I’ve been wanting to do a nude maternity session ever since I was pregnant. There’s just something extraordinarily beautiful about the pregnant figure, to me. But, I’ve never had a mama that really wanted to. Until now!
I got an email from my website saying “Hey! I have this idea for a shoot that I’m dying to do and I absolutely love your work. Please give me a call.” So I called her, and I almost screamed with excitement when she said “I really want to do a nude shoot outside with my pregnant belly.”
Seriously, I could’ve passed out!
We decided on Baker Beach, because it is a nude beach. And yes, it was very cold, but this mama was determined and so was I!
In between sets, I had her wear my coat and my assistant and I did everything we could to keep her warm. We wrapped up the session in about 45 minutes because I didn’t want the poor girl to suffer any more. But the results were amazing!
This mama was really excited to add her son into the images; it was so adorable watching him enjoy the beach (despite the cold), and talk about the baby in mommy’s belly!
Do I want to shoot more of these sessions? OH YEAH! If you, or someone you know is interested in maternity photography services, please visit my website, and send a message through my contact form. I love working with bellies and babies!
In the midst of trying to build a portfolio, my amazing husband offers a lady he saw while at work everyday a photo session. She said she was interested, he passed my info to her, we talked, set a date, and had a session. I was so excited for this session because I had a vision in mind. I ordered a gown from the TAoPAN Store, made a floral crown, and brought along a few other effects to make the session pop. Little did I know, this mama-to-be would have a truly beautiful story to tell.
As a photographer, I like to connect with whoever I’m working with. Making these connections not only help the overall outcome of the images, but it’s one of the things I enjoy most about my job; I have the potential to form bonds with new people! So, while talking to this mama, I asked if her and her husband had been trying long to conceive. Her story literally brought tears to my eyes
Her and her husband had been together over 10 years (including the years before marriage), and they are clearly in love. The two of them together reminded me a lot of me and my husband together, actually. Both of our pregnancies, in fact, were a surprise, except we weren’t trying to conceive… hehe. This Mama and her husband, on the other hand, had been trying, and they’d been trying for a very long time with no luck. Mama said she’d given up hope and decided that if they were unable to conceive a child naturally, they’d adopt a child rather than artificial fertilization.
She’d gone in to the doctor, requesting a fertility test and a flu shot because she’d been feeling a little sick. The nurses told her they were unable to give patients the flu shot if they were already having symptoms, and that they’d also have to test for pregnancy because they really couldn’t give the shot if she was pregnant. Of course, she took the test, thinking it’d be negative, but God had decided to bless her and her husband with the baby they’d been praying for. I was floored by this testimony, and literally had to stop shooting for a bit to smile and take the time to share in the joy she was feeling.
We had a good time during the session. Our husbands got along, she and I got along, and we kept in touch during her waiting-for-baby-to-arrive period. The baby is here, and he is happy and healthy! His birth story is a whole different blog post, one I hope will come with his newborn photos. Well, enough of the jibber-jabber, here are the images!
One of my greatest attributes, and biggest flaws, is that I tend to be a perfectionist; everything has to be done precisely and be nothing less than pristine when complete. If I feel like I can do better, I will literally start over from the beginning if I can. I’m especially picky when it comes to things I’m passionate about– you guessed it: photography!
Since deciding to really set out to start my business, I’ve been learning, practicing and implementing every bit of information I can get into. In the beginning, Google was my best friend. Slowly, I realized I could watch videos on YouTube (duh! one can learn the basics of just about anything on YouTube), and stumbled on a channel focusing on maternity and newborn photography. The channel belonged to photographer Ana Brandt, and I immediately fell in love with how she carried herself during the session, the feel to her photographic style, and just her overall perfection in capturing her images. She was perfect! For awhile, I only caught snips of Ana from YouTube and fantasized being able to be that photographer some day.
Well! A couple months later, I discovered the joys of CreativeLive (where I found another photographer I admire, but that’s another post), another online video learning tool. Searching through the courses, I found Ana had her own CreativeLive course, TAoPaN, and I was just so amazed! Finally, after trying to get what I could from YouTube videos for so long, there was a course that would give me access to all of Ana’s newborn and maternity perfection! So, naturally, I wanted the course. And I saved the money I needed, and made the investment. I made the purchase about a month ago, and I still study the course, eager to obtain perfection.
Fast forward to this evening: I saw another tog like a Fb post that Ana was having a sale on her online workshops… O. M. G. AAANNNDDD, the sale was ending that evening. To top it all off, the online workshop is titled “4 Week Belly: Baby Perfection.” Now, we’re a little tight on cash because we had a burglary recently that threw a wrench in our financial plans, but how could I let this opportunity pass? I am now enrolled in the workshop.
I really pride myself in working hard, getting educated, and producing quality, even outside of photography. Now that I’m starting a business, perfection isn’t optional, it’s necessary. People are coming to me, trusting me to give them images they can treasure years to come, images from times of their lives that can never be replicated or re-lived– timeless memories. And I don’t want to fail them. Sure the studying and practicing are part of my crazy perfection obsession, but my pushing through early days and late nights is an effort to make sure my TMPfamily can be assured that I’m doing my job.
With all that said, I will be updating on my progress in the workshop! I’m super excited, especially because I truly adore Ana Brandt, and she is a big inspiration to me. To be able to learn directly from her, and be in communication with her, is truly a blessing and honor. When I’m done, I’ll be able to say “yeah, I learned it all from Ana” and have a certificate to show off.