Category Archives: Maternity
The beach, a blonde, and some backlight | Long Island Maternity Photographer | September Blue Photography
A gorgeous blonde mom-to-be and beachy backlighting… a recipe for a stunning maternity session that apparently raised someone’s eyebrows enough to report her image and get me banned from posting images on Facebook for several days. Doesn’t take one bit away from how stunning this session was.
That’s what this maternity session was all about. K & K’s connection was so easy to see and this mama to be’s connection to their soon-to-arrive baby girl was clearly there. Her confidence, happiness, and pregnancy glow were all there. And I loved capturing it.
Another beautiful mama-to-be. Sally was a natural at this… she just looked awesome in every pose and every outfit. But even better, she was so good at conveying her connection to her little one the way in these images…
That’s what Stephanie named her sneak peek when she got it and posted it on Facebook. I thought it was a perfect fit. My new favorite family image. I want to capture lots more like these this summer. The rest of her maternity session was just as lovely, with her beautiful daughters just lighting up the images and her tiny little belly and beautiful glow doing the rest.
It was my honor and privilege to document this beautiful woman’s pregnancy. There is nothing about this session I didn’t love and the images that came out of this session are… Simply. Stunning. It was so nice to meet and work with a woman truly comfortable and happy with her pregnant body. It was so inspiring. Her beauty, both inner and outer, just shone through on these images. I love the drama of the first two, and the organic feel of the last four.
When A. came to me for her maternity session, it was a bit last minute but happily I was able to squeeze her in – maternity sessions are usually much easier for me to squeeze in last minute than any other type of session (a hint about news to come). She also came to me with samples of my maternity work she had picked up online and explained that she wanted pictures like those in part because she “wished she looked like that”. When she walked in – I thought 1. omg – she looks JUST as amazing as Michelle and Conchita (some of the sessions she had shown me samples from) and 2. I am seriously the luckiest maternity photographer ever.
She’s a pretty, tiny little thing with a basketball belly that was so “all baby” that I could easily see her little boy doing somersaults in there during the shoot!
I probably say it everytime I blog a maternity but I really love shooting maternity sessions. So much so that I’ve decided to open up more room in my scheduling to fit more of them in as mini sessions. That’s right – September Blue is now offering maternity minis! This is not a one day only thing. Newborn clients and Baby Plan clients have always had the option of a maternity mini but now I am opening them up to everyone and anyone with special scheduling and special pricing. Maternity minis will be available for scheduling starting in January and will start booking immediately. Details on pricing and packages will be posted on the blog and Facebook within a week or so but feel free to reach out to me if you are interested.
A.’s session was inspiring in many ways - not just artistically, but this session finally lit the fire under my butt to get the minis going – something that I had in the works for awhile. She also inspired some new experimenting with lighting and posing, and even processing. I love to keep it clean, fresh, vibrant and timeless for children but for maternities I am definitely more adventurous and edgy. And I am a firm believer that a single processing style will never be the best fit for every image it meets. For some it works, for some it won’t. The trick is to know when and how to use it. I am not a fan of applying a third party action globally to all images – I rarely, if ever, use any but the ones I’ve written myself and even then, each one is tweaked for the individual image.
See, I told you – stunning!!! =)Congrats again A. and thank you so much for all the inspiration – good luck next week!!
This adorable little peanut is now a big sister! This is 9 month old Anna, and her beautiful mama who – in these photos – was expecting Anna’s little brother. At the moment, we are getting ready for baby brother’s newborn session and I can’t wait to meet him. But here, it was Anna’s 9 month mini-session, along with a mini maternity.
Wait, did she just say mini session?
Yes, I did. Mini sessions are an option for my baby planners. What’s a baby plan, you ask? It’s special packages and offers for clients who want to do more than 2 portrait sessions in one year. You may not know that if you never contacted me for baby plan information. It’s perfect for baby’s first year, for multiple children, and it’s really, really easy, so email me if you have questions.
But there’s more to this mini session story… I will soon be offering mini sessions to my maternity clients. I’ve been working on some irresistible packages for maternity sessions and full details are coming soon.
In the meantime – I have to say, don’t you just want to hate on her pretty hair and beautiful eyes? And the dress… she just looks so effortlessly graceful and elegant here.
Congrats again to the F. family – I can’t wait to meet your new addition and to see Anna when she turns one – I’m so looking forward to watching your beautiful children grow!
You did it for your wedding. You may have done it for your engagement. You will do it for her first birthday. You will do it for his 2nd birthday and every birthday thereafter. And you will definitely do it for each and every graduation.
What is it that you did? Celebrate. You will celebrate the milestones of your life and of your children’s lives. You will mark each and every special moment in some way – be it big or small – and for so, so many of them, you will hire a professional photographer. Why? Because those photos are ever so important to you, because the moments are irreplaceable, and because you can’t waste time being behind the camera because you are far too busy being in front of it, living it – exactly where you need to be. So… tell me. Why is that you don’t see your pregnancy that way?
I’m here to tell you that you need to stop and see that. Before it’s gone. Before you are 39.5 weeks and your doctor is talking about an induction and you finally start to realize – this little miracle that has been going on for the past 9 months is about to be over and convert over to a new and different miracle. A new miracle that needs to be celebrated on it’s own, in it’s own way - differently.
But now…right now… it’s your time. It’s a special time, a special milestone and a special moment to capture. I don’t care if it’s your 1st or 5th pregnancy. Any woman will tell you – each and every pregnancy is special. Your body is changing, your relationship with your signficant other is about to change, your relationship with your other children is about to change and you, yourself, are changing. Why wouldn’t you celebrate?! That’s what a maternity session is – a celebration.
Here is Tanya. Well into her 33rd week of expecting her 2nd child, a little girl (who was born last week, btw, and yes, now you know how far behind I am on blogging!). She is the cousin who probably looks most like me. We are so alike in so many ways. And while I often see her as kind of a little sister, here I see her as a woman, a mother…and all the undeniable beauty that comes with that.
For maternity sessions, I definitely feel the need and desire to experiment more – not just with posing, lighting, and locations – but with processing as well. It’s the only time I will ever really deviate from my fresh, clean, vibrant processing. So here is a softer and creamier processing that I loved for this particular portion of this session…
So, if you are pregnant and still on the fence about a maternity session – just remember, whatever you decide – this is most definitely a time to celebate! =)
She got her girl. The sweet little newborn girl you see in these photos has a handsome and protective older brother. And her Mom, whose maternity session I had the pleasure of photographing, was so thrilled to be giving him a little sister. She slept and posed like a dream, and we were done in about 2 hrs.
Look at all that hair…
Soooo, I had hoped to be ready to announce the details of my new contest by yesterday (my birthday, btw =P ) but everything is not quite ironed out yet so I can’t. I can, however, tell you that like I said before - Twitter followers and Facebook fans will get a heads up on all the goings on. On the bright side, I did get to have both sushi and chocolate (but not together) for my birthday. This one below is an 11×14 for their wall…
There are definitely some interesting things going on with September Blue so stay tuned, I promise I am going to tweet more and FB more… I have lots of sessions to catch up on and tons of things I want to talk about and show you – on the blog, on FB… But for now, enjoy the rest of these images of this sweet baby girl.
This beautiful mama to be was up for anything – including braving the waters of this huge pond. I just found out last night that her baby girl arrived on Friday so I figured I’d better hurry up and blog her maternity before the newborn session! See you soon T!