We are so excited to introduce you to some of our favorite photographers who have helped make the Dogwood Hill 2015 Holiday Collection happen. First up is Birmingham based photographer, Heather Durham. Heather has always been visually-oriented. From an early desire to be a fashion designer, to helping her friends choose paint colors for their homes, Heather’s great eye and attention to detail are what make her photos soulful and unique. Heather graduated from the University of Alabama with a degree in fashion merchandising and marketing. During her career in the fashion industry, and then later as a magazine art director, Heather was inspired to pursue her love of photography as a career. She loves the human element in photos, which is part of what makes her portrait work so compelling and rich. Her photos have been featured in publications such as The Huffington Post, Birmingham Magazine, B-Metro Magazine, Weddings Unveiled and she has an impressive roster of clients, including the PGA Tour, Lily Pulitzer, Calypso St. Barth and the Children’s Hospital of Alabama. Heather finds inspiration in traveling–she loves the golden light of a beautiful afternoon country drive–in fashion and in collaborating with other creatives in the community. She lives in Birmingham, Alabama, with her husband, son and daughter.

Special place: The beaches of 30A

Ideal dinner date: Getting dressed up, sitting outside by candlelight on a perfect starlit 75 degree night, eating fresh, finely prepared food and drinking wine over interesting and diverse conversation.

Listening to: Changes often, but lately Josh Abbott Band. And Taylor Swift because we’re on the road right now taking my daughter to her Atlanta show.

Favorite foods: Mexican, avocado, grilled salmon salads, and Olexa’s warm white wedding cake

Power color: Turquoise

One should always: Say thank you. It’s so important!

Road trip game: We’re not really a game family. We love listening to music on the road.

Perfect cup of joe: Skinny vanilla latte from Octane

Hidden talent: I’m a certified fitness instructor and teach both cycle classes and Pilates.

Go-to Hostess Gift: A great smelling, pretty packaged candle or a good bottle of wine.

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