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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I’m Blog Challenged.

Charlotte, NC    {Family Photography}  {Child Photography}  {Newborn Photography}

 

So having 4 kids rocks, but is INSANE hard to “put” down to come sit at my computer and blog. I give those blogger Moms credit…they are stronger than me. I am doing good to post a few sneak peeks every once in a while on my facebook page these days. eek!!! Sorry about that friends!!! I love to share my work so I continue to try to update you guys here as much as possible!

My news: well, not much. Just getting use to the balancing act of LIFE! Mom, wife, sister, daughter, business owner, photographer, friend, cook, dish lady, house cleaner, laundry fairy and so on…you know…the normal stuff us mommies try to balance.  We have recently put our house on the market as well, just to add another fun “ball” to our juggling routine. PS- anyone ever try to clean a house with four boys while watching them destroy it as soon as you move to the next room? Oh so fun.

Anyways, my peace is coming from my fun photo sessions lately. I get to enjoy our people’s chaos and capture all their love! I did a maternity session last week that was so peaceful and calm that I sat down on the edge of the creek and had a moment to actually hear myself think.  I thought about that love and true passion I have within me for people and their stories. I am so grateful that I found my calling and so blessed that you all support me! 🙂 Thank you!!!

Beck is now 4 months old and still incredible. He is delicious and shockingly relaxed. I can wear him for sessions after sessions and he doesn’t make a peep! God knew what he was doing! He is almost 17lbs and laughs and smiles all day, unless he’s sleeping! Rockstar baby!

Ok now for some updates on sessions!!! Spring is finally here and the flowers are blooming! I have completely booked up all my spring minis and have a few more full sessions left here and there! I will be announcing some beach sessions dates soon and may open up some other locations in Florida this year! CANNOT WAIT!!!

Ok now for the stuff you’re all here for…a peek into my computer of editing fun! I have the most gorgeous families inside and out!  I hope you enjoy!!

xo

Heather

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The Buford Family

Charlotte, NC    Family Photography

Probably the coldest morning of the year, I met the Buford Family for the first time…and it was 150% worth every second!!! Rockin the broken arm and awaiting my surgery I managed to layer up and get my camera some happy time. The Buford’s were beyond amazing. I still can’t believe how positive they all were although I knew not 1 of us could feel our fingers or toes!! Their lil muffin Landon just turned 2 and lit up the sky with his big, sweet smile!! Two year old boys give me an excuse to run around and dance like a fool…so I stayed a little warmer then everyone else! 🙂 Hope you enjoy…

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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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Cameron {hello world}

Charlotte, NC    Newborn Photography,  Family Photography 

 

What man enjoys giving up his football Sunday for family photos??? Yep, I hear crickets. No one that I know.  So I knew when we scheduled a morning session for the Mayes Family it couldn’t last hours and hours. 🙂 Robert and Megan were awesome. And their new little man, Cam ROCKED it. I couldn’t believe how perfect and tiny he was for being a month old already. I had hopes of getting a few “newborn” shots of him, but assumed he would be too old to squish up into gooey perfection for us.  I was wrong…being a month early, gave us an extra month of newborn shots! YAY!  I loved hanging out with the Mayes’ and cuddling their precious Cam.

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The Sink Family

Denver, NC    Family Photography, Children Photography

 

How could you not adore the Sink family?? I wanted to hang out at their house all night! We had rescheduled their session too many times to count (lovely summer weather) so we were determined to make it work this time!!! We quickly figured out that staying inside their home was NOT the answer to happy and fun kiddos!!! Outside we went…and the fun began! Their girls are to die for and I would easily keep them as my own. Such a fun family to photograph and you can see it in all their images!! Enjoy!!

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The Knag Family

Denver, NC   Family & Children Photography

 

and yep, I am a good month behind on my blogging. typical these days…I apologize. I am going to show a few amazing shots from the Knag Family session, and then my next post is going to combine a huge group of photos, all from my sessions these past few weeks. I know, I know— not fair, and not personal…but I think most people would prefer I play a quick blogging catch up and then focus on editing their gorgeous photos for their flash drives!

So, on to the Knag Family…

gorgeous mom + handsome dad = 3 stunning little girls. This family makes me smile. Looking through their images…I can’t help but smile. They are truly beautiful inside and out…and not just for show. They are real.  And I have more respect for real then I ever will for those that are putting on a show to appear “perfect” to the world outside. I have learned so so much in these past few years of photography. One of the greatest things I have developed is my ability to read people, their love for one another, their relationships, and whether or not they are being real with themselves. I am so blessed to be able to grow through others and through these experiences with these incredible families. Three kids make you go crazy sometimes, and 3 girls might even be harder…but that’s what makes this world so beautiful to the Knags. Their chaos makes me feel a tad bit more “normal”…and I thank God for putting these people in my life.

ok enough sappy stuff for one night…the Knag Family rocks, just wait and you be the judge!!!

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The Ortiz Family

Davidson, NC  Family and Children Photography

 

The Ortiz Family gets the cool honor of being my very first family with quadruplets! I am still in awe of how amazing Gabe and Niury are as parents. I cannot even wrap my head around 4 newborns wanting to eat, all at the exact same time. This dear family has raised two girls (Olivia & Juliana) and two boys (Aiden & Gabriel) to be wonderful little five year olds! Their family makes my top three strongest family list for sure! Not just for raising 4 awesome little kiddos but beginning the hardest fight of their lives here in the last month. Gabe had just finished his first chemo treatment right before our session. What a strong man, and the ultimate role model for his children. He will win.

One of my shots from their session brought me to tears instantly. I was sitting in my car going through the images and deleting all the “bad” shots, when I crossed by a shot that a sunbeam clearly was coming from heaven and directly going on Gabe’s head. I have never in all my 10 million + images have ever seen this.  What a moment.

I am so grateful to have spent my evening learning all about the Ortiz family…and each of their fun personalities! We had such a great time playing on the farm…feeding donkeys and looking for fish! I hope I captured the true essence of their sweet family! I have had such an incredible week of inspiration. Thank you to all of you.

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