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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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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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!
(518-209-7703/heather@heathereddingsphotography.com)

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Lori and Chad’s Bundle 2012 <3

This is a FUN story, and one you will hear about lots on my blog.  Lori is a GREAT friend of mine that I met in nursing school over a year and a half ago.  We were instant friends and I am so grateful!  Anyway, enough about that before I get teary….. Lori found out she was prego and texted me in a panic!  HA!  I was soooooo excited and had a hard time holding in my emotions, but I promised not to say a word until she was ready to spill the beans.  She made me sit through classes with our friends and not say a word.  So hard, but I did it!  As time went on, not only did Lori ask me to do her maternity pictures but I was honored to be her doula as well!  Yeah, I wear a few hats…. photographer, birth doula, nursing student, wife, mother……  So, enough of all of that, here are the pics!  A beautiful Mama to be and hysterical Daddy to be!!!

Little Zoey's shoes!

Little Zoey’s shoes!

This little dude wanted in on our photo session - PHOTO BOMB!

This little dude wanted in on our photo session – PHOTO BOMB!

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Full of laughs - the whole session!

Full of laughs – the whole session!

Peek a belly!

Peek a belly!

Lori's idea!  Loved it!!!

Lori’s idea! Loved it!!!

Isn't she beautiful?

Isn’t she beautiful?

<3

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I love this shot!  Covered bridge, a little graffiti heart.... lots of love!

I love this shot! Covered bridge, a little graffiti heart…. lots of love!

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Of course…… once you have a maternity session, there has to be a birth……….

Welcome to the world, Miss Zoey Rae!

On June 26, 2012 at 11 pm, Zoey finally made her entrance into the world!

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Thank you so much, Lori and Chad, for allowing me to share in such precious moments with you!

I can’t wait to watch and be a part of Zoey growing up!!!

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