Posted on Jan 20, 2013
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Being a photographer, you often get opportunities to photograph something near and dear to your heart.

With my most recent project, I got a chance to photograph my own wife in a maternity shoot.

We have a field at the entrance of our neighborhood. In coming up with a concept, I wanted to use that field and create a “meadow” scene. The thought was to have my wife center stage as the focal point and the “meadow” in the background so it would not overpower the subject. In thinking about editing, I wanted warm colors, sun and lens flare, etc.

So, we went out close to the “golden hour”. For the most part, we used some flash units (off-camera flash) and reflectors. I generally do not like using the gold side of a reflector, but we used it in this case because I really wanted to play up the warm, gold tones. First, I was trying to create a silhouette shot. We put the sun directly behind my wife and came up with the photo below. It’s not a “true” silhouette. I (intentionally) wanted to partially show her face, etc. I like the vintage, black and white edit.

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Next, I wanted a photo of my wife looking down at her belly, contemplating, in deep thought, etc. I generally like to use the sun as a “backlight”, so we put the sun behind my wife again. In doing that, you have to be careful about shooting directly into the sun. You usually get a lot of sun flare and lens flare. I actually wanted that look in my photos, so I didn’t mind it. We put a flash unit on the ground pointing towards the little baby and one flash unit pointing towards my wife’s face. The resulting photo is fairly dramatic and turned out great!

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This next photo may be my favorite of my wife! We used a gold reflector to bounce the sunlight into her face. I love the warm, hair light from the sun and I really like how my wife is leaning back and sticking her belly out. She is proud of it!

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In the end, I was very pleased with the results. I don’t want to be too dramatic, but this experience was surreal! It was great photographing my wife and my baby boy! Looking through the lens, I felt comfortable and relaxed.

In looking at my wife, I was searching for a word to describe my emotions. More than anything, I was proud!

Carrying a baby must be a difficult thing and we are nearing the end of that journey. I am proud of my wife for making it this far. I am going to be sappy for one second (I am a typical man who usually doesn’t like to show my emotions, etc)!

At that very moment looking through the lens of a camera as a photographer, my wife was the most beautiful woman on Earth!

Wow…..What just happened here? I need to recover from that moment. I am off to watch football and enjoy some beverages! Lastly, here’s my favorite photo of all. Thanks to Kim Holt, I’m actually in this one!

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Charlotte Portrait Photographer