About Heidi

My favorite word is feral. I use it all the time to describe my children. My dog. My attempt at domesticity. My clothing. My vacation choices. My living room on the weekends.

A longtime journalist, I have spent the past 15 years photographing and reporting on arts, culture, people and places in Tampa Bay, Sarasota and Manatee Counties. I got my start in newspapers at age 16, working as a cub reporter for my hometown paper in rural Western New York. My first assignments concerned manure seepage on county roads and vandalism at the summer corn festival.

Now a converted urbanite, I live in a 1940s bungalow outside of downtown St. Petersburg with my husband Joe and two sons, Henry, 8 and Chip, 3. My stories and photos have appeared in Creative LoafingThe Huffington PostThe Sarasota and Business ObserversBay Pop Magazine, duPont Registry and the nonfiction book series A Cup of Comfort. I recently served as Managing Editor of LWR Life, a glossy lifestyle magazine in Lakewood Ranch, Florida, where I wrote about (and participated in) such feral acts as beekeeping, boar shooting, snake hunting and sheep farming.

Since 2007, I have flown under the radar as a family portrait and events photographer.

I used to chronicle my misadventures in marriage, motherhood and journalism on the blog While My Boyfriend Was Sleeping. Now I spend my fragmented free time writing a novel.

The only creature in my life who is not feral is my kids’ guinea pig, Gloria. Unless you give her kale. Then she goes berserk.

*Photo of my feral family appearing housebroken by James Ostrand

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