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Picture Picture: Mama Shoot

I’ve been photographing this family for about two and a half years. Not only are they some of our closest friends in Lexington, they are also some of my favorite photography guinea pigs. When K asked me to take some Mama/Boy photos before her second son enters the world I jumped at the chance. During our past shoots, I typically walk away with a pile of great shots of their son, quite of a few great shots of dad and son and very few shots of just mother and child. Seems we Mama’s are always side lining ourselves in photos. Because of this, the focus of this shoot was 100% on K, her bump and her adorable first-born.

I learned a lot during this shoot. Mainly that scheduling a shoot when you are exhausted and hungry is not a great idea. Most of the photos were a little too over exposed for my liking and required a lot of work to clean up and I’m still not thrilled with the end result. I also learned that photographers who shoot pregnant women for a living have mad talent. Bumps are hard to photograph! Finding an attractive and natural angle, especially when you are working with a Mama who always hides from your camera is not an easy task. Add in a 2.5 year-old who knows his reign as only child is coming to an end and you have a very challenging situation!

Challenges aside, we did walk away with a few good images of Mama and Boy that really capture their personality. Do they do much for her bump? Not really. But for the first time in 2.5 years I feel we finally have documentation of the adorable relationship these two have and, honestly, isn’t family photography most about capturing relationships? At least that’s what I’m telling myself 🙂

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“CHEEZES!” I love how these two have the same face crinkling response when they say “CHEEZES!”

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Kisses for Mama before Boy becomes a moody teen and is too embarrassed to show his Mama some love 🙂

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While the shoot was mainly about getting some mother/son images, I could not help but snap this photo as a bird flew overhead. So cute!

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  1. jak #
    February 28, 2013

    i think the photos are nice. they reveal that your mama friend thinks more about her relationship and interacting with her kid than she does about trying to be the center of the photo (her lack of presence in your past photos also attests to this). there are moms that still want to be the center of attention even after their kids are born. these are the same women who thought of their wedding day as “MY day” and everyone else be damned rather than a celebration of two families coming together because of the love of two people. your mom friend isnt one of those princesses. and she isnt a lens hog. it’s not “all about her”. she is part of something larger, more powerful, and longer lasting, and she knows it. very cool, beautiful, and someone to be respected. i aspire to be like that.

    [can you tell i just edited a psychology research grant proposal???]

    great photos, as always, belle!!

  2. February 28, 2013

    Love the one of them kissing!! So adorable… and the one of her son looking up at the bird is pretty precious, too. You’re right about capturing bumps, though — so hard to make them look good! You really have to get the right angle, the right lighting, and the right clothing (or lack thereof!) for it to turn into something the momma will actually love… but you’ve done a great job!

  3. Infertility Can Suck It #
    February 28, 2013

    What a sweet family!!! Mom and kiddo are adorable together 🙂 Great job!

  4. February 28, 2013

    Aww! I love these photos! And you are right, it is about capturing the relationship of the people you are photographing, and you totally succeeded with that here.

  5. Arbrefleur #
    February 28, 2013

    Love the one of them giving smooches! They will cherish that photo forever and ever!

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