I am a documentary and lifestyle photographer and film maker. I seek beautiful light and honest emotions. Instead of recreating Pinterest photographs, I tell your families unique story with candid moments. Our sessions can take place in your home or at a special location and don't require any "say cheese". I look forward to meeting you!
I’ll be quite frank- I never thought I would have children. Fast forward 5 years, and I was in a cold, sterile hospital with a doctor named “Hannibal” trying to push a child out of my vagina. My biggest regret is not having a single photograph of myself pregnant with my oldest child.
I love documentary and family photojournalism to the core, bur birth is my jam. Come at me with preggo bellies, stretch marks, and hormonal mood swings and I’ll love you forever.
I’ve had three very different births. One hospital, with a spinal block that wore off just in time for an episiotomy/vacuum and forceps, one elective ceseran section when my little man decided he didn’t want to make his appearance before 42 weeks, and one very redeeming home birth vbac.
Candice MacDonnell services the greater Northern Virginia and Washington DC areas, including Burke, Springfield, Fairfax, Falls Church, Chantilly, Alexandria, Fort Belvoir and Woodbridge areas, among others. A home-birth and hospital mama, she uniquely has the respect and knowledge to document almost any situation. Her kitchy home studio is perfect for one of a kind maternity, boudoir and raw postpartum sessions. Select discounts, model calls and referral program incentives available.
My business partner Ashley and I were in the Waynesville Daily Guide today! The full article can be found here: http://www.waynesvilledailyguide.com/news/20180712/local-photographers-raise-money-in-memory-of-four-month-old
Saturday, Ashley Bass Photography and I will be doing Super Hero Mini Sessions to raise money for Kent's memorial bench and tree at his favorite park in Waynesville, Missouri. We would love to see as many of you as possible! Sessions are 15 minutes long cost "donations" - the suggested amount is $100, but there is no minimum or maximum.
In 2016 when I was first starting my journey into video, I did a short fusion video with my children dying eggs and being silly. I didn't get to do it last year because Madeline was a very needy newborn, but this year I thought it would be fun to do something similar and compare the two, and have the memories of how much they've grown. I didn't take the time to watch the original before shooting so I only vaguely remembered what it contained, and was mostly focused (in my head) with it's technical flaws.
When we first got orders to Hawaii, I was secretly a little bummed. Coming from Florida, I was looking forward to living somewhere with seasons and snow. Plus it's super far away and expensive.
I didn't expect it to grow on me like it did! I'll always feel like Hawaii is home. It's the most beautiful place, with crystal clear teal waters, soft sand, and lots of aloha. The FOOD to die for, and there's always a gentle breeze. Getting off the airplane you immediately notice the smell of flowers everywhere.
Have you ever wanted to bottle up a moment and keep it forever? That's basically how I've been feeling ever since I had our third child, Madeline. She's spunky, spirited, and OH SO sweet. And gosh darn, the kid keeps growing right before my eyes!
I'm so excited to share my own birth story with you guys! If you go way back to THIS POST, I talked a little about my first two birth experiences and shared the few photos I had. This time, when my baby-fever having husband finally convinced me to have another one, I knew I wanted to do things differently.
One of the benefits of having a homebirth was no immediate bath. Madeline was dried off and the vernix was rubbed in. Some benefits to allowing this is reduced risk of infection, improved temperature control, improved maternal bonding, no baby lotion required (vernix is natures baby lotion), and stabilized infant blood sugar. (article here: Delaying Baby's First Bath)
We finally decided it was time, and BOY did she have a lot to say about it!