March 2024 – Heidi White Blanchard ’12, ’16
Heidi (White) Blanchard ’12 & ’16 is our March alumni highlight! She is the owner of Ginger Snapshots photography.
Heidi did not start her collegiate journey at Shepherd or foresee that it would bring her here. She purposely did not apply to Shepherd because her best friend was attending her and she felt it was important to strike out on her own path elsewhere. After a bad experience at her first university, she made some visits to her friend at Shepherd and fell in love – the campus, the people, the location. She made so many visits to her friend at Shepherd in her first year of college that many people believed she was a student. Even then, she still could not bring herself to apply. It was not until she completed her Disney College Program in the spring of 2009 that she gained the confidence to apply as a transfer and found the place she always belonged: Shepherd. After that, Heidi got very involved. She is a Delta Zeta sister, was a member and President of Sigma Tau Delta, a Resident Assistant, performed in The Vagina Monologues and worked costume design for The Rude Mechanicals. She was also a junior Homecoming Princess and the photography editor for The Picket.
After graduating with her Regents Bachelor of Arts with a concentration in English literature in 2012, she dove back into the Disney program at Walt Disney World as an event planner for the internships and programs housing. She also served as a manager in the services for guests with disabilities and as an ability representative in human resources for Disney. However, she longed for home. Heidi applied for the College Student Development and Administration (CSDA) program and was accepted. Heidi said, “I could not wait to be back on campus and in the town that held so much of my heart.” During her graduate time, she became the hall director for Gardiner Hall, which held a special place with her as that is where she spent all of those pre-Shepherd visits with her friend who lived in Gardiner during their first year.
Now Heidi owns a successful wedding and portrait photography business called Ginger Snapshots. She says, “While I do not work in a field that applies to either of my degrees, I would not be where I am in my professional path without everything I learned at Shepherd – in and out of the classroom.” Heidi is confident that the skills she learned at Shepherd have been crucial to the success of her business. Her photography has been published in over half a dozen magazines and she has photographed weddings ranging from Disney cruise ships to the highest mountain in West Virginia – Spruce Knob. Heidi reached a milestone in her business this past December 2023 in getting officially trademarked with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
During her free time, Heidi assists in coaching her daughter’s softball team, volunteers for events at her elementary school, and partner with local small businesses in pro-bono work to provide them with business and branding photography. She also mentors creatives who are looking to begin their journey into the professional wedding photography industry. Heidi enjoys crafting, upcycling furniture, reading, traveling, and spending time with her husband, Josh, daughter, Jillian, and their dogs, Pepper and Plagg.
The Shepherd University Alumni Association is very proud of Heidi and her successes. To reach out to Heidi about her business, please visit www.gingersnapshotsmaryland.com or find her on Facebook at Ginger Snapshots.
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SEE BELOW FOR SOME SAMPLES OF HEIDI’S PHOTOGRAPHY!
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Alumni Highlights Archive
FORMERLY KNOWN AS RAMS ACROSS AMERICA, a social media series featuring a new region of the United States each semester and highlighting alumni in each state. This program was replaced by ALUMNI HIGHLIGHTS, as seen above, in November 2020. See alumni highlighted prior to November 2020 from across the U.S. in the map below.