I was really excited when I heard that Joyce and Enoch were expecting, as I had shot their wedding last year. I was even more excited when they asked me to do some bump and baby shots for them. For one reason or another, though, we had struggled to arrange a date so on the morning of the shoot I was a little nervous as that was actually Joyce’s due date! Fortunately baby ended up being several days late, otherwise it could have got interesting…
Anyway, I knew from their engagement and wedding shoots that Joyce can nail some really dramatic expressions, so I wanted to approach the bump shoot with that in mind, and chose to use a black backdrop for many of the shots. To relax into the session I started with some shots of just Joyce’s bump, and under-exposed a little so that the image is reduced to just the outline. I included the hand here for some context so the shot wouldn’t be too abstract.
We then did a sequence with Joyce lying on the sofa, which worked really well, and have a nice informality.
In preparing for the shoot I had played around with some ideas and had invested in some lengths of chiffon fabric. I wasn’t quite sure how things would pan out, but I love the set of images that came next. We started with the chiffon wrapped round the bump and pulled taut behind Joyce to emphasise her shape. This was tricky to begin with – with me having to clamp the chiffon to one of my background stands. Fortunately Enoch arrived about then, and I was able to put him to work holding onto the fabric. That’s when I had the idea of asking Enoch to throw up the ends of the chiffon and see what happened. I think the resulting images were fab, as the chiffon billowed down behind/around Joyce creating an effect a bit like smoke or flame.
Having sorted the action shots we moved on to wrapping Joyce in different ways before finally letting Enoch get into some of the pictures too, in a more standard kind of setup.
This definitely one of my favourite recent posts, and I love so many of the shots that we did that day:-) As ever, I’d welcome any comments you may have…
Check back soon for some shots from my session with baby Theodore….
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