February is shaping up to be the month of Creativity here on Daisy Tribe, as we have a ton of Creative Features in the queue! It’s fun to meet so many interesting people who are doing all kinds of amazing things – and today’s feature is no exception. Heather Lazark is a talented Northern California photographer based near Sacramento. I’ve been a long-time admirer of her work – and she is one of the few photographers whose images I immediately recognize as belonging to her, even before reading the name attached. Her photos are always sweet, always soulful, always simple yet well-composed. In addition to her lifestyle photography business, Heather spends a great amount of time documenting everyday life with her two little girls – and somehow makes it all look extra ordinary. Today Heather is sharing a bit of her photography journey, a look into one of her special projects (it involves hearts!), and her take on finding that ever-elusive “balance” we all crave. I hope you all enjoy learning more about Heather in today’s Creative Feature.
Tell us a little about yourself.
Hi. I’m Heather, grateful mama of two little loves and admirer of all things creative.
How did you get started in photography and how have you evolved over time?
When I was carrying my first child I knew that I wanted to document the lives of my children as they grew, capturing their milestones and bottling up our memories. From there, photography evolved into an intense gateway to my soul.
How do you continue to find inspiration on a daily basis?
Since I found photography and children came into my life, I see the world as a completely different place. There is beauty in everything, you just have to take the time to look for it.
We love the hearts project that you worked on last year. Can you tell us a little about it?
Two years ago I was inspired by a fellow photographer who blew me away with her February hearts project so I made it a goal to complete one myself last year. Each day for the month of February I shot a different photo capturing some form of a heart. It was so fun that I am planning to do it again this year.
Was it hard to find something to shoot each day? And what advice do you have for someone thinking about starting a personal photography project?
I’ll admit I was a little apprehensive to commit to the project because I wasn’t so sure that I could come up with a new idea each day. I actually found that it really challenged me creatively and helped me grow as an artist. For anyone considering a personal project I highly recommend finding a topic that feels inspiring and diving right in.
We know you have your hands full between your photography business, kids, and mentor responsibilities at Clickin Moms. Any advice for achieving that ever elusive ‘balance’ we all crave?
My goodness, I am still looking for the answer to this. If you saw my laundry pile you would know that I have not found that balance yet. I often remind myself that I have a much more fulfilling life getting down on the floor and playing with my four year old or taking a spontaneous trip to our local nature center together than having a super clean house. Our lives are chaotic, but it’s a beautiful mess. And I wouldn’t trade it for the world.
What’s your favorite way to spend a Sunday morning?
This may be my favorite day of the week. On Sundays we sleep in a few extra minutes. Then as I sip on my cup of coffee I make Paleo pancakes and we listen to music and talk about our week. Then we head of to our favorite farmer’s market, full of face painting, organic produce, our favorite vendors, and live music. Sundays are the best.
Where else can we follow you?
You can find me on Facebook and Instagram, as well as my photography website. Last year’s hearts project can be found here – and to keep up with this year’s hearts project – or to contribute your own heart images all month long – use the hashtag #28daysofheartsproject.
Thanks so much Heather, for allowing us a peek into your life and sharing your thoughtful words of advice with us. I’m excited to follow your hearts project this month as well as your creative journey in the years to come!