Black and White Rocks

When color photography first came out, everyone was excited.  Now we could see things in the colors they actually are seen.   Slowly over time black and white faded out and was seldom used.   Along came digital and it started in color as we expected color from digital, just like we did from our film.

Now black and white images get noticed as they stand out from the sea of color photographs.  They add an artistic value in the eyes of many consumers of photography.  They create a feeling and look that just isn’t there in color.

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

Finding the light in maternity photos

Take the image show here.  It would be very different in color.  Sure it would contain more information about the tone of her skin, is she pale, tan, darker or lighter than you.  In black and white it is difficult to infer.  What becomes more important is the shapes and how light catches it.

Shadows vs light become the key to defining an image.  Creating a digital image is not as simple as choosing black and white on your camera or in Photoshop.  You need to plan ahead of time to create the textures and mood you desire.   Lighting will be planned differently to get the contrast desired.

Sure I use the B&W setting on my camera to preview the idea.  I also tweak those settings to fit my vision of the shot to aid in my set-up.

Colored filters are often used to create to change the color relationships when converted to black and white.  In color it would throw a skin tone way off, but in black and white it can enhance or reduce features as you desire.

I like to explore black and white when create maternity images as it brings them to another level.  I find clients all love seem to love it too.

Twins and More

I’ve had a recent trend. In the past month I have photographed several women who were pregnant with twins and triplets. With the baby bump getting big fast, they came in much earlier for their maternity photography.

I’m sure it was just an odd coincidence and not something in the water LOL.  Everyone seem really excited about this, which I love to see.   As this joy comes through in the photographs.

Good luck to all you wonderful moms.   See you soon for your newborn photo sessions!


Father and Son

The love between a father and his son is a special bound.  And what a better to celebrate Father’s Day than with this photo from one of my newborn photographer clients here in Phoenix.

Father and Son

Father and Son

I know this is a special Father’s day, as it is the first for the two of them together.  His baby son at this young age is just cute as can be.

Jessica Simpson’s Belly Obscene?

When Jessica Simpson showed a nude pregnancy photo on the cover of Elle, it created quite a stir in some cities.  Here in Arizona, some stores in Tucson got complaints that it was obscene.

Jessica Simpson and Demi Moore Pregnant Nude

Jessica Simpson and Demi Moore Pregnant

It was the same pose that Demi Moore had done many years earlier on the cover of Vanity Fair.  How is this anything but beautiful?   This is a classic maternity pose that every good maternity photographer will provide for their clients who want it.

Don’t miss out on capturing the beauty of your pregnancy.  You may not want to be as bold as these two, but we will always create some amazing memories.


Babies, Babies Everywhere

February was the month for Maternity photos.  I had a ton of pregnant moms come in for photos (no pun intended).  It is always great to see the happiness these new babies are bringing the families.

Another thing I was happy to see was so many brought the dads and siblings in for some photos too.  Nothings better than getting the family photo where everyone is in anticipation of the new child.

Baby Boy on the Way

Always get requests for different ideas as a maternity photographer.    This time the desire was to use blue fabric to show off the baby bump.

Maternity Pregnancy where photographer uses blue fabric on belly in Scottsdale.

Baby Bump in Blue

It is a beautiful way to show the future boy is on the way.  Of course the follow-up with newborn photos is often not far behind.   Can’t wait to meet this little cutie.

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.

You’re a Daddy

Maternity Pin-up

Maternity Pin-up "You're a Daddy!"

Sometimes it can be fun to be a bit more creative with maternity photos than tradition.  My photographer mind is always going off into left field with ideas.  We had a great time creating this photo as a fun pregnancy pin-up that everyone got a big laugh out of.  Come back next week to see another fun idea.