There’s nothing quite like hearing that your sister is making you an auntie all over again, and capturing that moment through the lens is a privilege I hold dear. So, when my sweet sister announced her second pregnancy, I knew I had to document this special journey for her. This time she wanted something different. She knew I couldn’t travel with all of my studio equipment, props, and entire wardrobe, yet she still loved the type of ethereal and editorial shots I am known for in my studio maternity photography back home in Connecticut. The challenge was: could we bring the studio to her?
The answer, as you’ll see, was a yes!
Finding the Natural Light
Before my trip, I knew her vision so we spoke over the phone. I told her this- I could bring one or two of my gowns that weren’t going to take up my entire suitcase so I chose a simple and sleek black gown. Once I arrived in town, I realized I forgot a really important piece- a simple white chiffon fabric! So I took a ride with my older sister to Joann’s and ended up purchasing 5 yards of white chiffon fabric.
Instead of relying on strobe setups, we embraced the sunlit corners of my parent’s beautiful home. We used the soft light coming in through the large windows and made sure we kept it simple.
Get creative with lighting: Look for opportunities to create a silhouette shot- a maternity client favorite for sure!
We kept the styling very simple indoors. Then came my favorite part- we hung a white sheet across two palm trees and she tried on a simple pair of jeans with her belly showing. This part was stunning with the lighting, breeze, and just the whole boho vibe.
The following day we continued the photoshoot with an outdoor mommy and me and also family segment. These were so much fun and gorgeous in front of the weeping trees.
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