Brook is due at the end of this month and wanted to fit in some photos before she popped out baby number two. (If you are interested, you can read a little more about her on this post.) Which leads me to my first tangent – 21 month olds are hard to photograph! They constantly move. I will seriously pack some Benedryl the next time I do a photoshoot with a toddler. Joke. Sortof.
Seeing Brook pregnant through my camera’s lens reminded me of when she was pregnant with Lilley…and my very first maternity photoshoot. I remember how magical pregnancy was in my brain. I looked at ‘the bump’ in total bewilderment. It was nothing short of a mysterious miracle. And now, since I actually went through a pregnancy and came out the other end, my mind is made up that there is nothing that I love more than maternity photoshoots. I think it’s because I ADORED being pregnant. I didn’t worry about looking fat or whether my clothes were cute…all I could focus on was this beautiful, new little life growing inside me.
I think experiencing pregnancy myself changed the way I look at pregnant women. I see them with more strength now. Somehow they are less fragile and more warrior-princess. Xena without the ridiculous screaming. or swinging from vines.
It’s funny how this time around I ended up with a completely different style of photo. I think that is more a reflection of me than of this cool family. With the first maternity photoshoot, I think I shot more pictures that had a cleaner style. It was very up front and ‘sweet’. It contained mostly posed pictures and had a very staged air to them.
What I love about these is that I feel like they tell more of a story. Somehow I am able (don’t ask how!) to capture more of a relaxed…almost photojournalistic style. Like a truer reflection of emotion. (might I add that I LOVE her hair in this photo!):
I’ve noticed that now I also do a lot less specifics. Now I do more “go ahead and sit in the grass” and then I move around to capture what they already have going on. I also give more general instructions – like “Dad, look at mom. Mom, look at me.” Whereas before it was definitely “SMILE!” “CHIN UP” “KNEE DOWN” “BACK STRAIGHT” “SMILE!” “PULL YOUR FINGERS TOGETHER” “SMILE!!!!” times one hundred.
Not that I don’t get smiling shots. I do.
But I don’t try to force them.
What I am saying is that somehow my style got grittier. Not just in the editing but also in the way I choose what to shoot.
It is totally weird to me. Like an evolution of photography.
Dontcha just love those baby toes? So sweet.
and you have no idea how hard it was to get her to sit on this bench. (which by the way, you can totally make fun of me for LOVING the over-used-bench-in-a-field look. I would tease me too. I just can’t help it. When there is rugged old furniture around, I HAVE TO USE IT. It’s a sickness.)
And somehow this photo reminds me of those Willow Tree statues…except these people actually have faces.
Ok – so now for my favorite two. First up, we have this one of Brook reading to Lilley. It’s not actually part of the photoshoot. I just love how it is such a true photo of what life in their house is like right now. And yes, I love the distortion of the lens…it just adds to the lovable quirkiness.
And my absolute favorite is this one. I actually asked them to do this pose and I am soo glad that I did because I love the look. It doesn’t hurt that Brook’s ankles aren’t swollen 🙂 You lucky dog you.
Honestly though, my favorite maternity photos are ones where the dad is looking at the mom or the belly. Somehow it just makes the photo sizzle to me.
So do you have a favorite? Maybe you like the staged photos better? Or perhaps you are diggin’ the style of the gritty maternity photos now? Are you pregnant? Have you posted your maternity photos? Go ahead and link up. I love me a good ole fashioned picture party 🙂
p.s. I shot all but the ‘reading’ picture with my Rebel XSi with my 50mm lens. Every photo was edited using Photoshop CS4 with Pioneer Woman actions.