Last week I photographed this glowing mama in my studio in Long Beach. I absolutely love everything from top to bottom about this session. She wore a beautiful dress with delicate details. Her jewelry complimented the dress perfectly. I collaborated with her to make this floral crown. The soft light of the studio is so gorgeous for maternity sessions. If you’re considering a maternity session, the studio is a great place to keep it simple and just highlight your growing belly and the new life that’s about ready to enter the world.
I love when clients thoroughly think out the look of their shoot. We work together to come up with a concept and there’s lots of prepping and planning on both part. My client chose her dress and headpiece (gorgeous!) for a soft beach setting. I suggested a rocky cove. We met at the early morning hour of 7am (that’s commitment!) so we could get soft lighting. The whole look was amazing. She also had her hair and makeup done (worth it!) for the shoot. The whole look came together so well. And we ended the shoot with her getting in the ocean. I love the look of a drapey dress that’s wet with salty ocean water. Gorgeous!
Sometimes clients get sad when the sun goes away. I get it…there’s a lot of beauty in the sun peaking out from the trees. But, there’s also a lot of beauty in the subtle way that clouds mute all the colors and make them into a watercolor painting.
My job, as a photographer, is to take the situation (whatever it might be) and make it work. So, if it’s bright and sunny, I’m making the light work for me. If it’s cool-toned and overcast, I’m gonna make that work for me too!
This maternity session is the perfect example of a beautiful overcast day.
Photos by Kristin Eldridge, Maternity Photographer in Orange County.
There’s this perfect in-between lighting that happens at the beach. It’s not quite overcast and it’s not quite sunny. That’s my favorite type of lighting. There’s no shadows and you still get some vibrant colors. I wish every day could be this perfect in-between!
Photos by Orange County Maternity Photographer, Kristin Eldridge.
Being under the hand of a professional is comforting. There’s just a difference between Super Cuts and that fancy salon you trust your highlights to. And, yes, your pocket book feels the difference too. But, being able to trust the professional that’s in charge of your hair, your car and your taxes is worth the extra change.
I feel the same way about being a photographer. Yes, you can find a photographer for $100, but if you want to hire a professional photographer, you might have to save a bit more. What’s the difference? The difference is trusting your image to someone that has photographed babies, photographed families and has experience with maternity photography. It’s someone who knows how to soothe your cranky toddler and find the most flattering angles for your belly.
So, look at your photographer as your professional image-taker. Someone you trust and someone that has experience in your stage of life. And lucky for you, there are so many amazing photographers in Orange County!
// Photos taken at the beach by orange county maternity photographer, Kristin Eldridge.
Can we talk for a moment about clothes? I know it’s a superficial thing, but what we wear affects our mood. I’ve been in an outfit that I love and felt like I could conquer the world. I’ve also worn clothes that I’m constantly tugging at or stuff that just doesn’t feel like me. And sometimes, I’m just unsure. I’m wearing an outfit and thinking, is this working? Is this cute or am I trying too hard? All it takes is a compliment from a friend or stranger to pull me to the other side.
Cute boots. Love your top. Where’d you get those jeans from?
It’s really simple, but a little affirmation goes a long way. Sometimes when I work with clients, I’m helping them with outfits or something they’re just telling me ahead of time what they’re planning on wearing. Either way, (because I work with awesome people) I just know they’re going to show up looking great.
I used to just focus on the job ahead. Taking pictures. Taking for granted how hard they’d worked on outfitting the family. But, I’ve changed my tune. Before we even start, I compliment. It’s important to verbalize what you’re thinking. If you can tell someone spent extra time on their hair and make-up, let them know how gorgeous they look.
I know it seems like a no-brainer, but I have a feeling that even normal people (not photographers) forget to compliment. In our head, we’re thinking…oh my gosh, I love that dress…but it never makes its way to our lips. So, compliment someone today. Whether you’re taking their picture or not.
Oh and speaking of awesome outfits…this amazing pregnant mama put this whole thing together and looked stunning while doing it.
A few weeks ago, I drove to Los Angeles to photograph a client and friend for her maternity session. We did some of the photos at home, which I highly recommend. Especially if you have good light! People are comfortable at home and it shows in the photos. We also went on a little adventure and drove to one of the only green patches near her house, which happened to be under a freeway. I totally appreciate trust when it comes to having an eye for locations. Good light and texture adds so much to photos and sometimes that happens in the most uncommon of places.
This is one of my favorite maternity photo sessions…I love the natural feel and the connection between the family.