I wrote this book for my sister, Maria, as a surprise Mother's Day gift. It incorporates pictures that I've taken of her and her family over the years, with text written by me and her husband and children, reflecting our admiration for her.
The book also serves as an example for my photography clients, for what we can do with photos besides framing and hanging them. I now offer mother/daughter, sisters/brothers, and family event shoots, where prior to the shoot participants complete questionnaires that I've designed. We then use that energy to create a more personal session/event, and draw on the words and images to create wonderful book keepsakes. Individuals love them, and they make great gifts for their friends and family.
Heidi Straube, M.Ed.,LPC is a photographer, life muse, and contemplative psychotherapist. Integrating twenty years experience in meditative practices, including Zen and yogic traditions, with as many years as a career/life direction counselor and psychotherapist, she expresses her vision of the world and helps people to make life changes and transitions by honoring the deeper, spiritual self. "The Inner Path of Photography" and “You are the Artist of your Life,” are examples of classes and personal retreats that Heidi leads, using photography as a tool for self-discovery and change. She works with teens, children, and adults in finding the inner knowing & connection that photography brings, as well as encouraging unique self-expression. Heidi exhibited in the international photography expositions, Recontres International de la Photographie 2001, Aix-en-Provence, France; and FotoFest 2000, Houston. A special love is natural light portraiture.