This winter, I had the great opportunity to photograph various maternity studio sessions, and I was thrilled by the idea of being able to portrait wonderful families before and after the arrival of their gorgeous new additions.
I believe that photography enables us to make one of the greatest comparisons by capturing life prior to an event of such significance happening. Being able to have a clear window into that specific moment in time allows us to expand our perspective and heightens our appreciation.
Katya Taylor, fantastic photographer and friend, referred me to this fascinating couple: when Ginna first mentioned the she would like to do a henna temporary tattoo on her belly, I knew exactly who was the right person for the job J
Two years ago, when I was pregnant, I came across Natasha Kudashkina’s body painting art. I was amazed by its originality, vibrancy, and powerful expression. It possesses qualities present in different styles of my liking: surrealism, expressionism, and a sophisticated sense of abstraction.
I invited her to perform henna looking temporary design on my own pregnant belly and I was very impressed by her talent! One of the pictures from this session (taken by John Thorpe, great photographer and friend) became a particular favorite of mine, which I framed and display proudly at home.
After I showed Ginna and David my maternity pictures, they shared my enthusiasm for Natasha’s work. We set the date, booked Natasha, and picked up extra props to match the style of this photo shoot.
I wanted to experiment with new lighting techniques, and I was able to create different looks for this studio maternity session; I especially liked the way that the dramatic narrowed lighting coming from behind turned out. It was something that I had not explored in depth before, and allowed for a very personal and customized photographic experience. Ginna and David were great to work with, they were friendly, easy-going, and open to any new ideas we had. Thank you all for this great session. Enjoy!