You're going to love this. And if you don't, well, I don't want to talk badly to you, but you might be a bit of a monster. Isabel is pregnant, but wanted to do something different. She wasn't worried about lots of photographs of herself and her bump, posed luxuriously and flatteringly (and talking to the parents-t0-be of second babies, I find this is a common theme). Instead, she wanted to focus on her little daughter Rosalind and their relationship together - a relationship which will no doubt change forever when Rosalind's little brother is born. We wanted to celebrate these last
(I photographed this beautiful couple's wedding last year - if you want to see something gorgeous and glamorous and country-chic, you should check out their wedding blog post right here.) Unposed, documentary photography sessions have a special kind of magic about them - especially at important moments in life. I truly believe in the amazing power of creating beautiful portraits of people that they can instantly connect with, because it brings back real memories and honest emotions. Pregnancy and impending parenthood are unique moments in time, and ones that are lovely to document. Anyone who has seen my work
What do you do when you manage a horse stud, your whole life is horses, and you're beautifully pregnant? Why, you have your documentary maternity session out in the field, where your heart lies, of course. When people think of maternity photographs with horses, they might think of women in long flowing gowns over their bump, and flower crowns adorning their locks, standing in a field at sunset embracing a white horse. At least, that's the only kind of equine-related maternity photography I've seen around lately, and it's all the rage. And don't get me wrong, it's beautiful! But it's not for everyone. I
I love maternity shoots. I think they're beautiful, in every shape and form in which they come. I think pregnancy is something to celebrate. But... not every maternity photography session needs to be wearing a long drapey dress, in a field, wearing a flower crown. Not every pregnancy shoot needs to be in your underwear. (It can be, but that's entirely up to you! If anyone tries to tell you you have to strip to get good photographs of you while pregnant, leave immediately.) Not every expectant mother needs to trek to beautiful sunset location with a full face of makeup.
I was pretty chuffed to do this session. I photographed Emily and Graham for their wedding invites, then I photographed their wedding (see it here), then I had the honour of doing this session while they were awaiting the arrival of their son. They wanted to include their little pug Olive (also made famous in their wedding photos!) so we did a small session in their North Sydney location then we took a walk around near the water. Simple and sweet and loving.
Bridget lives out near Scone, NSW, on a property with her family two dogs, two kittens, and three horses. Shooting out in the stormy country was a real pleasure, as was watching Bridget's bond with her animals. I think the picture of her kissing her favourite horse is one of my favourite maternity shots, ever. Country living. I'd like to get me some of that.
Alanna called me with a different vision in mind for her maternity portraits - something a bit alternative, a bit raw, a bit rock'n'roll. Shooting exclusively in black and white in her retro South Sydney home, I tried to capture the distinct vibrancy, confidence, and cool beauty of Alanna's quirky style. It was a fun, thoughtful session, and upon leaving I was filled with a sense of happiness and elation, knowing instinctively that we had got some beautiful, representative shots. My favourite shots are the darkest ones, in the intimate setting of the bedroom, in which her seriousness and introspection
And now, for something a little different. Pregnancy, fabulous rockabilly style. There isn't anything more kickass than a woman getting it done. This lady is so crafty, she makes people. These photos were taken in Cee's home, with only natural light - no studio or lights required. I loved doing something different, something with a bit of attitude, a bit rock and roll. Got a vision in mind for your portraits, maternity or otherwise? Fire up and contact me, because I am dying to hear from your bad self. Beautiful Cee, you are a rockstar.
Remember Ruby, from this post? Well, while I was in Perth photographing her first birthday party, her mother took advantage of my services to perform a little impromptu maternity session. See, she's 20 weeks pregnant, and her daughter has just turned one, so not only will she have her hands insanely full very soon but she's also doing some pretty superhuman things - breastfeeding while pregnant, working full time, and moving cities. That's got to put a dent in your energy levels. So to acknowledge all of life's changes and challenges, big and small, we found a quiet oasis in