Maternity photography has always been a genre of photography I've been less than enthusiastic about. I think this is because every time I do a search on Pinterest for "maternity photos" I am inundated with cutesy pictures of a pregnant woman in a field holding a chalkboard sign reading "It's a boy!" That's not my style and quite honestly I find those types of images cheesy.
Ever since the first time I stepped inside it I knew I would eventually do a shoot here. Spend just a few minutes inside and you’ll see why. Fort Point is a literal treasure trove of amazing light patterns and dynamic backdrops that cast dramatic shadows on cloudless days and offers countless soft light possibilities.
First off let me just start off by saying that what I’m about to discuss is totally up to interpretation. Put another competent photographer in my shoes on game day, and you’d likely get imagery that looks very different from what I’m about to show you. Knowing when to use strobes or when natural light is good enough for the look you want in portrait photography is one instance where I believe the art of photography breaks away from the technical. In this article I’d like to break down a recent model portfolio shoot I just shot and go over why I chose to keep the lighting natural, or in some cases, augment the ambient light with a bit of flash.