Oh friends I am just so excited to share this collection of coastal maternity images with you! A couple weeks ago I spent time in San Diego, California for a portrait session as part of one of my client’s Motherhood Collective. We celebrated their daughter turning one and their family portrait session was absolutely beautiful. As I was looking up the must-see tourist spots prior to my trip, I came across the famous Sunset Cliffs- and knew that I had to photograph a portrait session there, no matter what! Here in Southern Maine, it has only recently been warm enough to photograph my portrait sessions outside, so I knew that I especially had to take advantage of that California warmth!
As a photographer, planning shoots for myself to nurture my creativity, to try new things, and stretch my skills is so important. Although my family portrait clients work with me because they trust my vision and what I see for their images, the personal shoots that I plan give me the most freedom. I have shared how I have been learning to photograph with medium format film, and personal shoots are where I can do that the most. My commissioned portrait sessions as well as the images seen in my website portfolio are currently mostly, if not entirely photographed on a digital camera. I hope to continue to use film more as I learn and grow in confidence of the craft.
Since this shoot was planned more for myself, I decided to intentionally photograph with more film than I ever have at once. It was a styled shoot, but nothing crazy. We didn’t collaborate with big designers, the vendors we used were hired, and the model brought her own outfits. I have learned that sometimes, it’s worth it to invest in yourself and your craft- to create for yourself portfolio building opportunities.
This entire shoot was just so dreamy. With my film camera, I really slowed down and I wasn’t rushed. I changed my rolls of film every 12 images, giving my subjects a chance to relax in between.
We arrived at the cliffs for sunrise, and it was so quiet with the perfect soft light found only as the sun slowly rises above the horizon. Kayla, the beautiful expecting mother who I chose for the shoot, previously had asked about including her husband. It wasn’t my original vision, but I told her that perhaps for part of the shoot he could join her for a few images. So we started the shoot with just portraits of her, but when I had him join her- oh my goodness, magic happened. Being in front of the camera- scratch that- truly being yourself, and letting real moments happen in front of the camera with someone you love, is not always an easy task. It’s rare to find it as a photographer, but these two were so natural and so romantic. Guiding them through the different posing was so easy, and I just knew that the images we created were going to be some of my most favorite to date.
I am so excited to share these favorites with you. All the color images you see shared below were photographed on my Hasselblad with Fuji400h film. (and I could REALLY get used to this no editing thing!) A huge thank you to Beauty By Stacey who was so wonderful to work with for Hair and Makeup for this shoot. I worked with Richard Photo Lab for film scanning.
I am also excited to share that this shoot is also featured on The Fount Collective today.
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