Along the Way: Heidi Ramaker Photography

Photographing for ME

I have a box of memories I like to look at. As a kid, I was always fascinated with words, imagery and emotions. For the longest time, I wanted to be a writer, a journalist, a poet. I know right – who wants to be a poet? When I was about 5 years old, I had a little wind-up Kodak film camera. I remember being so excited every time that I received a new little canister. I wasn’t any good, of course, but boy did I love taking photos. It just felt so awesome being able to create and capture. I was in control, at a time where my family life was filled with such uncertainty and instability, I could always turn to writing, art and photography to simply breathe and escape.

By the time I was a teen, I had appeared in the local newspaper for my creative writing 3 times. I realise now, as a mother of my own three children, how much of a “big deal” this is, but at the time I thought it was so annoying, embarrassing even, that people were making such a fuss over my work.

So here I was, thinking I was going to be a writer and journalist for a while… And then for the next few years, I just felt so lost with the direction that my life was headed. I was working in retail, I was at university studying, I was partying every weekend and I was in a very toxic relationship. I wasn’t enjoying life, I wasn’t being true to myself, and I was slowly dying inside.

I realise I wasn’t doing anything for ME. I was trying to please everyone else, trying to make everyone else happy. Of course, by the time I came to this conclusion, I was completely burnt out and it took a long time for me to feel like myself again.

Enter Alexander - the wonderful man who is now my husband of almost 10 years and the father of our 3 gorgeous children. He has always encouraged me to do what I want and love to do… Fast forward to 2007, I had given birth to our firstborn son and immediately became fascinated with documenting his every move. My husband noticed and my first Mother’s Day present was a DSLR. I loved photographing my own child and before long, other people started to notice and sure enough, my love for photography was taking over. By 2010, after the birth of my second child, I put my big-girl pants on and started my photography business, simply embracing every opportunity that came my way. By the time our third baby came along in 2012, the balancing act was all I knew.

I won’t lie, there have been a lot of bumps along the way - balancing my husband’s shift-work roster, whilst having 3 children with school commitments and activities, and trying to build my little business!

The biggest “aha” moment was realising that people loved the way I photographed my own children, so a few years into my business, I made the move into lifestyle and documentary photography and it has honestly been the best decision. My images are authentic and emotionally charged, filled with fun, love and connection.

I feel that every photograph I take of my family, I am photographing for ME and that has to be the most rewarding feeling in the world. My aim is to capture all the “everyday” moments – the baths, the laughs, the fights, possibly them playing nicely together…

Heidi Ramaker

Heidi Ramaker Photography

Sydney, Australia but travels all over Australia

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