Time. I’m a firm believer in the idea that there is a time for everything. I time to laugh and a time to cry, a time to speak and I time to be silent, a time to plant and a time to uproot a time to work and a time to rest….more recently, I’ve found that the past months have been a time to heal; a time to find rest and be refreshed. The blog has been silent for a while. I have been silent for a while and it’s about to change.

And I have found it bittersweet. I can’t begin to explain how much joy I find in photographing others. It is like that well fit glove. It’s where I find the Lord uses my talents and I feel fulfilled. And I have missed that these past months. I also know I needed the quiet and the rest.

Some  of you already know that the past few years have been very full for our family, hence the silence around here. Sometimes full of joy like weddings and babies, but many times full of sorrow like cancer, and triple bypasses, fried harddrives (still crying over all of Levi’s first two years and Caroline’s first few months), homelessness (thanking my gracious parents for boarding the four of us while our house is finished ) leaving our church family, unemployment , kidney problems, and funerals . And don’t forget some more cancer and funerals in there too. We experienced numerous losses in more ways than one, and to be completely honest, I found myself broken. Weary. Worn. I found my time sucked up by trying to keep my head above water and trying to be there for family and not having much time to spend elsewhere.

Only twice in my life before have I found myself daily remembering, “The Lord gives, and the Lord takes away, blessed be the name of the Lord.” And I had to say it, or else I couldn’t keep going. I found myself in a place where I had to answer the questions “Am I going to walk away, or am I going to worship? Do I believe that God is loving, that he is wise, and that his mercies are new every morning?” And there are those things that I will never understand or know the answer to, but I can say that I have found him to be loving, I have found him to be wise, and I have found his mercies to be new every morning. And while the blog has been silent, and I’ve only done a little bit of photography work here and there, I believe that maybe, just maybe, I have seen the tangible heart of God. The heart that cares for the broken, that picks them up, and that carries them by his grace.

Finally, I have found my heart in a place to begin again. Not to start over, but to pick up where I left off. A part of me has been envious of other photographer during this time. Watching businesses flourish, which I am thankful for, but at the same time wishing I could put time into mine and knowing it wasn’t on the schedule. I have time to do what I love. The time away has given me a chance to evaluate where I want Heather Marie Portraits to go and what I want to focus on. I know for sure I do not have the desire to shoot weddings anymore.  It also allowed me the opportunity to restructure the package and portrait options I provide.  So be sure to stay tuned and be on the lookout for upcoming portrait dates and opportunities again.

I have been reminded that time, time is fragile. So use it to the fullest. Use yours to the fullest.

Here is a peek at what our life has looked like over the past months. It has taken me all this time just to cull and edit them.

Married a sister off…and gained a sister-in-law (My sister married my husband’s brother) Photo taken from their engagement portraits at the Highlands Mansion


Welcomed this sweet one.

First Haircuts

Tried to enjoy the summer heat…

Obviously Pre haircut

Said Goodbye to this Guy

Photographed some beautiful families…

Tried to make the best of all the snow we got…

Said Goodbye to this Guy


Learned how to change a tire…

Loved us some time at the beach (minus Joel)

Learned how to walk…and turned ONE!

Maybe sometime in this life I’ll get a chance to post the pictures of all our home renovations. Happy Viewing Friends!

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One of the greatest privileges I’ve had in the past 27 years  is to share life with my dear friend, Andi. We went to camp together, gymnastics together, elementary school together, worked together, went to college together (and might I add our moms were college roomies too). And on top of that we’ve laughed together, danced together, sang together, and of course cried together. While we didn’t get married at the same time, we most recently have had the opportunity to share pregnancy together and now motherhood together just like our mom’s did.

I still remember just an hour after I had Levi, I came out of the bathroom at the hospital to find her and her mom there welcoming our newest addition on her short lunch break from work. In the fall, Andi and her husband discovered they would be having a little girl right around the same time I found out I was pregnant. What joy and excitement the past months have brought as I found out we would be having a girl as well and the two of us would have the blessing of sharing this time together.

A day shy of February, Andi and Chris welcomed little Savannah Rose with great expectation and love. I was sick at the time and spent the first week of Savannah’s life unable to hold her, confined to wearing one of those hospital masks that silently screams “stay far away from me.” I was able to grab a few shots of Savannah during her first days of life and later of the sweet little family. Savannah Rose, I cannot wait to see what the Lord has in store for you in the months and years to come. Your are such a blessing to so many already and you don’t even know it. I can’t wait till you have a little friend in June.

And of course one with my little man. He adores her…sometimes a little too much.


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I guess better late than never is true. I had hoped to have Phil and Jill’s images up last week, but with the Thanksgiving holiday and some sicknesses around the house I got a little bogged down. The past few months have been crazy for a whole host of reasons, but things should be slowing down soon and I’ll have more time to relax and update you with posts.

In the meantime, sit back and enjoy this beautiful couple. I’m not sure how you would say we are related, but Phil is kinda of like an almost brother -in- law? His sister is married to my brother, but our families also get together throughout the year to celebrate some holidays and have lots of fun. The night before Phil popped the question to Jill I actually had a dream that he had proposed and asked my sis-in-law that day if it was true…she called me back hours later to tell me it was. Maybe I’m in the wrong line of work…j/k. This was the first time I met Jill and we had a great time together. Phil, what a catch! and Jill is just a natural at style, and smiling, and being naturally beautiful  in front of the camera, so you two made my job easy. Can’t wait to see how the Lord is going to work in your lives over the next years. Welcome to the family Jill!

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Earlier this fall, I headed out with Emily and her parents to capture some photographs for her Senior portraits. I was a little nervous as the day went on due to a chance of rain, but we lucked out and even got some shots with warm, fall sunlight just before dusk. Hopefully you can’t even tell we had to dodge three other photographers   and two wedding parties at the same time. Emily was a natural in front of the camera and you can see joy in her smile. Emily, thanks for giving me this opportunity and allowing me to share in your fun and excitement for life. Your beauty shines from the inside out.


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I’m not even sure how to begin this post other then by proclaiming how wonderful this family is. And if you happen to have been blessed with the chance of knowing them or meeting them, I’m sure you will agree. These beautiful children just so happen to be our neighbors. We couldn’t ask for any better! We have loved you since we’ve moved in almost 3 and a half years ago now and hope to spend many more years next to you…I guess it all depends on who outgrows their home first…I think you are a head of us by4? No, 5.

I can’t finish the post without sharing a little bit more about this sweet family. You see for the past 7 or so years they have only had girls…until that precious, little man with the beaming-smile-in-every-picture, came along. This past Spring, N. joined the family through a long, but fruitful adoption process and he is none other then a match made in heaven, for real. It is like he has always been part of the family. I’m so privileged to watch your family grow, love, and serve. I wish these photos could do your awesomeness more justice. Happy viewing…and if you don’t know this family, be jealous now.



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