If you've been following my blog posts, you probably saw Part I of the Utz Session. If you haven't - check it out here!
This is Part 2. And unlike other sequels - this one is actually really good, if not better than the first one! ;-)
I have honestly never been this happy with any session before. Everything worked out perfectly, the location was great, the light was amazing, my settings were right on and I had one of the most beautiful models a Photographer could ever wish for! Looking at the pictures, you'd never think that this was only my 3rd ever (and first in years) maternity session!
I am so thankful that Jessica gave me this amazing opportunity to shoot her and her awe- baby belly!
Weeks before, Jessica and I had talked about what exactly she imagined, what she wished for her maternity session. Amongst other things, Jessica wanted water shots! So cool right? Well, cool is almost the right word for it, almost. But I think freezing- yes, that's it. That's the perfect word to describe it. FREEZING more likely.
So there we were, on a warm-ish, mostly cloudy with a cool breeze, typical German spring, late afternoon. On the 2nd of April. Now mind you, in Germany it doesn't really get warm until June, even then, only if you're lucky it gets up to the mid 80's. So naturally, the water at the location we picked out was bitter cold. But we didn't realize HOW cold just yet.......
When we arrived at the beautful, man-made "beach" of Grafenwöhr, we first started shooting in front of the vegetation growing at the pond. The sun broke through the clouds just enough for a tiny spark of light to shine directly onto Jessica. The light flare was a perfect feature I incorporated into the shoot. See for yourself!
Besides pretty vegetation, there was another sweet "prop" we got to use! This adorable little road, leading into the woods. It took a while for us to get the perfect shot, because that day tons of people decided to use the "road less traveled" and drive into the woods. I felt bad for Jessica! Being very pregnant, she had to sit down, get back up, sit back down, get back up and back and forth! But she did it! And it was totally worth it! I have so many favorites from this spot!
Doesn't she look breathtaking? And that dress! It was all so perfect! Until we decided to start with the water shots ....
Like I already mentioned, it was FREEZING. At the beginning of the session I put my hand into the water and thought: "oh, this isn't too bad." But we all know that there is a difference in touching cold water- and actually being in it!
But Jessica was a champ! She put her "big girls panties" on and went into the pond. There might have been some profanity :-D :-D and she decided not to go too deep into it, but the results are just as beautiful as I imagined they would be! I've been dying to share them with everyone!
I'm honestly a little sad that I have finished this session. I had so much fun planning, shooting and working with Jessica and editing the pictures afterwards. But I'm walking away with newly boosted confidence in my work, STUNNING maternity pictures to advertise with and great memories of the time I've spent with this amazing, gorgeous, very pleasant human being that I'm glad I get to call my friend. Thank you Jessica. For everything!
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