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Burke VA Birth and Motherhood Photographer Candice MacDonnell

Northern Virginia and Washington DC

Birth Photography & Videography


arguably the most important day of your lives

Why Birth Photography

Each birth is a once in a lifetime event, as no two are alike. Unfortunately, while we are so busy bringing our child earth-side, it’s inevitable that we forget those immaculate, fleeting details. I can promise you in five years you’ll wonder what song was playing, what your first postpartum meal was, or the expression your partner had when they met their child for the first time.


About your Northern Virginia Birth Photographer


I have three amazing children, and have had three very different births. My first was a pain managed hospital birth, second elective c-section, and third home birth vbac. I respect and honor each of my clients birth wishes and situations.

Whether you are planning an unassisted or hospital birth, I will be with you every step of the way. I can be a quiet fly on the wall or keep your mind off contractions, depending on your wishes and the mood during your labor. I’ve photographed and vidographed over twenty births and each one has been such an amazing experience.

Experienced. Compassionate. Emotional.

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Thank you

Reviews & Kind Words

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Ashley K

Candice is an incredible photographer! Not only are the images she captures absolutely beautiful, but so is she as a person! She was a great cheerleader during my delivery. We had complications with my son after his birth, I was unable to see and hold him right away. Candice went and took pictures specifically, so I could see all of his little features since I couldn’t leave my bed. I’ll never forget those moments. My husband and I will cherish the photographs she captured showing my labor journey and us meeting the love of our lives. Candice has an amazing gift and we are so thankful she shares it with parents like us. I recommend her 100%. Thank you again!!!!❤️

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Morgan S

If words can express how special Candice is and the work she does, I would say it. Candice was there for my attempted trial of labor and emergency c section, and was able to captured those emotions and moments. I’m so lucky to be able to have her there and to now look at those photos and watch the video she created. If you are looking or questioning a birth photographer/video, do it!!! You won’t regret it at all. Candice is also amazing at lifestyle fresh 48’s!

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Lexi C

I would recommend Candice to anyone and everyone I know! No matter what kind of session you are looking for, Candice can capture the emotion within that session. For us, Candice's photos and videos aren't just prints and something to hang on the wall for guests, they take us back to that exact moment and show us the raw and pure emotions we were feeling that day. She helps to create moments, not just a collage of photos. Candice has now done 5 sessions for us and I will continue to use her time and time again. It also totally helps that she loves kids and can help them enjoy the session!



I can't even begin to say what a blessing this lady was to us! She came on short notice to capture moments that we had not even thought to photograph with the birth of our son. She was amazing, thoughtful, and respectful. Candice will forever be close to our hearts



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Whether it’s birth, maternity or postpartum (including newborn), be assured that my heart is 100% invested and I will provide you with photographs you’ll treasure for the rest of your life.

“Birth is an opportunity to transcend. To rise above what we are accustomed to, reach deeper inside ourselves than we are familiar with, and to see not only what we are truly made of, but the strength we can access in and through birth.”
— Marcie Macari