Trusting. Joyful. Unrefined.

The Heather Stanford



Maternity Session

A grand adventure is 
about to begin!

The first session with your little bundle of joy. A maternity session is the perfect time to document your family prior to welcoming your new peanut into the world. This is also a really great time to get to know me before your birthing session. 

The journey from pregnancy to birth can be unpredictable and chaotic, but a journey all moms would relive again in a heartbeat.

But the rush of it all can cause moms to have memory gaps, leaving a new mom to feel lost and confused.

I’m here to remedy this by capturing all the moments of the delivery — from the happy to the stressed, to the messy to the afterglow.

Plus, as a certified Doula, you can rest assured that not only will you be receiving memorable snapshots, but an entire experience that will help you process and piece together your labor and delivery.

Birth Photography

Fresh 48 Session

“A new baby is like the beginning of all things  – wonder, hope, a dream of possibilities.”  - Eda LeShan

A Fresh 48 session is done in the hospital or at home in the first few days after delivery. This is a great option if you still want to capture your babies newness without having a birthing session.

"Because of your father’s God, who helps you, because of the Almighty,
who blesses you with blessings of
the skies above, blessings of the deep springs below, blessings of the breast and womb."

A breastfeeding session is one of my most favorite motherhood style sessions that I offer. Whether you're capturing the beginning of your breastfeeding journey, or the end of it. It is so important to document this precious time so that you can look back on it forever. 

Breastfeeding Session

-Genesis 49:25

Motherhood Session

The messy, the raw, and unrefined moments.

The goal with this type of session is to capture the realness of motherhood. The messy, raw, and unrefined moments. You can choose any activity that you'd like - including dancing in the wildflowers with your littles.

Lifestyle Newborn Session

The time you spend with your family is so valuable.

This session is done in your home a couple weeks after babe is born. Capture those perfect toes, fingers, ears, and nose. You'll have these photos to look on forever and eventually share with your little one and for generations to come. 

A Glance into the Process


Session Planning

Photoshoot Day

After an initial inquiry, we can jump on a phone call or have an in-person consultation to go over the session expectations and the different packages and products that best suit your goals.

After getting to know the personality of you and your family, as well as the vision you have for this session, we’ll go over the finer details so everyone feels prepared for photoshoot day. This is the easy part, I love the raw and the real so there isn't much to plan. 

This is the really fun part. I will guide you and your family throughout the session with games, laughter, you will give hugs, kisses, tickles, etc. My goal for your session is  to capture your family as you are, the real deal - not the posed fake version. 

let's talk!

Presentation & Delivery

Once the photos are completed, we will schedule a virtual appointment where I will present your gallery to you for the first time. You will get to choose your favorite 10 images, with the option to upgrade and purchase additional art from my signature collection.

Photography Sessions

starts at $300

Ready to capture your journey?

What they're saying...

Heather Stanford Photography is an AMAZING business because of its fantastic owner, Heather.

As a person who works with business owners every day, it takes a lot to impress me. I'm also a creative person by nature and sometimes its difficult for me to convey in words something I imagine visually. I am impressed to say that Heather Stanford Photography is an AMAZING business because of its fantastic owner, Heather. Heather is a creative, innovative, and strong business owner. She's found her calling in life with photography and done what many others can't, SUCCESSFULLY followed her dream. Her work is fantastic and she understood exactly what I wanted, which was a family photo unlike anyone else's. We worked together because she listened to my thoughts and ideas, incorporated with her own on how to successfully accomplish it and the results were phenomenal. I'm so glad to see a photographer of her caliber has set up shop in Hornell. I would highly recommend Heather Stanford Photography and will be returning for future pictures as our family of 5 grows. Thank you Heather for capturing the story of who we are as a family in our pictures. That's exactly what I wanted and didn't dare to hope for. But you NAILED it!

- Shelly

I really cannot say enough good things about Heather.

She doubled as my doula and photographer for my little man’s birth and was not only an amazing support person, but an even better advocate for me during such a difficult and vulnerable time. She came to my home and helped me labor, walked around our block with us, providing her support and expertise in every scenario. Her continued support postpartum is more than I could’ve ever asked for. I cannot recommend her enough. She has such a special gift, and I am very fortunate I got the opportunity to take advantage of it.

- Amber

Having Heather at my birth was an intimate and magical experience.

I'm so thankful for my photos and the video is something I will always cherish. 10 out of 10 - I reccomend for any expectant parents.

- Victoria

In-Person Consultations

Birthing & Photoshoot Day

Birth Doula

We’ll have an in-person consultation so that we can get to know each other and how I can support your goals during this significant time of your life.

This is when we’ll also choose which combination of services — videography, photography, and Doula work — best line up with your needs.

I’ll meet you at your birthing location to document your special day. We’ll have all the details sorted out already so you can focus on being the strong mother you are.

As a Doula, I’ll also be there to assist you through the physical and emotional challenges, and overall be your advocate as you go through this life-changing journey.

All of my birthing sessions include me as your birth doula - if you wish. After the birth we’ll arrange a postpartum meeting so you’ll be able to process and digest the experience with a companion. This is a safe time and space to ask any questions you have, raise any concerns, or simply discuss your thoughts.

I am also a postpartum doula if you wish to have those services as well.

let's do this.


Births are one of the most exciting events in life and the anticipation of wanting to see the finished photos can be difficult!
Once everything is finished, your photos will be uploaded onto a USB and packaged into a beautiful wooden custom keepsake box.
You will also have the option to purchase art from my signature line.

Birth Sessions

starts at $1599

You deserve these memories, mama.

Signature Folio Box

This is an heirloom-quality piece that allows you to showcase your session photos in a versatile way. The clean, sleek design and matching easel makes it perfect for placing in any room so that you can be reminded of your favorite moments.

As a custom album designed specifically to lay flat for maximum display of your vibrant photos, it’s no wonder the Signature Album is the most popular option chosen by clients. 

Signature Artwork

Signature Album

More Artwork Options

From canvasses, to wooden art, to framed art, you’ll have many options to choose from that can display your photos. All ordering appointments also come with wall art mock-ups, so you can see exactly how the pieces you purchase look like in your home.


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