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 🙂