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!

 

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Free time…

Charlotte, NC        {family photography}  {child photography}  {personal}

Who seriously has free time these days?! I can 100% say it isn’t our family lately. We have 5 days until we move to our new home in Davidson…which means our lives are completely upside down right now. #hellopacking  So, as part of my packing I will need to pack up my office, my computer, my hard drives, my calendar, my camera, my lenses, my props, and every other piece of my business. So here I post a last few families and some of my own kiddies too. My last blog post in our beautiful home here.

I started my business here in this home. It organically grew here. I was inspired here. Our home is filled with so much light and so much love. I bought my first dslr camera here in this home. I brought 4 teeny tiny newborn baby boys home here. They have inspired me. This house became a home. Although I am so sad to say goodbye to this house, we will be taking our “home” with us and starting to make a whole new level of memories in our new home. ❤ The adventures ahead are limitless. New windows with new light…a brand new office…a new space to play with our kids. So this isn’t goodbye. This is the beginning.

Enjoy these beautiful people and sweet love ❤ xo

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and now for a few of my wild boys

Ras Boys

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Jax

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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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The Albright Family

Denver, NC  {family photography} {child photography}

 

my quick personal update:

So I may play catch up with my blogging for my entire life- so I hope everyone is starting to get use to that! eek!! Apparently my kids, hubby, clients, dogs or house are in need of 99.9% of my hours in each day. I am not complaining- at all. Actually I am so grateful. Days are filled with good stuff and happy people.  What a blessing! All three of our boys are now in some form of school 3 WHOLE mornings a week- so I am actually starting to get some time to sit and think again! Baby boy #4 is well on his way to taking over my body and so far so good! Still can’t believe we will be meeting him so soon! I plan on taking a couple weeks off when he arrives but no worries- I will be back in the saddle and photographing all my clients in 2015! I hope everyone is looking forward to the gorgeous fall as much as I am! ohhh pumpkin EVERYTHING and those colors!! I am over the moon! (plus it doesn’t hurt to enjoy a little bit cooler weather now that I’m packing on the baby bump pounds!) I can’t wait to see all my upcoming families and new babies…yay September is here!! xo

Now for this gorgeous family. This family makes me smile. Their session makes me smile. We had so much fun and they have so much love going on- it pours out in the photos! Their two little boys may have me wrapped around their pinkies too! I am sure you will see what I see…enjoy!!!

 

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and oh I forgot to mention that their beautiful Queen Bee is a crazy talented and hilarious artist…so we had to grab a quick headshot as well! 🙂

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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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July Photography Mix

Charlotte, NC   {family photographer, child photographer, newborn photographer}

 

*Personal Update:

Some of you may have already heard the fantastic news about our little family, but for those of you who are still in the dark—- BABY BOY #4 is on his way!!! We are so excited to announce this little miracle to our family, friend and the world! He is already so loved! I am due towards the end of December this year but with the other 3 coming at least 4 weeks early- we expect him to arrive towards the end of November! I will be continuing to work as usual through our wild Fall season but will take most of December off with my growing family. Lots of celebrating up ahead!! God’s grace and plan once again, has truly amazed us! Thank you all for the support and love you have shown our family. I can’t wait to share another little love bug with you all! (lots of new baby photos will be pouring on here!) 

 

Now for a fun mega mix of some of the wonderful families and children I have photographed this month! I have the best clients ever!! They shine, just look and see!! Enjoy!!!

 

Handsome Newborn Jake

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The Gallagher Family…Parker is ONEparker

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The Buford Family…sweet Landon and precious baby bump!

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The Albright Boys

Charlotte, NC   {Child photography}

 

Here it is…the end of 2013. What a awesome way to finish up the year…two lil dudes, a bunch of balloons and some celebrating!! (which obviously included some fabulous singing too!!) Stuart just turned ONE, and Jack just turned 3- what’s not to celebrate?! I had so much fun rolling around, dancing and singing with these guys- can’t wait to see them all again!!! Hope you enjoy!!!

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and of course I have to share this typical brotherly love moment. No session is complete without at least one outtake. 🙂

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The Romano Family in 2013

Concord, NC   {Family Photography}

 

Shocker- we are 4 days in to 2014 and I haven’t completed my blogging for 2013 yet. (as I had planned)  The goal was to finish up with the final 3 or 4 sessions and have them all posted by midnight when the ball dropped. The ball dropped, and I dropped the ball too because I chose my boys instead. I let my little guys stay up until midnight and dance with sparklers with their best friends and mine too.  I hope no one really minds…because we are never promised tomorrow, or another year.  Life is so precious. So here I sit, excited to finally blog my last few entries for 2013 and start posting all my fabulous new sessions in 2014! Happy New Year friends!!! Cheers to a healthy, happy, loving and blessed 2014!!!

 

Now for the Romano Family…

My year is not complete without photographing this wonderful family.  I have captured their family’s love since the beginning. Angela and Mark are magnetic. They pull you in as much as they pull each other in. My heart grows larger when I am around them. They are real. They are strong. Their love endures all. I am so blessed to call them our dear friends. I survived this fall because of these two. Angela was there being my children’s other mom all hours of the day and night. (being injured with 3 boys wasn’t easy for me) I will never be able to thank her enough. I could bubble over for days and days about these two, but I must move on to their vibrant little boys!

Marek: this gorgeous 5 1/2 year old rockstar has a heart as big as Mother Teresa. He pushes every single button and person to the limit (with insane energy for days), but oddly enough it makes you love him even more. He has the fashion and style of a GQ model. I am still clueless on where this comes from. “Heather, you look beautiful, and I love your lipstick color.”- – what other five year old says this? Watch out parents…he will have all your little ladies under his love spell soon enough!!

Maddox: sweet, calm and HILARIOUS (without knowing it) 3 1/2 years old dude. Maddox wants to dance to his own beat, and relax without anyone bugging him. He has an old soul, and just goes with the flow. (most of the time) You can’t help but love Maddox too. His adorable quirks make you want to squeeze him tightly. He is the one to bring you a blanket when you are cold, and the first one to jump into your lap to snuggle every time. Love him!!

As you can probably tell- this family is very special to me, and I am so thankful for them! Their images capture them so perfectly…they truly love this much, and play this much, so I hope everyone can see what I see. And I wish that all of you get to experience a friendship this blessed in 2014 if you haven’t already!!!

Enjoy xo

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The Peterson Family

Charlotte, NC    Family Photography, Child Photography

 

I was excited to shoot in the midwood plaza area, and to play with the sweet Peterson boys…and all those ingredients together made AWESOMENESS!  Ben & Gabe are so precious and I love how different they are!! But they’re both equally gorgeous!! Check out their cuteness!!

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The Ray Family

Charlotte, NC    Family photography, Child Photography

 

The Ray Family is fabulous. period. I love their beautiful, large family.  All 5 of their kiddos were so incredibly behaved…even after they opened up and relaxed. They are such a joy to photograph and have such a deep love for one another.  This Mom & Dad are doing something right! 🙂  I hope to see them all again soon…and I am sure I did quite the abdominal workout that evening from all the laughing!! Enjoy their peek!!!

 

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