My friend Kathy asked me a few months ago if we could schedule some Belly Shots for sometime in December and I happily agreed without really thinking too much about it. We used to work together and I’ve done her family pics for the last couple of years, so I was excited to shoot some belly shots for her. There was just one nagging problem…I’d never done an indoor wintertime belly shoot before. The light in winter is so completely different than the light during the rest of the year that I was a bit concerned that I would have a hard time making the light work. So, rather than charge her for the shots, I offered to do them for free in case she hated them (hey, it happens to all photographers at some point). She was game! Kathy did some searching and sent me some shots she’d seen on the internet that she liked. And so, armed with her favorite examples, I headed up to Kathy and Cory’s new house with butterflies in my stomach (yes, I always get butterflies before a shoot and probably always will).
Kathy’s new house is gorgeous and I was excited that it had lots of big windows so I could shoot in natural light as much as possible. Unfortunately, it was starting to get dark outside and, rather than jack up my ISO to let more light in and, in turn, get grainy photos, I pulled out my flash and turned on some lights and went with it. I’m not a big fan of artificial light for shooting, but beautiful, natural light is often not available in the middle of winter around here, so I do what I can. For the first half hour, I did my best to replicate some of the photos that Kathy liked, but, needless to say, following someone else’s photos and fighting the light zaps my creative energy, so it wasn’t long before I decided to set them aside and do my own thing. After that I was able to stop concentrating so hard and just let the ideas flow. And, for a first time indoor wintertime belly shoot, it turned out okay. Everybody has to start somewhere, right!
I believe Kathy is having her baby sometime this week, maybe next, and I hope that she comes home and logs on to find a pleasant surprise and not a natural disaster in these photos!!
Without further ado…let me introduce you to Kathy, her belly, her guy (Cory) and their adorable son (Calvin).
Calvin loves to drive his trucks on mom’s belly!
I love his face expression in this next picture!
Calvin just has the BEST face expressions!
He decided to take a break from belly shots to do a little dancing. Hilarious!
And now back to the belly shots…
He’s making a heart on his “baby belly” too.
I’m thinking I need a bit more indoor winter shooting experience to find my groove and, hey, that’s okay. Every time I do a shoot, regardless of the time of year or the location, I learn something new and that’s the best part of being a photographer – I get to learn new things every day.
So Kath, I hope you like what you’ve seen so far and I’m looking forward to coming over to shoot the new baby and showing you the rest of these pics.
I wish you all enough…