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Personality Profile: Kimber’s Photography is new and winning awards

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By Carol A. Clark

Wife, mother, real estate agent, avid traveler and award-winning photographer, Kimber Wallwork-Heineman is loving life. She has a new husband and just launched her latest creative venture, Kimber’s Photography in White Rock.

“I started out working in stained glass and then became heavily involved in quilting,” Wallwork-Heineman said during an interview in the studio she set up for her photography. “I love Photoshop – being able to paint on a photograph, to add textures, it’s like learning another language. I just can’t get enough of it. I love going out and taking photographs and I love coming and seeing what can be done with them.”

She throws away a lot more than she keeps and when she finds one she likes, Wallwork-Heineman said she probably has eight-10 hours of work in it and sometimes works on a photograph for days.

She photographs weddings and creates custom soft or hard bound books of the special photos taken on the big day.

These books are not just cookie cutter style, she said, but include some innovative and creative use of Photoshop to dazzle the family.

Wallwork-Heineman’s work was recently accepted in the upcoming exhibit, “The Art of Photography Today” a juried competition exhibit at the Camera Obscura Gallery in Denver. Her work is among just 80 works accepted from 1,400 submissions. The exhibit opens Sept. 18 and runs through October.

Two of her photographs are also showing at Fuller Lodge through Sept. 5.

“My photographs are available in a variety of formats, and I also offer various choices of wedding packages,” she said.

Wallwork-Heineman was born in Wichita, Kan., lived in Naples, Fla., and moved to Los Alamos when she was 8 years old. She’s had a variety of interesting jobs and studied botany at the University of New Mexico before going to work in the environmental department at Los Alamos National Laboratory for some five years.

For several years, she managed the office and kept the books for Madera Builders. She was a full time Realtor until her daughter was born but never let her real estate license lapse. She began selling homes again in June with Real Estate Associates. Wallwork-Heineman ran the recreation division of the Valles Caldera National Preserve for some five years. “That’s where I first became involved with photography,” she said.

It was also at the Valles Caldera where she met Rob Heineman. An electrical contractor and partner in Pueblo Electric, he had been called out to the Valles Calderas on consultation. They began dating and married in Puerto Vallarta in November. She resigned from the Valles Calderas because her new husband wanted her to travel with him.

The couple each has a son and daughter from a previous marriage. Wallwork-Heineman’s son Cooper, 27, is a helicopter pilot in the U.S. Army. Her daughter Kaela, 19, lives in San Diego. Heineman has a son John, 27, and daughter Kristin, 25.

“Rob is a pilot and I have traveled more since I met him then I have in my entire life,” Wallwork-Heineman said. “We’ve visited Europe, sailed in the Greek Islands and traveled down the coast of Mexico.” They also visited and she photographed each of the countries in South America down to Columbia.

“Columbia was my favorite because it reminded me of a combination of New Orleans and Jamaica,” she said. “The architecture is old and beautiful with lots of balconies. Robb is an adventuresome soul and we have so much fun traveling together.”

To learn more about her photography, access Wallwork-Heineman’s Web site at www.kimbersphotography.com or call 412-2287.

Her wedding work can be found at www.blurb.com.

Wife, mother, real estate agent, avid traveler and award-winning photographer, Kimber Wallwork-Heineman is loving life. She has a new husband and just launched her latest creative venture, Kimber’s Photography in White Rock.

I started out working in stained glass and then became heavily involved in quilting,” Wallwork-Heineman said during an interview in the studio she set up for her photography work. “I love photo shop – being able to paint on a photograph, to add textures, it’s like learning another language. I just can’t get enough of it. I love going out and taking photographs and I love coming and seeing what can be done with them.”

She throws away a lot more than she keeps and when she finds one she likes, Wallwork-Heineman said she probably has eight-10 hours of work in it and sometimes works on a photograph for days.

She photographs weddings and creates custom soft or hard bound books of the special photos taken on the big day.

These books are not just cookie cutter style, she said, but include some innovative and creative use of Photoshop to dazzle the family.

View her wedding work at www.blurb.com.

Wallwork-Heineman’s work was recently accepted in the upcoming exhibit, “The Art of Photography Today” a juried competition exhibit at the Camera Obscura Gallery in Denver. Her work is among just 80 works accepted from 1,400 submissions. The exhibit opens Sept. 18 and runs through October.

Two of her photographs are also showing at Fuller Lodge through Sept. 5.

“My photographs are available in a variety of formats and I also offer various choices of wedding packages,” she said.

Wallwork-Heineman was born in Wichita, Kansas, lived in Naples, Fla., and moved to Los Alamos when she was eight years old. She’s had a variety of interesting jobs and studied botany at UNM before going to work in the environmental department at Los Alamos National Laboratory for some five years.

For several years, she managed the office and kept the books for Madera Builders. She was a full time Realtor until her daughter was born but never let her real estate license lapse. She began selling homes again in June with Real Estate Associates. “I can show a home anytime,” she said.

Wallwork-Heineman ran the recreation division of the Valles Caldera for some five years. “That’s where I first became involved with photography,” she said.

It was also at the Valles Caldera where she met Rob Heineman. An electrical contractor and partner in Pueblo Electric, he had been called out to the Valles Calderas to discuss placement of underground telephone lines. They began dating and married in Puerto Vallarta in November. She resigned from the Valles Calderas because her new husband wanted her to travel with him.

The couple each has a son and daughter from a previous marriage. Wallwork-Heineman’s son Cooper, 27, is a helicopter pilot in the Army. Her daughter Kaela, 19, lives in San Diego. Heineman has a son John, 27, and daughter Krisin??, 25.

“Rob is a pilot and I have traveled more since I met him then I have in my entire life,” Wallwork-Heineman said. “We’ve visited Europe, sailed in the Greek Islands and traveled down the coast of Mexico.”

They also visited and she photographed each of the countries in South America down to Columbia.

“Columbia was my favorite because it reminded me of a combination of New Orleans and Jamaica,” she said. “The architecture is old and beautiful with lots of balconies. Robb is an adventuresome soul and we have so much fun traveling together.”

To learn more about her photography, access Wallwork-Heineman’s Web site at www.kimbersphotography.com or call 412-2287.

 Contact Carol A. Clark at lanews@lamonitor.com or 505-662-4185 ext. 25. Read her newsblog at www.newsextras.wordpress.com.