More cute newborns

Some of my maternity photography clients returned returned recently for photos of their newborn baby.  As a photographer it makes me feel great to see how happy these new families are.

Ethan - 10 Weeks in his newborn infant photographer

Cute baby smiles for photographer

Working with infants can be challenging for a photographer because they tend to set their own schedules.   So I always have some flexibility in my schedule for these sessions to allow for this.   I would always rather take a few extra minutes to allow for a meal break to make sure we have a happy baby.  It makes all the difference in the final result.

Classic B&W Belly

As you probably know by now I love the classic images when it comes to maternity photography.  I guess somewhere in the photographer part of my brain I can’t not shoot some of these beautiful images when I have a pregnant woman in front of my camera.

Classic B&W Maternity Belly

Classic B&W Maternity Belly Photograph

Looking at this photo as inspired my next fun maternity photo.  Soon as I get a chance you will see something I’ve never seen before.  It’s going to be great.  Don’t miss out.

Maternity photography – finding the light

Recently I had the chance to work with a wonderful woman on her maternity photographs.  One of the things we wanted to do was to create some black and white (B&W) photos.  For me the key to this type of photography is to use light and shadows to show off the features.  Of course models understand how to work with lights, but as a photographer I need help my clients move to take advantage of the light.

Black and white pregnancy photo called thinking of the future by Phoenix Maternity Photographer Orcatek

Finding the light in maternity photos

Working with tiny adjustments to position to move how the light falls across the subject is key.  Of course having done this for a while I know pretty close to where the pose needs to be to get the light how I want it.

The effect for my is very effective in maternity photographs.  In the example above which I call “Thinking about the future”, she looks off into the distance as if she is looking toward the future.  The light shows off her belly and it catches her cheek to bring the beauty of her face out from the shadows.  I especially like the sparkle in her eye the light created.

As you view my portfolio you will see I tend to like a lot of shadow in my B&W pregnancy photos.  I find the contrast really allows bring the photos into another place that would not be possible without the mystery of the shadows.  Of course it could be from being in Phoenix where shadows are my summer friend that also makes me love shadows too.

Family Portrait Maternity

Bringing a new baby into a family is always a special event.  Remembering the pregnancy with the entire family is becoming a popular addition to maternity photo sessions.   Sometimes its siblings, other times it is grandparents are brought into the shoot.

Typically the siblings arrive towards the end of the shoot after mom has gotten her solo photos taken.  This allows mom to concentrate on creating great photos without having to worry about anything else.

Family hands on pregnant belly by phoenix maternity photographer Orcatek.

There are as many options as there are families when it comes to creating the perfect maternity photo.  We are always open to your ideas to help you make your photos a true reflection of you.


Dean Farrell, Photographer, Orcatek Photography, Phoenix, Arizona

Creating a self-portrait is a learning experience for a photographer.  There are two key things I was reminded about making this portrait.

First, it is very important that I make sure that I make my clients feel comfortable.  Having no one to interact with made it hard for me to relax for the camera.  Once you relax, your photographs can begin to show the real you.   Music is a great way to set the mood for boudoir and modeling clients, so I tell them to bring their own if they would like.  And of course a steady stream of conversation.  It doesn’t really matter what you talk about, just something to keep the focus away from posing for the camera.

The second thing I learned was how hard it is to choose a photograph.   I went through and selected my ideas and then had my family make their selections.  It was interesting to see that they picked different photographs from me.  In fact they didn’t really care for my favorite.  It showed me how difficult it is for my clients to make decisions, and why they sometimes don’t choose the photos that I believe are some of the best.

Now I have developed some techniques in the studio for choosing the photos.   I have had several clients tell me how much easier it makes the choices.  Hopefully I will be able to find a way to put this process on-line for my clients.

Every photographer should create a self-portrait every once in a while.  It helps to put things back in focus.  (yes, cheesy photography pun.)

Bathing in B&W

Recently I had a chance to do a fun boudoir photography shoot where we had access to a bathtub full of bubbles.  A tub with bubble bath gives a photographer a chance to have some fun.

This photograph was originally planned to be a traditional color photograph, but every once in a while I will try an alternative treatment on an image to see where it can go.  In this case I found black and white to be  very effective.   Both Monique and I liked the B&W treatment over the color version of this photograph.

Even though I always have the final photograph in mind when I do click the shutter, I find that having an open mind during processing opens the door to some fun and interesting alternatives.

Monique said she liked how much more sexy the Black and White version looked.

Orcatek Boudoir and Glamour Photography – Phoenix / Scottsdale / Tempe – Arizona

Headshots in Black and White

Kandiss Black and White Headshot

Kandiss Black and White Headshot

With almost everything being in color in photography today, the fine art of a great black and white headshot is slipping away.  It seems that photographers are usually reserving it for fine art photographs.  Whereas I include it in my glamour and boudoir work, black and white also has a place in portraits and headshots.

The tonality of a black and white image adds a special depth to the images that just can’t be done with a traditional color photograph.  It is even more important that the photographer control the light with black and white to create those moods.

Color has become a crutch for some photographers, so worried the perfect red they overlook the other key elements to a photography.  Black and white, with the constraints it poses, forces the use of all a photographer’s skills to get a great image.

Digital photographers have it even tougher.  A portrait / headshot shot in black and white digitally does not have the same available range as film.  Some of the typical techniques to work around this in landscapes such as HDR, do not work practically with a person whose expression and eyes are key and move just the slightest bit between the frames.

There are other techniques that a skilled digital photographer can use to work around this, but it is a skill that takes time to learn.

Orcatek Headshot and Portrait Photography – Phoenix, Arizona