Goodbye 2016…Hello 2017

Davidson, NC     {FAMILY photography, CHILDREN photography, NEWBORN photography}       March 2017

 

Once again…my blogging skills remain my LEAST active or scheduled talent. Sorry friends. Life happens, and almost daily I think to myself- wow, if I could sit down for 10 mins and write “this” or “that” down, it would make a hell of a story. I also think I should have another blog just for my crazy life- so all of you wanting to see photography stuff only could enjoy just that, and all the others that want to hear about the gong show at our home could read a different blog. ahhh well- it’s not happening anytime soon. So for now- I shall do my best to update you pretty people here as much as possible.

Personal part- (so you can skip past if you’d like) The last time I wrote to you I think I was pregnant…well, she is HERE! And wow what a roller coaster ride it has been! The short version of our story is…Isla Drew (“eye-la”) was born in the water in a beautiful room filled with love and support. It was magical. And the very best way to end this era of my life. (the child birthing era) She was perfection but was grunting a bit while breathing, so we ended up in the NICU for 5 days to help her transition her lungs to air. Luckily I never once had to leave her side. Finally made it home to all our boys, which was incredible. They are obsessed with their baby sister. I was just getting into the flow of things when Isla caught a cold and within 2 days we were in the ER. The process from ER to Pediatric Intensive care unit went very very quickly- and there is where we spent the next 17 LONG days fighting.  She had come down with RSV (aka the devil virus) and it attacked her and her tiny little lungs. After lungs collapsing and a horrific case of pneumonia, the doctors had to intubate her. Beyond horrific watching your tiny baby suffer. The most amazing part is- she is now healthy. She beat it. Isla is one strong little girl. Our medical care and staff at the PICU was beyond incredible. The prayers, love and endless support from our friends, clients, family and all others was also humbling. That is such an understatement. But I have no words. God works miracles. Period. He was there with us the entire time. I felt him.  “What doesn’t kill us, makes us stronger.”

With all that being said- I took some time off work. My camera snuggled in her pretty bag for a month and I snuggled with our angel baby. BUT now I am BACK! 🙂 Our family of now SEVEN is rocking the house and emptying grocery stores like it’s our job. So the show must go on…and my spring minis begin this weekend!!! WOOHOOO!!!! I am doing spring minis almost every weekend until June to catch up with all my precious friends and clients! Also, booking summer and fall regular sessions and newborns! Cannot wait! Don’t worry- I’ll have Isla most likely attached to me or on site with someone loving on her…so you should all get to meet her. She’s pretty awesome.

Thank you so much for supporting me and my little passion. I am so so grateful. ❤

Now I’ll attach some of the past sessions…I’m sure I’m forgetting some or many- but my Facebook page usually has MUCH better updates!! Go check it out… http://www.facebook.com/HeatherMariePhotographyNC/  or instagram @HeatherMariePhotographyNC

Oh, I’ll share of few personal pics of our past months in my next post today!! promise!!!

PS- Fall 2016 we rocked it out of the park!! Out of this world sessions to wrap up the year!!

Until next time…xx

 

 

 

 

 

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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still sharing…

Davidson, NC     {family photography} {child photography} 

 

Continuing to share sessions today…even more to come!!! 🙂

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oh my gosh. can you even stand it?! These are all the cutest kids EVER!!!! 🙂 xo

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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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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Fall Mini Session Fun

Charlotte, NC     {family photographer} {child photographer}

 

Our mini sessions this Fall have been overwhelmingly successful!!! I am loving all the fun styles and locations, then adding in all the gorgeous families- equals perfection!! We have completely lucked out with the weather thus far too! Yesterday’s sessions were actually hot~ I was in shock!! I know this is a crazy time of year for everyone so I’m keeping this short and sweet…check out this beautiful loves!!!

 

 

 

 

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And here are a few from my family this past week too 🙂 I’m not giving away any of the family Christmas card shots yet…but soon they will come too! 🙂 I can’t believe how fast this baby boy is growing!!!

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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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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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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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