One of my sweetest friends, who is an amazing fine art photographer, asked me to take maternity photos for her for her 3rd babe to be. I was touched, and honored, and I’m not going to lie, a little nervous. Her work is so beautiful and artistic, and I worried that mine wouldn’t be as good. So even though I was totally scared I said yes, because she had taken such beautiful portraits of me pregnant with Oliver. (I promise I will post some soon!)
I usually try to go in with a plan of what I want to capture, but I also like to go with the flow to see what inspires me about my client and who she is. For Michele, I wanted to be a bit more whimsical and ethereal, but still have a little mood and sensuality to her photos. And I had also been feeling inspired by some portraits I had seen of Natalie Portman during her pregnancy.
The fun part of photographing another photographer is the collaboration of your ideas, plus she also had such a great wardrobe to play with. We spent the day playing in her lovely new cottage, and I think what I captured shows how beautiful and glowing this mama is.
One of the best things about doing a full day boudoir shoot is all the different scenes and looks you can do. Michele’s home is very light and cozy, and I wanted to capture the beautiful natural light that floods in and complement that.
I stepped out of my comfort zone to incorporate fabrics and other textures to add to her shoot. I would normally put my clients in a pretty dress, kimomo or lingerie, but wrapping them in fabric and feathers was such a fun feminine touch for this shoot. Especially when you’re 36 weeks pregnant, and you are feeling uncomfortable and not your best, playing with different elements helps you to feel beautiful and special.
Michele has the cutest backyard and chicken coup, so of course I wanted to take some photos of her in her cottage garden element.
I love how this shoot represents Michele, her style and her lifestyle so well. I always try to incorporate elements that are special to a woman and her environment into her intimate shoot.
Hair, makeup and photos by Melissa Hoffmann.