Heather McWhirter! You all may know her as a one of the women behind the lens of the Eclipse Collection. But, not only is she an insanely talented photohrapher currently pursuing an MFA in Photography at Academy of Art University in San Francisco... she is a wife, mother of two 2, 2016 Olympic Trials Qualifier in the Marathon, instructor at Plantlab, graduate of Colorado Institute of Massage, and has completed 10 marathons! Wow. Crushing it. Get to know her a little better...
JB: WHAT'S IN YOUR BACKPACK, PURSE, POCKET, FANNY PACK RIGHT NOW?
HM: My backpack has my camera gear. Ready to go at all times! Along with my wallet, phone and keys. Oh and emergency Picky Bars (which my kids often snag) and a water bottle.
JB: WHAT DO YOU DREAM OF?
HM: In my youth I dreamed of making the Olympic team as an athlete. As my life evolved, so did my dreams. It’s still being a part of the Olympics, but now on the sidelines. With a camera in hand capturing heart-bursting moments of the Olympic Games.
JB: WHAT TIME DID YOU GET UP THIS MORNING?
HM: 5:30. I need quiet time to myself before my family awakes. This helps me maintain some sanity through the day. Quiet time is hard to come by in my house. I have two very rambunctious little boys. The world is mine for that hour! I’ll enjoy a cup of coffee while I read. Go for a run. Or I’ll be out taking pictures at the beautiful “golden hour.”
JB: WHO DO YOU ADMIRE?
HM: I admire my family and all of the incredible friends I’ve been blessed with in my life. They all have taught me so much about life in different ways. All of which I appreciate so much. I wouldn’t be who I am without them.
JB: WHAT IS YOUR SECRET SUPERPOWER?
HM: I have an uncanny sense of smell. Which I have to admit was a terrible superpower to have while pregnant and the years of daily diaper changes. Overall, it’s kind of an awesome superpower to have. It’s come in handy many of times.
JB: WHAT ARE YOU LEARNING RIGHT NOW?
HM: Photoshop. It’s a beast of a program to learn, but oh so worth it!
JB: WHAT'S THE LAST PLACE YOU TRAVELLED TO? WHY?
HM: Seattle and the San Juan Islands to photograph Oiselle’s badass women athletes! #badassladygang
JB: WHO'S YOUR PIC (PARTNER IN CRUSHING IT)?
HM: Definitely, my husband. He is my muse, my best friend, my sounding board, my partner. He’s patient with my 1001 ideas and questions. He truly makes me want to work harder and be the best version of myself every day. Always supporting me through any endeavor. We are a great team!
JB: WHAT'S THE NEXT THING ON YOUR CALENADR?
HM: Back to school for the kids and me. As my son recently said to me… “This was the best summer ever!” I couldn’t agree more!
Big thanks to Heather McWhirter for crushing it. Keep your eye of for more of Heather's photgraphy throughout the Fall season.