Tuesday Viewsday: Maternity Photography with an Edge
With the Tuesday Viewsday segment picking up steam and becoming a weekly thing that folks look forward to, I’ve decided to take a slightly different approach with the post starting this week. While the “behind the scenes” look and stories will be the same as always, I felt it was time to drop those crazy Roman numerals up there in the title and just go with more descriptive titles like “Maternity Photography with an Edge.”
This allows all of you to know exactly what sort of images I’ll be sharing. Feel free to drop a comment below to let me know what you think of this move. I would also be curious to see if any of you have thoughts on what sort of posts/stories/images you would like to hear more about as we quickly approach the end of 2012.
For today’s post, I decided to show off an image from one of my favorite maternity photography sessions and one of my favorite “model moms,” Lindsey. I’m especially excited to share this image with all of you as I heard it through the grapevine that Lindsey’s baby girl, Brynn, is seven months old today!
A Little Sexy, A Little Sassy
As I’ve always said, photography is a very intimate thing; there’s a unique, unspoken relationship and connection between two people on either side of a lens. With pregnant mothers, this intimacy is especially clear. I’ve been very lucky to work with future moms who were very accepting of their bodies and their look during pregnancy, but I understand that it can be a difficult thing to get in front of the lens when you are expecting.
I met Lindsey about two years ago when I was hanging at a local club with my good buddy, DJ Real Juicy, and shooting his live shows for White Folks Get Crunk. She was a sweet girl and we discussed the possibility of her modeling for me. She was featured on the WFGC website as one of our first Crunk Girls and we did a couple of other small shoots together as well, more for my sake as I was building my portfolio at the time.
Near the end of 2011, I reached out to Lindsey to talk about modeling for me again. Her response: “I might not be able to model for about nine months or so.” Ah… Gotcha! Well, I was happy for her and told her, if she was every interested a maternity photography session, to look me up. Sure enough… I got a message last winter and we booked the shoot for January. I was worried about the weather as the snow and cold and baby bumps don’t always mix well and I didn’t want Lindsey to be stressed. So I thought an indoor, studio style shoot would be best.
As we looked at Lindsey’s outfits, we started off with the pink ensemble you see here, but without all the accessories. I loved the low-key lighting effects I was getting from the single softbox to camera right, but I wanted to go a little more sexy/sassy/edgy with the look. I’m not a big fan of doing what everyone else does in my images so I challenged Lindsey to bring out her wild side and we went with the scarf and that classic pair of aviators. When I saw the sunglasses, I knew I had to have her pull them down and give me that “what you looking at” badass glare… and it worked!
So what do you think? Good? Bad? Like it? Hate it? Constructive criticism is always encouraged so drop me a comment below!