Meet the Team

Heather Corbin, Owner & Lead Photographer

Philippians 4:13

Hey! I am SO glad you have landed here!

I am a life changed by Jesus, a fun loving momma of 3 kiddos, plus a bloodhound pooch and a happy wife. My crew live on a steep mountain side in Smithsburg with a breathtaking view and countless amount of chickens!

My husband and I grew up in Carroll County, MD where we met in high school and became high school sweethearts. We were married in 2010 where we moved to Frederick, MD. Longing for more land and rural-ness and longing for that same small town feel as we had growing up, we landed in Smithsburg in 2013. We absolutely adore this area, the people and the schools! It was for sure the best choice we have made for our family!

Prior to mom life, I studied digital art my senior year of high school while interning for a local studio photographer. I really enjoyed it but didn’t think I could make a living on those skills. Realistically thinking, and needing to pay the bills, I worked in the corporate world in Baltimore, MD for 6 years while attending business school. After my first child was born, I continued to work part time until I surrendered to the call and yearning of my heart to be a full time stay at home momma. After my third child, I had lost myself. Desperately needing to find “me” again, I threw myself back into creative expression through the lens.

One day I realized that if I can do what I love for work then I would never have to work a day in my life. What started as a hobby, and with the encouragement of family/friends, business mentors and Gods provision/strength, I was led to make this hobby a legit business in 2018.

I loved photography the moment I was able to hold my blue Fischer price film camera! I remember setting up photography sets and backgrounds at a young age. Using my baby sister as my subjects all the time. Dressing her up and playing “photographer” with her was one of my favorite games! As I grew up, so did my camera preferences and skills! I went from my Fischer price camera to a Kodak film camera (having my film developed at the local Kmart of course!). In my teen years I merged into the digital world and got my first canon point and shoot then eventually graduated to the DSLR world! You can say, I grew with the times! I continued to express my creativity through photography throughout my entire adolescence and teen years photography family and friends. I was always that annoying girl with a camera in her hands!

I have a heart to serve and create connection with people, the mind to create- that thrives on pushing the rules and asking “why” all the time. I take risks, sometimes I fall on my face and sometimes I fly! I live life with no regrets and put my heart and faith in 100% of what I do.

November of 2020, God opened a very unique opportunity for studio space! Through prayer and with the encouragement from friends and business mentors, I opened up a photography/creative art studio in downtown Smithsburg to run my photography business out of and offer family friendly workshops, paint nights, birthday parties and classes on all things creativity! Not knowing what this would look like or even do anything we dove all in! Needless to say, 2021 was a huge success and became apparent that a little dreams of ours was actually becoming something! At the end of 2021, our vison changed and our business was growing-fast. I knew we needed a shift in our business plan. January 2022, Willow Blue, LLC launched which meant we officially merged my photography business and art studio into one company to better serve our clients and open up opportunities for growth! I certainly can not run this company alone, that’s for sure! The studio would not be possible without these people below!

Courtney Eckard, Executive Assistant

Isaiah 43:1-2

Courtney joined our team in November 2021 assisting Heather with the business side of the business. Courtney has been married to her husband Patrick for 10 years and together they have two daughters, Chloe and Emma.

She is currently pursuing a degree in Digital Illustration from Hagerstown Community College.

In addition to her studies and her work at Willow Blue, she volunteers with PTA and Girl Scouts. Courtney also enjoys crafting and baking with her daughters in her free time.

Emily Folger, Remote Marketing & Studio Rentals Manager

1 Corinthians 16:13

Hi I’m Emily! I grew up as a Marylander even after moving to Greencastle, PA in Elementary school. Those 5 miles up the state line weren’t enough to get the Maryland outta my blood. After high school I never stayed in one place long, moving cross country and back a few times, but always ended up back home. I can never stay away from family too long! After moving back to Frederick (for the 3rd time) I told myself I would stay there for a long time, I just love Frederick and it’s tiny city/big town feel. Well those plans went out the window when I met my now-husband, Jonathan, at the beach. Jonathan is a proud member of the Coast Guard and was stationed in Chincoteague, VA. After that he got stationed in South Padre Island, TX and I couldn’t not go with him! We were married and had two amazing boys while living there.

Currently we are stationed in Rehoboth Beach, DE and not a far drive back home! I love having my kids around family as much as I can, just how Heather and I grew up. My family is so important to me, which is why it was a no brainer to come on and help Heather with as much as I can! She may technically be my cousin but we have grown up more like sisters. I have always been the creative type, finding a new outlet to keep my hands busy and my mind entertained every few months. Some of my favorites are calligraphy & hand lettering; fiber art such as crochet, macramé and the age old friendship bracelets; woodworking and plants!

Ali Morris, Art Teacher

James 1:5

Meet our new in-house artist, Allison Morris! Ali is currently teaching our Thursday morning Homeschool Art Classes!

Ali is owner of Ali’s Pop-Up Art Studio.  She has been drawing, painting, and creating all her life. She believes her passion for art stems from the talents God has given to her and she loves to share it with others.

Ali has taught homeschool art classes since 2019. She will be taking on the role of teaching the homeschool art classes at Blue Willow.  Ali is originally from Indiana, PA, the hometown of actor Jimmy Stewart. She graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 2006 with a degree in Communications Media. Her education ranges from photography, photo editing, video post production, and graphic design.  Cascade, MD is where she calls home with her husband, three kids, and their mini labradoodle. When she’s not painting, Ali is spending time with her family.  They enjoy hiking, family movie nights, board games and traveling.

Jennifer Rippeon, Event Coordinator

Philippians 4:13

Hi! I’m Jennifer! I’m excited to be working with Heather and the team to gather more creative workshops and fun classes for the community! I live in WV with my two children, husband, and 3 dogs. I’m a homeschool mom, registered nurse, lactation specialist, and firefighter wife. I am always on the lookout for different class ideas and enjoy making them a reality at Willow Blue.

Rachel Coss, Artist & Art Party Coordinator

Acts 2:42

No matter what color hair I happen to have that day, you will always see me creating.

I teach crochet workshops at the studio as well as host Arty Parties!

I love working with everyone who walks through the doors to create something special and unique. I’ve always enjoyed making beautiful things, and at Willow Blue I’m able to share that — I’m living my dream.

Rachel holds an Associate of Arts Degree with a concentration in visual arts from Hagerstown Community College.

Angela Griffin, Business Advisor

Philippians 4:13

Angie has been with us since the beginning. Mentoring us and keeping us on track and in line with our vision and goals. She is such a blessing to us!

Angie is a Smithburgian! She, her pup and her husband reside in the mountains on the outskirts of Smithsburg! Angie is the owner of Boondock’s BBQ food truck and serves the Washington County area! When Angie and hubby aren’t serving up one of a kind deliciousness’, they are team driving a semi cross country! What an adventure!

In her spare time Angie enjoys serving her community, church, family and friends. She is always thinking of others and how to share and show the love of Jesus in creative ways to everyone she comes in contact with. She is a wonderful mentor to us and so many others. She has accomplished so much!

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