Beach Maternity Portraits

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Maternity portraits at the beach

So I had the idea for this environmental maternity portrait session at the beach before she was even expecting. I told my dear friend Jen that if she was to have another little one we needed to get an awesome dress and photograph her at the beach. She had just had a little miracle baby girl at the time and thought for sure her pregnancy days were behind her. When she called and told me she was expecting again I asked what color I should order the dress in. I was not going to wait too late or let her change her mind. It wasn’t until later we realized her perfect pregnancy portrait opportunity window fell in the dead of winter.  We planned this beach maternity portraits session for late February as late as we were comfortable waiting.

Baby it’s cold outside

I know she loves me because she was very pregnant and very very cold. I mean she was all in too and I love her for it. She had hair and makeup done that morning. I think it is important for all moms to be pampered and feeling their most beautiful before a maternity session. Doesn’t she look gorgeous? I think she always looks beautiful.  It was so amazing to hear how these images made her feel that beauty after she saw the proofs. I love being able to capture life’s miracles for my clients and friends. Showing them how beautiful they are during these life changing times makes my job even more fulfilling.

The painted look

Two of these images, one from the beach and one of the wood scene I had digitally painted. When they are printed on watercolor paper or onto canvas they look just like a painting. I planned this portrait session with this painting art piece theme in mind. This is a new option for Insley Photography clients. I wanted to create dramatic images like these that will hang on my clients’ wall for years to come. This enhancement of my photographs will add to the look and feel of the photographic statement art pieces in your home.

Thank you again Jennifer for helping me bring my vision to reality and being such a trooper in the freezing cold temperatures. Love you girl.

-alicia

 

 

Beautiful Pregnancy

Beautiful pregnancy

Beautiful Pregnancy

This is something I have been thinking about adding to my pregnancy portrait portfolio for a little while. First I had to find the right Mommy-to-be to want these type of poses. Not every women likes this style or even feels comfortable posing for a beautiful pregnancy photograph. Then I had to get the lighting and pose just right to bring these beautiful pregnancy photographs to my audience. Nude portraits have always been controversial and sharing them with the world can be risky. These beautiful pregnancy portraits are meant to be empowering to the mom. They give Moms-to-be the opportunity to show the world just what she can do with grace and beauty. Creating and caring for a precious new life is awe inspiring. I believe pregnancy should be portrayed in this way. I know I have said this before but I think all pregnant women are stunning. The beauty and strength demanded of the human body to carry a baby is the most precious miracle I can capture as a portrait artist. This avenue is something I wish to continue to grow and develop in my personal and professional photography. Thanks for letting me share my vision.

-alicia

 

Waiting for baby boy

Waiting for baby boy color pregnancy

Waiting for baby boy

My dear sweet friend was expecting a baby boy, so of course I insisted she have maternity portraits taken by me ;)  She was always telling me how they never have professional portraits taken. So of course I had to remedy that situation. I cannot wait to see how these images look framed and hung on her walls.

Little V is going to make an awesome big brother. I know this because he is an awesome little man and my dear son just loves to spend time with him. Such a happy handsome little fellow and with a mini V on the way these two parents are ready to welcome another baby boy into the family.

Newborn portraits to follow this post soon

-alicia

Back where it all began

Back where it all began color pregnancy fun

Back where it all began for this beautiful family. This sweet couple called me and asked could we have their maternity portrait session at the location where they were married. Of course I said yes I would love to. Anytime we can go back to a location where a couple was married I’m in. First it is great fun for the couple and second it helps them relax for our portrait session. Having never been to this location before I was a little unsure of what we would find. Mom to be said it was a rock quarry at Carrigan Farms in Mooresville. I have been to the farm several times but I had never been to the quarry. And honestly I heard rock quarry and thought it was gonna be a bunch of weird rocks they could not use. How am I gonna make beautiful romantic pregnancy portraits in front of ugly, masculine rocks? Boy was I shocked this place is absolutely gorgeous.

And what a beautiful couple they make. These two are so excited to be parents and could not wait to meet their new little man. What a joy to work with these two. I hope they love these images as much as I do. We had a great time with the clothesline full of diapers, adorable baby blocks and cute little ducks. I cannot wait to see what they bring along when baby arrives.

What a joy it was to photograph them back where it all began. So how did I do with the ugly rocks? ;)

-alicia

 

It’s a boy! | Gender Reveal

It's a Boy

Can you all believe this crazy snow storm that just came through? This is still North Carolina right? Having a helper snowed in at our home, I had time to create this adorable gender reveal series. My son even cooperated for the most part ;) I am really excited to announce to the world we will be having a boy in early June. Our son is really thrilled to be having a little brother and I think he will be an awesome big brother. Of course there will be more pregnancy self portraits coming soon. Have a great Monday!

 

-alicia

 

 

My first maternity self portrait

Maternity self portrait black and white

 

My first maternity self portrait

For those of you who regularly read my blog ramblings you know that I never had my pregnancy photographs taken with my first child. I had a photographer hired and ready to take my portraits originally at 32 weeks. She ended up having a conflict and was unable to reschedule until I would have been 36 weeks. Ordinarily with a first time mom this would not have been a problem, as many first time moms actually deliver after their due date. However our dear son had other plans in mind. We lovingly refer to him today as our early bird ;) He arrived at 35 weeks and a few days. And the only pregnancy photograph I have from his time were taken at my baby shower. Let me just say that not having a full length mirror at home was a terrible mistake for my non-fashion conscious self. No one will see those photographs but my kiddos. This self portrait will hopefully be my first of several maternity self portraits. I have grand plans to take many. I will also be hiring a maternity photographer to photograph the whole family well in advance of this child’s arrival.

For those that are interested in how I accomplished this maternity self portrait. I have a large sliding glass door in my home studio space. I covered the doors with sheer white curtains and played with my camera settings until I was happy with the results. I came away with an aperture setting of f/4.5 and exposing at 1/100 of a second. Then I set up my tripod and set my camera to self timer. I really do love technology. It took a few takes to get my pose and place set be myself. After I had all the images I thought I would need I edited them to black and white in Adobe Lightroom. I think it turned out alright for my first try. I did decide I need a new dress or two for my later photographs. If anyone has any recommendations on where to find beautiful maternity dresses please send them along. Thanks for letting me share.

-alicia

 Maternity self portrait black and white

Before : a mini maternity portrait session

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Before : a mini maternity portrait session

Miss A called me just before her son was due to arrive. She said “I just came across this Before and After image of a pregnant mom and then the same mom with her baby. She of course included an image example. Any chance we can do this before he arrives?” having already photographed miss A’s maternity session very early in her pregnancy I said of course I can. So without further ado here are some of her Before images from this second maternity portrait session.

There will be more to come from this family in the next week or so. Miss A delivered a beautiful baby boy the following day. I cannot wait to meet him and of course take his first professional baby portraits. I just loved this idea for a before and after composite and the final product should be just as beautiful as these before portraits did.

Just a word of caution while we are on the topic of maternity portrait sessions. Please don’t wait until the last minute to contact your photographer. You could miss your chance just like I did with my first pregnancy.  And if you have ideas about your final images please don’t hesitate to share your ideas. As an artist I love to be inspired and to know what you love too. stay tuned.

-alicia

Fall Family Maternity Session

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Fall Family Maternity Session | Burke Christian Tours

I met the sweet M family out at the Christian Tours Property for an evening fall family maternity session. Check out their Facebook page if you have never been. With the waterfalls, willow trees and beautiful landscaping I may have a small love affair going on with this location.

The M family girls were just the sweetest things, and so polite. They are going to be awesome big sisters. It took me a little bit to get the youngest to warm up, but the effort was so worth it. Check out that gorgeous dimple I was rewarded with. Isn’t she just adorable? Mom tells me little M is the fashion conscious daughter and she helped pick out everyone’s outfits. Wow I think I could hire her to help other families! Don’t they look amazing and perfectly coordinated? Mom looks beautiful and she definitely has the glow! I cannot wait to meet the newest little one next month. Thanks to the M family for coming out and allowing me to photograph your family during this special time.

-alicia

Maternity Portraits | Waiting for baby girl

Maternity Portraits | Waiting for baby girl

Maternity Portraits | Waiting for baby girl

My dear friend asked me to photograph her third and possibly final pregnancy for her. I of course was honored and jumped at the chance to take her maternity portraits. They are expecting a sweet baby girl to arrive this week. I cannot wait to meet her and hold her for Mom for a little while. And also to take her newborn portraits while I am visiting of course ;)

On the day of our portrait session everyone was in good spirits. We had a great session and I am really happy with how they came together. Thanks to her two kids for participating, for those parents reading, you know how young children can have a mind of their own. I just love the colors she chose for the family session, so bright and beautiful. Even dad got in on the action.

It truly was an honor to photograph your beautiful family again. Thank you for asking me to create you maternity portraits.  I am waiting with baited breath for the news that your sweet baby girl is here.

If you are expecting and would like maternity portraits made please contact me early so I can add you to my calendar!

-alicia

Maternity & Newborn Video

9 days old newborn baby boy black and white fine art portrait

Just a short little fusion video clip to share with everyone. This beautiful family came in for a Maternity and then a newborn session that included family images. I thought it would make a fabulous Maternity & Newborn video to show off what I love to create. This new video fusion option is intriguing. I look forward to incorporating it more for the site and for clients to be able to take home and share with family. I would love to hear your thoughts on this new maternity and newborn video as well as how you would share a video of your babies.

If you are expecting please contact me for a maternity session well before your due date. I like to get you on the schedule between 6-7 months along. For a newborn session I schedule between 3 and 14 days old. Please call me before baby arrives to be added to my calendar. If you haven’t already check out our baby plan information.

-alicia