Maternity Photos- Wimington, North Carolina Maternity Photographer

I have to admit I never thought I would be photographing maternity. I started off with landscape then shifting to portrait, and specializing in weddings, and consequently falling in love with just portraits again. The gift of a portrait is truly priceless.

And with that said there is not another gift that I can imagine that is more priceless than this.

Now, I’m not naive in thinking that being pregnant is the most perfect time in your life. I  know it’s not cotton candy skies, rainbows and unicorns flying all around you. I know that your breast hurt, and your body stretches, and you feel heavy, and the last thing you may want to do is get a photograph at the moment. I know we all joke about having that burrito belly or burger belly but your belly is so much more than that! It’s actual life.

This is the time to relish at the moment.

This is such a special occasion in a women’s life and it’s one that shouldn’t be filled with thoughts of your size, or how will you lose the weight. I know many women struggle with the thought about how they will reclaim the body they had before causing them not to enjoy this time as much. In order to have a healthy baby, you gotta give them food and that will come with gaining a few more pounds. But that doesn’t have to make the memories of you being pregnant bad.

So this is where I come in. I try and achieve looks that make you feel gorgeous. After all, that’s what you are. A mom is a badass.. ya know what. And celebrating that is a definite must!

YOU ARE CREATING A LIFE.

I cannot think of anything more beautiful, awesome, courageous, selfless than choosing to carry a child for nine months.  You are the epitome of a miracle happening.  The moment you learned of your pregnancy was the moment you became a mother. And it’s up to me as a photographer to help you realize that. I have not had the privilege of being a mom, but I will say that I can attest to the beauty that resonates with a mom to be. She is already gentle, patient, and protective of her child. You have already given up so much and this selfless love is such a gorgeous act. And what better way of celebrating this then letting me take your photo.

The process is meant to make you feel beautiful in your skin again. I want to make you see that beauty comes in all forms, even in this stage of your life. I want you to feel empowered and give yourself some grace in knowing you’re doing wonderful and this is only preparing you for the most awesome gift you can give yourself and your loved ones.

If you are pregnant and I’ve won you over with this post.. Well one, I can’t wait to meet you and your bump! And two, the process is very easy like I mentioned. 6 weeks before you pop is usually our go time. By this time your belly is perfectly round and we can help avoid any early pregnancy happenings. If you want a later date and feel comfortable with it, I am also willing to help. Our wardrobe is up to you. I’ll guide you through pieces that will accentuate all the new awesome parts of your body. (Ya know.. those newfound boobs, and those new hips)

You can still look glamorous and sexy while being pregnant. So whatever you feel good in and want to bring with you don’t hesitate.

Here are a few examples of my latest shoot with Jess who proved that being pregnant is definitely the time to be photographed <3

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Modern Headshots

Modern Headshots

Your headshots are a representation of your brand. Whether your brand is clothing, jewelry, a doctor, etc, and or just you being yourself, it’s a chance for you to showcase yourself in a professional manner without losing your personality.

When I shoot headshots, I will spend about an hour to two hours with my client. In preparation for our shoot, I’ll scope out locations. And if you prefer indoor, we will do a background setup for your shoot.

The time spent is perfecting what you want to relay back to print. For example, my friend below works with the public, so her images were focusing on her personality and creating a vulnerability of trust through her images. Katie is outgoing and fun and wanted to make sure her personality was shown through her posing.

Whether you want to be casual, or more business in your wardrobe, its all up to you. Social media is one of the thriving forces for business nowadays, and it’s important to have the right image of your brand to help with connecting with your audiences.

There are so many different aspects we can explore to make sure that we are getting the right image for you!

Tips for a successful headshot session:

  1. Outfits… Bring anything you feel that you feel comfortable in and also will transform you to translate whatever your objective is.  Also, remember accessories are a must. These little pieces will help tie all your looks together and also bring new life to different outfits.
  2. Locations… Depending on your brand, company, and or personality, we can choose indoors or outdoors.
  3. Makeup and Hair.. When getting your headshots done, I can recommend a few people that do hair and makeup, and or if you feel more comfortable with your finds, by all means, use them! I think that hair and makeup truly round out the session. It allows you to feel confident, and at you’re very best.
  4. Don’t be nervous. Photos can be daunting but this is about you.  We will laugh, talk, and dance if you like! 🙂 I’ll guide you through our poses and you won’t even realize what you’re doing after a certain while. I promise 🙂
  5. Scheduling… We will have two dates. A rain date if by chance you are wanting an outdoor location. Depending on the wants for our shoot, we can even do two days if several locations are wanted.

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Portraits- Prints and why you should be present in a selfie generation

Photography is our modern day storyteller. And the print is the beautiful result.  It’s the only thing you will probably own that will gather more value in the years you have it. It’ll tell a story, evoke feelings, and create a legacy for future generations.

In a generation filled with selfie-takers, I think it’s important to not forget the story. The story of the day, the story of the moment, and not to quote too much of One Direction, but the story of your life 🙂 We move so fast and forget to really relic in the air that you breathe, we don’t taste it, we don’t enjoy the feel of it, nor the warmth or cold feelings that touch your skin. We are unfortunately a very fast paced society that wants instant gratification and often escapes the beauty of things because of this. Digital images are stored onto a phone, this phone than dies and those photos are sometimes moved, or forgotten about. We have become an obsessive-compulsive photo taking society.

We do it so meaninglessly that we have created a generation that does not give worth to what an actual print is. We don’t listen to music when we are at a venue, instead, you hid behind the phone lens and take an excessive amount of images that just stay buried in your photo libary. These images are accompanied by other meaningless images that serve as a reminder of a generation that will never be passed on. Digital images aren’t forever. A phone will die, the cloud will cease to exist one day, and you’re left with nothing. A print has proven to serve its worth, with the prints that are hanging on your wall, the ones that are laying in an album, and also the images of generations ago that are still in mint condition.

Prints are forever. That photograph allows you to slow down the moment, and revisit it in a whole different way. You’ll be remembering the moment instead of hiding behind the camera lens, missing what was in front of you.  And how special to have pictures of your life to share with your younger generations. It truly is a gift of being relevant and also connected with everyone around us even we are ourselves are gone.

 

Tips to step out of the “selfie loophole”…

Focus on yourself and your background. Pull back just a wee bit to see where you are.. If you just focus on your face, you will end up with a library of the same pose and face, and it’ll seem not as powerful than something that focuses on more. You want to pull back so you can see what you were doing and what made that place, feeling, or moment special. And if you can wing it, hire someone to follow you and help you document a trip or an event. And if you can’t, put your camera on a timer, and shoot as though you were telling a story not creating crazy lip poses.

Just by following these simple tips, I guarantee your documenting skills will be so good that you won’t even remember what taking a selfie was like.

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Welcome

A place to see my travels, encounters, and recent work.

And of course to have the occasional giggle...

Paula Andrea

Wilmington, North Carolina Portrait Photographer

Specializing in Editorial/Commercial and Portrait work

(Personal Branding Photographer)

-Available for domestic & international travel-