I recently spent a couple of days in New York City (after also photographing this at home newborn session in Tribeca NYC that you can see HERE) teaching another photographer for one on one workshop style coaching. We spent two days going over every aspect of her business- covering topics like her website, pricing, her portfolio, branding, marketing, and more. This type of one on one coaching for photographers looking to grow their brand and business are offered on an extremely limited basis and custom scheduled. If you’re a photographer an are interested in learning more, please inquire for further details.
Part of this workshop-style teaching involved this maternity session here. She was able to watch me photograph two different shoots, ask questions about posing and camera settings, and of course be able to take some images herself for her own portfolio. Amanda, expecting her first baby, modeled for us, and she was a dream to photograph! It was such a HOT summer day in Manhattan, and although we didn’t do the shoot until just before sunset when the light is the prettiest, it was still quite humid and she was an absolute trooper for us!
Her blush maxi maternity dress was from Rent the Runway It was not in the maternity category, but rather we went for a maxi dress that had plenty of belly room, and we sized up. It ended up working beautifully! I loved the color and the romantic, flowy fabric. Rent the Runway is a fantastic option for your session outfits. Since many expecting moms are not looking to invest in a dress they may not ever wear again, choosing to rent one like this is a great option!
We photographed her maternity portraits in the Conservatory Gardens, which is near Central Park. I like photographing here as it is almost always less crowded than Central Park, and it is absolutely beautiful at sunset- especially this time of year in the summer months when the flowers are all in bloom. I have photographed family pictures here before, you can view that session here!
While I didn’t photograph as many images as I would if it were a normal session, as I spent more time teaching, I did walk away with quite a few favorites- especially these here that were photographed on medium format black and white film. Amanda’s husband joined us for a few- and they turned out to my favorite photos out of them all. There is something irreplaceably special about photographing expecting parents waiting for their first little one.
Are you expecting a baby? I am currently located in Pittsburgh, PA but I travel all over the world for my clients- so no matter where you are located please be sure to reach out for session details. This fall I will be back in New York City, Connecticut, Coastal Maine, San Francisco, and Hong Kong! You can inquire for more details about booking your maternity and newborn photography on black and white film here.