Last weekend, my husband and I took a little road trip down to Albuquerque, New Mexico for a photo shoot of our own! You see, we are expecting our own little lady this June, and so naturally I wanted to capture this moment in time. We were privileged to schedule some time with the talented Amy Luna of Studio Amy Luna at the gorgeous Tent Rocks National Park. And while the images are stunning - perfect in fact - there were some things I learned being on the other side of the camera.
1. Professional HAMU do wonders. I am not horrible at doing my own hair - but "good hair days" are hard to come by for me. And certainly almost NEVER happen on a day when needed most. And sure...I can do my own makeup - I do it every day! But, there is something to be said about treating yourself to a little professional treatment before your session. It is a time to relax, so that come your session you feel ready to rock! Nanette Briggs of NBExclusive worked her magic and created the dreamy, flawless face you see in the images below. And she made sure I was in love with every aspect of my HAMU before she left.
2. A flexible attitude is key. Amy will attest to this but our session did not really go maybe as either of had envisioned. We got there with what we thought was plenty of time to shoot, only to be blindsided with a set of rules and some park rangers determined to cancel our session. Thankfully, my being pregnant paid off, because that is how this one ranger was able to buy us a little bit of extra time on the trail to get the shots we wanted. The three of us all just rolled with the punches and laughed.....a lot. And at the end of it all - I am so completely happy with our images!
3. Confidence is gained through the photographer. This session reminded me what it is like being on the other side as the subject! I panicked over what to wear. I worried that my husband and I wouldn't "go" and we would look discombobulated. I stressed over (in this particular case) not being "big enough" for the shoot. I wasn't sure I was going to look as amazing as her other maternity fine art portraits had turned out. But once Amy pulled that camera out and we began, she continuously reassured me that what she was getting was dynamite. And with each positive comment she gave, I relaxed and worked it a little more, until finally, at the end, I was completely comfortable - almost to the point of wishing I did this for a living. (Okay - maybe that's a bit dramatic, but you get my point).
Overall, I couldn't be happier with our portraits, and again cannot thank Amy enough for the wonderful evening. Xo