Photos: Birth and Young Love

A couple who I recently met asked if I would take some maternity photos.  I was excited to hear that her husband was joining the shoot. This would give me a chance to capture the excitement that a first child brings both parents.

Erica requested that we do an in-studio shoot. Since I don’t have one, I transformed my living room in to one. For a maternity shoot, I found it worked better since it gave the couple privacy.

Sometimes when I take pictures, I image what it would be like to see the photos ten years from now. With that in mind, capturing the passion of their youth was important to me.

I did some editing on this shot which gives it a timeless feel.

I love how pretty she came out on this one.

I was happy to hear she liked my creative take on the maternity photos. I think with every shoot I do, I want to create something new and interesting. Most of all I want whoever is in front of my camera to have an experiences they can enjoy.

Congratulations to Eric and Erica. They are having a boy and naming him Matthew.

A New Style with Julia & Erica

The past few days I’ve been watching CreativeLive with professional photographer, Bambi. This woman is amazing at posing people and lighting her subjects. I was so excited with all advice she had given during the three day on-line course that I set up two photo shoots. You can buy Bambi’s course online at Creativelive.com.

I asked Julia to be my first model. As I began to direct her and pose her, I was astonished at the photos I was capturing. I kept looking at my shots asking myself, “Did I takes these?” It was amazing the dramatic difference in my confidences and language in directing a model. I finally knew what to do and how to say it!

The second photo shoot I kinda tricked in to happening. I was filming Erica sing a song for a special project her and I are working on and after the filming, I told her I was going to snap a few photos. She began to tell me she was horrible at taking pictures. I first tried to pose her but soon noticed she wasn’t feeling comfortable, so as Bambi would suggest, I took photos of the subject in an environment they were familiar with. I asked her to play her guitar and it was then that I was able to get some really nice shots of Erica.

From these series of photos you wouldn’t be able to guess that this week has been a very hard week for me. I guess this just shows the power of God’s joy in my life. He renewed my dream and therefore my heart can smile.

Photo Shoot: Sarah at 8 months

I was excited when my pregnant sister asked me to do a photo shoot with her. 🙂 I wanted to capture the emotions a woman may feel when being pregnant. Though I have no idea what it’s like, I picture having quiet moments wondering what this child will be like, what they will look like, what kind of personality they will have, and if they will be the next great artist.

Baby Jacob.

My family has always been very modest so when my sister revealed her belly for the shoot I was taken by it. I couldn’t help but think of the miracle of life.

This shot made me think of Jesus’ mother, Mary. The son of God was once inside the belly of a woman. Crazy!

Here is a slide show of some of my favorite shots.