Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Motorcyles on the Beach

This week it was off to the beach for to photography a motorcycle. Shooting a motorcycle at a beach is very difficult. The biggest challenge is the motorcycle will sink into the beach.

On a sandy beach I would bury a layer or two of plywood just below the surface of the sand and then smooth it out after placing the bike. In this case the beach had a hard area that was not sandy at all. Being hard and dry the bike could stand on its own.

I was pretty happy with the end result. When things were set and I liked where the sun was, creating a good shadow. Adding in some additional light to fill in the rest of the shot and it came together as I had imagined.

Orcatek Automotive and Motorcycle Photography - Phoenix, Arizona

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Family and Maternity

Pregnancy is a very special time for the entire family. A great way to show this is to involve the entire family in some of the maternity photographs. The sample here shows a future big sister posing with her future little brother.

Everyone in the family is looking forward to the new baby. Featuring them in the photo session makes the day fun for everyone. Children always seem to come alive when they are asked to pose with their future sibling. They often have their own ideas of what they want to do, so I always take a few minutes to shoot a few of those frames to keep the enthusiasm going.

And a proud father always makes for a special moment. The love that you see when the father and mother pose together makes for an amazing photograph. Capturing this emotional time for the couple creates heirlooms that will be remembered forever.

So consider bringing the family for part of your maternity photography session. Or maybe do two session, one with the family and one to feature just you.

Orcatek Maternity Photography - Phoenix, Arizona

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Maternity Bodyscapes

This week one of my most enjoyable shoots was a maternity photography session. Pregnancy is such a special time that it really needs to be captured in a way that will be a lasting memory. I find that using non-traditional techniques in the maternity photography arena gives my clients something different.

Bodyscapes are an area that I find is very effective for maternity photographs. Traditionally reserved for the fine art nude community, they make an excellent way to capture the magic of pregnancy. My favorite technique is rim light to really show off the shape of the belly.

I use an elevated table for the mothers-to-be to lie on so they don’t have to face the challenge of getting up from a low bed or mattress. A single step up and they can easily lie down on the padded table.

When I mention bodyscapes to my clients they often have no idea what I mean. But once they see some sample shots they are sold.

Orcatek Maternity Photography - Phoenix