Thursday, May 11, 2017

Amanda's Sneak Peek {Maternity Session}

I seriously cannot believe that it has been so long since I've posted!  When I announced that I was closing my photography business, I never meant to completely disappear.  I fully intended to continue on with my monthly self-portrait series, and I figured I would still be doing a session every once in a while.  At a bare minimum I figured I'd be sharing occasional photos of my fur babies.  However life just took a turn into insanity the past few years and the truth is that I haven't even touched my camera since the last session I photographed.  When Amanda contacted me about doing her maternity photos, I wasn't sure if I'd even remember how to turn the thing on.  Luckily, it all came back to me like not a day had passed, and the result is some pretty amazing photos, if I do say so myself!


Amanda is an absolute dream to photograph! She has enough experience with posing for photos that she requires almost no direction, and she's been in front of my cameras multiple times, so she's used to my crazy ways behind the camera. The result was absolute perfection...



I adore this image!  I'm not sure I could narrow it down to just one favorite, but this one is definitely at the top of the faves list...



I absolutely adore the image on the right of this next set!  Amanda and I were talking and laughing about something, (I can't remember what) and I was snapping images along the way.  She looks so happy and carefree in the photo, just seeing her smile makes me smile...


I was showing some of Amanda's images to my co-workers earlier and one of them commented that she looks so peaceful and serene in her photos, and I couldn't agree more!  Especially in these next few...




Eeeeek!  Baby. Shoes.  I'm dying of cuteness over here...


This one ranks high on the favorites list, too! Is she not absolutely radiant?...


Doesn't she have the most gorgeous smile you've ever seen?


Amanda's entire session looks stunning in black and white, and I easily could have posted the entire thing without sharing a single color image. I know not everyone loves black and white like I do, and I wanted to give Amanda a variety of images in her sneak peek.  However, this next series of photos is so stunning there was no way I could resist sharing them all in black and white...


This one is another favorite!...




Simply beautiful!...


I love this one!  She looks like a goddess...



I was having a ton of fun playing with the light coming through Amanda's dress in these next few images. I think poor Amanda probably stood there without moving for a good 15 minutes while I amused myself playing with the lighting and sun flare.




Can you believe she's in Arizona?  I was so excited when Amanda picked one of my all time favorite locations for her session!...


Amanda's dress could not be more perfect.  The color of it is amazing against the trees and background greenery...




Another stunning image...





These photographs are of special people in Amanda and Gentry's (her husband) lives and she wanted photos taken with them.  I love it when people bring things like this to personalize their photo sessions...



Another favorite...


Even though I hadn't touched my camera in forever prior to Amanda's session, I've still been shooting for quite a while and it really is second nature to me.  I can often look at my surroundings and see a final edited image before I've ever even lifted the viewfinder to my eye.  Those individuals who have ever been in front of my camera know that this can sometimes turn a session into a wild ride, as I veer off the beaten path towards something that catches my eye.  While this next image didn't take us too far off the path, it was one of those times where I saw exactly how this was going to look as a final image before I even started shooting it.  And it did not disappoint!...



This image, on the other hand, had both Amanda and I climbing in a tree to capture it.  Well worth it, wouldn't you say?


Amanda,  as always you were an absolute joy to photograph.  I am so glad that you reached out to me to take these images for you.  It was wonderful to see you again and to catch up during our little photo adventure.  Congrats to you and Gentry on the new addition to your family.  It's been an honor and a pleasure being included in your journey!

P.S. If Amanda looks familiar to you, it's because you've seen her before:
Trash the Dress
With the Ducati
Engagement
And as one of the Zombies in this Trash the Dress

I told you she's had a lot experience in front of the camera.  I wasn't kidding!

Michele Whitacre used to be a portrait photographer serving Phoenix, Arizona.  Now she just takes photos for fun when the mood strikes.
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