I’ve been in business for 8 years now, which sometimes feel like forever and I feel like I belong to another ‘time’ when it comes to photography. The industry has changed so much over the last half decade and there are more talented working photographers around than ever; this can be scary to someone like me, but I have been fortunate enough over the past couple of years (who knows how long now?!) to be a part of a great group of local photographers who I consider friends and colleagues and definitely not competition. In fact, we actively encourage, refer, guide and help each other to be better, whether it be in our business or in our art. We have collaborated, held meetings, critiques, and have learned over time that’s it’s not just about working on an island, but being part of a larger photography community. I feel very lucky to be a part of this group.
ALL THAT TO SAY, last month I was part of a maternity model call with Carla of Enchanted Hill Photography and Brittany of Valley Photography. After a long winter we were feeling a little creatively stifled, so we decided to get together to do something a bit different. I love photographing maternity but I usually do it in more of a lifestyle type way (outdoor, etc). Brittany does as well so we wanted to explore doing more artistic, studio-based portraits. Carla is wonderful at this already and allowed us to use her studio and gowns for the event. We found 4 beautiful expectant mommas and had Patience Cole come in to do hair and make-up (she did a gorgeous job as always). The girls and I met up a couple weeks before and wrote out every single pose, outfit, light set-up and background so that the day flowed smoothly, and everything went perfectly, I was so pleased! My images definitely were the most…umm…naked, but I truly feel that all bodies are beautiful and nudity shouldn’t be something to shy away from, especially when doing the amazing task of carrying life! It was also fun to try new lighting techniques, poses and styling, being creative without any pressure is so good and necessary from time to time.
I will definitely be offering sessions like this int he future so if you are an expectant momma, know that this can be part of your Bump and Baby package, or simple a standalone maternity session (which I’ll probably offer at a slight discounted rate due to the nature of the images, so keep an out for that!)
Photographers: Carla Bagley and Brittany Calder (and me)
Hair and Make-Up: Patience Cole Make-up Artistry
Models: Janelle (1st), Casey (top image and 2nd), Kaitelyn (3rd) and Monique (4th) <–All 4 ladies are expecting girls!