I have done more of a variety of photo shoots for Maggie, than any of my clients/friends. We started with Maggie’s boudoir session about five years ago and followed with her engagement session, wedding, pregnancy shoot and multiple family photo shoots since having her gorgeous daughter Kinsey almost two years ago! It has been so much fun to not only capture Maggie’s life as it has changed over the years but to become such close and wonderful friends though these experiences.
Photographing infants during their first two weeks is optimal because they sleep a lot and are really easily soothed with a feeding. Quite quickly, they start becoming more alert, a little more fussy and harder to please and can be awake much of the time. My three month old daughter is awake most of the time but wants to be held during those waking hours, so it’s quite a challenge for me to photograph her. In this scenario, when I’m photographing client’s babies, I usually shoot them snuggled up with mom and dad, this tends to be the most photogenic scenario and where the baby is most cozy and happy. In the case where parents aren’t feeling their most photogenic, there is a sibling happy to entertain the awaking infant or in my scenario, I can’t photograph myself, I enlist Alexandra (my three year old) to help me!
For a while I was kinda boycotting filtering my photos. I felt that photography should be raw and the image should speak for itself, and I still agree with that, but I also remembered that photography is an art form and art comes in a multitude of styles and expressions. While I am not ready to completely manipulate all of my work, it is definitely fun to play around with a new look. For this photos session I went with a more vintage feel that muted the bright yellow and greens in this awesome wildflower field.
Not all of my clients are comfortable letting me use their boudoir images for public display, which is totally understandable, but when they give me permission, I’m thrilled to show off the work! I love doing Boudoir Shoots because they are fun to shoot and allow me to do something that’s a departure from weddings and kids. I get the opportunity to be creative in a different way and I really love giving women the opportunity to feel like models. “M” actually spent five years thinking about scheduling a Boudoir Shoot, after I had done shoots for several of her friends. She finally bit the bullet and we did a shoot and assembled an album for her to give as a gift to her husband!
Just two short weeks after photographing Jill’s pregnancy, baby Joey made his appearance! Congratulations to Jill and Bob!