Heller Ritz Photography

Capturing Sunshine!

A day without Sunshine is like, you know, night. ~Steve Martin


Thank you for stopping by! Here, you can join me in my eternal quest for sunshine. You will find posts of my latest photography ventures, peek into the lives of my private sunshine subjects, and learn about my quest for spreading kindness Because of Heller. I would love it if you left a comment to let me know you were here, and to share your sunshine too! If you would like to follow my journey, scroll down to Spread Some Sunshine and join me.

xo Hayley

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Thursday, July 7, 2011

Where Have I Been Wednesday

Busy at work. I can't wait to share my most recent family shoot with you. Moms, dads, children, grandparents, and babies--captured together--in one afternoon. Sounds like a day at the beach, doesn't it? Well, it was! For now, so many photos to edit. But, how can I complain when my "cubicle" looks like this?

The Yellow Bucket_Tagged

Yes, that is Nicholas above. He was invited to come along. After taking this lighting test shot, I knew the rest of the day would be a success!

Monday, June 27, 2011

I Heart Faces - Whimsical

Afternoon Swim on a Whim

She knew it would not be long before her brother noticed his tube was missing, but the afternoon sun was insufferably hot, and the water seemed to summon her…

Check out other I Heart Faces "Whimsical" photos this week here.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

An Unexpected Kindness

Little Reid

In all his perfection, he traveled from across the globe, and completed his expedition upon my doorstep on this otherwise dreary afternoon.

I am unable to discern whether it was he that made my heart sing, in all his glorious reds and hippo-ness.


Was it her, the friend whom I have never met face-to-face, who knows my heart so well that she organized his journey?

Thank you so very much, Rikki. Each time I catch a glimpse of “Little Re(i)d,” I find myself smiling. Yes, he is a perfect reminder of my “Hippo.” And, of my friend on the other side of the world.

I truly hope we meet one day. Perhaps the next journey could be yours.


Friday, June 24, 2011

His Heart

My Heart

“How far away is my heart, Mommy?” Nicholas asks me.

“Your heart is inside your body, baby. It isn’t far.”

“Yes, it is far. It’s very very far away. That’s why Heller is far away.”

“Heller is far away, to you, because you can’t see him. You can’t see him because he is in Heaven. But, he is also in your heart because you love him. We say, ‘he is in our hearts’ because our hearts feel our love, and we love him forever.”

Nicholas is insistent. “My heart is far far away. Very far. Further than the farthest far.”

I try again.

“When we love somebody, or something, we say that it is in our heart. It means, our heart holds a part of that thing forever and ever. You are in my heart, Jenny is in my heart, Daddy is in my heart. It means we love someone.”

Nicholas gets the final words. “Well, I love my stuffed animals, but they are not in my heart. They are at home, on my bed.”

I’ll try again tomorrow.

Monday, June 20, 2011

I Heart Faces - Let's Hear it for the Boys!

Lets Hear it for the Boys_I Heart Faces

These boys are fierce! They’re the roughest, toughest soccer team around! So, when it came time to choosing a team name, these fearsome four-year-olds didn’t mess around. Their motto—“Mess with us, and you won’t forget it!” This may be "Bitty Sports," but there's nothing bitty about the Orange ELEPHANTS!

Yeah...we don’t get it either.

Let’s Hear it for the Boys this week at I Heart Faces!