I love this image because the sun and clouds provide such a dynamic background. I also think the sea oats help to frame the subject, while providing a reference to the beach location. Oh yeah, that is a flower in her hair, not a really big ear!
This image is a little softer. Most photographers these days would automatically increase the contrast and saturation to make it "pop." But I think muted colors and diffused light (from that cloudy sky) contribute to the overall calm and tranquil feel of the image. What really makes this shot is Karen's pose. I set her general body position so the sun would provide a nice accent light to her shape, then asked her to keep changing it up a little bit any way that felt natural. What a great model!
Thanks Karen for dealing with 90 degree heat while pregnant! Geez, and I complain about carrying camera gear around! Remember ladies, being pregnant is a beautiful thing that will be gone before you know it. A maternity shoot is a great way to preserve memories of that special time for years to come. The new arrival will also get a kick out of seeing his or her first "baby" pictures some day. To schedule a maternity shoot, or for more information, email me.