A few weeks ago I had the distinct honour of capturing one of the most beautiful times in a woman's life, for a beautiful friend.
She divined the plan of a 'secret' shoot that would render images of her pregnancy for her and her partner to enjoy in the many years to come. These images would be a Valentine's Day gift for him, and would also serve as the visual reminder of this very special time in their lives as they prepare for the birth of their first child.
Now, baring all in front of the camera is no small feat! It takes personal trust between the client and photographer, it takes respect of the photographer's ability, it takes rapport (which I wrote about in my last post) - you just gotta be able to have a laugh together! - , and, certainly not least of all, it takes the foresight of the parents-to-be to say 'we want this piece of our history together recorded for us to treasure always.' In this instance I was lucky to have a client who has been a consistently loving and 'be-there-when-it-counts' friend for many years - trust and rapport weren't going to be an issue! I was also lucky that this stunning mom-to-be wanted to have their history, with this new baby, photographed.
The end result of our shoot included 3 8x12's for the baby's room and a special book for her partner showcasing 20 images on metallic paper...BEAUTIFUL! I am happy to report that the gifts were given and the parents-to-be now have an additional visual (beyond her growing baby-bump and the accumulating baby gear in the house!) to add to their enjoyment in anticipation!
Below are a few favourites:
I can't wait to meet this little guy or gal! Wishing my lovely friends the very best in the coming months and years...parenthood is about the best and most exhilarating ride a person can take and I wish them only enough struggle to fully savour the great times!
Life is good!
PS There were actually MANY favourites and so I will likely be posting another entry on the lighting for this shoot in the future, featuring more images.