Oct 16, 2013

Session Share: Glamorous Motherhood

Inspiration – I was inspired by the many roles that women play in their lives, and how motherhood was a transition into one of these roles. As women, we often loose bits of ourselves when we becomes mothers and wives, and I felt it was important to show that blending of these roles; one can be a mother and still be glamourous and at the same time hold unto her past to tell her story. I incorporated elements that meant something to her, from the earrings she wore on her wedding day, to the elegant hat and antique jewelry of her grandmother’s. They are all a part of who she, and her baby, are and I felt it was an important to use those pieces.

Favorite Element – I loved her grandmother’s hat and jewelry we used in some of the pictures. To me, it was just a way to carry the memory on and have her present. I also liked working with the architectural elements of the studio, particularly the large arched windows and the texture of the brick walls.

Biggest Challenge – From most of the shoot, the sky was very overcast and dull. I had the idea of doing the silhouette stuck in my head and really had just a few minutes to play with the silhouette picture when the sun finally came in enough to cast her shadow, so I had to move fast.

Final Thoughts – I would encourage photographers to stretch themselves in ways that make them think of how they would use various elements to make a shoot come together. If you always take pictures outside, come indoors and use the various elements in the location to your advantage and vice versa. Have a vision of where you are going to take the session and what elements you want to be sure to capture, and then move quickly when you see the opportunity!

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