What A Difference A Year Can Make

by HEAB on November 13, 2011

Remember this photo?


Well, here we are, a little over one year later…


Emily recreated the photo with Summer on my belly instead of in it.

We invited Emily and her husband Chris to Summer’s first birthday party, and they arrived a few hours early to take some family photos in our favorite park. They then stayed and took pictures throughout the entire day. It was so nice because not once did I think about picking up my camera. All my focus was on Summer that day, and it was perfect. Although, I did take one picture during Summer’s afternoon nap. Before all the guests arrive, Emily and Chris helped with party prep (THANK YOU!!). Chris was on balloon duty while Emily helped out in the kitchen. Here she is making sunbutter and jelly sandwich bites…


Photographer, sandwich maker…a woman of many talents. πŸ™‚

For the rest of Emily’s amazing photos of our little family, please click here. Birthday party pictures to come soon! Emily and Chris, thank you for being with us to celebrate Summer’s first year of life and for capturing so many memories this past year. We love you guys!


sarah November 15, 2011 at 1:53 pm

These pictures are so lovely! Your first ones reminded me of something I did with my parents. When they brought me home from the hospital 30 something years ago, they took a pic with me under a magnolia tree. When I turned 18 we went back and my dad held me like a baby under the same tree! It was meant as a joke, but now that I have my own kids, I have taken them on milestone birthdays for a pic under the same tree, which is over 100 years old. Love the idea! Thanks for sharing!

HEAB November 15, 2011 at 2:34 pm

What a great story. Hope to recreate this photo for as many birthdays as we can…although eventually, we’ll have to find a new place for Summer to sit. πŸ™‚

Kelly @ Foodie Fiasco November 15, 2011 at 12:06 am

We love you and your beautiful family, Heather.

Ashley November 14, 2011 at 11:52 pm

Aww, happy birthday to Summer! I just love looking at the photos. You all look so completely happy. And that little Summer…I just want to squeeze her!!

joelle (on a pink typewriter) November 14, 2011 at 7:37 pm

Aw, Summer is just beautiful!

ash November 14, 2011 at 5:50 pm

so cute!

Katie November 14, 2011 at 3:17 pm

Oh my heavens….so beautiful, Heather! I just looked through all of the photos on her site, and I am just in awe of how beautiful you all are!

HEAB November 14, 2011 at 8:58 pm

Oh gosh Katie, thanks so much. Emily is such a talented photographer – she makes all her subjects look beautiful. πŸ˜‰

Caitlin @ Vegetarian in the City November 14, 2011 at 3:16 pm

absolutely beautiful photos. i can see how incredibly happy the both of you are! and I can’t believe how fast your daughter is growing.

Julie November 14, 2011 at 2:24 pm

Heather….my eyes filled with happy tears looking at these photos. WOW. You are such a beautiful family and it is so fun to see Summer growing! I love following your story. Thank you for sharing. PS You and CD are so cute together!

HEAB November 14, 2011 at 8:59 pm

Thanks so much Julie. πŸ™‚

Tracey November 14, 2011 at 1:35 pm

What a beautiful family! Thanks for sharing.

Melomeals: Vegan for $3.33 a Day November 14, 2011 at 1:17 pm

awww…. Happy First Birthday!! what beautiful photos!

Ameena November 14, 2011 at 11:50 am

Beautiful picture Heather. I’m so envious of your multi-talented friends. πŸ™‚ And yes, year one does fly by.

nicole November 14, 2011 at 10:58 am

O.M.G Heather….soooooo adorable. as usual the photos are amazing!!

Marian November 14, 2011 at 10:04 am

Heather, you and your family are SO blessed:) Gorgeous photos.

Dana @ the Big Fat Skinny November 14, 2011 at 7:32 am

Heather all of the photos are GORGEOUS! Good for you guys for having such wonderful pictures to document Summer’s life!

Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count November 14, 2011 at 4:40 am

Great photos! She’s an amazing photographer!

lorne November 14, 2011 at 4:32 am

Love them all but the ‘Summer on your tummy, not in it’ one the best :0)
Which one(s) will make it to your happiness wall?

HEAB November 14, 2011 at 9:03 pm

All of them. πŸ™‚

Hannah November 13, 2011 at 11:57 pm

Yeah, so I’m totally feeling a bit teary. xox

Sarah November 13, 2011 at 11:13 pm

the pictures are beautiful! and i’m in love with your top — where’d you find it? it’s lovely.

HEAB November 14, 2011 at 9:06 pm

Thank you! I’m not sure where I bought the shirt. I think it’s from a local boutique here in Nashville or maybe Urban Outfitters? I looked at the tag, and it’s a Mink brand shirt.

Cherie November 13, 2011 at 10:57 pm

Love it! So happy for you guys!

Lou November 13, 2011 at 10:50 pm

What a ridiculously good looking family πŸ™‚

Kari @ bite-sized thoughts November 13, 2011 at 9:53 pm

What a beautiful pair of photos – I love that you did this and recreated the image. Congratulations on the one year and first birthday too πŸ™‚

HEAB November 14, 2011 at 9:07 pm

Thanks Kari. πŸ™‚

My Inner Chick November 13, 2011 at 9:27 pm

–Fabulous Photos! :))) Lovely Family.

Riss November 13, 2011 at 9:05 pm

I vote that you make that photo session a yearly tradition — in that very same spot! Think of all the wonderful memories that will give Summer as she grows! I would have LOVED to have something like that.

HEAB November 14, 2011 at 9:07 pm

I love that idea. It will happen. Thank you! πŸ™‚

Lori @ Lori Wants Happy November 13, 2011 at 8:58 pm

Beyond beautiful pictures…congratulations on your happy family!

chelsey @ clean eating chelsey November 13, 2011 at 8:51 pm

What absolutely gorgeous photos – your friend is very talented!

Alyssa November 13, 2011 at 8:29 pm

Enjoy this time!
Sounds like a good time at the party was had by all. πŸ™‚

Mary @ Bites and Bliss November 13, 2011 at 7:22 pm


Natalie November 13, 2011 at 6:59 pm

Oh my.. cutest picture ever. LOVE!

Health Bee November 13, 2011 at 4:45 pm

The photos are lovely. I especially love the second photo. Emily is a wonderful photographer.

Looking forward to the photos from the birthday party.

lindsay November 13, 2011 at 3:34 pm

What a difference a year DOES make. Can you believe how much was captured via photography? Such sweet moments too. You are quite blessed. Great friends, family, and more.

HEAB November 14, 2011 at 9:12 pm

Yes, I am so grateful for Emily’s friendship. She’s not only an amazing photographer, but she truly loves Summer, and I love that about her. Makes the photo sessions more like just hanging out with good friends. We are very blessed indeed. πŸ™‚

Pam November 13, 2011 at 3:26 pm

Heather your daughter is stunning…

That’s all.

HEAB November 14, 2011 at 9:12 pm

Thank you Pam. πŸ™‚

Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga November 13, 2011 at 3:21 pm

Happy 1 year, Heather! I love the pics of you all..So beautiful.

And Emily…a photographer, friend, and a woman who can pitch in and make sunbutter and jelly sandwich bites…I need an Emily in my life πŸ™‚

And thanks for the info about the PSE being what you use to ‘write’ on your pics. That’s a big downfall of LR and where PSE had a big advantage. You really can’t do that in LR. Crazy and annoying that I have to do it in Picnik if I want it…or just open my PSE program on my computer and learn how to use it!

Pure2raw twins November 13, 2011 at 2:58 pm

so beautiful Heather! you and your family πŸ™‚

Sarah November 13, 2011 at 2:32 pm

I love it. Your family is just so precious.

Felicia November 13, 2011 at 2:27 pm

I love seeing the updated pictures, they are beautiful! Heather, she is so precious! What a beautiful family. Its time for another πŸ™‚ hehe

HEAB November 14, 2011 at 9:15 pm

Agreed. πŸ™‚

The Delicate Place November 13, 2011 at 1:33 pm

oh my word, the new photo is incredible! emily is so talented being able to capture precious moments and making them look so effortless. kudos to you all as well, what a beautiful looking bunch!

HEAB November 14, 2011 at 9:16 pm

Thanks Melissa, Emily is amazing. So grateful to know her!

Sarah November 13, 2011 at 12:53 pm

Oh my gosh these pictures are just the most perfect ones imaginable. You guys make the most adorable family ever. Summer’s eyelashes! She’s gonna drive the boys crazy ;).

HEAB November 14, 2011 at 9:17 pm

Thank you. She has CD’s eyelashes, and I am so grateful. πŸ™‚

Sarah R November 13, 2011 at 12:31 pm

I got wheepy looking at all of those pictures. She does a phenomenal job.

HEAB November 14, 2011 at 9:17 pm

Thanks Sarah. That’s really sweet. πŸ™‚

Heather @ Bake, Run, Live November 13, 2011 at 12:10 pm

Heather- those pictures are fabulous! Summer is adorable! I really love the black and white close-up of her.

HEAB November 14, 2011 at 9:18 pm

Heather, me too. That photo kind of caught me off guard – something about her eyes. I love them. πŸ™‚

HEAB November 14, 2011 at 9:18 pm

P.S. Thank you!

Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) November 13, 2011 at 11:37 am

I seriously love these pictures! You have an incredibly beautiful family!

kathleen @ the daily crumb November 13, 2011 at 11:34 am

beautiful! summer’s hair is getting so long. your family just exudes love, even through the computer screen!

Emily November 13, 2011 at 11:29 am

Such lovely photos! You have a beautiful family.

Tabitha November 13, 2011 at 11:22 am

That’s such a beautiful and moving photograph, it made me all wistful, what lovely pictures to show Summer when she’s all grown up.

HEAB November 14, 2011 at 9:21 pm

Yes, I’m so grateful Emily has documented Summer’s entire first year with photographs, and I love that Summer will have them to look back through when she is older. My mom kept baby books for me and my brothers, and we always loved getting them out and looking through them.

J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) November 13, 2011 at 11:21 am

I love all of the photos that Emily takes of your beautiful family! She is very, very talented and you guys are so lucky to have her in your lives. I can’t wait to see more as Summer grows. πŸ™‚

HEAB November 14, 2011 at 9:21 pm

Thanks Jenn, and yes, we are very fortunate to have Emily. Love her and all that she does for us. πŸ™‚

Erica November 13, 2011 at 11:19 am

Heather! You are so beautiful and so is your family!

Kelly November 13, 2011 at 11:09 am

That is so cool!!

liz dean November 13, 2011 at 11:07 am

They look amazing!!!!! love them all πŸ™‚

kalli November 13, 2011 at 10:53 am

Love both of those photos. Just love them πŸ™‚

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