First, I have to say how excited I was when M contacted me about this session. She’s 34 weeks pregnant and wanted a Rouge-styled maternity session for a surprise for her husband for Christmas. In the short time from her initial inquiry until her session (We rocked it out in about a week!) I spent a lot of hours researching and really studying for this session. This was a session I’ve wanted to do for quite some time, and while at times I struggled between the duality of maternity and boudoir I know she will have a lot of both to choose from.
Celebrating Women Contest winner, Ashley, drove 5 hours from out of state for her beauty session 3 weeks ago, and then we all got up early to start hair and makeup before her session at the beautiful Mariott Solana in Westlake.
I’m not a morning person anymore, but it was fun to sit around my other client, Meghan's dining table and chat as Ashley got dolled up by Dionna from Expressions with Dionna. There’s not much like women in the same phase of their lives sitting around the table talking!
We managed to beat out most of the heat by staying indoors for most of the session, but she rocked it in the heat too!
Do you ever wonder why professional photos make you look so good? It’s easy to assume we are Photoshopping the heck out of you after the session. While I am happy to refine your photos with editing, you looking so great comes down to a few other (more important things) before I even hit the shutter: I find the best light to mold around you, and even more importantly I help you into poses which accentuate your best assets.
A lot of these posing principles can even be applied to your personal snapshots!
When you’re square to the camera, you are the broadest you can possibly be. By turning your shoulders and hips at an angle (between 45 degrees away from the camera and completely perpendicular to the camera), you are thinning your shape as well as creating a more visually interesting shape. One note, if you turn your hips completely perpendicular to the camera (where the camera can only see the side of one hip), turn your shoulders a little back to the camera (but still not flat to the camera).
Thank you so much for every photo you have taken of me and my family. I will cherish our family photos forever even more after the loss of our baby, Gizmo.