A lot can happen in 4 years and so it has for a past DSLR photography student of mine. I first met Betty in November of 2010 for a couple of 1-on-1 DSLR photography lessons with her Canon T1i. She contacted me this fall inquiring about maternity portraits and after a bit of schedule gymnastics, we were able to find a date and location that worked out. It seems that in those 4 years she was busy, not so much with her photography as she informed me sadly, but in her personal life getting married and now expecting a baby.
It is always nice to see a past photography client again and especially so to photograph a new part of their life. It was a bit breezy out on the beach at Honeymoon Island State Park, but otherwise the weather cooperated pretty well. I had a number of different styles of shots I wanted to try, including the tightly composed profile photo above. I cut out the existing background as it was not very vivid to begin with and replaced it with a pure white digital background.
For the last shot of the afternoon I asked them how willing they were to get a bit sandy. They were quite willing so I was able to try out an overhead shot I thought was a bit different than the usual maternity composition angle. I look forward to photographing Betty and baby in 2015!