Meet the Lambert family!

For those of you that don’t know, Audrey is a VERY good friend of mine and not to mention she is the one who captured Robert and I’s wedding day PERFECTLY. So, I was absolutely honored when she asked me to take her family portraits. Her little family is so full of life and just simply amazing! I just love the way she dressed them. Talk about colorful fall family portraits! I just couldn’t get enough!

It’s such a blessing when God brings people into your life. I am so happy to have a friend in Audrey. We get a long like no other and sometimes I wonder if we aren’t sisters that’s how scary similar we are!

Also, we HAD to snap some head shots of her at the end of their shoot for her website! If you have time, check her work out. She has a real gift!

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Meet Jessica and Jimmy!

These two are engaged and their wedding date is set for May 30th, 2014. So, not too far away and that makes me excited!

Jessica decided she wanted a little bit of a country feel with the location and something with water. We did our research and found a few places and Sunset Ridge Buffalo Farm stuck out the most! It had everything they wanted and more including buffalo which was pretty cool to see right in Roxboro, NC.

They started off with camo outfits and bows because they both LOVE to hunt. Then, they moved to something with a little more dressed-up feel, but Jessica kept it casual by keeping her adorable cow boy boots on. Now, something to note about these two is that they’ve been together since very early high school. About nine years if I remember correctly. So, it’s even funnier when you read the hearts Jessica had made – “It’s about time”.

Jimmy was so sweet to her the entire time. He was great to talk to and man, does he love hunting! We had a conversation about how hobbies become so much more than that and you develop a passion for it. You just can’t let it go. It’s what drives you for success. I remember him specifically saying that it was ok to have a night off from hunting because he had the biggest catch in making Jessica his fiancé. How sweet is that?!

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WE DID IT! WE COMPLETED OUR SPARTAN RACE TRIFECTA! 

What exactly does that involve?

Sprint – 4 Miles + 15 Obstacles 

Super – 8 Miles + 20 Obstacles 

Beast – 12 Miles + 25 Obstacles

We climbed ropes, hiked up and down a mountain (yes…the SUPER at Wintergreen Ski Resort was BY FAR the most brutal race), crawled under barbed wire just to fall right into a freezing cold water pit, climbed over 6 foot walls, carried buckets full of rocks, earned bruises and scrapes and much, much more.

I am sure right about now you’re saying we’re crazy, right? I used to think so too. Robert always had high hopes of doing one of these races and had mentioned it more  than once. That’s when I knew he was serious. Me on the other hand…I just didn’t think it was possible. Let me tell you the reason why and I am about to share a very personal secret with you all. Well, it’s not a secret anymore, but to you all I am sure from the outside looking in you would have never thought this about me. I had an eating disorder. There, I said it. I had an eating disorder. Bulimia to be exact. Now, that the initial shock factor is over let me talk a little bit about it because I am not ashamed.

It started when I was in 8th grade and stopped probably about a year and a half ago or so. Crazy right? Why did I do this to myself or goodness, let it go on that long?! Count that. That’s almost NINE years. NINE YEARS! Lots of excuses, tears, and break downs later, I finally figured out why. I didn’t love myself. In fact, I hated my body. HATED IT. This beautiful gift from God and I hated it. I remember getting in fits of rage because I was so upset that I didn’t look right in a pair of jeans or a top that were honestly too small for me in the first place, but it was the numbers that mattered. It was the other girls around me in a size 0 that mattered. I would buy food just because, eat it, and throw it up (sorry to sound so…ya know…gross). I was too lazy to do anything about it to MAKE a real change. It was my way of being in control of my body. Things got serious and obviously out of control. I made numerous confessions to Robert and my family about it and finally I decided I was going to make a change. Not only because I was torn apart every time I told them that I had an episode, but because it was getting to the point that if didn’t do something, I would not be in good health.

The Spartan Race – this crazy sounding, why would I EVER do this to myself AND pay money for it thing was my way of making a promise to myself.  After signing up it started to set in what I was getting into and I was ok with that. I needed something to push me the extra mile and make it worth it. And bless poor Robert’s heart, he has been such a saint in all of this. He’s watched me cry, freak out, hate myself, and no matter what, he believed I could make a change. People say we’re “the perfect couple” to us all the time and that they admire our relationship. Don’t get me wrong here,  It makes me so happy that people say these things but I laugh because we aren’t perfect. No one is, but the thing that makes us strong as a couple, is that we love each other unconditionally. Did I just say that? A 23-year-old knows what unconditional love is? Yes. I do. And it’s the most incredible feeling on planet earth.

We started training, training and training. Somedays we didn’t train because life happens, but we stayed on a relativley good course. In January I decided to try this Whole 30/Paleo thing that everyone was talking about because I knew our first race was coming up fast and I wanted to learn how to feed my body the right way. I had wonderful success with it. I lost weight and have maintained my weight, which is awesome, but the thing that is most important to me is that I feel better. Actually, I FEEL GREAT. I’ve never felt more alive. I feel good about myself, because I worked for it. I sweated for it. I learned how to cook food for myself and what proper nutrition is. I just did it. I made the choice to make myself get better. I am a optimistic queen after all, but in all seriousness, I promised myself that I would make this a new beginning for me.

Here I am now three races later (in a calendar year). Happy. Married. Living this life God gave me to live. I hope others read this post and read it for what it is. It’s not me being boastful and saying “haha, I am awesome sauce”. It’s just me telling you what you might not have known from looking at me on the street. I hope that this small little dent in the internet world (aka my blog) can help someone reading this who may be going through something similar or  maybe someone who just needs motivation. Either way, one thing I do want to say is that:

I am me. That is who I am.

PRAISE GOD! HALLELUJAH! WE DID IT!

Philippians 4:13 I can do anything through HIM who gives me strength 

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  • ashley pulliam

    That is awesome girl! So much inspiration!! You go girl!ReplyCancel

  • Cat Martinette

    Heather, you are amazing. You just are. From the day we met you smiling over our table at the Mo Grill and came to adore you because of your sweet smile and fun personality to getting to know you and watching you blossom over the years and start an amazing, successful photography business, travel to Africa, marry your soul mate and everything in between. You may have a “dent” but then so do we all my friend! You pulled up your big girl panties and grabbed a new life with gusto. Hard as it may have been … you are just, quite simply, amazing.ReplyCancel

Meet Chad a 2015 Senior at Halifax High School.

As you scroll through these pictures you’ll learn that Chad can give a good serious face and a even better smile. He bow hunts and has a pup named Buddy.

We took them on their family land and the leaves were simply gorgeous and full of fall color. You can’t beat that! Chad’s mom, Cindy, came to me wanting his Senior portraits done which always makes me feel incredibly honored because Senior portraits are a BIG DEAL. Your last year of High School!

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Hey everyone! Guess what (as if you didn’t already know from the title)?!

Talkative Tuesday is back!

I can’t make any excuses for why I stopped doing posts. I just let my work take over my life. Plus moving, getting married, spartan races (we complete our tri-fecta this Saturday YEE!) and just everything in between. But, I really want to use this time to be able write special posts, give advice to clients, write thoughts down from my crazy coffee fueled brain and give you a little peek into my life and the various things I do, hear or see.


Today I want to share about the Woof and Wine event held by Paws and Claws SPCA that I attended this weekend at the gorgeous Sans Soucy Vineyards in Brookneal, Virginia.

There were so many wonderful things about this event. From the happy people roaming about drinking wine and chatting with their friends. To the smooth sounds of Dane Ferguson‘s voice in the background, but the best thing about this event were the dogs that were there. It was so great to see these dogs that were rescued given a chance to live and exist. You could feel their happiness radiating from their doggy smiles!

I was invited by my sweet mother-in-law, Susan, who is also a very active member of Paws and Claws, with the promise of it being great time! And when she says it will be a good time, you know it will. So, I brought a friend and we sat and ate delicious pizza and had samples of the wine (ended up buying two bottles of Oak and Berry – DELICIOUS).  As I was sitting there, I found myself thinking that these dogs would look so good being photographed in this moment. And then I remembered I had my camera in the car! Immediately I grabbed it and started snapping away snapping shots of dogs and their owners, dogs just by themselves and the  wonderful Paws and Claws SPCA group!

I hope you see the happiness I saw Saturday. Can’t wait for next year!

If you would like more info about how to be a part of the Paws and Claws SPCA group click here.

If you’re interested in downloading  your images from this weekend click this link. If you want to purchase a print ALL proceeds will be donated to the Paws and Claws group!

And remember, ADOPT don’t shop! 


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