Maternity Photography I love it when my wedding clients call and ask about Maternity Photography. I treat these sessions like a regular portrait session, except that I am more inclined to summon up some “fashion designer wanna be skills” to create something special like in this image below. I created this dress on the spot by wrapping my subject in material I keep around to create a dreamy dress for her. Meet Petra, one of my former wedding clients. Petra and husband Derrick are expecting in a couple of weeks! Isn’t Petra a beautiful mother to be? I could not wait to share it with you. Please feel free to leave your comments here, I would love to know what you think, too.
What happens when a professional photographer attempts to create a family portrait of her own family? Each year I struggle with creating my own family portrait. First, I have to remember to do it because I get busy this time of year photographing other families on Thanksgiving weekend. Second, I have to round up my family, put the camera on a tripod and use the trusty self-timer, which means I run like mad to get into the photo with the rest of the family. It takes time, and also, the expressions on our faces are ones of worry (will she make it back in time?) or exasperation (this is taking too long!) etc. etc. So this year, my sons roommate from college came to spend Thanksgiving with us. We asked him to actually hit the shutter release once I set it all up, while the camera stayed on the tripod. Here is what happened. If you would like to schedule an appointment with me for your family portrait, I promise not to let you slip on the ice, but we can have some fun!
Perseverance. Definition: steadfastness in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success. It pays to practice perseverance and never give up on yourself. I learned that last week. The Connecticut Professional Photographers Association, which I am a member of, is an association of professional photographers who support each other in moving forward in skill and business. Print competition plays a large roll in this and I have entered many times, but have never received any awards. It is difficult, as each print is judged to the highest standards, plus, judged by other Master Photographers. With enough award winning prints, a pro photographer can work toward and achieve Master Photographer status. I gave up this summer on any chance that I could win any awards as I never placed in competition and the judges always found something ‘wrong’ with my work. I just gave up. I decided I would just stop worrying about obtaining Master Photographer. Really. I decided that I would not put any more attention on it and I would just shoot my best for my clients and stop stressing over this. And a funny thing happened. I started to have fun and ‘play’ behind the camera. Imagine […]