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Keukenhof Gardens Impressions

Day 23 of 30 day Challenge

Last year I went to Amsterdam in the Netherlands and visited the art museums and Keukenhof Gardens. They are open from late March to Mid May and get hundreds of thousands of visitors in that about 8 week window. Everyone comes to see about 7 million flowers in bloom. It’s amazing! Getting photos of big areas without people in them was pretty much impossible. I tried a few things out and they came out kind of cool!
I liked doing the double exposures because they kind of give the feel of the place. A riot of color, all kind of blending.

Tulips against a yellow backdrop outdoors
Double exposure on film
This is more about the blooms and petals on the ground. I love the diagonal through the corners

Versailles with a Holga

Day 22 of 30 day challenge

I had the opportunity last year to visit Paris and Amsterdam for about 10 days. It was amazing. I had such a good time going to the museums. Versailles was the hardest part of the trip in that the government had shut down part of the subway due to Yellow Vest protestor worries. We got to Versailles two hours later than we had planned and ended up in line for over an hour. Anyways… it was amazing. I think I enjoyed the Gardens and outdoors more than the palaces. Enjoy the Holga goodness! I have mixed feelings about the whole place. The people had it miserable and the “nobility” lived in luxury. Well other than the fact there were no indoor restrooms in the palace. Google it…

Repeating patterns at Versailles
One of the faces. Each was different on the Palace
Cool photo in the gardens

Hiding my Light Under a Basket

Day 21 of 30 Day Challenge

I’ve been doing maternity photos for a while. They are some of my favorite portrait sessions. We Americans do some crazy things that end up making women feel “less than” when their bodies change over time. This is often amplified in pregnancy. For many women, there is a stigma to being “fat” when they’re bringing life into the world. Being able to make photos during this phase of their life, is a special honor. I appreciate the trust I’m given to make beautiful photos.

I haven’t been sharing a lot of this work because… reasons. I’m not sure about doing retail photography after leaving retail sales 20+ years ago. My style of photos is also different from many other photographers. I tend to prefer minimal make up, minimal ‘posing’ and trying to get to the real person underneath.

If I’m honest, there’s a little impostor syndrome and a little anxiety about sharing my work too.

Any ways…. here are some maternity photos I’ve done for friends and family over the last several years. You’ll see more color in them than my earlier notes would make you expect. Usually, it’s because there is something special happening with the light or the outfits. You’ll see some dads in the photos below. I’ve also done shoots with the siblings and other family members to be part of the special time. I do them assuming that in 10 or 20 years, family will look back on the happy time before the new baby.

I love the timelessness of the ocean and a mother to be
This momma was so confident and beautiful
I love the personality in these
Proud parents to be
One of my favorite maternity photos ever. A contemplative model in a quiet moment
This momma had her baby just a few days later! I loved the light in her hair and the apparent joy in her smile
Such a great smile at a special time
I like doing these real photos of a young couple on the threshold of change
Such a beautiful smile and dress! I had to show this in color
Another classic pose by the sea
This was done in the baby’s room with Mom in the beautiful light !