I feel fortunate to photograph women when they are expecting. It reminds me of my wife when she was pregnant, and both times she had that glow. Some would say it’s all the hormones and prenatal vitamins, but I like the idea of the light that’s touched them is shining from within inside them. It’s also such a happy time in life, expecting a new life. Something very beautiful about the whole thing. Sylvia has been a life-long friend of ours, she too was glowing as she floated along this Southern California beach. Expecting her third girl, my heart goes out to her. I have one girl and sheesh!
When having your picture taken, you’re accustomed to the phrase “smile!” So you constrict the proper muscles in your face to appear as though you’re smiling. Turn towards the camera and try not to blink. There’s a thought process there and it’s not natural. We see babies smile within hours of being born. It’s not taught, or learned, it comes to us naturally. So when a couple gets in front of my camera, getting that natural smile takes some work. I have a bag of tricks to shake some loose, but once in a while I get a couple like Maira and Dathan who’s got smiles for days! Whatever they whispered to each other, or look they adorned was working like a charm. They we’re silly and just comfortable in their skin, even with all the heat that day!
Thank you to the both of you for trusting in me and putting up with my bad jokes! Aaand I’m sorry I left the heat on that day you guys, I promise to try and keep it a prime 73 degrees on your wedding day! 🙂
So here we are, as a farewell to Canon I put the nail in the coffin as I composed my first frame at a wedding with Fuji! I’ve ventured to make my photography more about my subjects and their lives rather than gear. I have to thank my good friend Brian Fletcher for letting me tag along and shoot over his shoulder and steal his lighting assistant to see what my little Fuji can do. It can do a lot! I will say that it’s not for everyone, to say the least(there was some colorful commentary from me as the day rolled on). It totally helps when you have such a lovely couple like Carlissa and Charlie that didn’t mind me testing the wedding waters with the new camera. Good times, good light and no tired back at the end of the night! 🙂