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Maternity Shoot in Clinton Township

My first ever maternity shoot

I got offered my first maternity gig ever and to say I was nervous would be an understatement. I had never done anything like this before and literally had no clue as to where to begin. Luckily I was able to peruse through maternity portfolio of one of my first photography icons whose work I had fallen in love with years ago, Lisa Holloway. She is an incredibly talented, self-taught, photographer out of Las Vegas and if you've never seen her work feel free to feast your eyes here. For this summer shoot I chose George George Park in Clinton Township as the location as there are few better venues in the area.

For this particular shoot I used the following: (click for links to Amazon)

For this particular shot I wanted to get a Lisa Holloway-esque epic shot. Needless to say I needed some off camera lighting. It was about 4pm so the sun was bright and there wasn't a cloud to be seen. She had a green dress with a green background and I wanted her to pop out of the image so I exposed for a slightly underexposed background, opened up the aperture, and zoomed into 120mm for optimal subject isolation.  I then placed the strobe in the brolly box, raised it about 7 feet high, and placed it about 10 feet in front of her. I wanted the light to cover the front of her body for a dramatic look. After a few practice takes I ended up setting the strobe to 1/4 power for the look I wanted. I then employed her fiance for "faux wind" duty (i.e. grab the back of her dress and swoosh it around a bit). I fired off about 10 sequential while he swooshed away and we ended up with a few keepers!

Camera Settings: (view this image full res on my Flickr page)

  • Aperture: f3.5
  • Shutter Speed: 1/200
  • ISO: 200
  • Focal Length: 120mm

This was a fairly basic edit that included cropping her fiance out as to not expose the secret of our perfect windy moment, some basic color & lighting corrections, pushing the green hues towards blue a bit, sharpening, and adding an exposure radial filter to make her pop a bit more.