Personally…

Davidson, NC                                                                                                                                                                      March 20, 2017

PERSONAL POST WARNING!!!

A few personal pics since I shared my own last…..all sorts of images, including iPhone pics (mostly)too! It’s a hard share for this mama!! So many ups and downs! But we are amazingly blessed! 🙂 Just real life over here!! Best camera to use is the one you have on you!! Now a family of 7!! YAY!!! All the details of our 2017 family story is a couple posts back! 🙂 Enjoy!! xx

PS- I’ll try to post in order!

Jan 11, 2017 ❤  Isla Drew came into this world and our lives will never be the same again! Perfect gift from God!!

straight to the NICU…I never left her side.

FINALLY leaving the NICU ❤ headed home!!

our only picture with our favorite bulldog Dozer before he flew to heaven to chew on endless bones and snore away his days. 😦 He was always there beside his babies, protecting them relentlessly. Miss you Dozer!!

after Isla’s first bath!

And our Sunday quickly turned a corner…here is her first photo in the ER. The beginning of a very very long road. #holyemotions

This is right after they intubated her…I never left her side. Never will.

the INCREDIBLY prayed for day…they removed her tube!! 🙂

a letter from our oldest son, Cade ❤

finally free of cords and wires and tubes!!! Hallelujah

free to go home!!! Go girl go!! 17 days of hell behind us!

so happy to be home with my other babies!!!

Beyond grateful.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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

 

 

 

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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February!? REALLY???

Charlotte, NC   {UPDATES and more UPDATES}

 

Is it really the 19th of February? As I sit here nursing my new little guy (sorry if that’s too much of a visual) and writing, I am dumbfounded at the fact that January just disappeared and really so did December. I have yet to blog in 2015…whoa that’s pathetic!!!  Let’s start there.

It is 2015!!! woohooo HAPPY NEW YEAR!! We all survived 2014!! I had an incredible year of gorgeous families and I couldn’t be more grateful. I feel so blessed! Lots of babies were brought into the world and I am so lucky to have met and photographed lots of them! We welcomed our 4th little man on Dec 11th as well. He is perfect. We ended 2014 with a bang. I still can’t believe I am really a mom of four handsome boys!!! As you can imagine…this is part of the reason January and now February have completely disappeared. Four wild boys.

On another note…I went back to work pretty quickly after he was born and he just comes along for the ride with me. My sitter or friends come too and help out with little Beck man while I do what I love and can focus on my clients. It’s been amazing so far! I am learning to edit while holding a sleeping baby, and sometimes an eating baby too. I love having a partner to chat to while I go on long editing stretches.

I am so excited about all my upcoming trips this year…and all the fun clients I will get to photograph all over. I know it will be another memorable year meeting and capturing many new families, as well as watching my long time clients change and grow their families.

CHEERS to 2015 and all it’s beauty. To cupcakes. To friendships. To love. To puppies. To coffee. To warm snuggles. To babies laughing. To you.

Cheers to a year of seeing the best in people, and seeing the beauty in the light.

Here are a few images of our newest addition…enjoy xoxo

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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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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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Hi Hudson

Davidson, NC  {newborn photography}

 

What better way to end my Saturday but to show off a precious little cutie I met a couple weeks ago! When I walked into the Maiura’s home I knew I would love them instantly…they had 2 loving doggies greeting me front and center! And to top that off…one was my favorite breed of all time, a french bulldog! 🙂 Ok not to stray away from the real reason I was lucky to meet this family, they had just welcomed their first little one to the world! Colleen and Tim already had it together too. I was impressed. Hudson has the good life. No doubt. We seriously laughed the entire session and had such an awesome time in their gorgeous home!! Hudson is perfect and you’ll agree!!

Enjoy!!

xo Happy Saturday!!

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Hello Jake!!

Huntersville, NC    {hello world, newborn photographer, child photographer}

 

Oh I got to snuggle so many squishy babes this month, and I loved every one of them! I am on a roll today and feel like I might actually get a few blog posts out for you all to enjoy! So here I go…

Brand new little Jake was a superstar! When people use the line “I slept like a baby”- they don’t have kids. But this little Jake did just that, and slept through it all. One proud Mom, and 2 proud Grandmothers helped and watched it all! Jake is loved and he will have no choice but to love his parent’s alma mater -the Auburn Tigers! He sported lots of awesome Auburn gear! Enjoy a peek at his beautiful session.

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Hi Jax {hello world}

Charlotte, NC  {newborn photography, family photography}

 

Another beautiful family is blessed with a gorgeous & healthy baby boy!! I am so blessed to have been able to capture such a special time of their lives for them! Stephanie and James welcomed their little man Jackson to this world earlier this month and they seem to have mastered this “baby” stuff already! It has to help that he is so so cute! I hope you enjoy a few of their precious images…

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