The first time I spoke to Lisa, I was standing in a winery in Prince Edward County feeling rather excited about trying out a particular sparkling wine. When the voice at the other end of the phone asked if I’d ever been to (a particular winery) and it turned out to be the one that I was standing in, I should’ve known that things were going to work well between us.
Lisa’s proposal for a maternity shoot was an interesting one: she and her husband wanted to be on the river. On a paddleboard. Right. I was immediately excited and nervous all at the same time. As it turns out, I should have left the nerves behind.
I showed up with my bathing suit and wetsuit ready to go, and got ready to drop myself – and hopefully NOT my brand-spanking-new camera – in the river. First, though, we did a bit of dry land practise to see if some of our poses were feasible if a) you’re pregnant (they were) and b) you’re on a paddleboard (we were willing to give it a shot). Within seconds of touching the surface of the water, we learned a rather crucial lesson: paddleboards are VERY rocky!
There were a lot of laughs during this session; the unsteadiness of the board (those people you’ve seen doing yoga on the board deserve awards!), a decent current, a new paddleboarder (oh, did I forget to mention that Lisa had never actually been paddleboarding before this session?), the imminent threat of being plunged into the rather frigid water – they all combined to make a rather entertaining (if incredibly unpredictable) session that produced rewards equal to the risks that these two were willing to take with me that day.
While we ended up opting to leave the yoga-on-the-board poses out, these two managed to pack a lot into an hour and a half and I left feeling incredibly excited about what took place. Lisa is due in a few short weeks and I’m already looking forward to the fun we’re going to have with their new addition.
These shots, done right near the end of our session, are some of my personal favourites to date. Lisa did a fantastic job of highlighting the natural beauty of the expectant mother.
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As I eagerly await news of their baby’s arrival, I took a chance to go back through Julie’s maternity session shots and pick out a few favourites.
This exceptional couple were so much fun to work with; they were naturals in front of the camera. I still cannot believe that Julie was 36 weeks pregnant when we took these shots! Pregnant women everywhere, take note – you, too, could aim to have a pregnancy that leaves you glowing like this. Julie had a great attitude towards the whole session (so did Ian – maternity shoots can sometimes get tedious for the guys!) and her sense of daring in the studio was admirable – so much so that we ran way way waaaaaaaaaaaaay over on our time, but I think the results have set a new benchmark for my maternity shoots.
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I had two ‘secret’ visitors to the studio in late May. Ginny and Heather arrived under a cloak of secrecy because Ginny’s dad was going to be receiving a great Father’s Day gift: a series of photos of Mom and baby. As I mentioned on my Facebook page, Ginny has got to hold some sort of record for the most talkative baby. Almost 2 hours of non-stop, laugh-inducing chatter – it was hilarious!
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Last weekend, I got to spend the day with several little people who made my day. Since I’m done processing the first of the shoots, I thought I’d share eight particular images (more can be seen in the Recent Projects album on myFacebook page).
This little man is, at 5 months of age, FULL of character and is just plain awesome. To make things even better, on the day of this shoot, he set a personal best for number of seconds spent sitting upright, which worked in everyone’s favour. He was also just plain full of facial expressions, which is why the shoot was a reminder as to why I take multiple shots of children in any particular setting. Hard to believe that these eight shots were taken within a matter of seconds… He changes looks so quickly!Whether you’re getting shots done professionally or taking photos around the home, it’s always worth taking extra shots of children (especially in the digital age – there’s no excuse!). Their faces are like rubber; one minute they’re smiling, the next they blink and that turns into an accidental – and very cute – wink, then they’re examining their toes with the kind of rapt attention normally reserved for teenage girls looking at glossy magazines. Equally likely to happen is that in one frame they blink, the next one they shriek like a banshee and the third you finally get a smile.
Either way, the extra frames are worthwhile because you’ve either got 3 images to smile at or you stuck with it long enough to get the shot you were looking for. And hey – no one says you have to keep all of them. But better to have and not want, than want and not have…
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Those who know me or have followed the maternity blog posts, are probably aware that I was expecting the arrival of my nephew, ‘Cletus’ (the Fetus), in early March. Well, the appearance of his tiny little form made big waves in the family a little earlier than expected, which means that he got to star in his first photo shoot this week.
Cletus (known to the rest of the family as Shane, but I’m not telling him that) was 9 days old on his trip to the studio and did a stellar job of making sure we moved at his pace.
Here are some shots of my latest model…
My hope is that blog posts like these will make you stop to think about the value you place on photographs. Think about getting professional photos done. They’re only little once. Do it. Your photographer will make sure the images are worth every single penny.
Okay, maybe Mika wasn’t talking about pregnant women when he wrote that song and the women I’m thinking of certainly aren’t ‘big’ in the sense he sang about, but the song sprang to mind this week as I ploughed through the edits for a couple of maternity sessions.
There’s something about maternity photo shoots that makes me smile in a way that is different from any other type of shoot that I do. As someone who has no plans to have children of her own, it’s certainly not “belly envy”, but perhaps it’s “belly admiration”. I have a great deal of appreciation for the women who come to see me, having made the decision to celebrate their temporary curves.
As I touched upon in an earlier post, a maternity shoot is about celebrating the mom-to-be, not the baby. It’s one of the few things that expectant women get to do that allows them an hour or two to feel completely and utterly gorgeous because the focus of the session is entirely on making that woman look her absolute best for that period of time – and then capturing it for the sake of memory. It’s a chance for her to think about what she loves most about her body right now, what she wants to highlight, how she can have fun with her figure as it is right now. It’s not about how adorable the baby is, how well he/she is sleeping/feeding/progressing. It’s just her. And maybe her partner. Perhaps that sounds a little selfish, but I don’t think so. Motherhood is about sacrificing, so why not indulge a little first?
Here are some shots from a couple of February shoots. I’ve been tempted to re-name the gallery “Hot Mamas” as a way of celebrating how incredible they look, but I’ll leave it to you to comment and make them feel great about themselves.
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Earlier this week, Mila made a return visit to the studio, a day short of turning four months old. Mila was an absolute doll to photograph when she was a newborn – she came, she slept, she posed so well it warmed my heart for weeks (and yes, she may have been the source of inspiration for that other blog’s title, but that’s life with naked babies!) – so I was very excited to welcome her back.
We had a little bit of a rocky start, but once we realised that Mila had decided she was going to take this all in while lying on her back, she was full of smiles for her mom and I.
The tutu and headbands were made by Ann Symington from Little Miss Headbands.
Here’s a selection of shots from our session:
It Takes THREE, Baby!
Have Crane, Will Photograph: In-studio adventures with an almost two year-old
There aren’t many people who would normally be allowed into my studio with the understanding that it’s highly possible that they will go to the bathroom on my props. And yet, I regularly welcome these particular clients back. That’s because photographing these clients – newborns and infants – is such a rewarding part of my job that the sorts of challenges they present are easy to forget about. Here are a few of my top challenges and joys of working with children.
Anyone who says that there aren’t challenges to working with children is lying. But when you know what to expect, then you can be prepared and take it all in stride. Here are a few examples of situations that require me to switch over to Plan B.
Working with wide-awake babies. When they are awake, babies are exploring their world and figuring out what’s around them. There are things they want to look at; ten toes they want to wiggle. And when they’re awake, wiggle they do. The biggest challenge here is finding interesting poses that can be held while the baby is awake so that the photos are still just as adorable as if the child was asleep.
We all need to eat. Sometimes, we just get our timings wrong and a lunch break is required. Not by me, of course – by my gorgeous little subject. That’s why I build feedings into my booking time because sometimes, it’s tough to get a newborn onto a feeding schedule or sometimes, they just weren’t hungry enough the first time you fed them. I get it, don’t worry.
We all need to, well, relieve ourselves, too. Take a diaper off a newborn for those beautiful nude shots and you’re almost guaranteed that something is going to get wet. It’s part of the deal. If it doesn’t happen, then that’s a relief, but in the meantime, I’ll keep my paper towels and fabric wash at the ready.
I work at a job that allows me to take beautiful photos of the tiniest little people I meet. It’s hard not to feel like I’ve got the coolest job going. Here are a few reasons why I love being behind the camera at an infant shoot.
Working with sleeping babies. Their faces are relaxed; they look like there can’t possibly be an economic crisis going on or poor political decision being made. A sleeping baby also means that I can get interesting shots because they generally hold poses better than a baby who is awake.
Sharing the experience. Parents play an active role in my studio photo shoots, particularly with infants, as they help me manoeuvre and pose their child. Many of the parents I see are new to the role of being ‘Mom’ or ‘Dad’ and are unsure of what to expect from both the shoot and their little one. Seeing the expressions of pure love on their faces as Mom and Dad see the shots start to come together is one of the greatest rewards of my job.
Creating. Another one of the most capital-f-u-n aspects of working with newborns is that I get to work at creating shots that are beautiful, memorable, classic, or whatever my clients request. I get to use props and accessories that I can’t use with other clientele (men with wings, anyone?) and go to town trying to create shots that make people’s hearts glow with warmth the moment they see the photo.
Are there challenges to photographing children? Most certainly. But I wouldn’t miss out on them because it would mean missing out on the rest of the package.
I had a darling little one in the studio last week, which meant that I was able to test out a few new props. I managed to get some crocheted props from Jessica at Emma and Maddie’s Treasures just in time to use them in the shoot, in combination with various baskets and flower pots that I’d picked up along the way.
Working with newborns is such an exciting challenge. Their world is so small at this early stage, making them desperate for the comfort and reassurance that comes from a warm body. It’s important to keep them soothed throughout the session and I’ve learned that alpaca wool is particularly good for this.
If the baby is more than a week old, there are still plenty of options available, especially once they’ve started to be aware of the world around them. Stuck trying to figure out what you’d like in your photographs? Try the ever-popular hands and feet combination
or have a little fun with it and go for just the feet!
If you know of an expecting mother or new parents looking for newborn or infant photos, lead them in the direction of my Facebook page (www.facebook.com/Moment.usPhotography) or website (www.momentusstudio.com), where they can take a look at what I’m about and get my contact details.