Baby Maximus was born early on a chilly February morning to first time parents Mariah and Mark. When I arrived, their private hospital room was quiet and peaceful. Only the sounds of our footsteps on the linoleum floor, and the soft chatter of nurses that wafted down the hall from the nursing station.
Mark suggested putting on some music. He put on 'Father and Son' by Kat Stevens, and it took everything I had not to shed tears onto their perfect, warm, gorgeous, squishy baby boy as I worked.
It's not time to make a change,
Just relax, take it easy
You're still young, that's your fault,
There's so much you have to know
Find a girl, settle down,
If you want you can marry
Look at me, I am old, but I'm happy
I was once like you are now, and I know that it's not easy,
To be calm when you've found something going on
But take your time, think a lot,
Why, think of everything you've got
For you will still be here tomorrow, but your dreams may not
Wondering what a 'Fresh 48' session is? Typically done at a Hospital, Birthing Centre, or wherever baby was born, these very special sessions are meant to document your baby's very first hours of life, in all of their brand-new glory. They are shot documentary style, with little posing or props. If you are located in the Trail, BC area and are interested in more Kootenay Fresh 48 information, send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The best thing about being a photographer is encountering clients that you really connect with. Clients who are more than just clients, and quickly become friends. This family is one of those types of clients. Each one of their 3 gorgeous girls is absolutely lovely, and I felt an immediate ease and camaraderie with Mom & Dad.
Such an ease, in fact, that I invited the whole group of them to my son's 2nd birthday.... and they came!
Slightly unprofessional on my part? Perhaps. But it's so rare these days to meet people and feel an instant jive. It's rare to meet people and feel in your bones "these are my people". So sometime you just have to stick your neck out a little bit. Even if you run the risk of being known as the "too friendly photographer who invites clients to her son's birthday parties".
I have a confession. I don't love 'normal' maternity photography. I find it too wholesome and just a wee bit boring... But every year I try to challenge myself to branch out creatively and try something new, and this year I decided to take on Maternity.
When I conceptualized this series, I wasn't sure how I would get pregnant women on board with it. I wanted to shoot materntiy boudoir-style, but with a touch of mood and grit. This flies in the face of traditional maternity, and I wasn't entirely sure that a single person would 'get it', let alone want to pose for it.
I wanted to capture how strong and beautiful the pregnant body is, without over sexualizing it. I wanted other pregnant women to see themselves in these images, and to feel a tugging at their hearts and bellies.
No flower crowns. No long flowing gowns. Just raw, simple, beautiful beautiful bodies in all their glory. Powerful, emotive, gritty.
A big thank you to Columbia Garden's Winery Guesthouse for being the perfect setting to bring my vision to life. And, of course, an even bigger thank you to the incredible women who lent their time and their gorgeous bellies to this project. Thanks for believing in my artistry.
After shooting Maternity this way, I am not sure that I ever want to shoot it any other way again.