Monday….. Where is Heather?

“Mentally, physically and emotionally we are the same. We each have the potential to good and bad and to be overcome by disturbing emotions such as anger, fear, hatred, suspicion and greed. These emotions can be the cause of many problems. On the other hand if you cultivate loving kindness, compassion and concern for others, there will be no room for anger, hatred and jealousy.”  – Dalai Lama

So much going on in the life of Heather.  Heather the photographer,  Heather the nursing student,  Heather the mother, Heather the wife, and Heather the friend.  As I sit here, at my nice clean desk, with my daily dose of Greenberry Shakeology, I read that quote over and over again.  So many meanings but meanings that need to be clarified in my head.

My business is slow.  Not going to lie.  It could be better.  Am I stretched too thin with other aspects of my life, yes, without a doubt.  Am I making the right decisions, maybe, maybe not.  Am I good enough to be in this saturated photographer area?  Maybe?  I like to think that I am.  There are so many photographers in the Capital District, SOOOOOO many.  All fighting to be successful.  I’ll be the first to admit I’m not in the “in crowd” of photographers, nor do I want to be.  I’m still learning.  I still make mistakes…. I will always make mistakes.  Even the “pros” make mistakes.  What I’m trying to say is, I don’t care that I’m not one of the “cool kids”.  I am me.  Nor am I trying to be someone I’m not.   I’m on my own journey and I’ll get there someday.

I have my regulars whom I love with every ounce of my being.  I appreciate them more than they will ever know.  But, I LOVE the newbies too.  They find me through word of mouth, through random Google searches, and me being out and about.  People book me because I’m me.  People also DON’T book me, because I’m me.  I’m loud, kinda zany, kinda cooky.  I love natural light.  Anything natural – natural light, poses, expressions, colors, yeah, natural.  I’m a sucker for sweet things, no not chocolate, more like Starbursts and Skittles and Cherry Garcia Ben and Jerry’s.  I love my cameras and they fit perfectly in my hands like they were meant to be there all along.  They are my other children.  I am silliness and ridiculousness but I am snotty and moody all at the same time.  I have an awful poker face and can’t lie to save my life.  And my family, they are my life.  As chaotic as we are, that’s how it is.  We are nuts, completely loose screws, and I love it.

I love to help people.  My passion is people and making them smile.  I won’t give away any of my big things that I do because it isn’t about that but I love to do things for organizations and people that are doing good things.  I LOVE doing things for mamas to be, mamas of multiple babies, mamas who need a shoulder, any mama.  And, I LOVE BABIES!  (shocker, I know).  So, if given the opportunity to photograph Moms and Babies, I AM ALL OVER IT!  I am a story teller and I love telling people’s stories.  Weddings, families, people, friends, children, I love it all.

I know, I’m wandering past the point of the quote but only sort of.  I’m full of emotion lately.  Full of feelings I didn’t know I had.  Physically, I’m getting into shape instead of the shape ROUND.  Eating healthier, exercising, and living wholly.  With a side of mozzarella sticks and a Pepsi from time to time.  Mentally I’m SPENT.  Nursing school is no frackin’ joke.  I live, breathe, bleed, and sweat nursing school.  I have no time for friends which is so sad since they are the ones who ground me.  But, I do have a few friends who get it and who still love me anyway.  Knowing that when I graduate, I’ll still be the same Heather, and have more time (maybe?).  They send me little notes saying they are proud of me and that they love me.  They push me when I need pushing without me even saying I need a swift kick in the pants.  They are my friends.  There are others that don’t get it, and that saddens me.  But, in the end, I have the important people in the palm of my hand and they are my heart and soul.  Some have been in my life for a long time, others just recently.   And there are a select few who fill my heart with so much love, support, passion, and drive, I can probably write a blog just on that…..  Maybe I will.  Maybe there will be a photo shoot with those peeps…. who knows.

I’m going to wrap this up for today…. there will be a part II.  I just needed to write today.  I know, this was totally random but it is where I am lately.  Pieces of me all over the place.  Completely scattered.  So much good, a little bad, some fear and anger, but so much love and kindness.  I am me, not anyone else.  Take it or leave it, I am me.  ❤

Now, how about some pictures!  A few teasers for upcoming posts….

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TESSA!

I love repeat clients!  I have photographed Tessa before and she is just so adorable.  She has eyes and a smile that melts your heart.  Her Mom was one of my Riley’s pre-k teachers and we have stayed in touch on a regular basis!  She was prego with Tessa while Riley was in her class so I feel like I’ve known Tessa forever, well, actually, I have!  HA!  We met at the Town of Colonie’s Cook Park to grab some pics of the cutie patootie.  I’m not much of a prop person but figured, why not!  Here is Miss Tessa!

 

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Thank you, Tracy and Dan, for allowing me to photograph your cutie!

Spring is almost here, so book your outdoor sessions today!

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Holly and Nate – Mother and Son – Total Cuteness

Because it is Holly’s birthday (well, yesterday) I figured it would be a good time to post the blog post of her session with her son, Nate, or as she calls him, “Tater”.  Holly is a friend whom I met through another great friend, and she is just so sweet.  She loves her son more than ANYTHING in the world and he adores her quite a lot too.  He isn’t one of those pre-teens who likes to shy away from his Mom which is pretty awesome.  You can tell they have complete love for each other, which is how it should be!  I can only hope my girls love me as much as Nate loves his Mom!

We met on a beautiful fall day at the Town of Colonie’s Cook Park, which is one of my favorite places to go.  It is always quiet and lots of places to relax and have fun.

Happy Birthday, Holly!  I hope you had a great day!  And, Nate, give her a big squeeze from me!

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See, I told you they were adorable!!!  If you would like to book a session with you and your kiddos, let me know!  We have quite a good time!

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Mike, Erin, and Remy!!!! A stroll through the park….

This is a fun, just because session!  Erin is a friend and nanny of another friend and we met one late night at TCBY.  Yeah, that’s how we roll. 🙂  We scheduled this just because session to really capture Remy as a puppy and to prepare for things “down the road”…..  hee hee.  Erin and Mike are so sweet.  They are like an old married couple who have been together forever.  So comfortable and relaxed, and just very happy together.  They recently bought a house, have Remy, and are ready to settle down.  Let’s just say, they are adorable.  Here, you be the judge!  Off to Washington Park we go!!!

 

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See, aren’t they adorable!!!!  Erin and Mike, can’t wait for our “next” session!!!

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Baby Emmalyn

I was kind of new to the whole photographing babies world, but when my cousin Chris and his lovely wife Jennifer had their baby, I had to try and rock it.  Our whole family went home to meet Miss Emmalyn.  She is my Aunt Kath’s first grandchild so it was quite a big deal!  I packed up allllllll of my baby posing goodies and backdrops and traveled on down to Grahamsville.  And after I got some major snuggle time, we got to work. Aren’t they precious???

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Mommy and Daddy “lovin’ their baby girl!

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Tiny hands…

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Tiny toes….

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The pouty lips!!!  LOVE HER!

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For real???  OY!!

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A little smile!  🙂

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I love baby feet!!!

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Did I mention that I love baby feet!!!???

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LOVE!!!!

Thank you, Chris and Jennifer for allowing me to photograph your gorgeous gal.  I love her to pieces!!!!

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Ellenville High School Senior Portraits! SO MUCH FUN!

Senior portraits in one word, are FUN to photograph!  Like crazy, mad, fun!  Katlyn, my cousin, is a senior at Ellenville HS and of course wanted her pics done.  So, I told her to invite a few friends and let’s make a day of it!  And that, we did!  My grandmother owns quite a lot of property with a barn, fields, rocks, and lots of green and sunshine so it was the perfect spot to photograph these lovely ladies.  Katlyn, Payge, Brittany and I had a BLAST!  It was such an awesome day and I think I really captured who these gals are and their personalities.  My younger cousin, Tyler even stopped by and photo-bombed a few shots. 🙂

This sure beats those traditional pictures with the black drape, eh?

Let me know what ya think!

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KATLYN!  🙂

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BRITTANY!

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PAYGE!

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Yes, her eyes are really that blue – 🙂 xox

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Photo-bomb by Tyler!  Love this kid!

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Aren’t these ladies beautiful?  I wish them all the best in their last few months of their senior year and much success in college!
XOXOXO

If you are a senior and would like your portraits done, contact me and we’ll have a GREAT time!

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2013 – A year for BIG changes

Hiya!  As you know, I became official right before the start of the year which means great excitement but lots of rules and policies to follow as a small business.   Taxes, receipts, insurance, contracts, ahhh!  With all of that comes more expenses.  I’ll be creating professional packaging for my products, upping the quality of how pictures are delivered, new props, and making changes to my small natural light studio.  So with all of that being said, I am going to be increasing my rates and offering a variety of different packages and experiences as of March 2013!    Everything is now listed and up to date on my website and listed below.

Weddings:

Basic Wedding Package:  $1600

Includes:  –  Engagement Session
–  All day coverage of your wedding day with one photographer
–  private online proof, print, and product gallery

**Other add ons include all digital images, albums, canvas wraps, framing, and more!

**Custom packages are quoted per client, please contact me for details.

**Available for worldwide travel!  (Going to the Jamaica this summer…. oh yes, yes I am!!)

**Gift Certificates available

Portrait Session:   $200

This includes family, maternity, newborn, children, couples, and just because sessions! Choose 3 of your favorites to receive as digital files as a
complimentary gift from me!  (a $75 value!)

Birth Photography:   $550

Let me capture the birth of your child/children so you can have those memories forever! You call me when you go into labor and Ill meet you at your birth
place and capture the most intimate and amazing moments of your life. Either a USB drive or private downloadable gallery with all digital files will be
included.

Birth DAY Photography:  $400

Don’t want all the private stuff photographed? Call me after the cutie arrives and all are cleaned up, and Ill come and spend an hour or so with you and
get all of those necessary birth day pictures. Choose 3 of your favorite pictures to receive as digital files as a complimentary gift from me! (a $75 value!)

**To add all of your digital files to your package, add $250. All digital files will be downloaded to a USB drive or on PASS gallery that can be downloaded and shared online. (one or the other)

**Gift Certificates, albums, cards, canvas, prints, and other products are available through online proof gallery.

I am so excited about what 2013 is going to bring to Heather Eddings Photography and I hope that you are too!  Let me know if you have any questions at any time!
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Second Shooting – Guys and Details

As you know, I second shoot for Amy, quite a lot, and, I LOVE IT!  But when people hear that I “second shoot” they mostly just shake their heads and say “oh, that’s cool”.  Most of the time, I am sure they have no idea what that means.  Well, lucky for you all, I’m going to share with you what that means.  Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE, LOVE , LOVE being the lead photographer and shooting solo but the pressure is totally different when shooting for another photographer. The deal when working with Amy is that I hang with the groom and his guys, and photograph them getting ready.  No, no, no, I do NOT watch and stare as they get dressed.  I’m there to capture the fun, anxiety, jokes, the best man trying to chill the groom out, you know, the fun stuff.  Cuff links, shot glasses, shoes, head shots, group photos, ties, and nervous smiles.  Here are a few examples…


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The other part of second shooting is photographing the details.  I have to admit, this is my favorite part of the job.  Flowers, rings, jewelry, church decor, reception details such as glassware, cakes, favors, place cards, and did I mention flowers???  Usually while Amy is photographing some of the formal shots, I run (and yes, most of the time I RUN!) to the church or ceremony spot and then the reception area to shoot those details.  It is mostly me, myself, and I, alone with the details, in the calm before the party, and I just soak it all in.

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And, from time to time, I do get to shoot some of the formal shots and hang out with the ladies.

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No matter what I get to photograph as a second shooter, I learn a ton, every. single. time.  And, every opportunity I have to work with other photographers, those experiences make me a better lead photographer, which I LOVE!  I really do have the best job ever, well, jobs!  🙂

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Headshots for the up and coming…… Darron Leddick, Photographer

As we all know, 2012 was a pretty big year for me and my business.  The stress and anxiety going into building yourself up as a reputable photographer is hard work, and well, just overwhelming at times.  There were a TON of fun parts though, like networking with a ton of different people, learning, and making great friends.  Darron is one of them.  I met Darron through Amy one night on Facebook, of course.  We were having a country music stand off, listing country songs that out-ranked others.  I think I won, I’m sure of it.  After our standoff of all things country music, Darron and I met at Starbucks and arranged for me to do his headshots.  I had never done headshots before, so I figured, why not!  Well, you can tell that it went well.  We had a blast, chased a turtle with our cameras, and laughed a lot.  Darron is going to be an awesome photographer.  He is passionate, excited, and in love with all things photography.  This won’t be the last time you hear about Darron.  Here are the pics!!  And here is his Facebook page too…. check it out!  Darron Leddick Photography

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My fave pic – this is Darron’s personality to a T!  🙂

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Thanks, Darron, for letting me photograph you!  I had a blast and can’t wait for this year!  You are going to work your tush off, more than you ever thought you could!  🙂 HA!  Get ready to work!

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