April 26th, 2010 by ariana
Saturday was an eventful day, first I had a marathon (3 hour!) maternity session with my dear friend Janaki and her boyfriend Kevin followed almost immediately by a photoshoot for my friend Sara for her “Tractors & Tiaras” website/retail shop. I’ll blog about Tractors & Tiaras tomorrow, for now I want to share a few of my stunningly beautiful friend and mama to be Janaki..
(for more, bigger & better see the post on my photography website!)
I tried a few new things this shoot..
1) A black FABRIC backdrop from Denny Manufacturing that I got during their 50% off sale a month or so ago. I realized that the 53″ paper is just too limiting and I needed something wider as an alternative. It takes some adjusting to post process these correctly so you can’t see the wrinkles etc, but I definitely don’t have room for the 107″ paper, so it’s the lesser of two evils.
2) A new seamless color savage “Suede Grey” that I used in all of the other shots you see here. I really love this color! Definitely will be my go-to light colored paper now.
3) Dramatic lighting! Instead of having my main light source infront of my subject and a secondary one from the side, these were lit almost entirely from french doors directly camera left of the subject. I did also need to use a reflector but I’m not really sure it actually did much.
4) Jersey/cotton blend large piece of fabric to wrap her in (the green that you see in the first image). This fabric has a lot of stretch and was PERFECT to show off all of her lovely pregnacy curves. I doesn’t hurt that the color is an amazing compliment to her naturally redish brown hair. I think I got 1.5 yards from Joanne’s fabric for a total of maybe $11? Definitely worth it, I plan on going back and getting a wider range of colors to have on hand for future maternity shoots.
5) I really studied and utilized the posing suggestions in this amazing maternity posing guide painstakingly put together by Gregory Katsoulis of Momphoto.com. I highly suggest checking it out, it’s a wealth of good info and I feel so much more confident about maternity posing since reading it.
My only complaint about my set up is that I have to figure out what is known as a “hairlight” which would just bring out the light on her hair so it isn’t fading into the black backdrop like it is on that last photo. This is a commonly used lighting device in studio lighting, but since I am doing all natural light setups, I’m not sure how I can achieve the same effect with natural light or if it is even possible! I tried bouncing my 430 Ex II Speedlite off of the wall to my left hoping it would illuminate the hair, but I don’t think I got the angle right. If anyone has any suggestions, please let me know!
Hope you all had a great weekend.. I have so much to blog about this week. Tractors, Tiaras, Jasper & his new potty (!) so stay tuned :)
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