One of my oldest and dearest friends flew me out to New Orleans for a beautiful maternity portrait shoot. We did more of a typical New Orleans shoot for her engagement pictures so we did something a little different for the maternity portraits. There’s a beautiful bird preserve near her home and it turned out even better than I imagined! Annabelle’s spirit animal is a unicorn so we had to do some unicorn pictures in there too! And of course I couldn’t forget the man behind the bump! Scroll down to the end! ;-)
Mothers And Daughters. What an incredible, delicate bond. I have two daughters, and their mere existence takes my breath away. But man, is there any relationship more riddled with conflict? We are so similar and so different. The mother/daughter relationship has been the crucible for much of my growth since my oldest daughter was born, and continues now that my youngest daughter is three. I adore every ornery-sweet inch of both of them!
A few weeks ago beautiful Dawn and Anika came in for portraits to celebrate a Anika's 16th birthday. We started with makeup and hair by the talented Annalisa, and shot for the next two hours. We played jams on Pandora and had a wonderful morning together. Every mother and daughter should get their portraits done together at one point in their lives.
I was so excited to photograph Amie! She does crossfit, and man is she toned! She's training to be an Olympic lifter, so I was challenged to capture the feminine as well as the fierce side of her, not too hard since she's a beautiful, strong woman. Here are a few of my favorites.
A quick before shot...
I can't believe it's almost been a year since my first glamour session. My style has changed a little since then. I'm more bold with my styling choices, but I still love the posing!
It's amazing how contemporary glamour photography fit in so well with my own values. I have always felt that every woman is beautiful. And it makes me so sad that there's huge culture of self body shaming in our little world. Sure, I dabbled in self-shaming in high school and college when I thought I should be, but I soon realized that shame over one's appearance is such a lie. Every woman (and every man for that matter) should celebrate their bodies. For me, it's spiritual reasons. "God created humankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them." Gen. 1:27
Whatever reason one finds to see beauty in themselves it needs to be celebrated and cherished.
When I found out glamour isn't dead I thought, "this is the perfect avenue for my photography." What could be better than preserving an image of a woman for her to treasure and pass down to her children and grandchildren? What could be more valuable than showing someone who's never felt beautiful that they indeed are. That maybe they've never had a great picture of themselves because they've never allowed anyone to take a great picture, because they've hidden away behind husbands, friends, and children. It's time that stopped.
It's time for women to love themselves, to cherish themselves, and to treat themselves well.
For my first glamour shoot I asked my beautiful mother-in-law, her two sister, and her mother to come over and let me practice my glamour posing. The super talented Cynthia Mazzara with Magnifica Bella did their makeup. We had a great time. I just wish I provided more wine! Here are a few of my favorite pictures.
Callie kindly modeled for me for a conceptual fantasy photo shoot. At the end of the fantasy shoot I pulled her aside, and took a few glamour portraits. Here are my favorites.
When my beautiful friend Amy got pregnant with her first baby I immediately signed up to do maternity portraits. We went to a nearby open space, and captured her beautiful tummy. Her husband Mark joined us for a few pictures. I love the couple portraits I captured of them! Amy radiated with all her mommy beauty, and took gorgeous pictures. Here are a few of my favorites.