Pregnancy is an uphill battle to be sure. The human body goes through amazing changes yet it’s nothing short of miraculous when you think about it. A new life is being created and brought into this world. Not much can really compare with it. Photos help lock in the memories but they also must convey the essence of maternity: Expectation. Hope. Excitement! 🙂 And, graphically speaking: Shape. Contour. Softness. 8) That’s what I had in mind when I set out to do my latest photo project, maternity photos.
Trina, my model (and her lovely family), was absolutely beautiful. Fortunately for me, it’s impossible to take bad photos when your subjects are this good. 😀 We had a really good time making some photos and trying a bunch of different things that are typically not quote-unquote “maternity” photos. We did some nice soft ethereal window light stuff but I also did some edgier stuff that was more typical of glamour shoots. The light was hard, edgy and low-key, but I think it all worked in the end, especially in black and white. The whole shoot was done inside mainly because the weather was no longer cooperating with us. Read on below the gallery for photo geek info. 8)
Had some fun with the kids today. I was trying to get Ethan to walk at me with the wooden-toy knife because it made him look like Chucky (that freaky murdering doll from when? 1989?!?) 😉 It’s always super fun taking candids of toddlers. I was in a Silver eFex Pro mood today too when I was doing some editing. I like the antique-eque looks and the high contrast stuff. The more indoor shots I take handheld with my 50mm, the more I’m getting used to higher noise. Earlier I would never have taken these kinds of shots because the noise was unacceptable to me. But, when you go high contrast or black and white, it adds a certain je ne sais quoi. 😉 I don’t mind it anymore.
I love black and white portraits. There is something timelessly classic about the over all look and feel of black and white. It always seems like a throw back though, when you think of all those years people only had black and white TVs – maybe they’d think we were nuts for going back to white and black after we finally had beautiful rich color to display! Or, maybe not. Like I said, it’s so timeless. I tried really hard to do a black and white experiment shoot with the kids the other day. Mostly, I was able to do it, but a few shots of color made it in. I can’t help myself!! 🙂 I was also trying to put my new Silver Efex Pro plugin to work in Aperture. It’s a fantastic little app, just like all of Nik’s plugins.
We were privileged to get to know Tara Morris, a Penticton, BC photographer who shoots exclusively in black and white. Her work is amazing and very inspirational. I highly recommend you check out her stuff.