I have been busy trying my hand at creating stunning maternity photos in the great outdoors. It is a lot different from the studio maternity sessions that I provide for most of my clients. First, the weather makes scheduling a bit of a challenge. Second, the changing lighting due to the setting sun makes getting a proper exposure a bit more tedious. Lastly, it is gorgeous. The natural environment makes posing easier, as I can utilize the natural landscape to keep the session from feeling repetitive.
My stunning maternity subject, and her soon to be husband, were both great sports. Expecting her forth and final baby, this was a great time to capture her pregnant belly.
Our session took place in Emily Murphy Park, in Edmonton. This park isn’t often chosen by photographers, for a number of reasons, but I happen to love it. There is a wide variety of spots all within close proximity to photograph in. On this particular night, we were even entertained by a gathering of bag pipers. I don’t usually enjoy the bag pipes, but in the wide open, the music seemed to add a little something extra to the ethereal nature of our session.
To create our stunning maternity photos, we took full advantage of the diverse landscape in Emily Murphy Park.
We started our session in the river. The blue maternity gown played of the blue of the water. I edited these images to bring out the natural blues and greens and to play up the softness of the setting sun.
We made our way to one of the many walking trails in Edmonton’s river valley. The trail offered the perfect setting for a few fairy tail feeling images.
The final stop, was the staircase that heads towards Groat Road. The sun was setting, providing us with beautiful soft light. The images really show the beauty of shooting at golden hour.
Even though we had to reschedule due to rain a couple of times, I think that the natural setting was the perfect backdrop for these stunning maternity photos.
Thank-you so much Alya and Cody for being such great subjects!
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