Goodbye 2016…Hello 2017

Davidson, NC     {FAMILY photography, CHILDREN photography, NEWBORN photography}       March 2017

 

Once again…my blogging skills remain my LEAST active or scheduled talent. Sorry friends. Life happens, and almost daily I think to myself- wow, if I could sit down for 10 mins and write “this” or “that” down, it would make a hell of a story. I also think I should have another blog just for my crazy life- so all of you wanting to see photography stuff only could enjoy just that, and all the others that want to hear about the gong show at our home could read a different blog. ahhh well- it’s not happening anytime soon. So for now- I shall do my best to update you pretty people here as much as possible.

Personal part- (so you can skip past if you’d like) The last time I wrote to you I think I was pregnant…well, she is HERE! And wow what a roller coaster ride it has been! The short version of our story is…Isla Drew (“eye-la”) was born in the water in a beautiful room filled with love and support. It was magical. And the very best way to end this era of my life. (the child birthing era) She was perfection but was grunting a bit while breathing, so we ended up in the NICU for 5 days to help her transition her lungs to air. Luckily I never once had to leave her side. Finally made it home to all our boys, which was incredible. They are obsessed with their baby sister. I was just getting into the flow of things when Isla caught a cold and within 2 days we were in the ER. The process from ER to Pediatric Intensive care unit went very very quickly- and there is where we spent the next 17 LONG days fighting.  She had come down with RSV (aka the devil virus) and it attacked her and her tiny little lungs. After lungs collapsing and a horrific case of pneumonia, the doctors had to intubate her. Beyond horrific watching your tiny baby suffer. The most amazing part is- she is now healthy. She beat it. Isla is one strong little girl. Our medical care and staff at the PICU was beyond incredible. The prayers, love and endless support from our friends, clients, family and all others was also humbling. That is such an understatement. But I have no words. God works miracles. Period. He was there with us the entire time. I felt him.  “What doesn’t kill us, makes us stronger.”

With all that being said- I took some time off work. My camera snuggled in her pretty bag for a month and I snuggled with our angel baby. BUT now I am BACK! 🙂 Our family of now SEVEN is rocking the house and emptying grocery stores like it’s our job. So the show must go on…and my spring minis begin this weekend!!! WOOHOOO!!!! I am doing spring minis almost every weekend until June to catch up with all my precious friends and clients! Also, booking summer and fall regular sessions and newborns! Cannot wait! Don’t worry- I’ll have Isla most likely attached to me or on site with someone loving on her…so you should all get to meet her. She’s pretty awesome.

Thank you so much for supporting me and my little passion. I am so so grateful. ❤

Now I’ll attach some of the past sessions…I’m sure I’m forgetting some or many- but my Facebook page usually has MUCH better updates!! Go check it out… http://www.facebook.com/HeatherMariePhotographyNC/  or instagram @HeatherMariePhotographyNC

Oh, I’ll share of few personal pics of our past months in my next post today!! promise!!!

PS- Fall 2016 we rocked it out of the park!! Out of this world sessions to wrap up the year!!

Until next time…xx

 

 

 

 

 

It’s that time.

Davidson, NC                                                      {family photography} {child photography} {newborn photography}

 

It’s that time again. Time to share some of my recent beauties with all of you. I wish I was better with this, but I’m not.  We have had a super busy Spring so far and I have a feeling it isn’t going to slow down anytime soon! Maybe in July we will get a minute of chill time in front of the pool. But until then…we work.

Since I usually offer mini sessions only in the fall, I decided to offer a few weekends of minis this spring as well. (due to popular demand) Weekends have been slammed with gorgeous families and babies and I can’t complain! Plus the weather is starting to show it’s love again!

Everyday my coffee tastes as amazing as the day before…it reminds me of how my photography is to me. I love capturing friends, family and change everyday. It always tastes good. Each day there is a new story to tell. I love it best when I spend time with long-time clients and they express how they adore looking back through the years of photos I’ve captured. Their lives have changed, and so has mine. All in front of the camera. ❤

Ok enough rambling…no one has time for my babbling emotions. Check below for some fabulous people. That is all.

Until next time…xxoo

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Here.

Davidson, NC      {family photography}  {child photography}

I am still in a moving coma, but I am here. We made it. Moving isn’t for the light hearted. Well, moving with 4 kids and 2 dogs isn’t.

Holy.

I am living out of boxes still…a month after we moved. And we may be living out of boxes until January. (ya’ll know this is a photographers craziest time of the year!) I don’t even know how I convinced myself to sit down long enough to blog this morning. But I did. WOOHOO!!! 🙂 I deserve a 3rd coffee. And maybe a 2nd bag of those amazing little lindt lindor limited edition peppermint white chocolate truffles I just killed between my sentences.

So, I have been juggling this insane weather, lots of newborns and a FULL schedule of sessions this month…and I have a great feeling that none of that is slowing down anytime soon. The monsoons we had here really ruined a couple weeks of sessions. But I did get to “start” working on my new office in our new home. I got myself a new desk, new rug and a bunch of fun stuff to add to my happy editing space. I will be sitting here. daily. often. Why not make it my one “girlie” place?! I may not be able to find socks, or pants but you better believe I know where every tiny newborn hat, charging cord and memory card is.

I want to share a few of the families I’ve been capturing lately and our last family shot in front of our old home! 🙂 Hope you enjoy! I’ll hopefully be back here soon…with even more memories to share! xo

My Crazy Family ❤

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and I needed to start off this fall post with this squishy-cheeked PUMPKIN

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Family Love

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our friend…

 

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Love this newborn session ❤

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Such happiness ❤

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still sharing…

Davidson, NC     {family photography} {child photography} 

 

Continuing to share sessions today…even more to come!!! 🙂

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oh my gosh. can you even stand it?! These are all the cutest kids EVER!!!! 🙂 xo

The Summer disappears…

Charlotte, NC    {family photography} {child photography}

 

So as you all have noticed…blogging hasn’t been on the top of my list lately. Like for the past 8 months actually. eek! Which also means my itty bitty baby is 8 months old already! Where do the days go?! I have so much to share and post that I really don’t know where to begin. hmmm. Our crazy family has been bouncing off the walls and trees (as usual) and we haven’t had one moment to consider even a thought of boredom. I have been doing tons and tons of sessions all over the city and I’m loving all the gorgeous families and babies! I even had a chance to sneak in a couple camping trips and a fun commercial photo shoot on the beach for the fabulous Shades Kids in Florida! In between all the chaos my camera broke. That was not fun. Nikon took her in and gave her a lot of love…so we are together again! whew! Ohhh and our home is under contract and we are moving in just a few weeks to a new home in Davidson! Oh no big deal. Just packing up a house full of crazies and all their belongings. 🙂

I am going to do my very best to update you guys more often and keep you up to date on our move too! Say a little prayer. Hopefully I will survive the move and the beginning of school! Enjoy these gorgeous people. and all their love stories.

xo

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ps- I have the very best 2 jobs on this planet. ❤ #mom #photographer

 

 

 

Hayes Grier

Charlotte, NC       {portrait photography, teen photography}

 

I had such a fun time photographing Hayes a few weeks ago…we had no plan, no guidelines and a beautiful evening to capture the real Hayes!! The only thing we missed was his sporty style, that he usually represents! It’s got to be tough being 13 and that adorable!!! The Griers have raised all of their boys to be wonderful men, and I am so thankful to have been a witness to that over the years!

 

Hayes doesn’t take a bad photo. And couldn’t be any sweeter if he tried. The crazy social media world has blown up around him and he is still Hayes. I love that! Sorry these are so late…blogging hasn’t been on schedule lately! oops!!

ENJOY!!! xo

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Nash

Charlotte, NC    {commercial photography} 

 

For those of you that don’t know Nash Grier…you probably will in the next couple of years. (it means you’re either not on social media or just don’t pay any attention to social media and, parents- your child probably already knows of him, and/or has a fiery crush on him!) 

Nash is one of my best friend’s stepsons, so to me, he is a sweet Grier boy. Just like his two other brothers. But to many others he is the Vine-famous Nash.  Since I don’t really have experience in the Vine world- I’m sticking with the Nash I know to show you all. 🙂

I’ve had the Grier Family in front of my lens more than once, but this was the first time it was just one of the boys.  Nash rocked. He’s hysterical, and yes he’s only 16.  We laughed the entire time.  He has a great family, and you see it in him. That’s what I find amazing with all three of the Grier boys. Not only are they all beautiful(yes, you can say beautiful for men), and talented– they all have hearts of gold. And great things happen to great people. (well, I’d like to hope that this is true.)

I know his life is a bit wild now, he is still grounded. And really a typical 16 year old guy. I am so glad I was able to capture the real Nash in our session, and I hope you enjoy!

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RuffleButts and RuggedButts Spring 2014

Charlotte, NC   {commercial photography, child photography}

I have been so blessed to be a small part of such incredible businesses in the past year, I can’t even begin to express all my gratitude and respect for each and every one of them. I have learned so much from these experiences and people, and appreciate all they have trusted me with.  Having your own business is like having your own baby- and I am so sure it has to be difficult to rely on someone other than yourself to do the best for your business. I am so thankful that Amber and her entire family, and team at RuffleButts & RuggedButts have trusted me me with their photography needs!

RuffleButts and RuggedButts are beyond cute. If I had a little girl, I’m sure I would have her in RB every single day. Little girls in ruffled bloomers make the world a happier place. Their newer boy’s line, RuggedButts is also so so cute.  My boys love how soft all their clothes are too, to top it off!

I am so excited to share a few images from their just released Spring 2014 line with you all! We’ve had to wait since our big shoot this fall so we didn’t spoil all the excitement with their big spring release! It’s hard to pick my favorites from 100+ outfits we photographed to share with you all…but here are some of them!

Also, if you haven’t checked out RuffleButts or RuggedButts by now…get on it! Your kids will thank you!

http://www.RuffleButts.com

http://www.RuggedButts.com

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Matilda Jane rocks our world!!

December 2013      {child photography}     Charlotte, North Carolina

All you Moms & ladies out there get ready to start shopping…Matilda Jane has done it again, they have revealed the second release to their Paint by Numbers collection! They never cease to amaze me. I seem to only wish for a little girl when I see their clothing. I want every single piece in every single collection. So I have to settle for second best…buying it for myself ( YES– they make adult sizes too!) and all my sweet friend’s little girls!

Matilda Jane has the most unique, stylish, mix n match clothing line for little girls I have ever seen, and beyond well-made to top it off.

Last week when we received our MJ products in their fancy & fun packaging we immediately felt special (it was like opening Christmas a couple weeks early!) and could tell the quality was as superior as each time before. We adore what they sent us…and love that you can mix and match the pieces with tons and tons of other items they sell as well. As a photographer, I appreciate the parents that spend the time to put their little girls in clothing that photographs well. Matilda Jane Clothing does just that, plus more. (As I sit here typing, I keep thinking to myself…maybe I should be working for MJ with this much love for their clothing! Or just suck it up and add a little girl to our three wild boys!)

Here is the Turtle Dove Knot Top paired with the Strippling Tee and Gallery Leggings from the second release of the Paint by Numbers Collection. Our precious little model Kallyn shines in these pieces.  I love all the detail with each piece, and how soft and fun it is for a 3 year old to play around in!  The colors are STUNNING in this collection. Distinct vibrant jewel tones, with classic prints mixed in make these pieces blend perfectly for Fall or Winter!

Hope you enjoy a peek at this magical world of Matilda Jane Clothing!!

http://www.matildajaneclothing.com

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Model:  Kallyn

Clothing: 

Matilda Jane Clothing www.matildajaneclothing.com

Turtle Dove Top

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Matilda Jane love

Charlotte, NC  Child Photography, Commercial Photography

 

I’m sure most of you have seen me post on facebook, instagram or on here before about all the gorgeous little girl’s clothing I would put my daughter in if I had one.  I am fortunate enough to have a pretend daughter (my best friend’s little girl, Braelyn) to dream with from time to time! Matilda Jane is one of my ultimate favorite girls clothing lines out there. I have always adored their pieces and all the extra joy they bring to my photos when my clients where them. They are having a second release of their Paint by Numbers Collection and I was sent a few samples to showcase to the world on the beautiful Braelyn.  This collection is GORGEOUS!!!  I personally would wear these clothes every day if they came in my size! 🙂

The Paint by Numbers Collection is full of fun colors and character. Every piece is made special with such perfect detail. From the bursts of floral, aqua, yellow jeweled buttons, to the happy ruffles– every little girl dreams of dressing up in these! It’s so enjoyable creating endless outfits with mixing and matching all their fabulous pieces. Layering or just keeping them alone gives complete different looks, which we also love! Braelyn loved how comfy and soft all her pieces were!  She is wearing the Atmosphere Dress with the Arrow Wood Bennys, and then we added the Plum Kitten Cardigan for those cooler Autumn days.

As a photographer, we dream of our clients dressing up their little girls in Matilda Jane…the girls love feeling like princesses and it shows in their images! As a Mother, we love dressing our children in quality clothing that lasts and keeps our children young and happy for as long as we can!

To find any of these pieces and MUCH MUCH more check out Matilta Jane Clothing!!   http://www.matildajaneclothing.com

Here are some of the shots from our lil mini Matilda Jane shoot, hope you enjoy!

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