was testing prototypes of digital backs.

 

In the mid to late 90's in NYC I did promotional photography for downtown musicians/performers as well as off off off (very off) Broadway plays. I worked for various clubs doing graphics for flyers. Well it wasn't high fashion but it was fun!

 
I always enjoyed helping the stylists and eventually learned the ropes and began styling myself in NYC and moved to Miami in 1999. After getting married and starting a family I moved back to upstate NY in 2002. I got back into Visual Merchandising, eventually became a District Visual Merchandising Director for Bon Ton, where I worked for 7 years, based in Buffalo and Rochester. I moved back to the Saratoga area and found a studio that did product photography in 2014 and now I am grateful to be back to doing what I love.


Recommendations

"I've worked with Heather for several years at Vermont Country Store. She has brought a new vision to the styling of our domestics category, helped invigorate our still life photography, and brought excitement to our off-figure fashion work. She brings not only an eye and hand for styling, but many years of diverse production experience, whether in studio or on location. Most importantly, sales are up in the categories she works on!"

-Ken Burris

Senior Photographer at The Vermont Country Store

"Heather is efficient, creative and always willing to add her visual magic to any project. Not only are the results stellar but the crew and set vibe is always on point as well!"

-Jude Goldman

Commercial Fashion Photographer

"Heather is a wonderful stylist with a great attitude. She takes on any project with professionalism and dedication. I trust that Heather will go above and beyond the clients expectations each and every time."

-Jen Arlotta

Executive Producer - QuadPhoto BLUESOHO