Pregnancy Photography for Critique

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by Vania Elise
2011 Internship Program

I took some pregnancy photos of my best friend this last month… we did a very artistic style shoot in her bedroom, using the window for natural lighting.  She made it easy on me because she is naturally photogenic.

Photography critique requested!

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  • http://www.christopherbarr.com Chris

    Well done Vania.

    I am impressed with each shot you posted. For me, this type of photography is one of the hardest to do well and you made it look easy. You produced a great breadth of aesthetic approaches and executed each at a compelling level. Superior framing and composition.

    I don’t think you hit the photo enhancement too hard although your playing on the line. The post integrates well without becoming a distraction.

    You have given your best friend a great gift.

    • http://www.vaniaelise.com Vania Elise

      Thank you Chris,
      Always a great day when I can impress : ) I definitely agree that it’s not the easiest to shoot, I went through a lot of pregnancy photos to get inspiration and I have to admit that I was nervous going into it but since it is my friend who is like a sister to me, I had a little more leeway and that gave me the confidence to make creative choices.

  • http://www.photosbyblu.com Blu

    Awwww! These are lovely :)

    The curtain photo jumps out at me, though I’m not sure why. You ever just like something but can’t nail down any technical reasons for doing so? I’m also a fan of the grainy sepia photos. Were you going for an antique look?

    The one with the lens flare is my least favorite. I feel like the colors are forced in post production. I think this photo would have better impact if it were blown out a little bit more and the luminance of her skin tone bumped up a bit. Perhaps even a different color filter. Cream or B&W? It’s a beautifully framed photo but something about her skin tone takes me out of it, I dunno.

    LOVING the nude photo. Natural. Soft. Womanly. Great job :)

    • http://www.vaniaelise.com Vania Elise

      Thank you for your feedback Blu! Honesty is always much appreciated : )
      And yes it happens to me all the time, I always look at things and really have no idea why it appeal to me or not. It makes for some good analyzing though. I was going for the antique look, I thought it makes the photos much more interesting. I could see how the one with the lens flare may set you off a bit, I would definitely agree that it does not fit with the others, but I still like it as its own piece, but probably not as much as the others.

  • http://photographybyterri.com Terri Attridge

    The first and third are amazing. I really love them and I’m sure your friend did too :) The second is great- it reminds me of pinhole photography. These remind me of Anthropologie’s photos- well done!

    • http://www.vaniaelise.com Vania Elise

      Thanks Terri,
      I think you have said something about Anthropologie before so I had to go on the website and order the catalog, I am thouroughly enjoying it. It’s definitely a compliment!

  • Susan Luther

    I do like the third on down. I love how you captured the colors with her top. The lens flare is placed just beautifully. Skin tones are well balanced. The first one has some great lighting that is soft and feels very real. I like softness of it. How was that lite? Just natural window light?

    • http://www.vaniaelise.com Vania Elise

      Thank you Susan. Yes, it was just natural window light shot in her bedroom.