What? You want me to shoot your maternity photos? Huh? But I’ve never done that before….
A little over two years ago, those were the thoughts that ran through my mind when my friend I_____ asked me to take her maternity photos. I had serious doubts about my ability to perform this function. In general, I do my best photographic work with non-human subjects: flora, fauna, landscapes…. People are difficult. They need to be posed. They complain if the photos aren’t just right. Trees and flowers don’t complain. Squirrels don’t complain.
But I_____ is a very good friend. I really love her, so how could I say “no?” Obviously I couldn’t. We scheduled an afternoon for it. I had conditions, however. No nudity. I told her that if she wanted that, she was welcome to use my camera with the remote shutter release while I waited in the hallway. I refused to take any of those cheesy photos where the husband was shirtless and hugging her belly. I didn’t to take any of the cliché photos of the hands forming a heart, either but I_____ insisted. The client gets what the client wants….
We took a lot of photos. Photos of I_____ and her husband S_____. Photos of just I_____. Inside and outside. All different angles. It actually ended up being a lot more fun than I expected. I have some goofy photos of I_____ and S_____ that I absolutely love.
In the end, I think I produced some good photos. I think I_____ agreed and I don’t think S_____ really cared that much. This is my favorite of the “maternity” photos (and yes, the painting was my handiwork):
Not bad for my first time, right?