Hello there! I’m Heather Brulez (bru-lay) and I’m so happy you stopped in to view my work! Please check out the entire website and get in touch at the contact page.
As a professional Kansas City wedding photographer, I have a deep rooted love for film, natural light and vintage cameras. You’ll see these things throughout my home, as inspiration and decor, telling the story of who we are on the walls and incorporated into my work. I love adventures and a camera is always in tow.
My tween dream was to work with Rolling Stone Magazine after stumbling upon the work of Annie Leibovitz and was captivated by her ability to connect with her subjects, telling a story with a single portrait. It felt natural to me to study Photojournalism in college and other interests led to Psychology and Marketing minors. With magazine dreams still in tact, I moved to downtown Chicago the day after graduation. In Chicago, I began working in a product photography studio and eventually photograhing weddings. Wedding photography, for me, was like love at first sight. Ten years later, I love my career more than when I started.
I’m a member of WPPI (Wedding and Portrait Photographers International) and PPA (Professional Photographers Association). We’re in the Hall of Fame with The Knot, Best of Weddings, and published nationally.
“Give me the splendid, silent sun with all his beams, full-dazzling.”
~ Walt Whitman
Every day starts with caffeine. every. single. day. So, if you’re getting married and need a Starbucks on my way in, you know who to call!
When it comes to my family, I love traditions, old wedding albums, shoe boxes full of photographs, and adventures. We have dance parties, camp outside in the back yard with S’mores, go to the beach and lake often and meet up for family dinners around the table each night.
We make an annual trip to Colorado to ski at Breckenridge or Telluride. My favorite Thai restaurant, Siam, is in Telluride. If the scenery weren’t enough, I would go back just to eat there.
I’m a self-proclaimed foodie. I love bacon, chocolate, sushi and Thai. Preferring to eat at local places, checking out the local favorites, is my idea of getting acquainted with a city.
Communication is key! My husband, John, and I like to catch up each night with a glass of wine. He is my favorite person, makes me laugh, and amazes me with his patience.
We also watch the History channel, a lot. I’m a History nerd. Old photographs are like my two worlds colliding.
Peonies are my favorite flower.
I’m often asked what gear I use or love the most and why. So, here’s what’s in the bag at every wedding or session I photograph. For the record, I’m a Canon girl but I used Nikon in college and find great things with both… I just loved my first film camera, the Canon AE-1, and staying true to my passion for history and nostalgia, I still love Canon with my whole heart.
On a wedding day, I’m typically using two-cameras, both Canon 5D III’s. I also have the original 5D for a back up.
My favorite lens for wedding days include the 85MM 1.8 for it’s speed and dreamy portraits, the 70-200MM 2.8L and the 35MM 1.4L.
I love to break out the 100MM 2.8L for rings and other details.
I use the 17-40MM 4L lens for those wide angles and the 24-70MM II 2.8L for most of our reception candid dancing.
I also have 4 off-camera flash units that I swear by and love!
Believe it or not, we’re able to carry all of this in one back pack and shootsac bag with an extra pocket for keys, business cards, etc.