Did you know the art of studying the human form has been around for centuries? Artists have always been intrigued with creating beautiful art out of the simplicity of the human form, the shapes, the lines, the way the light hits it. All forms of media have been used; oils, watercolour, sculptures etc…
So it is no surprise that today we continue this study with photography. I am an artist. I love studying the light and creating images from little more that just the subject and some gorgeous light. Maternity photography is one of my favourite genres, and I absolutely love creating simple, classic, timeless images of the nude pregnant form…Gasp! Nude? Yes 🙂 So many women these days are feeling so empowered by their pregnancies and growing their child within them. They are proud of their bodies and they want to capture and remember this fleeting time in their lives. Many women will only experience this once or twice in their lifetime.
For me as an artist it is empowering to see the light and how it it’s their newly shaped form…any human form is beautiful and worthy of creating art from, but the pregnant form is extra special! The lines and shapes of the belly capture the light so beautifully.
I am asked over and over again about my process with fine art nude maternity portraits. Things like how do you get clients to pose nude or semi nude, how do you make it not awkward during the shoot, what do the clients think, how do you shoot it….and the big question, how do you post process your final images? (this last one is a large part of the art I create – the shot in camera is my solid base or ‘sketch’ if you will and the magic is enhance in editing) Although I do teach this in my 1:1 workshops…for the first time ever I am sharing my process in an online workshop! I have been invited to participate in the 2017 Milky Way Online Maternity Retreat…such a huge honour. This workshop includes amazing photographers such as Lisa DiGeso from Milk and Honey Photography, Kelly Brown for Little Pieces Photography, Ana Brandt from Ana Brandt Photography, Angie McCabe from Myrtle and Moss Photography and the list goes on and on…to see the full line up check it out here:
This retreat goes live May 16th 2017 and you will have access to ask the teachers questions for several days. The videos are available for a full year PLUS you can download them and keep them forever! No need to rearrange your schedule to go to an in person workshop and seriously you cannot beat the price…$297 USD for ALL the teacher videos. ALL OF THEM. If that isn’t a great enough deal already there is an early bird price until May 15th of $247 USD.
Ok, so that’s my little sales pitch on it. Most mentors charge in the hundreds or even thousands, so under $300…and you get to keep the videos of 20+teachers. Even if you don’t want to learn the art of fine nude pregnancy portraits there is lots and lots of other great info to be learned!
Here is a little peek at some of my images that were captured during this video. I take you through a little tour of my tiny studio, show you that you do not need a lot of space or equipment to create beautiful portraits. You will have a fly on the wall peek during an actual shooting of fine art nude portraits as well as a full edit demonstration in Lightroom and Photoshop of one of the images captured. I tell when and why I use textures, how I created them, how I take my image from straight out of the camera to final processing.