Photographing the people you care about is like getting a head start in a race. The connection between subject and photographer, which is so paramount in the creative process, is already firmly established. My subject for this session was a dear friend of almost 23 years and her family. I have known Kathryn since the first grade and was so honored to be able to photography her maternity/family session.
We wanted to do a beach session that was relaxed and calm. I choose little Corona in Corona Del Mar, California. It has a wonderful tide pool and rock formations. We decided on a muted color pallet for the outfits that would match the tones of ocean but stand out slightly. We had about an hour of sunlight left when we started the session and worked our way down the beach. A few shots where planned out but most of them came organically. Forming a few seconds before the shutter was fired. I love working in this manner. Letting the nature interpersonal relationships and love of the family move the process.
In reference to the beach, I have always said the environment is the most important part of any photography project. It truly shapes the overall feel and emotion from both subject and artist. I find myself going back to the same locations, not because of the aesthetic but because I am draw to how my subjects react to the space. There is a intrinsic link between the canvas of the sea and a mother with child. I am so happy with the final outcome and excited to share.
Nikon D800 body
Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 lens
Nikkor 17-35mm f/2.8 lens
Pentax 67 with 150mm f/2.8 lens
Color film developed and scanned by RPL
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