Hello, I’m Heather Lickliter Larkin and I’m a portrait photographer in Athens, Georgia. I provide a feminine, glamorous portrait experience in the studio or outdoors for exceptional ladies of all ages. Romantic maternity photos for expecting mothers, luxe newborn photos for new babies, glam pictures for babies and kids, gorgeous teen photos at a time when teenage girls don't feel so confident (sweet 16 or quinceañera), stunning and refined dance portraits for ballerinas, even queenly goddess or fairy portraits for women looking their best and to feel beautiful at any age.
I know that experiences are more valuable than 'things'. In this world of harsh reality and the expectations of beauty in society, it's hard to feel happy with one's appearance. Even girls as young as six years old can begin to feel inadequate and experience a drop in self-esteem. The goal of Fairyography has always been to celebrate the fantastic glow of elegance that lies within each of us, girl or woman. Each of the girls or women that I work with feels amazingly special for her photo session. Timeless yet modern, these portraits celebrate the beauty of women and girls with sumptuous florals, couture gowns, and an unforgettable experience of being pampered. You will see yourself or your daughter as never before and have art to decorate your home with!
I look forward to working with you! Read more about me here.
Opening in 2004, Fairyography has provided professional photography for the Athens, Watkinsville and North Georgia area for over 15 years. I’ve photographed hundreds of families and children over the years. I wanted to add a more magical feel to my pictures, so I added the Fairyography brand as an offshoot in 2006, providing fairy tale photos to make girls' dreams come true. I also began the Memorial Princess Sessions, which are not-for-profit sessions for girls who deal with medical or genetic hardships.
Through all of these years, my focus on vibrant color, quality images, stellar customer service, and the most amazing products in town has not changed. I am thrilled to be able to offer you the absolute highest quality prints, frames, and albums. I even love my albums so much that I taught for the company at the photographer’s convention Imaging USA in 2018 and 2020. I have also taught other photographers at the local Athens Photography Guild, the Athens Photographer Collective, and online in various groups and workshops. I’ve also written three teaching articles for Canon Camera’s online learning forum. I’ve been picked up on the Today Show, Good Housekeeping, Scary Mommy, and I have even been featured in Professional Photographers of America’s magazine for May 2015, and many other publications.
I’ve done photos for clients in Athens, Watkinsville, Jefferson, Winder, Madison, Winterville, Bogart, Statham, Monroe, Loganville, Covington, Braselton, Bishop, Farmington, Colbert, Hull, Nicholson, High Shoals, Crawford, Danielsville, Commerce, and Oconee. I also have clients that range into Atlanta in the suburbs of Buckhead, Decatur, Peachtree City, Fayetteville, Greenville, Norcross, Marietta, Woodstock, Kennesaw, and Alpharetta. I also do travel portrait photography in Seattle, Portland, Austin, and New Orleans.
Motherhood and pregnancy is a special time. Your baby is growing and you are glowing. Maternity photos capture the bond you have before he or she arrives. I have a selection of beautiful maternity gowns that flatter wi=hile still being easy to wear. We will take your baby belly photos at about 32 weeks along, while you're large enough to show well but before you're super uncomfortable and there's less chance to deliver early and miss maternity portraits completely. See the maternity gallery for more!
Newborn baby photos are so important to remember how small your baby was. The first few weeks of your baby's life go by in a blur of sleep deprivation and midnight feedings, and you'll soon forget the tiny fingers, peeling skin, and curled feet of the true newborn stage. A newborn baby photo session will capture all of these details with love and gentleness. I pose your baby safely in poses that make the most of their natural curliness leftover from the womb. Newborn photos are taken in the first 10 days after delivery, before the baby starts waking up more. See the newborn gallery for more!
Fairyography was initially only for little girls (but has since expanded in age). These little girls are still in love with fairies and truly believe they are real. I love that age where everything is magical. Kids between the ages of 5 and 10 are still young enough to feel magical but old enough to remember what a magical experience a fairy photo session is. A princess or fairy picture session makes the child feel beautiful and magical, which is essential for her current and future self-esteem. At the ages where girls begin to feel like they're awkward or ugly, a picture on the wall that shows their beauty every day can do wonders. Not to mention, it's totally fun to dress up. See the child gallery for more!
Teenagers who are still into fairies are fewer, but every teen girl can feel beautiful with a glamourous photo session even without the wings. Self-esteem in my teenage years was definitely the losest point in my own life. If I'd thought of myself as pretty at any point between about 10 and 20 years old, I would have had an easier time of things for sure. I want to make sure every girl has a photo to look at where she feels absolutely beautiful and confident.
Quinceañera and high school senior milestones are a special time in a girl's life and definitely deserve special photos. See the teen gallery for more!
No matter our age, I think every woman wants photos that make us feel glamorous and beautiful, whether that's a moment we make for ourselves alone or share with our children. Getting to play dress-up as an adult is much less frequent but no less fun than it was when we were little. I think the last time I felt pretty was for my wedding pictures, but that's been a long time ago for some women. We can be beautiful at any age! See the adults gallery for more!
Dance photos are very technical. Not only is ballet or tap a technical art form, but then the photos have to be timed right to make the dancer look best. I don't have a dance background myself (I'm taking classes now, hahaha), but I do know the difference between a passe' and a jete'. I am extremely detail-oriented and I know the peak of each pose. I know what an arabesque should look like, straight knees, good turnout, winged foot, and all. I know what to tell a dancer to get the best images, no matter the skill level. See the dancer's gallery for more!
Your mother has been hounding you for photos of her grandchildren, or maybe you've got a dancer just getting her first pair of pointe shoes. Whatever your portrait needs, you know it's hard to pick the best! I promise you it's easier on your end than it looks. From booking online with an easy calendar app, to a full client wardrobe, to the best locations to go, I have it all covered for you.
I know, you're worried. You're thinking "But my son is wild and I know he won't sit still for photos!" or maybe you're thinking "Oh my gosh, I know my girl is amazing but she's so shy she takes a while to warm up.. will we have time?" Yes, I promise I know. Sessions are SO FUN and I’m often told at the end of the session that the giggling kid that I was just with for an hour on a stroll through the gardens is usually super shy. Not with me! I went to school for Early Childhood Education so that I could work in preschool. I am crazy silly and super patient. I ENJOY being with your children. I speak TO them like people.
You know you need photos, but how to display them? Maybe you've already had what you want to go home with in the back of your mind for a while. You'll come back to the studio for the reveal of your images. See them all large on my studio TV screen and get my professional recommendations about which ones will go well together. You'll see a pre-design of an album so you know what it will look like laid out, no guesswork needed! Of course, you can change anything you want, but it'll be super easy for you to see it all.
Once your order is in and I've checked it over, you'll be emailed or called right away so you can take your babies home! Your framed art will be ready to hang immediately once you get it home so you can enjoy looking at your wall art right away.
Athens, Watkinsville, and into Atlanta - Available for travel to Seattle, Portland, and New Orleans