Erica, Part Two, the Storybook. Expecting Parents.
Erica and Yuya had a unique vision for their maternity photography. They wanted the nostalgic feel of a storybook fairy tale, a theme that could be carried throughout baby Nate’s newborn photos.
The couple invited me into their home to spend an afternoon shooting in a relaxed environment. Not knowing what sort of backdrops I would find when I arrived at their home, I can prepared for nearly anything, and I went into the shoot with a completely open mind. I had a rough concept with a painterly classical vibe, but I knew I needed to be flexible enough to go with the flow. Fortunately, when I took a look around their home, there were some great possibilities.
These first two images were shot against the soft cream wall of their living room. It took very well to the texture overlay and created the perfect blank canvas for the type treatment. This was the shot I had in my mind from the beginning, and to think, we only needed to move the couch out of the way in order to create the right space.
Erica had mentioned she really loved my Wonderland series, which is very whimsical and playful. Having recently been inspired by floating objects, I came up with the concept of floating baby blocks spelling out baby Nate’s name. Not having any baby blocks lying around, I happened to have bunny chew blocks that looked the part. Imagine that!
Their two kitties were very actively trying to be my models, so we decided to get include them in the family portrait. It only took a little enticement to get them to pose just right :)
The braided grape vine by their front porch is one of their favorite features. I thought it was very symbolic of the two lives being braided together, as they welcome a new life into this world.