this is my third time collaborating with racquel. the first time, (click that link right there to see) four years ago, was when she was pregnant with her 2nd child. not too long after that, we did a shoot in the prime of her “i’m not pregnant anymore and i’ve got my body back!” time, post-baby. we made plans to do a session again during her last pregnancy, but we didn’t get to it in time. who knew we would have another chance at it? when i found out she was pregnant i was a little giddy for the opportunity to outdo our previous shoot. i think we did just that. you be the judge:
with most of my photoshoots, as needed, a codeword kind of evolves that becomes the word that gets that true, genuine smile out of the subject. we got quite a few catchphrases out of our shoot this time, and some of those real smiles turned into full-fledged belly laughs from racquel. i did not stop taking photos when that happened, and those became some of my faves from the day:
while prepping for the shoot and working together to style it (one of the things i love almost as much as doing the actual shoot sometimes), we talked about having a sheer kind of fabric for some silhouette shots. always trying to work “outside the box” and kick things up a notch, i didn’t want us to fall in the trap of making some of those images with that fabric that everyone has seen thousands of times, whether they are on pinterest or not. so, when the wind started kicking up as we had the fabric out, my brain started doing an olympics-level floor routine inside my skull.
the day was perfect for shooting with racquel. a deep blue sky, her light dreads, her flawless skin, her impeccable makeup (she does make-up artistry, by the way), the colors and schemes of her wardrobe… i could not have asked for much more. the sunsets lately have been amazing and the tones and colors in the sky were jaw-dropping as we shot her end of day silhouettes. there is hardly any color change to this next shot…it was that beautiful.
i’m so in love with these photos. i hope this grand finale of maternity shoots for racquel puts as good of a cherry on top of her photos with me as her coming child will on their little family.