Kim + Johnny = Expecting!

I’ve talked about my best friend Kim a few times on this blog before. It would be impossible for me not to—she’s been my dearest friend since we were 12 years old. No matter what, I know that we will be friends for life. She has, and will always hold a piece of my heart. She is my sister. Her family is my family. So, it should come as no surprise that I was OVER THE MOON when I found out she and her awesome husband, Johnny, were expecting their first little one. That means I’m going to be an aunt!

When Kim told me the big news she actually did so under the guise of asking me about maternity photos, but made it seem like she was asking for someone else. I told her I haven’t really done many maternity photos and actually would only be interested in doing them for past wedding clients. And then she asked me if I could make an exception for my best friend. And that’s when I proceeded to FREAK. OUT. Squeeee!!!

So, we waited for Kim’s belly to get nice and big before we scheduled the session. This was excruciating for me because it felt like it took forever for her to look even remotely pregnant. Every time I saw her I would examine her bump. Sign of progress meant we were that much closer to her session, and then after that all we would have to do was wait for that adorable little baby. Well, Kim’s due in a few short weeks so we finally got some photo time in.

Because I am the awesomest friend ever, I scheduled an appointment to get Kim’s hair and makeup done before the shoot. I wanted her to feel extra special and beautiful. And, apparently I am a poor planner because that process took much longer than I expected so by the time we left the salon we only had time to race to a nearby Beverly Hills park to catch the last five minutes of light. But we managed! My amazing professional camera equipment is the only reason we were able to pull this off. We shot 90% of the session in almost pure darkness. Not ideal, mind you, but I am so in love with the way these turned out.

Congratulations to my beautiful friends, Kim and Johnny. I can’t wait to meet my beautiful little niece, Mackenzie!!


When I just couldn’t squeeze any more natural light out of the setting sun, I busted out my video light and had Johnny assist me with lighting Kim. I had her look away for a few frames and love this next shot. She looks like a super (pregnant) model!


And I just had to throw in this scene-setting shot of Johnny rockin’ the video light for me. So funny!


  • Kim - Wow you really are an amazing photographer and an even more amazing best friend!! I love you :)

  • Sharon - These are magnificent, Heidi! You gotta do our maternity photos in like 4 years! =P

  • Molly Godfrey - I love these! They both look wonderful! I hope you consider doing more maternity shoots :)

  • Alexis - These are gorgeous, as usual. I love the night time shots–so excited that we are going to have an opportunity to take some gorgeous night time shots next week!

  • Jordana - Such an adorable pregnant belly! So happy for them and for your impending Aunt-dom!

  • Lina - Wow Kim looks so beautiful!

  • Monica - Wow, Heidi you really are amazong! Those photo’s are absolutely beautiful.

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