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Nathalie & Joe Maternity | La Cañada Flintridge, CA

Nathalie just happens to be a colleague of mine who overheard me mentioning an maternity photo idea that I wanted to create for my fiance's own shoot.  A week later she contacted me stating that she wasn't sure about having maternity pictures of herself taken but she liked my work so we set up a day to shoot at the beautiful Descanso Gardens in La Canada Flintridge near Pasadena. The whole shoot took a little under two hours.  After shooting a few maternity sessions now, I think that the optimal amount of time to capture images is one hour, maybe 1.5 hours if setting up lights for creative compositions.

Walking around the gardens we had the chance to capture some amazing images with the botanical elements adding an epic feel to the shots. With this session, I was able to understand that I lean more toward greens in my shadows through post-production. I was also heavily influenced by the elements in the garden so I tried not process the images in my own unique way but with some…

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