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About Me - Heather Larkin

How I became a children's photographer

Twenty years ago I was in college to get my Early Childhood Education degree, with a focus in Special Needs kids. Part of the degree requirements were to get a job as a real pre-k teacher (a practicum). I ended up as lead in a classroom with eleven two-year-olds in it. It was a loud, chaotic, hot mess every day, but I loved it. Those kids became my kids too.

During the day while teaching, I would take pictures to send to the kids' parents. I felt terrible that I essentially saw their kids more than they did, so I wanted to share what we did all day. One day was teaching the letter E, so E was for Egg and we played with eggs (raw, hard boiled, frozen, things made with eggs.. etc) for hours that day and I was able to send photos. I promise we carefully washed hands as well, hahahaha! I saw one of my kids' mothers out in Athens last week and she not only knew who I was, but she actually mentioned one of those photos I sent her.

Unfortunately, my immune system did not love the job. The last month I was there, I was out three of four weeks because I was sick all the time. My director finally pulled me aside and told me "Heather, we can't keep you. You do a great job.. but you're never here!" She was right.

When I left, I had been there about two years, and the parents of the kids in my room (and a few others) thought my photos were pretty good and later started contacting me about taking pictures of their families. At first, I said no, I wasn't a photographer. I didn't want to run a business. A year later, I decided I was wrong! A few of those kids were my very first portfolio building clients, and that was seventeen years ago.

Fairyography Studio

The Fairyography Studio is located in the Five Points area in Athens GA.

Fairyography has been featured on The Today Show, Professional Photographer Magazine, Canon Cameras, Clickin Moms, Scary Mommy, Online Athens, Southern Distinction Magazine, Model Life Magazine, Atlanta Parent Magazine, The Westchester Wedding Planner, and more. See the publications page for more.

I’ll tell you about my family. I live in a little house on the east side of Athens with my husband John and foster kitties that are available for adoption. To see the available kitties in the COFAS program, click here: https://cofas.org/

I grew up in Ohio with my parents and sister and brother. I got my first camera when I was 10 years old, but I didn’t really want to be a photographer then. I wanted to animate for Disney. I went to school for fine art. Come to find out, Disney only hired out of 6 schools in the US.. and mine wasn't one. Whoops! After deciding that Disney wasn’t the way I wanted to go, I went to school for Early Childhood Education so that I could work in preschool. I ADORE small children.

When I'm not working my photo job, I birdwatch and take pictures of lizards and bugs.You can see those personal pictures here: https://fairyography.com/info/about-me/nature

Personal Life

Heather LARKIN HEADSHOTHeather and John LarkinStumpy Kitty
I tell my clients “I’m a six-foot redhead, you can’t miss me.” In my spare time, I birdwatch, I take nature photos (see those here), I watch Disney and superhero movies, pretend I can garden (I'm getting better..). and spend way too many late nights reading in bed.My husband John and I have been together for 19 years, but married for just 7. You know that saying ‘opposites attract’? That’s us. The only things we have in common is that we’re both quiet and we enjoy books. That’s actually how I met him, by borrowing his books. He's a triple black belt and I've never hit anyone in my life.Stumpy the cat was about 17 years old. She showed up at our back porch one day demanding food. Named Stumpy because she was a Manx breed with just 3 inches of a stumpy little tail that she waved around. Stump passed away of cancer in 2018, and now we are doing a foster kitty program.

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Heather Lickliter Larkin - 706-338-4414 - 1720 South Lumpkin Ave Athens GA 30606

Athens, Watkinsville, and into Atlanta - Available for travel to Seattle, Portland, and New Orleans

heather@fairyography.com - info@stylizedportraiture.com