As a professional artist in the music industry, I’ve had the opportunity to work with various photographers in the last 10 years. I’ve chosen to work with Dirk for my last four shoots, and will continue to do so for years to come. Why? Three words: Professional, Consistent, and Natural. Dirk is the first Photographer that I have worked with that I feel delivers a comfortable and positive environment as well as fantastic photos! He communicates clearly, and allows me to express naturally. He has a knack for capturing the sincere and honest moments and those are the moments of life that are the most memorable.

Rose Reiter, Lion Records

Jason couldn’t believe the photos. He loved them. He must have looked at them at least 40 times on Friday night.  We already went picture frame shopping for some of his favourites that he wants to hang. He is still in disbelief in what I have done. Thank you very much for making it so easy for me to do this. It was such a positive experience.


We had an AMAZING day Dirk! YOU rock! I can’t wait to go through them and pick my favourites… though it will be an absolutely daunting task I’m sure! I’m already pondering scenarios for next year’s shoot… this should be an annual thing!

Michelle Johnson

We looked at many, many photographers’ websites when we were looking to hire someone to capture our wedding day perfectly. Once we saw Dirk’s work, we agreed that he was the best. Having an amazing talent was one thing, but it was a bonus that he was extremely professional to us in person, as well. Dirk was phenomenal to work with – he took the time to get to know us individually and as a couple. To him it seemed that it wasn’t just the day of the event that his work begun; it started with the very first meeting. He kept in contact with us through all of our planning and offered advice and recommendations for anything we needed help with. It was a huge help to have our own knowledgeable insider to the Nanaimo wedding industry. Part of our contract was a second photographer, and after meeting the other photographer, Neil, we were easily convinced that the best only hires the best. They proved that to us on our wedding day – they got amazing shots, both posed and candid. They took photos of all of the details of the venue and decor which was important to us as we were so busy on our wedding day, and we didn’t really get the chance to take it all in and appreciate it. Dirk thought of everything for the wedding day – he brought cigars and beer for the groomsmen at our photo session, and he brought hair products for the girls, which ended up being a huge help after doing the wedding party photos at the top of windy Mount Washington before the ceremony. The final touch for our package was a ‘story book’ with photos from our wedding day with quotes that my husband and I said about each other and about our wedding day. It is an absolutely amazing keepsake, as are our wedding slideshow DVDs; we can relive our wedding day any time we want. Dirk went above and beyond for our wedding, and in our opinion there is no other choice for a wedding photographer.

Chelsea & Trevor Fitzel

I have used the services of Heydemann Art of Photography for a number of years now, both for my business promotional photos and family portraits, and I have been extremely pleased with the quality of Dirk’s work and attention to detail. I would not hesitate to recommend Dirk to anyone who is seeking a professional presentation.

Jamie Odgers, Remax