***sorry I was MIA this week…Jer was in Vegas for business so I was flying solo…then Weston decided to cut a tooth and Will caught a lovely stomach bug…needless to say, it’s been eventful 🙂 pray. pray hard.
My sister is not a belly toucher. She’s just not. Never was…probably will never be one…not on others and not on herself. I, however, am an obscene belly toucher. I love bellies. Baby optional 🙂
So this week when I was shooting her maternity photos, it was really hard for me to not say “Grab that belly!” when her only request was “not a whole lotta belly grabbin'”. In the end, I feel like this is a really good reference for newbie photographers who are shooting maternity and need some variety in their poses. In regards to feel – every time you shoot someone…no matter if it’s your family or a complete stranger, you absolutely need to know what they love and what they don’t. If they don’t know, then ask what feelings they want to have when they look at the pictures. My sister wanted happy, bright and a little ethereal…with limited belly grabbin 🙂
Seriously…Norn is so beautiful. It’s almost obscene. So just forgive her now in your hearts. Oh and the white thing in the background is the fabric knot garland was made from my wedding runner for her bridal shower and hung below the “LOVE BIRDS” sign I made for her. I thought it would be perfect since the little love birds have a little chick on the way 🙂
We just trekked down to the woods behind our house to do these pics so nothing is fancy here. All the green stuff is weeds 🙂
A lot of times my maternity girls ask to look thinner. I understand. Water weight, hormones, that extra bowl of ice cream and pickles….I’ve been there. So a really good tip to make your subject look thinner is get above them. Try your hardest to never get below their chin level…that way the camera sees them in a more flattering angle.
Norn is a sweller and I think that we should capture the little details like her big-for-now ankles. She doesn’t like them in their swollen state (what pregnant girl does, right?!) but I told her that in a few months when her little guy is here and she has her slender ankles again that she’ll want a picture of them. If nothing else but to show that she suffered through a summer due date in Hotlanta.
This is my favorite I think. I love the casual hand on the belly and the look in her eyes. Plus, the lighting was fantastic in this spot. And even the weird framing is kinda my jam.
Pure belly grabbin. This is exactly the kinda thing she didn’t want in every single picture. I liked this one because it’s all about the belly here…
This may look like an easy pose but it really was a task. Basically it only works if you are wearing a maxi skirt….the one leg that is creating the angle is practically off the ground. I love this pose because it draws the eye up to the belly.
The skirt is really great because it gives subjects something to touch…to hold…to keep their hands occupied while not grabbing the belly.
This pose is a great one too because so many pregnant girls stand like this naturally. It looks very easy breezy covergirl 🙂
This next one is interesting to me…I didn’t mean to take it as part of the photos but in the end, I kinda love the way you can feel her move in it…like you get the fact that pregnancy isn’t all flowers and glowing.
Of course, it definitely helps to have a little prop or two. These prickly weeds had the cutest white flowers….they reminded me of the baby’s breath she used at her wedding, so I loved the fact we could work it in.
I could go on and on about the rest of the pics…but in general, I know that they speak a thousand words and people need photo references…so I’m not gonna explain each one. Enjoy!