Jose + Malena Maternity

I have taken several sessions of these two now, including their engagement photos a while back. So happy for them to be welcoming a little boy into the world next May!! These photos were mostly for their gender reveal & it was supposed to storm terribly the whole weekend we had scheduled but luckily the weather held off just long enough for us to get the shoot completed! We had a few drizzles but no major downpours. I took them to a new location I found & I love the way the light came through the trees. It looks enchanted!

I should mention also, this was my first session trying out my brand new lens I chose for portraits. After much deliberation I settled on a zoom lens that can open to a very wide aperture.I am hoping this will improve my subject clarity and background bokeh. I did not go with the ‘standard’ professional lens which is a 70-200mm f/2.8 lens that costs around $2300. That was a bit too pricey for me & also I like a lens that can go to less than 70mm for my work. I chose a 16-80mm f/2.8 zoom knowing that I also have an 18-200mm zoom in my arsenal should I need it, but the aperture can only do a f/3.5 on that one. I chose a zoom over a prime 85mm lens because I was worried that, with the amount of moving and chasing small children I generally do during sessions, the prime would not be versatile enough. So far I am really pleased with the results & see a marked improvement over some previous images where I would set up a great shot but my lens just did not deliver the quality I needed. As a freelance artist, I am always learning & trying to improve my work. I enjoy picking up all the tips and tricks I can from the pros & spend a lot of time teaching myself new techniques.

Anyway, here are some of the gorgeous shots from this special session:




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