Mah first maternity shoot

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  1. bigtwinky

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    ...and I think my 4th portrait session. hehe. I had told myself that 2010 was my year of portraits, so I'm trying my best to learn and grow.

    This is from a 45 mins shoot I did with a friend earlier this week. Both her and her husband are awesome people. I met her a few years ago actually taking a photography class. We had not discussed clothes for them to wear, but to my great surprise, I show up and they are both wearing black tops and jeans, ready to go. What a great way to start a shoot. She is just past 8 months pregnant.

    She didn't want any of the cheesy maternity shots. She really wanted a more natural and relaxed style of shooting, not formal and not too directed...which is right up my alley (I think)

    Took about 70 images, had a great 20 or so out of them. She is working from home and needs to be off her feet, so we focused on a few areas to shoot in. I should of still tried for more variety in places, but as they just moved in a few weeks before, not too many options.

    These are my faves from the shoot. Would love to hear what you all think...processing, image, framing,....

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    Thanks for looking
     
  2. bigtwinky

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    Alrighty then, I'll try and make the next time around a bit more memorable ;)
     
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    1 and 3 i wish you hadn't cut out her head (though i know that style is what some people like, it just isn't me) and the lighting in 5 is too harsh. 2 and 4 stand out to me. they look candid but still professional, which i like. did they like the images?
     
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    These pictures are not very flattering. I don't see a lot of beauty in them. I probably would have softened the pictures in pp.
     
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    I like 2,4, and 5 the best. They just seem to work very nicely to me.
     
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    Thanks for the comments. :)


    The couple loved the images, one being their favorite by far, followed by 2.

    The cutting off the head was intentional and you are correct, it was a style choice. I can appreciate how not everyone likes this though.

    Any ideas in terms of composition and light that you would of done differently to make them more beaufitul?

    Thanks again people :)
     
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    I disagree 100%. The only one I dont like is the last one due to harsh sunlight.

    For the rest you can make the skin more even (blend the freckles a little) or leave it as is. Good job!
     
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    I actually really like these. I think you did an excellent job, I like the comp in #1. Lighting was good and DOF. Considering my first maternity shoot, first portrait shoot that is, didn't go nearly as well! As a couple I think they will cherish these.
     
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    I like #2 and #4 best, too. I don't usually like maternity photos, but these are nice. Although I agree with others about the last one: nice pose, harsh lighting.
     
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    I like the pp of #2 best.....but his right hand is a little distracting.
     
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    I just feel that the pictures could be softened up a bit. I am sure that the couple that you photographed are happy that you captured this moment for them!

    The DOF on #4 is excellent and I feel works very well!
     
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    #1 is my favorite by far. Very nice shot!

    #2 I'm not crazy about. His position makes him look like a child or midget. I think that leaving the shoulders in the frame would have helped.

    #3 is a great shot to show the baby belly but I'm not crazy about the pp. I think it's the heavy vignetting that is hurting it for me. Also as stated I think this one could use a softer style of pp.

    #4 A+ DOF is nice.

    #5 D- For all of the stated reasons.
     

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