Heller Ritz Photography
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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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Wordless Wednesday - Sleep is for Humans

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Monday, February 14, 2011

I Heart Faces - Red

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Take your heart health into your own hands! Remember, your heart doesn't just belong to you.

Cardiovascular disease claimed the lives of nearly 500,000 American women each year, yet women were not paying attention. In fact, many even dismissed it as an “older man’s disease.” To dispel the myths and raise awareness of heart disease as the number one killer of women, the American Heart Association created Go Red For Women – a passionate, emotional, social initiative designed to empower women to take charge of their heart health.

To find out more about Go Red for Women, click here.

I Heart Faces celebrates Valentines Week by spreading the word about an inportant cause--Go Red for Women. See how others spread the word here.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Photostory Friday - Those Sweet, Final Moments

Side-by-side they stood, in all their sugary goodness. Having witnessed the devouring of each of their friends, they knew they were the fortunate ones. They also knew, with that boy in the house, their time together wouldn’t last.

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And so it came without warning—the moment they feared.

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A pause. He looked innocent enough.

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And then…gone in an instant.


There she stood, all alone. Her small, sweet heart pounded with anticipation.

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She could feel him eyeing her. If only she wasn’t so delicious.

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Suddenly, she was in his hands. He was inhaling her delightful scent. She was no longer proud of her perfection.

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He unwrapped her slowly, as if savoring each moment.

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Suddenly, it was over. Her heart in his hand, the only thing left.

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Her heart—a toy with which he played.

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And those who witnessed the moments, would later report, “The boy was not sorry for what he had done.”


PhotoStory Friday
Hosted by Cecily and Lolli

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Water Hazard Wednesday

miniature golf - mini-golf - midget golf - goofy golf - shorties - extreme golf
crazy golf - adventure golf - mini-putt
We just call it FUN!

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Nicholas truly enjoyed his first miniature golf experience at a recent birthday party for his great friend, Zachary. Perhaps I will post Zachary's photos after his mom gets to see them first! We knew the course was close to our home. (Who could miss the awful blue water as you pass by it on the street?) We never knew how much fun it was! Expect more putt-putt in our future!

Monday, February 7, 2011

Inspired - Something a Little Different

By Circumstance

The above photo and story were inspired by yesterday's church sermon on relationships. In actuality, "the woods" represents circumstances in which we relate to others, and the misunderstandings that arise when we remove ourselves from The Path (or remove God from the picture). We often define our pain by our circumstances, and choose to react as a result of the enemy.

If only we stop reacting, and start receiving, we can overcome that which pushes us further into "the woods". The only thing we can change is ourselves, and the only way to do it is with God.

As Valentines Day approaches, I am thinking about relationships. I am striving to meet my circumstances with positive reactions. I am continuing my ultimate search for sunshine. As always, I hope you will join me.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

I Heart Faces - Hearts

Fishing for Love_Heart as Bait

I Heart Faces is getting into the spirit of Valentine's Day a little early this week with their challenge topic--Hearts! Check out what others are doing with their hearts here.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Welcome Dexter

Members of our household know, there is no free room and board. We are happy to have you, but you will be required to earn your keep. The cost? You will be subjected to random photo shoots, to which you will have no objections. That's right! There are NO FREE PASSES.

Meet Dexter. He came to us a few nights ago--innocent and unaware.

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His wonderful and loving personality ensured that he quickly made friends.

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And, he made himself right at home in the snack department. (This photographer did her best to ignore the fact that he rapidly and impetuously ate the perfect stem and leaves before I could capture them.)

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It was when he stood, eating his strawberry, that he suddenly became aware. This was not a picnic.

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And although the props appeared tasty...

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There was actual work to be done.

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Though Dexter is quite willing (as long as he receives an adequate number of strawberries and such), I find that there is much work to be done in this little guy's future. He seems to be a natural, with various poses including, Blue Steel, Le Tigre, and Ferrari, alas, Magnum will need some work for this new member of Zooland.

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I am confident, if he keeps up his hurdles, he should be well in shape for his next shoot!

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Welcome Dexter! Keep up the good work.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Wishful Wednesday-Ziggy

Wishing I could hang this sign...

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Or this one...

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