The glowing Katerina. I shot her North County maternity portrait in Solana Beach, near San Elijo Lagoon. I love the soft, subtle glow of the sun behind her. Combined with her expression, it's one of my faves!
Last one from my maternity shoot at Moonlight Beach with Jen.
I don't shoot a lot of maternity photographs, so when I do I naturally take a different approach than those who shoot this type of work more regularly. This shot was taken in a grassy meadow on the banks of the San Elijo Lagoon, so it would be completely expected for any photographer to play it safe and go for the common backlit-ethereal look (which I did as well). But I knew Jen would appreciate something a bit different, too, so I got her in half-sun-half-shade went for it. The background got a bit blown-out, but not so much that the detail was lost. There's still that wonderful pastel blue of the sky that complements her olive-green dress.
The gorgeous Jen, once again. If you read my previous post, you'll recall how I love to stretch artistically, especially when the client is game. But commercial artists don't work in a vacuum--balancing our artistic desires with those of our clients is often challenging, and it's important to give the client what they want. For this image, I played it safe knowing I'd get an amazing result that she'd love. Shooting into the sun, background blown out, wonderful pose and expression... BINGO.
Jen and Ryan are one of my favorite couples of all time. They have amazing energy, a wonderful sense of humor and we get along fantastically. Back in 2013 I photographed their wedding at Bacara Resort in Santa Barbara, and was so honored they drove all the way down from LA to have me shoot their maternity photos in Encinitas.