Oh Hi There Pretty Friends!!

Davidson, NC                                      {FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHY}   {CHILD PHOTOGRAPHY}   {NEWBORN PHOTOGRAPHY}

 

Blog life…hmmm it’s not for me. Although, I think I’d be really great as an actual blogger. Like if that’s all I had to do. Just write about my crazy days and family and friends. I’d keep you guys entertained for a lifetime. For real. But unfortunately, this is just how I share a little bit of my passion and life with everyone. I wish I spent more time sharing…but it’s rough finding the extra time. Between the stacks of emails, memory cards, schedules, editing, more scheduling, learning, playing with my crazy boys, keeping my kiddos alive, keeping my doggies alive, keeping up with laundry, endless meals for everyone and well let’s be real- the endless list of to-dos….I’m just not sure how anyone has time to add blogging to their list.

I started this post last night, but then didn’t have time to finish it…so I’m back at it this morning. See what I mean?! Summer has been a whirlwind and I just dropped off our first little stud muffin to his first day of 2nd grade.  I was doing fine until the radio played a depressing song for moms called “slow down”…yeah, I may have shed some tears. It really slaps you in the face. The years are flying by. Summers home with 4 kids are super long, but in reality I already miss it. The chaos will one day be completely different chaos, and I’ll miss every moment of the craziness that we’re in now. I am thankful for photos, and iPhones. I do my best to capture it all before it disappears. Ok done venting.

So I can’t even remember the last sessions I shared with all of you but I will share some from my last month of fun! I will also do my best to share more with you all during this CRAZY fall/winter season of sessions! I am so blessed with such extraordinary clients and cannot wait to see everyone again this year! ❤ I love you guys and cheers to school being back, pumpkin pies, and cool crisp air. YES!!!

xo

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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 Knag Family

Charlotte, NC    {family photography} {child photography}

 

I’m skipping around today with my sessions and had to blog this gorgeous family that I got to hang with last week! The Knag family is drop dead fabulous. And even better on the inside. I would choose to photograph them every week if I could. Seriously. We did nothing but laugh and chat…and well take a few photos. We met up in the NODA area of Charlotte and just played around the city streets! I could share 100 of their images and never get tired of their beautiful faces! Their three girls have become such little ladies over the years and are such a joy to photograph. I’d have to say good parenting 101 is happening there! I feel lucky and honored to share this family with you all!!

ps- I am pretty sure these girls should all be full time child models. just sayin’ ❤

Enjoy! xo

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oops…I’m slightly behind with BLOGGING!!!

Charlotte, NC  {family photography}

 

There is a good chance many friends, clients and new beautiful faces have come here to my blog in the last two months and noticed how lame I am with keeping my blog updated. #bloggerfail Yes, not a very proud moment. BUT…I am NOT behind on my editing or my sessions or my kids or my family or my friends (ok I may be a tad behind on that one too!)— it’s FALL YA’LL!!! Fall is here and that means crisp air, beautiful colors, pumpkin EVERYTHING and most of all my busiest time of year! With that being said- my blogging and updating comes last in the line up. I hope you all don’t mind!  I do try to keep my facebook page (www.facebook.com/heathermariephotographync ) updated daily with sneak peeks and any other fun info I have up my sleeve!

I just counted…I am 41 sessions behind on the blog. Can you even imagine? WHOA. Sorry guys. I will make it up to you on my maternity leave surely. What else will I want to do while I’m snuggling my newest little ninja?!

Speaking of that…my personal update {obviously skip this part if you have no interest with this} is great! This baby is a beast. Measuring ahead and staying up high so I remember he is ALWAYS there. We both are loving this cooler weather though! His big brothers are getting excited about his arrival into this world. “Mom when is our brother going to pop out?” “Mom I think the baby is going to beat Cade in soccer once he gets out of there.” -daily questions and comments flow around our home.

Back to the Photography: I’ve already had our first 2 mini session dates and they were completely successful in all ways! The weather worked out for us and all the families looked amazing! Plus it was great exercise for me! I loved playing with all the precious little ones! I feel incredibly blessed to be able to do what I love and also call it my job– you guys make that possible for me. Thank you. A million times.

I have been booked solid for the year for months now and I am so very grateful. I do hate letting people down now this close to Christmas card season that I don’t have any openings but I am doing a wait list and filling any cancellations off of that the moment I get one. So far- it’s working!! I am currently booking 2015 clients and filling spots very quickly if anyone is looking for next year sessions. Lots of the Spring slots are full, and we have TONS of 2015 babies on the horizon! YAY!!!

I want to share a few photos from the past month + with you guys, and hopefully all the sneak peeks very soon!! I hope you enjoy all the beauty that I get to see every day…

xo

Heather

PS- can you believe it’s already time for the Holidays?! WHAT?????

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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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Jax is ONE!!

Charlotte, NC   {child photography}

 

One of my bestest girlfriend’s little man Jax just turned ONE, and of course we had to photograph this special time!! I love how much Natalie adores her babies. Not really sure if there is a way to even begin to explain it, but trust me- she loves them endlessly. Due to this crazy 2014 weather, we chose to use a friend’s studio instead of risking the 28 degree cold. Smart move, but I am really not made for studios. Keeping kids in one spot and posed is impossible in my opinion- but we managed! And Jax couldn’t have looked any cuter. He is wearing adorable outfits from RuffleButts & RuggedButts, and he is also one of their precious models for their Spring 2014 clothing lines! {which should be releasing soon!} I hope!! YAY!! Enjoy this little muffin…

check out http://www.ruggedbutts.com for these perfect lil outfits!!

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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

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Matilda Jane Clothing www.matildajaneclothing.com

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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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lil rockstar Quinn

Denver, NC Children Photography

This little man is quite the ladies man at 5 years old…just check out those sparkly eyes and awesome hair!! Quinn and I had fun horsing around and capturing his best “looks” for his soon to be acting career! He could care less why I was taking his photo, which is my favorite part of boys! Quinn was a blast to chase around and I can’t wait to see what the future holds for this lil man!! Enjoy…

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Braelyn Grace

Cornelius, NC  {Children Photography}

I will never forget the day {actually the exact moment} when my best friend & college roommate called me to tell me she was pregnant…I never would have imagined that 6 years later I would be photographing this beautiful blessing completely awestruck. Braelyn entered this world with me in the room next door and I am quite sure I had about the same amount of sleep as her mother, but my world was changed forever. I knew I would love this lil angel as if she were my own, and I did. I do. Braelyn Grace is a photographer’s dream. She is not only the most stunningly beautiful child I have ever seen, she is just as sweet, kind, & brilliant. She is a precious jewel. I would photograph her every day if I had her close by. In other words, she will leave you speechless and wondering why she isn’t famous yet.

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