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Maternity portrait sessions with Courtney and Jen

My first maternity session was about five years ago with my wife’s friend.  I shot it as a favor and as a test to see if I enjoyed the work and liked the results. I enjoyed the shoot and everyone was happy with the results.  I’ve been offering maternity sessions ever since.

Maternity sessions are an interesting niche. Some people love ‘em, some don’t. A few years ago I wondered why the disparity in opinions. I talked to a handful of women and previous clients and asked their opinion. A couple former maternity clients fessed up to not loving the shots at the time of the shoot. They thought that they looked fat in the photos. We all know that isn’t the case but when faced with 50-100 images of our bodies most of us will focus on what we don’t like. The clients that were honest about their feelings of not loving them at the time also raved at how happy they were to have done it, how much they loved the photos once their child was born and how grateful they were to have documented such a momentous time in their life.  That’s what we as professional photographers do; we make sure that those special moments and events in your life are documented in a way that is unique and special.

I really enjoy maternity sessions. The session is a collaboration that my clients are very much involved in. We look at examples of maternity photos and talk about the goals for the shoot. Are the photos for posterity, to hang on the wall, are we trying to create art?  For most women, other than their wedding day, a photo session devoted entirely to them is new and exciting. For me it’s the same feeling and planning I devote to a fashion shoot. For come clients it’s as simple as a couple’s portrait shoot out on location.  For other clients I set up a mini-studio at their home or have them in to my studio.

Over the past couple weeks I had the honor of shooting maternity portrait sessions with Jen and Courtney.  I’ve known both for a couple years and worked with both Jen and Courtney before they got pregnant. My session with Jen was about trying to get something creative and beautiful as well as shooting relaxed, timeless portraits. Jen and Courtney were photographed in my studio.

based on the advertisements for Heidi Klum's maternity line for Pea in the Pod

My session with Courtney was different in that there was not any pre-planned ideas or goals. Courtney makes her living as a model and we both knew that we would come away with something fun.

As I mentioned for some clients it’s just about having a fun family or couple’s session to mark the occasion. To see more examples check out the maternity portfolio on my Wedding and Family Website.

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They grow up so fast

I first met Grace when she was 12 days old. It’s amazing how much changes in the first few months of a baby’s life.This past week I dropped by for her two month shoot. In the couple weeks since I’d seen her she’s changed so much.

Grace and Mom - twelve days old

Grace and Mom - twelve days old

Grace at 23 days old

Grace at 23 days old

Grace at two months old

Grace at two months old

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Birth Announcements and testing out new blog themes

I’m trying to change the blog to a theme that will allow larger images. Stay tuned and excuse the mess.

In the mean time here’s the birth announcement and a recent shot of Charlie.

Charlie's birth announcement - front

Charlie's birth announcement - front

Birth announcement - back

Birth announcement - back

Charlie - 5 weeks old

Charlie - 5 weeks old

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Looking back at 2009

Over the past couple weeks I have been digging through the archives to pull images for this year’s slide show. The slideshow represents all the assignments I shot in 2009 as well as follows the growth of our 20 month old daughter Grace.

It’s great to reflect on what worked and what didn’t and it has planted a few seeds for new business plans for 2010. The slide show is laid out chronologically so if the newborn shot next to the architecture shot next to the model seems out of place, now you know why.

Enjoy the show. Hopefully you will see some new images as well as think back to our photo shoot together. Maybe you’ll even see some images that will inspire another shoot for 2010. Thanks for your support and referrals, they keep my business alive.

The song is 28 butts by Little Jackie. I was introduced to Little Jackie by our local friend Jason Bently at KCRW. Enjoy and thanks for a great year.

If you missed last years check out the following from 2008:

Chuck Espinoza Photography – A Slideshow of 2008 Photography from Chuck Espinoza on Vimeo.

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A Rocky Start – introducing Kainoa

Back in July I met and photographed Malia and Lopaka. We came away with some great maternity shots including this one.  At the time we had penciled in another photo shoot for the baby shortly after he was born. But….there were some complications.  He got stuck. I forget the terms Malia used but he was halfway out and got stuck, some crazy nurse ninja moves were performed and he made it into the world safely.  He was born August 10th and weighed 8.5 lbs. The nurses took him to the NICU to check him out and found that he had a congenital heart defect which would require surgery. While in the hospital waiting for the surgery he got an infection which affected his organs and pushed the surgery.

Malia and Lopaka

Malia and Lopaka

That was four months ago. He finally left the hospital a three month old boy and this past weekend we finally met. He’s strong, happy and doing well.

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Manhattan Beach Family Portraits

It’s been a busy couple of weeks. I’ve had two weekends worth of family portraits as a result of my partnership with Broadcasting Baby. Family portraits are a funny thing. My perspective and that of the client can be very different. Some clients come in with a preconceived idea of the photo they want me to capture and that may or may not agree with my aesthetic and photography style. I’ll always do my best to make them happy but it will be in addition to shooting my own style and offering them alternatives that they probably didn’t think of.

Over the course of the first weekend’s shoots at Polliwog Park there were a handful of shots that stood out. The first was this shot of the Mahony Brothers. My goal with this shoot was to present the boys in a cool and unique way. I wanted them to walk away thinking they had fun and that it wouldn’t be so bad if they had to do it again. I want them to see the results of the shoot and feel that the photos portray them in a way that they can be proud of.

Mahony Brothers

Mahony Brothers

As with most portrait sessions I don’t differentiate a children’s portrait shoot from a family portrait shoot. If I’m hired to photograph the family I do my best to shoot individual portraits of everyone. If I’m hired to photograph the kids I try to involve the parents as long as they are willing. The following shot of Gabby was one of the one-off shots during a family portrait session. My goal with my photo sessions is to work with everyone so that by the end of the shoot they have relaxed and have had fun. As a result I get more shots like this.

Gabby

Gabby

This was the fourth occasion I have photographed Kora. I love working with her and her parents because they don’t have any preconceived ideas. Some parents want to see shiny happy photos of their kids, others just want a photo that they can look back and remember a time in their life. I always manage to get great shots of Kora. As as much as I wish she remembered me, on each occasion I’m still a borderline stranger. I just have to sit back and let her do her thing and document her personality.

Kora's first visit to Polliwog and the duck pond

Kora's first visit to Polliwog and the duck pond

Kora

Kora

This marks the third year that I have shot family portraits of Tracey and Carley. Their previous photos have made my promo cards, websites and even the promotional piece I made for this year’s holiday card family portrait event. I can’t take a bad photo of them.

Tracey and Carley

Tracey and Carley

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