Mary Heath Photography

Charlotte Portrait Photographer Mary Heath

My name is Mary Heath Swanson. I’m a southern girl, which means I have a double first name, Mary Heath. Originally I am from Richmond, Virginia & my husband, Darren, from Chapel Hill. We met in Boone, while attending Appalachian State; then returned to Blowing Rock three years after graduation to get married. We love the Southern Appalachian Mountains. But before we were ready to settle down, buy a house & start trying to make fescue grass grow in Carolina red clay, we had to taste NYC.

It was amazing. I had the opportunity to work with creative teams producing photography for Gourmet Magazine, Whole Foods Market, Sephora, Tiffany & Company, just to name a few. In a short time I was shooting my own work for Ladies’ Home Journal, WebMD Healthy Pets & Workman Publishing Page-A-Day Dog Calendar; as well as working with private clients photographing their families, children & pets. It was an amazing & rapidly paced time in my life. After ten years in New York City, & the birth of our beautiful daughter Lillian, my husband & I decided to return home to North Carolina.

We’ve been living in Charlotte now for a little over one year. It’s been a great joy to settle back into the pace of southern culture & to have the great honor & opportunity to meet so many wonderful Charlotte families through my photography business. I look forward to meeting you soon as well, & capturing long lasting memories that will grace the walls & table tops of your homes for many years to come.