{belly} Irene :: Northern Virginia maternity photographer

It was three and a half years ago, just a few months after I had picked up my very first “real” camera (a Canon Rebel xsi) and back when I was doing a bunch of free portrait shoots for friends and trying to figure out if maybe I wanted to “do” something with photography. I asked my friend Irene if she would model for my first ever maternity shoot. I still didn’t really understand my camera, or light, and I *definitely* didn’t realize that a portrait session should have one editing style – not fifteen. See what I mean?


I’ll chalk it up to sheer luck that we got any decent images at all. 🙂

The years pass and Irene is now expecting her second baby girl. Once again I asked her to model for me – I wanted to shoot a 100% film practice session. I am thrilled with the results and this shoot has definitely given me the confidence to move forward with shooting film for my portrait sessions. Irene is as beautiful as ever, and well, I’m feeling pretty happy about how my photography has grown in the last three and a half years.

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:: Contax 645 :: Portra 800 and Fuji 400H :: developed and scanned at Pro Photo Irvine ::


  1. Meghan says:

    These are absolutely lovely. I especially love the set against the ivy wall. There’s so much sweet emotion in them.

  2. Jenna says:

    These are simply amazing! Such a fantastic job and she is just glowing and gorgeous! I adore the one on the bed in the pink wrap shirt – so peaceful! 😀

  3. Ceste says:

    luv the 1 where Scott’s making her laugh…sign of a good hubbers…miss u all! Someday I shall meet Ever & the newest lil girl too

  4. Katherine Martin says:

    You are so beautiful in these pictures.

  5. Cassandrs says:

    Beautiful work!

  6. Marlene says:

    Beautiful pictures. I especially like the one where Irene is leaning into her husband with her eyes closed. It reminds me of labor dancing.

  7. amanda says:

    dang wish i would have known about you when i was pregnant!! beautiful work!

  8. Sarah Thomas says:

    Absolutely beautiful!

  9. liza webber says:

    Beautiful pictures. I love them. Great job.

  10. Christina Blanarovich says:

    These are so lovely. What a great memory for the family! Love your film work!

  11. JenMarie Delgado says:

    It’s not hard to make Irene look fabulous…she is stunning when pregnant! The photos do a great job of capturing the emotion and the family, not just the physical belly. Great pictures.

  12. Kathy Ahern says:

    Beautiful pics of your family! I love them all!

  13. Abigail Hall says:

    Absolutely beautiful!!! You captured the sheer joy they have over welcoming their new baby into the world!

  14. Courtney says:

    I love the outdoor photos – the ivy is a stunning backdrop.

  15. Cody D. says:

    Gorgeous photos! A beautiful growing family. Wish we would have taken the time to do pregnancy photos!

  16. Kathy Graydon says:

    You have truly evolved as a photographer. You did a very good job with my babies!

  17. Gina says:

    Lovely shots, and a lovely family! I think the ones of Irene and Scott at the edge of the field with the blanket are my favorites. You do beautiful work, and I’ll refer my sis-in-law if she ever has another baby.

  18. Julie says:

    Love love love!!!! What a great job and Irene, you look amazing pregnant!!! XOXO

  19. Charity says:

    Loverly! If I ever have another child I’m calling you Heidi!

  20. Karen says:

    More beautiful photos of a lovely family! She has a killer smile!

  21. Christina says:

    Magical! Heidi what beautiful moments you capture!

  22. Ariel says:

    Very Very Lovely.

  23. Lina says:

    So beautiful! How wonderful to do both maternity shoots!

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