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storytelling photography and films

washington dc and northern virginia

book your Storytelling Session

a return ticket to the most meaningful moments
of your wild and precious life

storytelling photography and films

There are pretty pictures...and then there are photos that take you right back not just to how it looked but to how it felt. Photos that can only be taken by someone who really GETS you.

I get you. I see your tenacity, your fierce love, your strength. I see you beautiful even when you're a hot mess. I weave together every element of your story in such a way that you can see it too.

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you are powerful.

women are powerful.

I am a photographer because

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;

~ Julie

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photography for families who value memories over things.

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These are different times, and much has changed. But babies are still being born, and as long as that's true, I will continue to tell birth stories in whatever way I can. I am, in most circumstances, still able to shoot home and birth center births at this time. Hospitals are slowly opening up to doulas or additional support people and in some cases (such as GW University Hospital) I would be able to attend as the second support person. If I am not able to attend your birth, I have some creative ideas for how we can still tell your story. Maternity, newborn, and family sessions are still occurring in a "socially distant" manner. Please contact me to find out more.

birth during the time of covid

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What is real is always worth remembering. Sometimes, what is real isn’t pretty. Sometimes it’s sad, or disturbing, or hard.

Why would you take a picture of THAT?!

A sweet family with a squishy newborn, rambunctious (and adorable) older siblings, beautiful light, colors, and textures – basically the perfect in-home newborn session. Wouldn’t you agree?

Evelyn Joy ::
Newborn lifestyle
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From that first email I knew I was meant to be at Erika’s birth. She and her husband, Jaimie, have been married for ten years and trying for a baby for six. This was a very, very wanted baby and a very, very long road to get here.

andrea sarasin :: a birth story

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"Heidi documented our birth story with an enormous amount of respect, patience and love and my
photos still make me cry to look at. There was never a moment of discomfort for me, having Heidi in the room. She radiated confidence, support and encouragement and her palpable respect for the birthing mother and the birth process made her a welcome part of my team."

~ Sarah

"Her palpable respect for the birthing mother and the birth process made her a welcome part of my team"

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"Each time I look at the images of the birth of my daughter, I am overcome with emotion as they so perfectly capture the drama, excitement, and ecstasy. The images are among my most treasured possessions. Heidi goes above and beyond for the families she works with. I was also so pleasantly surprised at the personal touch Heidi took in talking about my birth story on her website, it brought tears to my eyes and was so empowering to see myself as a birthing mother through Heidi's eyes."

~ Jessica

"It brought tears to my eyes and was so empowering to see myself as a birthing mother through Heidi's eyes."

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"My delivery did not go as I had planned and having my birth photos helped me process my experience, as well as come to terms with it. The week after the birth, Heidi also helped me process my birth story through emails, giving me both reassurance and encouragement that I had done my best and that my birth was beautiful."

~ Julie

"Having my birth photos helped me process my experience"

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"Heidi is an artist in every sense, from her expert use of light to her seemingly magical way of capturing the most poignant moments of these family life events. She managed to capture my toddler's initial confusion then loving response at meeting her new sister, our attempts to explain who this new family member was, and some really tender moments between parents and new baby. She wove them into a beautiful story that we've now watched dozens of times in a week and that has helped my oldest daughter process all this. Heidi's photos and video portray a pivotal event in our family story that I didn't realize I would never, EVER want to forget."

~ Gwyneth

"Heidi is an artist in every sense"

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"Heidi was wonderful to work with and does such great work. She helped with wardrobe suggestions, site location and helped us feel like we were in a natural setting not knowing she was snapping away. She was able to create such a beautiful keepsake of our newborn son combining photos and video clips and incorporated a letter we wrote to him. I still tear up every time I watch it. We will be forever grateful!"

~ Sandy

"I still tear up every time I watch it"

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If you're looking for someone to capture some of the greatest occasions in your life, Heidi is HANDS DOWN the best choice!!! She has a way of capturing the moment in so many amazing ways and makes you feel extremely comfortable with the process. I have hired her for both of my children's births, their baby photos, a few family shoots and will continue to use her for anything else! You really cannot go wrong hiring her!"

~ Keri

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"She has a way of capturing the moment"

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These are magnificent! We will treasure Sana's newborn photos forever - thank you for capturing that priceless moment together as a new family and taking such beautiful photos of Sana and my family. Thank you so much for everything...!

~ Kumiko

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"These are magnificent!"

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birthing in the time of coronavirus

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