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The Stone Family.. Any Day NowSomething 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