While the Ocean Blooms

I had a vision.
Nature had other plans.
Sarah’s maternity session was supposed to be outside in the woods, but the day of our session was wicked windy and Sarah was battling a cold, and there was no way I was forcing anyone to leave the warm house! So, what do we do? Make the best of the inside! I knew Sarah & Derek had a cool bedroom with a skylight, so we could shoot in there (although we almost missed the light because we talked so long), and the baby’s room was just about done, so we could use that. Perfect! Some of these photos are a little more stylized than I usually shoot, but I was enjoying playing with the light. I used a grid on my flash to give it that vignette feel. To me, some of them look like American Apparel ads or something. What do you think?

We started in the kitchen where they have a super cool chalkboard wall (it was literally just wider than Sarah – we had to shoot nice and tight!).
Sarah & Derek, maternity session

The aforementioned bedroom, skylight, and gridded flash.
Sarah & Derek, maternity session

Sarah & Derek, maternity session

Backlighting! The only light in this photo comes from the skylight. I love the way it just outlines them.
Sarah & Derek, maternity session

Total cuteness!
Sarah & Derek, maternity session

The baby’s room has stripes on the walls. Awesome! Add a little direct flash and, voila!
Sarah & Derek, maternity session

Belly mugshot.
Sarah & Derek, maternity session

The baby’s room has this awesome tree decal on the wall.
Here’s a wistful, stylized photo…
Sarah & Derek, maternity session

Do you remember the end scene in the movie “Notting Hill” where Julia Roberts is in the park, lying on Hugh Grant’s lap, and she’s pregnant? That sort of acted as my inspiration for this shot.
Sarah & Derek, maternity session

Sarah & Derek were such amazing sports throughout this whole session! I LOVE the images we got from our afternoon together. I can’t wait to meet their cute little baby! Not too long now…

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Meg Belanger

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