A photograph is more than a picture, it’s a glimpse into a story. 
Through my images are stories that reveal expressions of love and emotion, thoughtfully composed and filled with light; capturing the beautiful moments and the in-betweens while finding the interesting in the ordinary. 


Storyteller  |  creator  |  connector

I am a destination film photographer, passionate to the core and wanderlust at heart, seeking adventure & authentic connections. 

As a young girl growing up on a farm in small town NC, I desired to explore the world and see new things. My upbringing taught me a lot about hard work, slow living, developing tough skin and working with my hands. 

After spending most of my life studying everything horticulture [plants, design, flowers, landscapes & architecture], I married my high school sweetheart and moved to a Marine base on the east coast. It was here that my love for film photography began. The light, colors & process of film captivated me. It challenged me to slow down and be intentional in preserving time. 

I believe we all have a purpose. Building strong relationships with clients and using my gifts to capture and create a space to share their story is mine. Life is all about navigating through the journey, seeing possibility, being vulnerable and loving each other with God's grace. Photography is my creative outlet, helping me unveil the beauty in nature and people. I seek to document a pureness of raw emotion that is unique to each story. 

Our connection will lead to a beautiful understanding of your uniqueness. I’ll be your guide every step of the way, helping you navigate this exciting time in your journey as we discover your honest story.



 



Heather payne

artist

CONTACT

IMAGES : JOSH MOREHOUSE

team

My husband, Seth Payne, is my right-hand-man. Seth spent five years protecting and serving our country which included numerous tours overseas. I am incredibly proud of his dedication and sacrifices and am so thrilled to have him on the team for all travels and weddings. He assists using both digital & film cameras and ensures I capture every moment while always wearing a smile on his face. I adore him. 

IMAGES : KURT BOOMER

Sarah Love - Photo Editor, The Knot Magazine

"Her positive energy is infectious, her adorable southern accent brings a smile to your face and her ability to connect with you deeper than surface level makes her someone you want to instantly be best friends with."

"Her lighting and composition is absolutely amazing!
Heather sees things in a perspective that are so easily missed with the naked eye and captures a timeless image with A story and emotion behind it every time."

Lacy Geary - Designer, Planner, Stylist

Sara - Editor, Wedding Sparrow Blog

"Simple, contemporary, beautiful, and feminine.
WE ARE LONGTIME FANS OF HEATHER PAYNE AS HER ARTISTRY AND BRAND IS VERY MINIMAL AND ELEVATED IN AESTHETIC AND STYLE. We absolutely love everything that she does."

INTeRESTING FACTS

Seth legitimately knows the words to EVERY song, I however pretend I do (lol), Just a classic "remix"! 

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My family is my glue. Two sisters, one of which is my identical twin. We've shared every birthday (and cake) together!

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I'm happiest when I'm cuddling my 80 pound boxer puppy.
She literally snores me to sleep!

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FOLLOw along


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