July 14, 2010

Kelly’s Maternity Portraits


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Kelly & I met about 2 weeks ago at our neighborhood pool, and instantly became friends…I feel like I’ve known her for years!  She’s so open, honest, laid back, fun to be around, easy to talk to, confident, gorgeous, and PREGNANT!  Very, very pregnant.  She’s due in about 3 weeks with a little boy.  They are doing a home birth with a certified mid-wife, and honestly, I’ve never met anyone more confident about birth than her.  Me, now I would be freaking out, but she is so strong and calm about it.  She’s definitely my new hero, & I can’t wait to hear about her experience when Wade decides to arrive.

Onto the shoot…we didn’t know each other for hardly a day before we set up her maternity portraits.  The plan was to go to a park downtown and take some pictures, but the day we picked just happened to be the hottest day in July.  So we opted to stay at her house and take pics in her backyard so she could go inside when it got to hot.  I told her when we set up the shoot to start thinking about her style and what she imagines her portraits to look like.  I tell this to a lot of people, typically I get a general answer, not with Kelly!  She’d gone online, researched, and saved tons of different maternity pictures that she liked…all I had to do was make them hers.  I still got to get my creative juices flowing with some ideas I had in mind, but it was so much fun incorporating her ideas too!  Starting with the ducks, totally Kelly’s idea…and totally adorable!

who doesn’t love baby shoes : )
I told you she was GORGEOUS!
I didn’t realize how much her belly looked like a basketball until we took this picture, haha!  again, Kelly’s idea : )Now this was her husband’s idea!  And I loved it!  They had so much fun putting her in this wheel barrow!They are going to make such great parents!!!

Ok, now I need to preface these next 2 shots (don’t peek, let me explain first).  First, she is NOT naked.  She is fully clothed (minus the belly of course), she just appears naked.  I now have so much understanding and appreciation for how Hollywood gets away with naked looking, fully clothed shots.  Now secondly, I was completely comfortable taking these because she was clothed, but could never ever have done it if she hadn’t been.  Thirdly, I debated on whether or not to include these, because I didn’t want to advertise myself as taking nude maternity portraits.  There are photographers out there who do that, but I’m not one of them. After talking to Kelly and her giving me the go ahead, I decided to include them, because I think they are beautiful!  I shocked myself with how these turned out.  I typically don’t like anything along these lines, but I just can’t get over how they turned out…and I wanted to share them since Kelly approved.  You won’t however find them in the maternity section of my website since I can’t put this disclaimer on what type of photographer I am : )

Back to the normal maternity portraits.  I love this window shot and the light on her face.

She HAND PAINTED this mural on his all.  No stencil, free hand!
Doesn’t she have the most gorgeous blue eyes!So, I said we met at our pool.  That’s because Kelly has been living there since it opened in May.  Seriously, I mean at least 3-4 hours a day, 7 days a week.  She says it’s the only place she can get relief from being 8 months pregnant.  I can’t personally relate to that yet, but I can imagine the water would take a lot of pressure off.  So, at the very end of the shoot I asked her if she wanted to go get some pool shots since this is her life pregnant, and we’re documenting her pregnancy for her son.  I only pray I look that good in a bikini 8 months preggo!

Check back in about a month for pictures of her not pregnant and their new baby boy.

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  1. Shawn Schindler

    August 10th, 2010 at 11:46 am

    These are absolutely amazing! Kelly is a beautiful person, inside and out, on her wedding day and just days before delivering her first child! Thank you for sharing these with me.