Heather Latva-Kiskola is a Hong Kong based Photographer, specializing in Maternity, Newborn and Family Portraiture.
Hello and welcome. I'm Heather, wifey to my favorite person, Mommy to three beautiful babies (and one stubborn French Bulldog)...hoarder of throw pillows, vintage postage stamps and far too many picture frames.
While I hail from the land of cuban coffee and hurricanes, I left Miami after high school, then after college, moved to New York City and met my 'lobster' there. Through luck and a very hardworking husband, my family is now blessed to live to our lives as serial Expats, which brings us to the other side of the world, to live in amazing Hong Kong. Through the course of the past 12 years abroad, and 4 countries under our belts, I've become the lucky holder of a full passport and gained an even deeper appreciation for the art of Photography to preserve some of the simply incredible experiences we have had.
My passion for all things camera came from my father, who was not only quite talented, but anxious to teach, and some of my fondest memories of him involve his old photographs, slides and the tales that accompanied them. Eventually I was accepted to a Visual Arts program in high school, which provided basically unlimited access to film and a darkroom...two things a moody arty teenager loves to death. Through that experimentation, critique and hands on learning, my love for film was further nurtured.
Once in college, I pursued other career paths, but kept a camera within reach at all times. Once the digital age seemingly replaced analog photography I got on with it and began learning the steep curve that is digital. While I love shooting digital for the ease, the expense and instant gratification, espcecially with children in front of the lens, I have rediscovered my love for film...and my current day to day personal life is deep in the throws of that rekindled love.
There is a saying I've heard in regards to why someone in their right mind, would choose to capture an image they care about using film in the year 2021...not only because every click of the shutter is so expensive, but also so uncertain...it is a quote by Photographer Paolo Pellegrin, that sticks with me. He says he will always shoot film "because it exists". It is not binary, it is more then 1s and 0s..."it" exists. I feel there is a true weight to that...especially paired with the absolutely unbeatable image quality. There is something about film, and it has reinvigorated my love of this medium, and I hope to continue to grow not only as a photographer for my clients, but for myself, and film is part of that challenge. Though I'm not yet offering film sessions to clients this is my lofty goal for myself in the future.
I hope you'll take a moment to view the portfolios on this site, and that you'll be in touch about a session. I'm looking forward to hearing from you and capturing memories for your family!