May 30, 2006

A Pregnancy Session

Digital infrared original

To my mind, there is no doubt that the most magical time in a woman's life is during pregnancy, and the privilege of being able to work with a pregnant model is unparalleled. In this case, a friend of Lisa was in the final weeks of her pregnancy and was interested in having some photos made before her due date. We met up to talk about the process, discuss what kinds of images she sought specifically, and set the time for a session. A week later, we met for the session.
Digital infrared original, 6 frame stitch
The session was a mix of available light and studio images, as the model wished to have a broad variety of styles covered, running from anonymous silhouettes made with flash lighting to more typical (for me at least) nudes on a couch with natural light. One advantage of having worked for so long with the Nude is that I have a fair range of variety in the samples I can show a new model, so I can often get a good sense of what a model is looking for before even a single image is made.
Digital infrared original
At the time of the session, the model wasn't sure if she'd be comfortable being identifiable in the images, so we made two sets of each pose, one with her face, and one unidentifiable. In the end, she decided to keep things private, and only released anonymous images for public display. As the focus of the session was on the pregnancy, as opposed to the person, this doesn't seem to have much of a negative effect on the images at all.

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