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If you have had a baby then you know that the stork really doesn’t drop them off at your doorstep. You did the hard work of carrying your little one around in your belly for nine months!
My maternity leave is finally over. While I’m happy to be back to work, I couldn’t help reminiscing about the last few months and all that lead up to having my baby.
During my 8th month of pregnancy I did what most expecting mothers do: I decided to take maternity portraits. And like most mamas, I too was concerned about showing off parts of body. I wanted photos of my baby belly, but how could I get those without showing my stretch marks and my Oprah’s (the flabby part under my arm-sorry Oprah)?
My husband and I went out to one of our favorite photography places for my lifestyle maternity shoot. Josh took photos from up above me, from low on the ground with me on my back, and from other angles that would show off my tummy and make me feel beautiful. I covered up my arms with a button up shirt so I could hide my imperfections but still show my belly.
One thing I learned is that it is really hard to get great photos of me and my hubby together when using the tripod to hold the camera. We kept running back and forth to press the timer. It was difficult and annoying. I wish we were able to get a few more images of the two of us together during this special time.
I’m so glad I took the time for my maternity shoot. I love my photos and feel beautiful every time I look them. Plus, now I have awesome photos to show baby Caleb when he gets older and asks that dreaded question: Mom, where do babies come from?
Audra & Family
I shot Audra’s maternity portraits a few months ago and was recently able to photograph baby Raelee for the first time. This slideshow includes all of the portraits from the recent baby portrait photography session, as well as a few of my favorites from the maternity session. I wanted to make sure I captured some of Tyler too so they could have matching portraits. We tried to get some of both kids, but as you can see Raelee was not having it.
I love these kids!! I’m sure ya’ll will see plenty more pictures of these two in the years to come.
AUDRA, GARY AND TYLER
This is one of my favorite family portraits. Audra had mentioned that she really wanted to get a picture with Tyler’s hands on her belly, so I thought it would be great to get the whole family into the shot. I absolutely love this photograph.
I like the lighting in this image. I used one medium soft box on a strobe placed at 45 degree angle to her, lighting her from behind. I had a gray backdrop behind her. I wish I would have used the black backdrop though to get rid of that gray behind her. Regardless of the backdrop I think this photo came out great.
This was a maternity portrait session, however Audra and Gary have been trying to bring Tyler in for the last couple years for child portraits and they hadn’t been able to make it in until now. I really wanted to spend a little of our time capturing a few images of Tyler. I wanted to make sure this time in his life, his precious childhood, was captured so they can remember it forever.
Tyler had a hard time focusing and looking at the camera as you can see in this shot. Both his parents were in the room during the photo shooot. Looking back, I should have asked them to leave the room so I could get him to just look at me instead of them. I still got some good images of him though and great ones of Audra. All of these photographs were taken in our Costa Mesa Photography Studio.
Lydia was so much fun to photograph! I went to her house in Laguna Beach were I took her around to different areas and photographed her beautiful pregnant tummy in the natural light. I love the framing of Lydia in the doorway with the hand tint effect that really makes her stand out. She looks so beautiful!
Comfort for expectant mothers is so important in the later stage of the pregnancy. Photographing in the home is such a great way to keep a women at ease (and it keeps her by the food she loves). The miracle of life is so amazing. I was lucky enough to be able to visit Lydia in the hospital and hold little Stirling when he was just a day old.