A few weeks ago Benjamin and I spent the day with our friend Katie Ring (of Katie Ring Images) taking some maternity photos. I wasn’t really sure what to expect from the shoot. I am used to being the subject of Benjamin’s photos (he works in video production and is an avid still photographer), but he prefers candids, and I had never really been in a studio setting before. I was excited about getting some frameable photos with both me and Benjamin, which rarely happens since he’s always behind the camera, but I was also a bit nervous that I wouldn’t know how to pose or what kinds of faces to make. Or worse yet, that I would hate the photos!
Lucky for me, there was really nothing at all to worry about. Katie was a professional from the moment we walked in the door. She had a small area of her studio set up for us, and we all brainstormed together about what kinds of shots we had in mind. We started simple (the classic “hands make a heart over the belly” shot, below) and graduated into new outfits and new poses (see the one with Benjamin’s face next to my belly, below). We got so comfortable that I even took some lingerie shots (not blog-appropriate — sorry!) and even a few tastefully naked photos. I never imagined my belly could look quite so beautiful.
Then we ventured outside to a nearby park to take some more “engagement-style” photos. These were really fun. Benjamin and I never did engagement photos when we got married, but I often wish that we had more photos of the two of us, so I was really excited at what Katie was able to capture. The day was pretty hot and humid, but Katie is such a talented photographer that you don’t see our sweaty faces or frizzy hair.
Finally, I publicly bared my belly in the (chilly!) ocean for the sake of some bikini shots. Believe me, I’ve never been so comfortable or happy to pose for a camera in a bathing suit! I was lovin’ my belly and I’m so glad we took the plunge (literally and figuratively!) to get these shots. I think the green bikini shot is my favorite one of the whole day.
All in all I think taking maternity photos was an incredible way to celebrate my changing body and capture this very special moment in time. A HUGE thank you to Katie for taking the time and energy to get some creative and wonderful photos. Katie’s changing the focus of her photography business to be less weddings and more maternity/baby/family-focused, so if anyone’s looking for a photographer in the New England area, check her out!
If you want to see the rest, click this link to see a slideshow of the best photos we got.
All of these photos are copyright Katie Ring Images 2010.