when the babies aren't babies anymore
 when the house stays clean because no one is there to take the toys out
when the rowdy shrieks of laughter have given way to silence
and an ache is left in your chest of "that time when" 

I want you to have more than the ache, more than the nostalgia.
I want you to have your family history in photographs, on your walls and in books, in films to watch and re-watch.
 Because there isn't anything else you can take with you
when the babies aren't babies anymore

hello there

I'm Heidi and I am so glad you are here. I am honored every time that I am invited to tell the story of a mother or a family. I became a photographer because I hated my wedding photos. I didn't know until that day that a photo can be technically perfect and yet be devoid of emotion - OR it can make you feel something, it can take you right back to the moment it was taken. When it came time to have babies, I knew that investing in maternity, birth, and newborn photos was more important to me than a designer nursery or other expensive baby items. These moments are transformative and precious, and we often pass through them in a haze of sleep deprivation, prenatal or postnatal depression - things that keep us from being fully present with ourselves and our babies. For me, photography and filmmaking are ways of being and staying present, ways to remember when memory might be faulty. 

My home and my photography studio are located in Gainesville, Virginia, where I am doing life with my husband Mike, and my children Tristan (6) and Fiona (3.) Every day is a wild adventure with these people, the loves of my life. Everything I do, I do for them.

timeless. organic. pure.

Because I believe that a round belly, swollen with life, is stunningly beautiful.
Because the anticipation of pregnancy deserves to be remembered.
Because the way things are right now is about to change forever.

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Because I believe that the first few days of a baby's life are a miracle.
Because I know that babies change almost hourly and this moment is fleeting. 
Because babies are only that tiny and sleepy and cuddly for a few days.

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I believe in timeless and organic images, neutral in color and natural in posing because the beautiful pink of a baby's skin will always trump overly contrived props and poses.
I believe in enduring portraits you can hang on your walls and cherish in albums,
images that will tell the history of the fleeting time in life we call infancy.

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Because I believe when we come to the end of our lives that a few days will stand out to us as we look back:
The day we met our spouse. Our wedding day. And the days we first held our babies.
Because I believe that a women giving birth as at her most powerful, that there is nothing on earth as beautiful as a woman in labor, reaching into her most primal self to bring a new human life into the world.
Because I believe that birth is not just about making babies, it is about making mothers.

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Because I believe that a round belly, swollen with life, is stunningly beautiful.
Because the anticipation of pregnancy deserves to be remembered.
Because the way things are right now is about to change forever.

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Because I believe that the first few days of a baby's life are a miracle.
Because I know that babies change almost hourly and this moment is fleeting. 
Because babies are only that tiny and sleepy and cuddly for a few days.

return to index

I believe in timeless and organic images, neutral in color and natural in posing because the beautiful pink of a baby's skin will always trump overly contrived props and poses.
I believe in enduring portraits you can hang on your walls and cherish in albums,
images that will tell the history of the fleeting time in life we call infancy.

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+ style consultation and session planning 

+ wardrobe consultation or use of studio wardrobe

+ use of studio backdrops, wraps, headbands

+ simple, neutral aesthetic 

+ high resolution digital files included


birth stories
BELLY+BABY
first48
documentary newborn

BELLY+BABY

Maternity and Newborn portraits come in two flavors:
full sessions and petite sessions. 

A full newborn session is held at my studio in Gainesville VA, lasts around 2 hours, and comes complete with 50+ high resolution digital files.

A petite newborn session is 45 minutes and comes with 15 digital files.

A full maternity session is on-location and comes with 50+ digital files.

A petite maternity session is held at my studio and comes with 15 digital files.

petite sessions begin at $600 ; full sessions begin at $1200

"Heidi was so inconspicuous as she worked that I hardly knew she was in the room,
 

 I could sense her positive energy, believing in me and my body’s ability to deliver my baby."

yet she was such an integral part of my birth team and support system;

birth stories

Birth stories are for capturing the power and the drama of labor and delivery. The strength of mom, the tenderness of dad, baby's first cry.

Birth sessions include time on-call from 38 weeks to delivery / coverage at your birth / digital file download.

photos $2400
photo+films $2900


birth stories
BELLY+BABY
first48
documentary newborn

first48

Documentary first48 sessions are held at the place of birth or at home within 48 hours after birth. These sessions capture those tender moments of you and your partner getting to know your baby - and your baby getting to know you. These sessions are perfect for capturing the moment big sibling meets new baby, and grandparents are always welcome to participate as well. These sessions are mostly unscripted and documentary in nature.

Sessions can be photo only or also include film coverage. 

First48 sessions begin at $1400.

birth stories
BELLY+BABY
first48
newborn documentary

newborn documentary

Newborn documentary sessions are similar to first48 sessions in that they are unscripted in nature, however they can take place anytime in the first month. These sessions take place at your home and capture the beautiful that is real life with a baby. I stay in the background and capture the snuggles, the feedings, the diaper changes, the story reading, the rocking, the awe. 

Documentary sessions are available as photo-only or photo+film.
Pricing begins at $1400.

birth stories
BELLY+BABY
first48
newborn documentary

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I proudly serve the Washington DC and Northern Virginia area from my base in Gainesville, Virginia.

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heidi