who is howie mac?


My grandfather, the amazing Howie Mac, once taught me to see all things with my heart, not just with my eyes. Growing up with my grandfather two doors away, we formed a special, creative bond that has pushed me to follow my dream with photography.

I will never forget my first creative memory – drawing the sun. The sun, contrary to popular belief, is not just a yellow circle, according to Howie Mac. “The sun is warm. The sun is inviting. The sun has purpose. The sun is a mixture of many colors and textures that work with your imagination to make something beautiful.” Then my grandfather told me to close my eyes and see what my sun looked like. So, I did. My sun ended up being a collage of many colors and shapes, some of which may or may not have been purple polka dots and pink hearts. But somewhere in that sun my creativity sparked. I learned how to be brave, how to express myself, and, most importantly, how to step outside of that yellow circle.

So many years later, I realized that I apply that creative wisdom to many channels of my life, especially my photography. After all, a photo is not just a picture, as I’m sure Howie Mac would say. A photo is a memory, a moment. A photo has meaning. A photo is a look, a laugh, a smile that defines a relationship. A photo shows love, personality and honesty.

Now, close your eyes and tell us what’s in your heart.

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our team

We see, feel and do all things with our heart. We are crazy about photography, art and community. We believe in quality in what we say, who we are and what we do. We value compassion, respect and honesty. We meet others at the heart level in every situation. We believe everyone has a spark. We want to reach out, give back, and love others in any way that we can. We want to help you tell your story.

owner / photographer
Vanessa Collier
Ivy Stainrod
Alicia Elliot
Allie Luker


Howie Mac Photo has aligned with some of the best photo partnerships in the industry. From designer partners to professional organizations, our goal is to continuously learn and bring the best artistic options to our clients.


Heidi Hope Design Partner

Heidi Hope Design Partners is an elite membership founded by photographer and educator Heidi Guerard of Heidi Hope Photography. Design partners have access to exclusive, artistic designs for seasonal backdrops, as well as collaboration with other expert photographers.


Professional Photographers of America

PPA photographers are more than picture takers. They know lighting, posing, fashion and even interior design. By combining these elements, they create works of art that match your budget and fit perfectly with your unique personality and style.

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