About Heather Erson Photography


We are Heather & Drew, a married couple, and we own Heather Erson Photography based in Asheville, North Carolina.
We have 20+ years of award-winning photography experience and have been featured in top wedding publications.



About Heather Erson

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I am Heather Erson and I specialize in wedding and portrait photography. I have over 20 years of photography experience. I'm extremely passionate about providing others with exceptional customer service and photographs that they can cherish for years to come.

I was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. Our family moved to Chicago, Illinois for two years, and then to Atlanta, Georgia. I grew up playing in the Chattahoochee river, racing on swim team, and generally staying out of trouble.

I graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Georgia with a degree in Journalism and Public Relations and a minor in Spanish. I studied abroad in Salamanca, Spain and traveled throughout Europe.

After college, I discovered the romance of the wild west on a six week road trip through the United States. My friends and I traveled through Jackson Hole, Wyoming and the rocky mountains of Grand Teton National Park. It was the most beautiful land I had ever seen, and I knew I wanted to live there.

After a brief stint at a corporate job in Atlanta I moved to Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Rock climbing, hiking, mountain biking, river rafting and yoga became my life. I was happier than ever.

That winter I worked at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort photographing tourists in a variety of weather conditions. Most importantly, I met my husband and business partner Drew when he was my snowboarding instructor. I became an avid snowboarder.

The following years involved extensive travel and adventure while keeping Jackson Hole as a home base. For two years I drove a 15 passenger van with tourists exploring North America. Next, I traveled to Nepal to photograph Mt. Everest with filmmaker David Breashears. Then I solo trekked through Thailand. Onward I went to work at Alaska Rendezvous Heli Skiing Resort and then to La Grave, France for big mountain ski photography.

A milestone in my career was interning with photographer Annie Leibovitz in New York City. I learned how to use studio lighting in outdoor situations, how to pose clients, and the importance of organization.

Upon returning to Jackson Hole, I put my passion into growing Heather Erson Photography. I photographed a gallery show called “Revealed” that featured 40 of Jackson Hole’s mountaineer athletes such as Travis Rice and Jimmy Chin in a studio setting. Drew and I then traveled to various ski resorts to photograph the Best Women of Skiing in a studio setting for Skiing Magazine.

Drew and I got married and focused on photographing luxury destination weddings and portraits. We won numerous photography awards and are featured in top wedding publications. After 20+ years in Jackson Hole we moved to Asheville, North Carolina for warmer weather and to be closer to family.

Heather Erson Photography now serves Asheville, NC and the surrounding areas. We look forward to new adventures!

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About Drew McElwee

I am a photographer based in Asheville, North Carolina who specializes in wedding and portrait photography. Weddings and portraits are the perfect mix of technical photography and heightened emotion which allows my creativity to flourish. I have won awards for my nature photography and I have been selected as a finalist for Rocky Mountain Bride magazine.

I am originally from Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania and spent most of my adult life traveling and working in various outdoor sports industries. This has allowed me to live in amazing places such as Jackson Hole, Wyoming and Maui, Hawaii. When I’m not behind the camera you can find me with friends enjoying the outdoors.

Contact Heather Erson Photography and share your story. We are excited to create with you.