Behind The Lens
Photo Credit: Chris Haile
SSgt Heather Fletcher & MWD Dingo
Wellington Zoo, New Zealand
Photo Credit: Kirsten's Captured Moments Photography
Hi! I'm Heather Fletcher and I am a service-disabled veteran turned pet photographer! I was born in Georgia and moved around most of my childhood due to being a military brat. After starting college for a year I decided that wasn't for me, and decided to join the Air Force. While serving as a Military Working Dog Handler, I completed my Associate's Degree in Criminal Justice and my Bachelor's Degree in Psychology. I left the military in October of 2017 and decided to focus on learning more about photography and everything I could do! I am a member of the Professional Photographers of America and am currently working on earning my Master of Photography Degree! I am also a member of HeARTsSpeak which is a non-profit organization focused on bringing rescues/shelters and photographers together to ensure more animals are Seen and Saved!
In 2019 after my Corgi passed away I realized that I didn't have any quality portraits of him to help keep his memory alive. Sure I had a few cellphone pictures here and there but nothing great enough to display on my wall. This got me thinking about my other two senior dogs who are still with me and how much I don't want to let the same thing happen with them.
The Name Tu Meke was inspired by the month-long trip that my husband and I took to New Zealand. We had such an amazing experience there and the trip made a lasting impact on us both. I wanted to incorporate that into my business going forward and what better way than using a term that not only described our trip and their country but also what I wanted to provide to my clients with their experience with me. Tu Meke ("Too-meh-keh") is a Maori phrase used as an exclamation of excitement meaning "awesome" or "amazing".
When I am not shooting portrait sessions I am usually chasing my toddler around the house and just enjoying being a mother to the most amazing son possible, enjoying time with our senior dogs (one of which is my retired partner of 3 years) our three cats, and two ferrets, spending quality time playing video or card games with my husband, reading books, or just enjoying a nice glass of wine. I also work with a local rescue donating my time and skill taking adoption portraits of available animals in their care and help with their marketing and promotions.
Thank you for visiting my website! I look forward to working with you and your furry family members! - Heather Fletcher