This week we take a break from couples and their nuptials, and join Katie and Dave for a quiet afternoon, bathing in the window light and the last of the Summer sun. I have been so beyond excited to finally blog this photo session. Everything fell into place; the setting, the weather, the light, the bump; it was a dream to shoot. And as I've said before, I find these shoots incredibly moving.
I photographed Katie a couple of years ago, at The Westmill in Derby. It was a manic day, where we attempted three different styled shoots in a single day (madness!). I knew that day, that Katie had an awesome presence in front of the camera, and her shots were my favourite by far. But that wasn't how we got back in touch!
Fate has a funny way doesn't it? And these days I increasingly I find myself saying "What a small world!". I was shooting at a beautiful wedding in Christchurch this Summer. During the drinks reception, peering through the mingling crowds with my long lens, I spotted a face in the crowd. It turned out that Katie was the best man's other half?! And absolutely blossoming through her pregnancy.
When I arrived at the house for this shoot, I knew it would work brilliantly; every room had low beamed ceilings and bags of character. I was immediately drawn to the bedroom at the far end of the house. As I entered, the pinky shades of the walls were balmy in the afternoon light, which streamed in from a floor to ceiling balconet. With a beautiful macrame throw on the bed (made by Katie's mother many years ago), and tiffany lamps either side, I was in prop and setting heaven.
Something magic happens when I do these shoots. Call me sentimental, and maybe overly romantic, but a woman's physical transformation is so much more than its appears at first glance. Yes, there is a beautiful bump, but their demeanour seems to shift; the way they carry themselves is so different. It sounds obvious, but they are already cradling a child. That's how they move to me; that's how they sit, how they stroke their belly, how they walk. The baby might be a mere bump for now, but they are very much a part of their mother's physicality.
It's so magic photographing a woman in bloom, that it's easy to forget about the father! But when I was editing these photos, I was literally blown away by the shots of the two of them together with the bump. The connection was unreal. The shots of Dave with his hand on the bump made me choke up. Is there anything more wonderful and miraculous than a moment like that? Capturing it in a photo is so important... Very quickly, these moments will feel like a hundred years ago. Babies, more babies, moving house; life will generally move at such a pace that it can be hard to take stock. These sorts of photo sessions help us to hold onto those feelings and re-visit them more easily. And hell yes I'm proud to do that. Everything, and I mean EVERYTHING is about to chance for these guys forever, and this moment on the bed where they cradle the bump together, is just the beginning.
I've got quite a few more bump and baby shoots lined up before I leave for the Winter. I do have a very limited number of slots left if anyone wants to grab me before I go in late November, but get in touch asap.
Huge thanks and congratulations to Katie and Dave who trusted me with such an awesome job. You made my job far too easy ;) I can't wait to meet the little lady!