Hey, there! I’m Heather.


& I’m a central NJ portrait photographer who loves the outdoors!

Yayy!! I’m so glad you’re here – Welcome!

Whether you were referred to me by a friend or stumbled here after a google search for an awesome photographer in NJ, I’m glad you’ve made it! I wanted to make sure to say “Hi” first and foremost, and then help you get started exploring my webpage.


For me, photography is my passion; and it’s so much more… it’s my memories. When I think back on my past, I actually remember it by imagining the photographs. I can picture my 5 year old self sitting on my grandfathers lap inside the big porch swing they had at their home… because there’s a photo of it. I remember what I looked like on my sweet 16, blowing out the candles on my cake while surrounded by family, because there’s a photo of it. One of my most cherished photographs is one of me wrapped in a towel after just getting out of a swimming pool, with my dads arms around me.

Now, these are honestly pretty inconsequential moments in a persons life… but having the photographs of them is something that I am so unbelievably thankful for. {Thank God someone took out a camera at these moments!!} Even more so, the posed family photographs of my great grandparents family (my grammie as a little girl) are cherished and priceless. The same is true for the super-90’s posed family photo in my moms house – all 5 of us dressed in bluejeans and a white tee. When I look at that photo it brings back memories of that time period – how young and innocent we all were, what life was like before we all grew up, and ya know what? I even remember how much fun we had at that photo shoot! The photo shoot in and of itself became a great family memory!

If you’re like me, then you love to look through old photo albums with family, and enjoy hanging prints in your home. You even find yourself frequently reviewing your camera roll on your phone.  This means you appreciate the power of photographs like I do, and that’s probably why you’re here in the first place!

You’re looking for the perfect photographer to capture your family’s portrait in a way that will create a memory and be looked back on with a smiling face for generations!


So why choose me?

Well, when you hire me, you’re going to get ME. I’m easy going. I’m flexible. I make lists, and am super organized – this shines through in my sessions. I keep things simple, like I do with everything in life. I love animals. I love the outdoors.  I’m not too formal, but I’m definitely professional. I ask questions, I get to know you. We’ll probably end up being friends… I’m patient and understanding. If your little one is having a rough day or needs to take a break, we take one! I love kids, and they love me too. I never rush. I take my time to get the right shot. I make people comfortable in front of my lens. I’m not perfect, but I try to do what’s right, always. For what it’s worth, what I hear most often is, “That was so much easier than what I thought it would be!” after a session. And it makes me smile, because that’s my goal: simple, fun, portraits.

In addition, you know I believe in the power of portraits – just like you do – which means I want to make your portraits perfect for you & your family so that you will enjoy looking back on them for years and years to come. To do this, I spend an incredible amount of time planning each session. I take note when listening to your interests and I ask questions to find out your needs so that when we plan your perfect session we’re choosing a location that you like and getting the awesome images you desire. Each session is personal and will never be cookie-cutter.

Another great reason to hire me, is that I sell top quality, archival products, such as canvas gallery wraps, albums and coffee table books, gifts, and prints. If you’re looking to decorate your home with your new portraits, hiring a photographer who sells these products is a must!

Here are some links to help you get started:

If you’d like to read a little bit more about me to decide if we’re a good match, you can do so here. You can also see what other people are saying about me here.

Make sure to look at my portfolio next to get a sense of my style and my work. After that you can browse through my blog to see recent sessions, or click through the categories on the sidebar to find something specific.

If you’re interested in learning more about some of the products that I offer, click here.

Finally, if you’re interested in pricing, which I know you obviously are…. click here to learn about my portrait sessions & rates, and click here to learn about my event coverage packages. Personalized portrait sessions like the ones I offer are a timeless investment, one that will pay for itself over and over again every time you look at the images on your walls!

Now that you’ve decided you need to book a session with me, or are interested in more information, contact me.  You can reach me via email at heather@hpalecek.com or by phone (973) 903-2046. I look forward to hearing from you, new friend!