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About Photography by Heather Brandt

Photographs first captured my imagination when I was a child daydreaming over sepia and black & white images of family long gone. Now photography is my tool for storytelling and capturing the beauty of my family (and yours!) I will use my creativity and skill to celebrate your family through photography.

Archive: ‘Babies’

A New Day..

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

That’s it…I’m tired of hesitating to post here because it may not have any thing to do with my photography.  I am a celebrator of life, I am a dreamer, I am a storyteller and sometimes I just need to write and it may not be about the most photogenic moment of my life.  Life can be dirty and gritty sometimes and every second of my life is not about business, but it all contributes to my work as a photographer and living each moment fully does help me to open up to be the best photographer I can be…one who successfully captures beauty in extraordinary moments as well as the mundane.

Getting my writing mojo again…time to start speaking and yes, photographs will be testimony to my words but I will no longer overanalyze this blog.  It is both my photography blog AND my life blog and life is about living and storytelling which I hope to share here :)

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Dara, May 2012.

Here Comes the Sun!~ Photography by Heather Brandt, Lanesville, IN & Louisville, KY

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

Loving the late afternoon/early evening sunshine that makes outdoor photography so lovely!  Easter weekend, my sweet babies enjoyed dressing up and playing in their fancy clothes instead of their usual play clothes.  It made for some styling photos Smile  Looking for families to book portrait sessions for gifts for Mother’s Day!  Email or call soon to reserve your portrait session!

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Colin & Dara on Easter_bicycle

Hope & Grief Mingled

Monday, October 17th, 2011

We celebrated our baby girl’s first birthday at the end of September.  dara pouty lips while eating cake Amazing to realize how far she’s come since I first met her in October of 2010 when she was less than 3 lbs!  Now she is 21 lbs+ and a healthy cruising baby (walking is bound to be soon with all her cruising and almost standing alone).dara & shoe

She is very serious about eating as demonstrated in the photo of her eating birthday cake.

One of her favorite birthday presents was a pair of new shoes…what girl doesn’t like a new pair of shoes….to eat!!

Within days of D’s first birthday, we found out that we were unexpectedly pregnant.   I say unexpectedly because according to the doctor who performed Alan’s surgery several years ago & tested him afterwards we were not supposed pregnancy positive test 2011 Octoberto be pregnant….We are talking about very low percentage of chance.  We believe the pregnancy was due to Alan and I finding out we were dairy intolerant & gluten intolerant and changing our diets (about a year ago I changed first and then Alan changed after the first towards the first of the year…)…and that it was a miraculous gift from God.

Instead of celebrating our pregnancy as we near the end of October, we find ourselves mourning the loss of our little one.  At about 6 weeks into the first trimester, I had a miscarriage.  Not sure of the reason which is often the case though we’re investigating whether I could have low progesterone or any other deficiencies.  We don’t know if we will ever get pregnant again but we are more hopeful than we were before the pregnancy.

Miscarriage…not something I hear people talk openly about very often so I feel like I need to talk about it here because miscarriage is not a dirty word; it’s not something that has to be kept secret (unless someone wants to do so).  Blog writing used to be therapeutic for me when I was waiting for our children in the adoption process and it is still something I crave when I’m trying to process difficult emotions so I’m taking time to write about our miscarriage here (and do so in future blog postings) because writing may also help me to heal emotionally from the whirlwind experience of surprise, joy, and grief….all mingled together.

What else helps while my body is healing and my heart is heavy with joy and grief?  My sweet miracles of children with whom God has blessed me.

Love love love my precious C & D.  They mColin & Dara at the zooake my heart smile :)


Baby Love & Busy Times

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

My days are busy with a baby girl on the verge of crawling(already propelling herself across the room by flipping or scooting) and my 4-year old son who has an insatiable desire for pretend play, painting, and books.  Photography is a part of my busy days–whether at home in the role of a “Photog-Mama” trying to preserve precious family moments or away  photographing other families’ special moments.

Recently, I had the opportunity to test a Once A Month Menu plan, which promised to help speed up meal preparation around here(I tested the gluten-free/dairy-free menu but there are many other options available).  I felt crazy shopping for so much food when I took the menu’s list to the grocery store but kept telling  myself I was shopping for a month’s worth of meals.  One rainy Saturday, Alan helped me to assemble some of the meals.  We couldn’t get it all done in one day because of having to tend to our little ones.  Having frozen meals (or the starts of meals) has made the last few weeks less stressful so far so I definitely will try Once-A-Month cooking again.

Did I mention that our adoption of our baby girl was finalized in April?  So relieved to be done with the adoption process.  Loving watching her as she grows & learns.  She’s 8 months (by the calendar) and 5 months adjusted age.  dara happy on table_may 30_2011_WITH 1 WATERMARK FOR BLOG & FACEBOOK copy She weighs over 15 lbs now and is replete with sweet baby pudge.  So wonderful to see a healthy little baby after having met her when she weighed less than 3 lbs!

Warm weather is here and I’ve still got some room in my schedule for portrait sessions on-location.  Wanna meet me at a park  or somewhere special to your family?  I’ll bring my camera and creative eye…together we’ll celebrate your family in portraits you will treasure for years to come.



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