March 16, 2013

the birth of apolonia janina :: Northern Virginia Birth Photographer

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Just a month before her due date, Aleksandra contacted me about shooting her birth story. She had hardly any photos at all from her first two births, so she knew from experience how important it was for these fleeting moments to be captured. Her labor was fast and explosive, and I walked opened the door to the hospital room just as Apolonia was making her appearance. This was Aleksandra’s second VBAC, and she birthed her 9.5 pound baby girl completely naturally without any drugs. Let me tell you – she is one strong and powerful mama. I loved being able to spend these first precious moments with this loving family. There were lots and lots of snuggles – my favorite! Welcome to the world, Apolonia – I was so happy to spend your first few moments with you. I hope someday you are able to look at these pictures and know the love and joy with which you were welcomed into the world.

  1. Aleksandra

    March 16th, 2013 at

    Heidi –

    Tears of joy stream down my face as I watch this moving slideshow. I am so glad you were a member of our Birth Team. You are a really talented photographer and your work is truly one of a kind. Terry and I are thrilled that we found you as the photographer for our maternity, birth and newborn sessions. I also appreciate your kind words of encouragement and support. Thank you for everything!

    In postpartum bliss,

  2. Nichola

    March 16th, 2013 at

    Wow, this was a great album of photos for a great family! Beautiful!

  3. Karen Yuschak

    March 16th, 2013 at

    Congratulations to your beautiful addition. Wonderful pictures. I can’t wait to see her with her big brothers. Love and prayers of health and happiness for the Pitner Family!

  4. Sarah

    March 17th, 2013 at

    This was the most beautiful presentation. There were tears in my eyes! Congratulations to you both. She is just a treasure!

  5. Anna

    March 17th, 2013 at

    What a wonderful Dzien Kobiet gift 🙂 Congratulations! Apolonia is beautiful!

  6. Shannon D.

    March 17th, 2013 at

    Congratulations to all FIVE of you! Warm snuggles & lots of love. We miss you!

  7. Bogusia

    March 17th, 2013 at

    Gratulacje Olu ! . No to teraz masz już “wszystkie dzieci w domu “. Mała jest śliczna , wracajcie szybko do formy. Chociaż to ostatnie to raczej do Ciebie bo Pola wygląda jak okaz zdrowia :).

  8. Jenny McCoy

    March 17th, 2013 at

    so happy to hear the wonderful news! Congratulations! Can’t wait to meet her here–you must bring her by Jazzercise! I knew how strong you were! 🙂

  9. Tania Teschke

    March 17th, 2013 at

    What wonderful memories to cherish! Congratulations, we can’t wait to meet your newest family member!

  10. Kelly Sauer

    March 17th, 2013 at

    Okay, you need to meet the Portfolio Slideshow Pro plugin. 😉

  11. Elżbieta, Czesław

    March 17th, 2013 at

    Gratulujemy Rodzicom!!! Pola jest śliczna, życzymy by była dla Was Wielką Radością . Niech rozwija się zdrowo.

  12. Susan Kerr

    March 17th, 2013 at


    Our Lord has truly blessed you and Terry with such a lovely family. Apolonia will be the princess amongst your princes, for sure. Congratulations to the Pitners on this glorious occasion.

    All the best,

  13. Barbara i Janusz

    March 17th, 2013 at

    Gratulujemy ślicznej córeczki.
    Zyczymy Wam wszyskim wszystkiego dobrego a przede wszystkim zdrowia.
    Basia i Janusz
    P.S Macie teraz super pamiątke.

  14. Susan Cradock

    March 17th, 2013 at

    I am so happy for you all. God bless you all.welcome Apolonia. With love Susan

  15. Wojciech i Małgorzata

    March 17th, 2013 at

    Cieszymy się z Wami i gratulujemy!
    Sami czekamy z niecierpliwością na wnuczkę

  16. Nina

    March 17th, 2013 at

    Aleksandra,Terry, Leopold & Teodor,

    Congratulations on the arrival of Apolonia! I wish your family much happiness. Enjoy every moment. Welcome to a pink world.

    Aleksandra, you are a courageous woman to deliver a 9.5 pounds baby with no anesthesia! Wow…

    I look forward to visiting with all of you.


  17. Amy Henrickson

    March 17th, 2013 at

    Congratulations, Aleksandra! You are truly “blessed among women”. Warm wishes to all of you.
    Love, Amy

  18. Dzidka i Ziutek, Agnieszka, Wojtek i Maja

    March 17th, 2013 at

    Witamy na świecie małą Polę, życzymy Ci wszystkiego co najpiękniejsze i najweselsze.
    Szczęśliwym Rodzicom gratulujemy, a starszym braciom Leo i Teo życzymy wielu cudownych chwil zabawy z Siostrzyczką.
    Pozdrawiamy całą Waszą piątkę

  19. Meridith

    March 18th, 2013 at

    Congratulations Aleksandra and your whole family! I was so happy to hear the news of Apolonia’s birth. The photographs are beautiful. What a joyous occasion. And Apolonia’s birthday will always be shared with International Women’s Day. I know because it is also my Libby’s birthday, one year earlier. Congratulations!! And look forward to seeing you and meeting Apolonia soon. Fondly, Meridith

  20. Lee Pitner

    March 18th, 2013 at

    I am very proud of you. You completed your fathering duty and still had the energy to visit Aledsandra and Apolonia.
    Beautiful baby and great presentation.
    Uncle Lee

  21. Agnieszka Apostol

    March 18th, 2013 at

    piekne zdjecia i sliczna coreczka. Gratulacje dla wszystkich i dla dziadkow rowniez , pierwsza wnuczka !!! A.

  22. Irela Castillo

    March 18th, 2013 at

    Marvelous……!!!!!! May God Bless Apolonia and the entire Pitner family. This web didn’t have the slide show. Please see that I receive the same. Besos……..Irela

  23. iwonka i roman

    March 18th, 2013 at

    moje gratulacje Apolonia wyglada slicznie,szybkiego powrotu do zdrowia!!!

  24. Irene

    March 18th, 2013 at

    Beautiful!!!!! Heidi, you absolutely captured some incredible moments of this sweet girl’s birth. You can tell how happy mom and dad are too. So proud of you, mama!!!!!!!!!

  25. Lina

    March 18th, 2013 at

    oh my goodness! So beautiful! Edwin kept pointing and saying, “Baby!”


    March 19th, 2013 at

    Александра и Терри, я так за вас рада. Девочка прелестная и шоу просто потрясающее. Я никогда таких раньше не видела.
    Ждём вас всех в Москве, чтобы ещё раз поздравить.


  27. ANNA

    March 19th, 2013 at




  28. Larissa

    March 19th, 2013 at

    Дорогая Александра!

    Мои самые сердечные поздравления!!! Такой замечательный подарок к празднику Весны!!! И такой замечательный день, чтобы родиться девочке!!! Пусть растет умницей и красавицей на радость маме и папе!!!

    С пожеланиями всего самого наилучшего,

  29. Jennifer Bloch

    March 19th, 2013 at

    Welcome to the world baby girl! Go through your days knowing that you were loved long before you took your first breath. Just the thought of you, being the exactly perfect you, thrilled your mother and father and big brothers. Walk through your life at the side of your brothers for they will always be with you. Follow your mama, she is one of the bravest, boldest, strongest women I know. She will never lead you astray She will be your biggest fan, and always have your best interest at heart. Lean on your Daddy, for you will forever be the Apple of his eye. Many blessings to you and the family that adores you.

  30. Maria Elena de la Cruz

    March 20th, 2013 at

    Que alegria tan grande la llegada de una nina, muchas felicidades y le doy gracias a Dios que usted me permite disfrutar con ustedes de su felicidad
    que Dios los bendiga a los cinco que sean siempre una linda familia

  31. Holly Lindquist Thomas

    March 21st, 2013 at

    Congratulations, Pitners, and Welcome to the world, Apolonia! We’re so glad you’ve come!

  32. няня Зоя

    March 21st, 2013 at

    Дорогая Александра! Сердечно и искренне поздравляю Вашу семью и Ваших родителей с появлением такого великолепного ангела-настоящей принцессой Аполонии. От всей души желаю всем вам здоровья,успехов. Пусть она всегда будет счастлива и растеё вам всем на радость. Она великолепна,а Вы
    ,Александра -молодец. Я вас всех люблю.

  33. Laura

    March 21st, 2013 at

    Congratulations! She is beautiful and you all look so happy. Best wishes.

  34. Joanna i Piotrek

    March 22nd, 2013 at

    Gratulujemy! Życzymy zdrowia dla całej Waszej Rodzinki i wielu pięknych, wspólnych chwil.

  35. Lena i Artur

    March 25th, 2013 at

    Serdeczne gratulacje dla Rodziców 🙂 film wzruszający, całujemy Was i życzymy całej Rodzince dużo zdrowia i szczęśliwych chwil! Lena i Artur ze specjalnymi i gorącymi ucałowaniami od Cioci Urszuli

  36. AnnaMarie Capuano

    March 31st, 2013 at

    Oh, Aleksandra. She is so precious. I love the one of her resting peacefully on Daddy’s chest (the first one).
    I’m so happy for you all!! What a lucky little girl – just starting out, with her entire life ahead of her, and to be born into such a wonderful family.
    Again, congratulations to you all!!
    Welcome to the world baby Apolonia. Enjoy the ride, it’s going to be fantastic!! =) xoxoxo

  37. Aleksandra Skowron

    April 1st, 2013 at

    Gratulacje Kochani!!! I am very happy for You!!!

  38. Sharon

    April 2nd, 2013 at

    Congratulations Pitner family!! You all looked as though you were thinking, “Ah, yes. Now our family is complete!” The photograghy is so moving. Heidi really captured the miraculous beauty and emotion of bringing a life into this world. May God richly bless your family!
    In Christ’s Love, Sharon

  39. Ely

    April 12th, 2013 at

    These are gorgeous photos. Thank you for sharing them with us. What a blessing to both be able to bring this beautiful little child into the world AND to have such a wonderful photo memories of the event. We look forward to seeing more photos of Apolonia as she grows. Many congratulations from the Whitaker family!

  40. Kasia, Michał i Tosia

    April 23rd, 2013 at

    Unikatowa pamiątka na całe życie. Wyjątkowe zdjęcia 🙂 Serdeczne gratulacje dla Rodziców, Dziadków i Braci 🙂

  41. Donna

    April 26th, 2013 at

    Thank you for sharing such a beautiful experience. Congratulations on the birth of your beautiful baby girl! Truly beautiful pictures.

  42. Al & Linda Pitner

    April 29th, 2013 at

    Apolonia, what a pretty girl. We are so fortunate to have you as part of our family. We will have lots of fun in the future. Your smile lights up our world. You are loved,
    Grandma & Grandpa

  43. emel

    May 7th, 2013 at

    How lovely all the pictures are.. Have a great, happy, joyful and lucky life Apolonia.. Congrulations to Pitner Family::)). You just look so happy Alexandra so sweet.. Thanks for sharing to photos.. Love from Tashkent.. Emel

  44. Victoria Olsa

    May 19th, 2013 at

    Еще раз пересмотрела Ваши фотографии. Александра, ты молодец! Мои поздравления тебя и Терри и конечно старшим братьям. Аполонья – красавица! Пусть растет на радость родителям, здоровья ей и маме! Поздравляю!

  45. Richard Bass

    June 6th, 2013 at

    Im sooo happy to hear the family is doing well and growing. Things here are doing well.

    Best wishes to the whole family.

    Rich Bass

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    September 24th, 2014 at

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