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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studio sessions
field sessions

+ in-person style consultation and session planning 

+ wardrobe consultation or use of studio wardrobe

+ use of studio backdrops, wraps, headbands

+ luxury heirloom artwork 


+ in-person style consultation and session planning 

+ wardrobe consultation or use of studio wardrobe

+ session in the field during golden hour
(1 hour before sunset)

+ luxury heirloom artwork 


birth stories
portraits
films
heirlooms

Portraits

portraits are for those important milestones - a pregnancy, the immediate days after birth, having a newborn, first birthdays - and telling the story of those milestones in photos and film.

sessions begin at 300 / most clients invest between 1500-3000 in their custom portrait experience / please inquire for full pricing

"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 moment you fall in love in photos and film.

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

both photo and film packages available /
please inquire for full pricing

birth stories
portraits
films
heirlooms

films

A film can be added to any session - birth, maternity, newborn, or family. Films capture not just a single 1/200 of a second frame, but the motion and the sound of your birth story, your baby snuggles, the tender caress of your baby belly. I started doing films because they are the ultimate in storytelling.

please inquire for full pricing

birth stories
portraits
films
heirlooms

heirlooms

I want you to have your digital files, but I don't want you to JUST have digital files. So while digital files are certainly available a la carte, my collections emphasize the tangible - the heirlooms you will pass down to generation after generation - both wall art and heirloom albums. And of course every collection comes with the digital files as an archive.


collections begin at 2400 / please inquire for full pricing

birth stories
portraits
films
heirlooms

booking

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

heidi@dcbirthphotographer.com

heidi

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I'll be in touch as soon as I can, typically within 24 hours.

xoxo,
heidi