San Diego Beach Maternity – Posing Guide by Sarah Tolson
As I drove down towards the beach this fine Sunday, the clouds kept getting darker and darker. Maybe in the Midwest, these clouds would have been pleasant-ish. But for Southern California weather, the clouds were dark grey and angry looking.
And I had a nearly due pregnant mamma waiting for me to work photographic magic on said beach. Lucky for me, mamma was gorgeous with stunning blond hair, and a beautiful maternity gown in champagne taupe. The tones of her gown, hair, sand, and the overcast cloudy beach light was a perfect match. It was windy that afternoon, so we tried to make the most of it with her gown billowing in the breeze.
My maternity sessions are about 15-20 minutes max. On purpose. Most mammas, by the time they are ready for their session, aren’t too comfortable standing and posing for an hour. Most of my mammas want a few great images of their bellies, and that’s what I give them. This particular mamma went into labor a mere 48 hours after our session! As I said below in the sneak peek, I may just be the new castor oil. 😉
Beginner Photographers –
I shoot wide open most of the time. For the shots farther away, I made sure to close down my aperture so I could get the same light, but a bit sharper focus. I purposely underexposed by a tiny bit, so in post processing I had the ability to lighten up the image without losing the blue grey water and clouds. We didn’t get any sunset shots that night, but I love the way these images turned out. 🙂