Early last year, one of my good friends asked if I could take maternity photos for her growing family. Considering I had not done a photo session in months, I was completely flattered. I had been flying completely under the radar (if at all) when it came to photography, so I was really thrilled to be able to capture this time for her. It actually seemed to trigger a lot of other sessions I ended up doing throughout the year which really brought my heart some serious joy. I thank this family a ton for acknowledging a talent I apparently have that I’ve been constantly in denial about.
This session was my first session shot completely in manual mode. I was really nervous, but after checking each shot, I started to wonder why I didn’t do this sooner. The photos below are completely untouched – exactly how they came out from the camera. It was also my first time doing a session with a prime lens.
My friend found the location, and it’s now one of my favorite places to shoot in the Valley. The tall grass has been very popular with photo sessions these days, so it was great to know there was a local spot to find it. The light really bounces off of it so nicely.
I loved the outcome of their session, and it really pushed me to get more comfortable with the manual mode (hence my eventual 30 day challenge). Actually, I’ll be honest, I REALLY loved the outcome. It doesn’t hurt that they’re also probably one of the most photogenic families ever, but this session really taught me more of what my camera was capable of creating with my vision.
Another thing to note, this was my first time working with a toddler 🙂 She did fantastic, but I have to say that photography with toddlers is a separate skill on its own. I learned a few great tips on working with them as I’ll share later in future family session posts.
“Creativity itself doesn’t care at all about results – the only thing it craves is the process. Learn to love the process and let whatever happens next happen, without fussing too much about it. Work like a monk, or a mule, or some other representative metaphor for diligence. Love the work. Destiny will do what it wants with you, regardless.” -Elizabeth Gilbert