So, as part of a new package I want to offer to clients in 2012 (still yet to be named), I've decided to embark on a maternity photography series. Ideally I would have had a model to use for business purposes, but since I myself am pregnant and wanted to do another series of 'belly shots' like I did with Victor, I decided to combine both projects into one.
It's pretty simple; take self-portraits (or assisted portraits) of myself throughout my pregnancy. I'm going to aim to do them weekly, but we'll see how it goes, I'm sure I will miss a week here and there (with Victor's I went from 2 week intervals to 3 week intervals once I was put on bedrest, hopefully that won't happen this time!). I've decided that instead of using the same location every week like I did with Victor's belly shots, I would choose a different location everytime to mix it up (and also to double as location scouting for future shoots!) I'll treat each week as a 'mini' shoot and take different shots to include, not just the the typical 'belly' shot, although that will be the focus, of course.
Now, this is NOT my original idea; in fact, I'm drawing inspiration heavily from Bleubird's maternity series that she did last year (check it out if you haven't seen it, she's GORGEOUS and has such great style!) I was also really insprired by Cole's maternity series, which was the one that started them all, I believe. If you haven't seen these, please go take a peek at them here and here. Oh, and check out this adorable maternity book, I plan on doing something similar with these shots. I'm using the idea of writing a mini letter to the baby every week as well, even though it's written in English and not French (for business purposes...and also so Dan can contribute/understand, haha!)
Anyway, I'm really excited to start, it will force me to get out and take some real self portraits, which I haven't done in over 2 years (not counting Victor's belly shots). Now, I am sooo not a model, I'm actually totally awkward in front of the camera, so it will probably take a few weeks before I can look natural, but hopefully it will come with time. I'm starting at 12 weeks, and let me tell you, I have a little pooch already by the looks of these shots! I can't wait until the weather gets a bit nicer and I can start wearing pretty skirts and dresses, and for the backgrounds to look a little less...umm...dead.
(Shots taken at my sister's house)
I'll also be posting these over on my photography blog, but I'm not sure when I want to start, I may wait a little bit before posting (not sure when I want to 'announce' my pregnany to clients)
So, here we go, wish me luck! (And I'm sorry if you are tired of seeing these types of series, but I'll keep it down to once a week, tops!)