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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: June, 2011

Anniversary of Seeing a dream

Friday, June 24th, 2011


On June 25, 2008, we first learned of our son’s existence.  We weren’t sure if this beautiful boy whose photos we were gazing at over and over was really our son.  But we tried to be cautiously hoping he might be…and looking at his photos, we think taken around the time he was 12 months old, was kind of like looking at the “sonogram” of our baby we’d been waiting & praying for. When we decided to go meet him in Russia, it felt kind of like we were jumping off the edge of a cliff and praying God would hold us up and lead us on. 

Back when I saw Colin’s face for the first time, I honestly thought his eyes were more of a blue.  Now I’ve been noticing they are more hazel in color–sometimes looking blue/gray and sometimes looking green-gray.  It still makes my heart leap up when I get to look into his big eyes and see joy there.  When I became Colin’s mama, I became a first time mama with a “newborn” 20-month-old baby to teach how to live in a family, loved and protected.  

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Parenthood has been a little backward for us because we just now experiencing infanthood for the first time ever with Dara. We are enjoying introducing her to foods and my heart sings when I get to see Colin and Dara enjoy each other.  Baby girl squeals a special squeal just for her big brother who delights her no matter how silly he acts….And Colin can’t hide that he does enjoy his funny baby sister…at least part of the time. He enjoys seeing the mess she makes as she tries foods for the first time and he does sometimes admit that he wanted a baby sister :) Can’t believe that she’s been in our family for over 8 months now!

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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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