Between the unusually cold weather and the craziness of Easter, my wife and I finally found time and a warm evening to take a few more maternity shots before baby Grayson arrives. And for those of you who haven’t heard, our boy’s name is Grayson Charles Toporski. We are very excited to meet him!
So this is my a natural light setup during the late afternoon hours when the sun is low enough to provide some beautiful back lighting or easy to find shadows to retreat to if the light is too harsh. The only light modifier I brought with me was a 5-in-1 fold-able reflector and I used both the silver and white sides to create a bit of depth to the images.
I really loved the jewelry and the pattern on Ashley’s dress, so I thought a shot of her holding her belly would look nice here.
One of the things I knew that I wanted was to have the recently bloomed forsythia in the background. I thought the bright yellow blooms would really brighten the image and remind the viewer of Springtime.
One of the things that make maternity shots difficult is that shooting from anything other than the profile doesn’t do a great job of showing off the pregnancy. That is why I use a variety of poses and compositions for my shots – so that I can provide a decent amount of variety. Don’t forget about the maternity shoot I did with my wife inside a few weeks ago posted here.
I really love using the setting sun as back lighting for any portrait shoot. With a little wind and the sun, my wife’s hair looks amazing.
So, the other difficult thing to incorporate in a photo shoot is other kids. Specifically, my daughter loves to have her photo taken, but only under her terms. Trying to pose her and have her sit still for more than 30 seconds is like asking for a miracle. Luckily, I was still able to get a few good shots in with her.
I really like this one. She wasn’t in the mood to smile and forcing her to smile doesn’t work unless you like overly dramatic cheesy smiles. Asking her to look up at her mom worked out really well in this instance.
One of the joys of my yard are my two willow trees. Here they are just starting to bloom and provide some really pretty ambiance to the photos.
They also happen to look great in black and white as well.
I love shooting portraits with the idea of a mother reflecting on her love for her unborn baby and thinking about how much they can’t wait to meet their little miracle.
As I bring this to a close, I want to point out how ridiculously difficult it is to try and take a group shot and be in the photo. I have no idea what I look like when I pose myself. Luckily, I think these last two shots turned out well.
So overall, I think Ashley and I are really happy with the final images. There are a few more, but I don’t want to bore you with all of them. The other thing I want to point out is that I used my recently acquired Nikon 105mm f/2.8 Micro lens for most of these images, and I absolutely love the results. If anyone is interested in maternity images, please feel free to contact me.