My first maternity shoot: Week 32
Last week, I was shot by a legend. I traveled all the way up to bonny Scotland to visit multi-award winning photographers Trevor and Faye Yerbury and take all my kit off.
As a photographer myself, I think it’s a good idea to get in front of the lens sometimes, just to be reminded how scary it can be. And since I often ask women to take their clothes off for my photo shoots, it’s only fair that I give it a go, too.
Trevor Yerbury has won just about every photographic award going and has shot iconic images of celebrities like Billy Connolly. He shot me on a gold Hasselblad that he won in the Kodak awards many moons ago. Faye is also a noted photographer with many awards under her belt. They’ve been together for 38 years. It was amazing to watch them working in the studio, anticipating each other’s needs and both inputting into the final image. With Trevor towering over 6 feet tall and Faye at a petite 5’2″, they make a striking combination and that dynamism really translates into their amazing work. I also loved the calm atmosphere of their house, with the walls covered in decades of their photography. It definitely put me at ease for getting down to my birthday suit.
One of the perks of being a photographer is that I’ve got lots of friends who can shoot me. Er, I mean photograph me. Throughout my pregnancy, I’m planning to have three maternity shoots. The first, a fine art nude shoot with Faye and Trevor, is done and dusted. The next one will be at the end of April in my own studio, where we’ll be shooting me Vintage Boudoir style. For those who don’t know what that means, we’ll be doing a shoot inspired by 1940’s pin-up imagery. Fun stuff. Finally, assuming I haven’t had the baby early, I’ll be doing a shoot with my amazing friend, Nikole Ramsay, an extremely talented Australian photographer. We’ll be going outside to do something natural and soft.
Maternity photography has been growing in popularity in the UK for a while now and I’ve noticed a definite increase in the number of preggo shoots we’re doing in the studio. I know that all women don’t feel the same about their pregnancy, but I’ve felt absolutely radiant through most of mine (we’ll just ignore the first 19 weeks. Blech). It’s worth getting professional images done to document this period in your life. The best time is after the 30-week mark. The point of my doing these three shoots is to show you the different types of maternity shoots available to you.
I wouldn’t normally entertain the thought of being photographed nude; however, being pregnant seemed to give me the excuse to just do it. The “child-bearing” hips I’ve derided my whole life suddenly seem nicely balanced by the big bump at the front. And I don’t even have to worry about cellulite because a combination of clever lighting, expert posing and Photoshop will take care of that nicely. Trevor and Faye really are masters of their craft and, if you can take your Babymoon in Scotland, I highly recommend seeing if you can get an appointment with them. I can’t wait to share the images with you in the next couple weeks.
NOTE: the image with this post is not from my shoot with Trevor and Faye. It is from our studio.