GUESS WHAT???

I can’t believe I’m blogging again.

We have been keeping a secret. Sort of. I actually had not planned on ever “announcing” it but the Rasmussen Family is growing again!!! ❤  (let’s be honest, people think you’re crazy once you’re past the 3 kids mark–so I can imagine all the wild thoughts about 5)

We wanted a 5th little one to add to our family and we can’t wait to meet the little one this upcoming January!!

I don’t have any fancy photos to show you or beautiful maternity shots…because let’s be real…I am a Mom of 4 already, and I don’t have extra time pouring out. I do have a few iPhone shots to share so you can see the growing bump and our growing family!

Yes, we know we are crazy. And super blessed. And super brave. And super busy. Yes. All of these things. We cannot wait! Bring on the giant, awesome big family and big family holidays, big family trips, big family dinners, big family movie nights, big family CRAZINESS!

Our boys have begged for another brother ever since Beck was born and God blessed us once again!! When we found out at the ultrasound that their “brother” was actually a SISTER a month or so ago they couldn’t believe it.  A little girl?! How can that be? Their game plan is to have her as their 5th team member still, and hope she’s tough. “She has to be good at wrestling, right Mom?”- quote from our 6 year old, Jax.

I hope you guys enjoy our fun surprise and I can’t wait to share photos of all 5 of the Ras babies together soon enough!!

Thank you for all the love and support!! xo

 

here is our 1 and only attempt at a photo the day we found out we were having a girl… (classic fail)

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family shot from the UNCC football game this past weekend!

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oh hi there baby girl.

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wild morning at the bus stop with all my muffins last week!

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Who has the extra time?!

February 26, 2016                               {family photography} {engagement photography} {child photography}

 

Great title, huh? How many of you think this same exact thing every single day? I know I do. Blogging is what I have learned isn’t the top of my “to-do” list. Actually it might be the last. Even after dishes or clipping all 4 of my kiddie’s toenails. Yea- that low. I hate to say that because I know this is how so many of you keep up with me, my family and my beautiful clients…but gosh it is hard to sit down and organize my thoughts and photos into a post.

If you know me…well, or even have spoken to me before- you know I have some intense ADHD…aka I start talking about one thing and quickly mention a totally different subject mid-sentence. That’s how I feel about blogging too. I just want to write everything down all at once and press publish. DONE.

I start typing…then boom. A kid is pouring water down my leg and into my purse. I start typing again. Deadly screams begin. I go save the child’s life that was in danger. I start typing again. Shoot…I forgot to email the 57 people back that I promised I would. Email everyone. I start typing again. Where was I? Hmmm… I’m hungry, maybe I should start my blogging tonight. Oh wait…let me finish up editing everyone’s images first. THEN I will blog. ok.

This happens way too often for me. So today I have 5 more minutes of peace and quiet to get my crazy wild world written down and shared to all you fun people. Not to mention, I’ve been photographing STUNNINGLY, beautiful families that I need to share too!

Life is never boring. Never calm either. But I wouldn’t trade it for anyone else’s life. Spring is coming and I cannot even wait- mini sessions are pretty much booked up but I have a couple of full sessions left until summer! I am so excited about all the new mamas to be that I am meeting and capturing. Soon my days will be filled with lots of those new babies too. Bring on the fresh air and sunshine. Tulips and peonies. bliss. I am ready to be outside all day long everyday. 🙂

Thanks for sticking around to be a part of our crazy world. Life is so good with you in it. ❤

enjoy the chaotic catch up!!

ps- if you want to stay updated a little better and see more of my recent images check out my Facebook page! ❤

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oh so I am behind on sharing my own little muffins too…so here is Beck’s 1st Birthday pics!!

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oh and the fun snow photos…

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then back to my beautiful families and kiddies

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so many more sessions will be up soon…I’m in crazy editing mode so I can get them all out to everyone! Can’t wait to share!

 

Oh sweet November

Charlotte, NC                   {family photography} {child photography}

 

Woohoo November is a whirlwind…all I’ve been doing is eating bags of chocolates, editing and taking thousands of photos of gorgeous people. And oh yes, loving on my baby boys too!

I don’t have much time for small chat due to the fact people are ready to get their Christmas cards rolling and they’re awaiting their beautiful photos from me— so here is a quick peek at some of the glitter that has been in front of my lens lately!

PS- Thanksgiving is less than a week away. oh my. I am so crazy Thankful.

PPS- This weekend begins my fun Christmas Tree farm minis up in the mountains!! I cannot wait to show you the end result!!! yay!!

xo Heather

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and just a few of my crazy boys ❤

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Spring fun!!! Bring on SUMMER!!!

Charlotte, NC    {family photography} {child photography} 

Another month passes…and I am still behind with blogging. darn. Actually it’s a month and a half to be exact. May is such a busy and fun month though. May brings on all the beautiful flowers and people…with very little rainy ruined days! NC has been blessed with incredible weather so I’ve had barely a moment away from my camera or computer. So many brand new baby miracles, graduates starting onto a new page in their lives and families coming together and sharing their stories with me and my camera. It has been full of blessings!  And since today is the first day of June, I thought I’d celebrate with a new blog post and flood your eyes with my gorgeous clients! ❤

GOAL OF THE MONTH: I am going to try to bring my camera out for my own little dudes more…so hopefully I’ll have some new photos to share with all of you soon! And one day I will start a mom blog with all the ridiculous/hilarious stories that happen to us or around us on a daily basis. Maybe that will be next month’s goal. Seriously- you guys wouldn’t even believe all the craziness that goes on around the Ras home! 🙂

Bring on Summer and all it’s awesomeness!

xo Heather

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and last but certainly not least our amazing friend Michelle has a community of friends, family and loved ones that have continued to support her through her 2nd battle with cancer…We love you <3MWA!

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Minis, minis and more minis OH MY!!!

Charlotte, NC     {family photography} {child photography}

Our mini sessions this Fall have been incredible!!!! I can’t even believe how smoothly they have gone! The weather has been spectacular so far and the locations and set ups have worked out perfectly! I hope everyone is loving their outcomes as well! I am down to two more full days of minis for the entire YEAR!!! AHHHH!! I will have some newborn sessions here and there but I will basically be closing down for the season after those!

This baby boy growing in my tummy will soon be too giant for me to be doing my normal jumping around and crazy acts when I’m photographing everyone. He is apparently 5lbs 8oz at this point- which is bigger than my other babies at birth (eek!!) so I need to prepare for a chubby little man! I will continue to photograph my family and friends through the Holidays so hopefully I will still be posting some fun blogs every now and then!! But for now, I still have LOTS of sessions and gorgeous families to share with you!! I hope you enjoy!!

Chat soon friends!! xo

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McLain is here!!

Mooresville, NC    {Newborn Photography} {Family Photography} {Child photography}

 

Oh how I ADORE this  family! They have always been such amazing clients and so so much fun to be around and photograph! They are perfect examples of why I love my job! The Rogers Family added another princess to their line up just recently…and she is just as fabulous as the others! When you are greeted at the door by two adorable toddlers how could you have a bad day? Ashley (mama bear) has mastered this baby stuff…she’s so impressive. Always so relaxed and easy going- where do I discover these characteristics within myself? hahaha! Little McLain slept just enough to capture exactly what we needed and what a fun challenge it always is getting three babies to stay still in front of my lens! You can probably picture it…lots of gummy bears and promises of yummy snacks! It’s even hard for me to sit still- so I get it! Wouldn’t we all rather be outside running around free? I love this family and ALL their photos from our session! I hope you do too!!

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Keira is ONE

Huntersville, NC    {child photography}

I cannot believe that all my parent’s words of wisdom are actually coming true. Everyone older than me told me year after year to slow down because time goes by way too fast.  I had no idea how fast they were meaning, but I wish I would’ve believed them and actually slowed down. Now as I type this blog about one of my best friend’s little girls turning ONE already, I am reminded to slow down. One year ago I was meeting this angel baby by the name of Keira Jewel. (how could she avoid being amazing with a name like that?) And now, 365 days have passed. She is walking, and chatting us up. Where did those days go? We all need to slow down and enjoy the now!!

Well, I hope you see how beautiful this lil one is inside and out through a few of her images! Enjoy!!

ps- I had to share one quick shot from her newborn session 1 year ago! 

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Hayden {hello world}

Charlotte, NC    {newborn photography, family photography}

 

Personal housekeeping first:

Playing catch up today in my office…so by the time the sun sets tonight I will officially have office hours! How exciting is that?!?! I have finally decided that it’s the best thing for my clients, my family and my sanity! I will be sure to post them very soon!  Also, keep an eye on my facebook page for my spirng mini sessions! I should be posting those today as well! And lastly…I finally sucked it up and opened up an instagram account for my photography…if you’re interested, check it out and follow me @HeatherMariePhotographyNC   Looking forward to seeing you all soon! xo

 

Now for the Stroupe Family’s precious new arrival!! Kristen and Justin have been together for almost as long as I can remember…they are seriously just perfect for one another.  I have known Kristen for so long, that when I look back through childhood photos I ALWAYS come across a few of her! I have always adored her, and her kind soul! I had such an awesome time at their home meeting lil Mr. Hayden!  He is a peanut and I just wanted to squeeze him! He looks to me like a lil man, and there is no mistaking him for a girl! (in my opinion!) Anyways, we laughed and just soaked up the morning with this lil man and I am so happy for their family of now 3! I am sure they are enjoying every single second of this precious time together!! Here’s a tiny peek at lil Hayden!! Enjoy!!

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Cameron {hello world}

Huntersville, NC   {newborn photography}

 

He arrived!! Shana and Brandon finally got to meet their little miracle! The Heagles and I hung out a few months ago and I captured the special belly photos…and in a blink of an eye (well for me) the little Cam is here! Such a blessing. I spent a morning at their home enjoying this little cutie pie, and I am so glad he was in the mood to stay squishy and lovey for us! He was an angel the entire time actually. I know I can’t always say that, so when I can brag on a newborn- I jump on it!! Although I still had my cast on- we used team work (with the help of Grandma) to rock Cam’s 1st official photoshoot.  I hope you enjoy a few of their images…

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The Gonella Family

Charlotte, NC   {family photography, child photography}

I got to start off 2014 with a sweet month old baby boy. I think that’s a fantastic way to bring in the new year!! Felix was having a growing day when I came to meet him, and all us Moms know what that means= LOTS and lots of eating! A baby’s got to do what a baby’s got to do. 😉  He was so darn cute though, and I love spending the afternoon with his sweet parents too! They even sent home a bag of amazing doggie treats for my 2 bullies…talk about hitting it out of the ballpark with my furry loves! Enjoy a peek at this beautiful, brand new little family!!!

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