Monday, January 12, 2015

DIY Maternity Photography Session

     This could potentially be my last pregnancy. Because of this, I really wanted to get some maternity photos done. I am not the best behind the camera and neither is my husband, but I thought this could be a money-saving project if we did the maternity pictures ourselves.

     What I've learned from this experience:
  • I am a lot more advanced than point and shoot.
  • I am terrible with editing photos.
  • I need to learn how to use Photoshop.
  • I need to pay more attention to those pesky shadows.
  • If you want something done right, you've got to do it yourself.

     Several of you can probably relate to that last one. You know what you're working with. You create a vision, and somehow, that vision can be very hard to capture. Are you the model or are you behind the camera? Either way, it'd be nice to have a mirror behind the camera so that you can position yourself correctly and see what the camera sees. Then remote or time click to take the photo (What is the proper term for this?). I felt like I needed to be in front of the camera and behind it at the same time in order to get what I really wanted. The only way that works is if I'm pointing the camera into a mirror and that was not part of my vision. Fortunately, my husband, +Justin Lee Mattis, was very helpful and surprisingly willing to work with me, learn, and take advise. I saw a lot of improvement throughout the rest of the day once I taught him to move around (especially up and down) with the camera.

     This is what we got (after my edits). I welcome gentle constructive criticism.

     I loved searching for ideas on Pinterest. Check out this board I made with ideas specifically for winter maternity.

Follow Sara Mattis's board Winter Maternity Photography Ideas on Pinterest.