Is this personal work or client work ?
This is personal work. I suffered from permpartum cardiomyopathy, which is a rare heart disorder, when pregnant with my fourth child. I was diagnosed at six months pregnant and was told I had a 50% chance of surviving my pregnancy. I was also told if I did survive I would be on medication the rest of my life. I chose to write a blog about the fears and anxiety that took over at the time of my diagnosis and then share how my life has changed since then. It is my hope that someone reading my story might find a new hope and faith to just believe.
What about this session was most memorable?
This session was taken at dusk when my daughter (who I was pregnant with during my sickness) was outside on the swings. She happened to have on a shirt with hearts on it (which I totally hadn’t planned) and it gave me the idea of using the hearts to portray my story.
Where there any hurdles?
I am still learning what setting to use when capturing sunbeams and light. I had to change settings a few times while she was swinging because the movement would change the intensity of light shining behind her. I shot as fast as I could so that I could get many different angles of sun shine at the same time tried to keep my focus on my daughter and her hearts.
Don’t take your self so serious. Sometimes you will get the perfect shot and other times you will not. If your work is personal when you look back 15 years from now, you won’t regret your focus being off, you’ll cherish the meaning behind the picture. Also, I’ve learned by doing. I’ve never taken a photography course and have honestly just learned as I’ve gone. The more you do it, the better you’ll get, so just go for it (and don’t compare…comparison is the thief of all joy!).
What gear was used to achieve these?
I own a NikonD610 and use a prime 1.8 50 mm lens. I have used this lens for 90% of my work. I love it!