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August 11, 2009

My Friend Rachel │Ottawa Kansas Portrait Photographer

I like to wrangle my friends into letting me practice portrait genres that I haven't yet experienced. That way there's less pressure and I can see if I like it or not. Today I coerced my friend Rachel into some impromptu maternity shots. And by impromptu, I mean I called her this morning and said, "Hey, remember that time you said I could practice on you? Can I come over at noon?"


I gave myself two challenges today. Number one: to get some creative maternity shots. Number two: to shoot at midday.


I have to say, I usually stick with my favored morning and evening light because it inspires me. But now that I see I can produce something I like at noon, I know it's an option too.


My brain wasn't working properly (I'd like to blame the harsh light) so we went inside halfway through the session to get online inspiration...another advantage to photographing a friend.

rachel maternity

Can I just say that I'm extremely jealous of Rachel's hair? This isn't a byproduct of pregnancy for her; it's always that great.

rachel maternity

rachel maternity

I wonder if Nathan knows what's just around the corner....


rachel maternity

Two more months...


Dawn @ My Home Sweet Home said...

Nice work! Maternity photography sounds like fun!

Rachel said...

Thanks - these all turned out really good! I really like the belly/toes one - it just amuses me! I'm glad we tried it.

Brooke said...

I'm totally with you on the hair envy. I don't understand why she's always complaining about it. At least hers curls decently. Mine is frizz city.

Miss Conduct said...

Carrie, these are so beautiful! They are so much better than the typical ones you see of the big giant bow around the naked belly. (Although sometimes the fingers making a heart shape is sort of cute.) You did such a lovely job focusing on her gorgeous pregnancy belly without resorting to those tactics or showing it bare. So fantastic! (Although, there isn't anything wrong with those "tactics" either if you ever do them in the future. :))

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