Something just turned on. I think I am finally old enough to take people's maternity photos. I'm 31 years old and though some of my peers have had kids I think that my in-home session with Lea and Zeda Stone is what I have been trying to get after with these things all along.
At home sessions have been the thing since sliced bread, except for one thing.. people like you and I didn't really know about them. Up till' recently organically styled at home sessions of couples were reserved for the pages of editorial while family photographers were asked to photograph expectant mothers in studios draped in silk or outdoors in weird states of half-dress. I have clambered through a few of these myself but these kind of shoots usually created a few keeper photographs but there was something missing in the photos that captured my photographic style. But some thing just changed. And I think there is no going back.
Lea and Zeda pour me guava Kombucha 'blessed•booch' from a big glass jug mid shoot. I am a fan. I spit it and realize I have eaten all of their perfectly arranged grapes off of the table in front of me without asking and Zeda is plucking the stems clean... tidying up behind me. I've only shot a few pictures in the past 20 minutes because we've been having such a good time chatting. I see Zeda look over at Lea as she arranges flowers in the corner of their little mirrored backsplash. It's like the sweetest moment ever.
< Snap > My shutter flips. It's a keeper.
My favorite of the session, to be honest and there is something so perfect real about that look he is giving her. Something that sums up the whole reason why I am here: to try and capture the excitement of this space between being a couple and being parents. It is inspiring. There is a calm in the waiting.
I say goodbye to Lea and Zeda. We make some plans to try and meet up before this baby comes out but it's coming. Like any day now... and there is that fun feeling of leaving someone behind that you know is going to be changed for life the next time you cross paths.
Canon 5D Mark III, 50mm Prine 1.2, 24-70mmL, Natural light, Laguna Beach, CA
Kara: how do you describe her? Crazy smart, independent, a do-er of everything, teacher of everything and a mother of two seriously adorable mini wild men. We took a few minutes the other day to snap some photos because she is expecting her daughter to come any day now. So glad we got a few shots in. Now let's see if this little girl is as wild as these boys? Knowing Kara and if everything works out right she will be.. maybe even more.
Just got back from an amazing trip to Maui with Josh where we spent several days with the good people at Whispering Winds Bamboo Farm documenting their beautiful way of life (post to come). While in Hana, a small town on the tip of Maui, we met James and Mikyla. If you follow me on Facebook you know I had random high hopes of doing a shoot with a mom to be who looked this good in a bikini. So imagine my surprise while, on the eve of my birthday, I was wading in the waves to turn around and see this Hawaiian goddess playing with her dog Ehu. Dreamy girl, no makeup and super chill.. I couldn't have asked for better! Loved taking these, love sharing them. And welcome to the world Rell Huali Grace- Mahalo and love.
Morgan and John are expecting a little baby girl pretty soon and I was lucky enough to snag some photos with them in one of my most favorite nor cal locales- Carmel By the Sea! This.. right here.. is proof that you should go ahead and pull the trigger on taking maternity photos in case you are on the fence. Mostly because if you don't like em- psssst... no one ver has to see them. But, if you do, (and you probably will) you are going to have a record of one amazing thing that you may only experience once or twice in your life. Morgan was so darn perfect- we had a great time and I couldn't have asked for more magical light. Thanks guys for great times!