A first pregnancy is a damned good reason to get some pictures taken. At the same time it isn’t easy to avoid ending up with those classic dad’s-hands-on-the-belly studio pictures. I have nothing against those, but personally I like it just a little different.
I prefer working on locations because locations inspire and challenge me. Bart and Sarah proposed to shoot in a tiny village called Mullem (Belgium). Good choice, we found great colors, structures and a number of beautiful backgrounds.
A while ago, Sarah was one of the models on a commercial shoots for the Belgian Fascia Therapists. But it’s still different when you’re the main subject. Sarah’s natural flair and humor made it easy to make natural pictures.
It’s said that pregnant women ‘radiate’. I don’t know if it’s like that for every pregnant woman but Sarah’s glow was almost radioactive. What I really admire in Sarah is the way she combines the strength of a mother-to-be with a crazy girlie attitude.
Sarah’s attitude was really stimulating and it didn’t take long before Bart was posing like a pro too. Some funny faces and silly remarks on my behalf (hey I have to do it, it’s part of the job), even put a natural smile on his face.
It’s hard to explain why I choose one lens over the other in some situations. When I saw the path made out of bricks and the diffuse light, I just knew I needed the 50mm f/1.4. I could have made almost the same shot with the 24-70 but it just wouldn’t work that well. Even with a 50mm 1.8 or 1.2L you would get a different picture. Every lens does something different with sharpness, unsharpness, light and colors. It’s a good advice to get to know your lenses. Take the same picture with different lenses and study the results. After a while you just know what lens is the best choice in a given situation.
Being creative doesn’t mean that you have to avoid every shot that remotely smells like a cliché. It’s clear that Bart is going to be a fantastic dad. The shoot wouldn’t have been complete with some shots of Bart with the belly.
Bart and Sarah, It was an honor to capture your happiness. I’m sure your child will grow up surrounded by pure love.