by Heather on July 6, 2012

Though I’ve flirted with it in the past, it is truly now time to officially shutter HMAb. Thanks in no little part to all of you, the blog has served me well- it has brought me opportunity, if not wealth, and loads of inspiration, knowledge and even friends around the globe.

Living in Canada, I’ve reached as high as I can as an Art Buyer, I’ve had some tremendous Art Buying challenges but my love for that sort of work is mostly gone. Instead, I’m going back to school to get my MA at McMaster University in their Communication and New Media Program and I am teaching in Sheridan’s Bachelor of Applied Arts program: this fall I have the pleasure of introducing first year students to “Conceptual Processes” and in the winter I will teach a course that doesn’t exist anywhere else and which I’m developing right now: The History of Advertising Photography. Fun!

Education is something that has always interested me- my entire immediate family are teachers and most of my extended family is too- including those who’ve married in. So I’m excited about this next chapter. Questions about the need to foist more photography students onto the world definitely plays on my mind but I am confident that Sheridan provides a unique and rich University experience- from the importance of concepting, through history, technique, work placements and business courses, I’m thrilled to be part of a committed and vibrant faculty.

So, carry on brave shooters and I hope you’ve enjoyed the information here as much as I’ve enjoyed bringing it to you.

All the best,

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Angus Gastle July 6, 2012 at 5:21 pm

Best of luck on your new endeavour Heather. It’s too bad I wasn’t able to find a project worthy of your talents before you shuttered the shop. I know you’ll be awesome at what comes next.


Simon Duhamel July 7, 2012 at 2:19 am

Simply put, thank you. For all your dedicated work in making this blog a creative ressource of information and inspiration for photographers from all around the world. For providing us a new insight on our industry. For being the starting point of so many important conversations. For being so honest and true. Thank you.

And all the best to you in both personal and professional endeavours!


Jorge Parra July 7, 2012 at 8:08 am

Dear Heather.

I read the post above, an got very interested about your up coming classes and courses.

I am an active photographer who is also teaching at the Miami Ad School. MAS is quite a sui generis place and I am teaching photography, lighting and going the extra mile with these kids, into conceptual imagery as it applies to advertising.
Basically, I am introducing a switch in the approach to how photography is being taught, but making emphasis in learning from the mistakes made in the process.
I am also involving other teachers of the school into my class, and intend to bring some photographers as guest speakers.

I wonder if you would ever consider coming to Miami as some sort of guest speaker for the class, or if we can have an online chat, via Skype, or Google Plus, and talk to my students.

It would be such a wonderful way to share invaluable information!

Thanks for for your consideration!


Cheryl Nemazie July 8, 2012 at 12:46 am

Heather … What a great class: The History of Advertising Photography! I would certainly sign up. Best of luck to you. Let us know if you’re new class will be podcasted. :-) Cheers!

kristin sjaarda July 9, 2012 at 9:44 am

Teaching seems to be a continuation of what you were doing with HMAB. Your students are lucky to have such a resource as you. I will truly miss the blog and good luck with your studies.

Sylvain July 9, 2012 at 10:58 am

Well good luck Heather! These will be lucky students ;-)

Zane Davis July 9, 2012 at 11:04 am

Thanks for all of the posts over the years! I’ve been reading your blog for at least five years and have always found it insightful and valuable. You will be missed.

Best of luck with what’s next!

Don Giannatti July 12, 2012 at 10:38 pm

Great luck to all that you endeavor to do, Heather.

Your words of wisdom are already missed.

Alyssa July 17, 2012 at 10:45 am

I feel very grateful that I got to have you as my teacher for my last year at Sheridan. You are a great educator because you bring that real world experience into the classroom. I am disappointed I won’t be able to attend your history of advertising photography because that sounds super interesting! Thank you for everything you did for our class this past year and I know how much you will give your students in the future.

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