Maternity Session experience with mu-43

Discussion in 'Other Genres' started by Dramaturg, Sep 13, 2014.

  1. Dramaturg

    Dramaturg Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jun 7, 2013
    Hello everyone! Since this forum is also about sharing our mu-43 shooting experience I wanted to post some photos from my recent maternity session. After I did one photosession for the friend of mine her friends started asking me to do the same for them. They all agree to pay for the session even though I explaine them I am not a pro and don't use a huge black camera with "Canon" logo on it. This somewhat challenges me as it is a completely different experience when you do a paid job. So below you will see some samples from my very first maternity session. I never shot pregnant women before but the client was rather clear about what she wanted me "create". So I tried. Comments and critique are welcomed :) .

    <a href="" title="anastasia maternity 01 by Yevgen Shatalov, on Flickr"> 15182157292_c92025f885_o. "800" height="534" alt="anastasia maternity 01"></a>

    <a href="" title="anastasia maternity 12 by Yevgen Shatalov, on Flickr"> 15179517641_2b04d30177_o. "600" height="800" alt="anastasia maternity 12"></a>

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    <a href="" title="anastasia maternity 14 by Yevgen Shatalov, on Flickr"> 15182531155_19560391c9_o. "600" height="800" alt="anastasia maternity 14"></a>

    <a href="" title="anastasia maternity 15 by Yevgen Shatalov, on Flickr"> 14995859720_72b37aa363_o. "600" height="800" alt="anastasia maternity 15"></a>

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    <a href="" title="anastasia maternity 09 by Yevgen Shatalov, on Flickr"> 15179518261_21aff7d17d_o. "600" height="800" alt="anastasia maternity 09"></a>

    <a href="" title="anastasia maternity 07 by Yevgen Shatalov, on Flickr"> 15182156572_d871d76cf9_o. "800" height="523" alt="anastasia maternity 07"></a>

    <a href="" title="anastasia maternity 06 by Yevgen Shatalov, on Flickr"> 15179518741_1d78c28721_o. "600" height="800" alt="anastasia maternity 06"></a>

    <a href="" title="anastasia maternity 08 by Yevgen Shatalov, on Flickr"> 14995967707_a92101f238_o. "800" height="600" alt="anastasia maternity 08"></a>

    <a href="" title="anastasia maternity 10 by Yevgen Shatalov, on Flickr"> 14995860990_a5ee469a1b_o. "800" height="600" alt="anastasia maternity 10"></a>

    <a href="" title="anastasia maternity 11 by Yevgen Shatalov, on Flickr"> 14995860800_59118b4bdc_o. "800" height="534" alt="anastasia maternity 11"></a>

    <a href="" title="anastasia maternity 20 by Yevgen Shatalov, on Flickr"> 14995859000_a8dbe15a73_o. "600" height="800" alt="anastasia maternity 20"></a>

    <a href="" title="anastasia maternity 21 by Yevgen Shatalov, on Flickr"> 15159503856_e404a51b21_o. "800" height="587" alt="anastasia maternity 21"></a>

    <a href="" title="anastasia maternity 22 by Yevgen Shatalov, on Flickr"> 15159503776_c1c11efaef_o. "600" height="800" alt="anastasia maternity 22"></a>

    <a href="" title="anastasia maternity 23 by Yevgen Shatalov, on Flickr"> 15179515281_e76b9b2651_o. "800" height="600" alt="anastasia maternity 23"></a>

    <a href="" title="anastasia maternity 24 by Yevgen Shatalov, on Flickr"> 14995948568_42df73823d_o. "600" height="800" alt="anastasia maternity 24"></a>

    <a href="" title="anastasia maternity 25 by Yevgen Shatalov, on Flickr"> 14995964417_f413a067a4_o. "800" height="600" alt="anastasia maternity 25"></a>

    <a href="" title="anastasia maternity 26 by Yevgen Shatalov, on Flickr"> 14995962257_2a025137c8_o. "800" height="600" alt="anastasia maternity 26"></a>

    <a href="" title="anastasia maternity 27 by Yevgen Shatalov, on Flickr"> 14995763249_64d2d7acde_o. "800" height="344" alt="anastasia maternity 27"></a>

    <a href="" title="anastasia maternity 28 by Yevgen Shatalov, on Flickr"> 14995857420_071547d0dc_o. "800" height="600" alt="anastasia maternity 28"></a>

    <a href="" title="anastasia maternity 30 by Yevgen Shatalov, on Flickr"> 15182528375_9caf265ed4_o. "600" height="800" alt="anastasia maternity 30"></a>

    <a href="" title="anastasia maternity 35 by Yevgen Shatalov, on Flickr"> 15179514031_609ac463ca_o. "800" height="534" alt="anastasia maternity 35"></a>

    <a href="" title="anastasia maternity 36 by Yevgen Shatalov, on Flickr"> 15179513991_ac75ffa057_o. "800" height="446" alt="anastasia maternity 36"></a>

    <a href="" title="anastasia maternity 37 by Yevgen Shatalov, on Flickr"> 14995963347_a9e08cbbed_o. "600" height="800" alt="anastasia maternity 37"></a>

    <a href="" title="anastasia maternity 38 by Yevgen Shatalov, on Flickr"> 14995856650_f65887a9cb_o. "800" height="611" alt="anastasia maternity 38"></a>

    <a href="" title="anastasia maternity 39 by Yevgen Shatalov, on Flickr"> 14995947008_ed9639a13c_o. "800" height="600" alt="anastasia maternity 39"></a>

    <a href="" title="anastasia maternity 40 by Yevgen Shatalov, on Flickr"> 14995761869_e5914e5be8_o. "800" height="450" alt="anastasia maternity 40"></a>

    <a href="" title="anastasia maternity 45 by Yevgen Shatalov, on Flickr"> 15182150512_a23aae2aac_o. "800" height="534" alt="anastasia maternity 45"></a>​
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  2. Very nice shots! What lenses did you use? My girlfriend is due next month and I would love to get shots like yours. Unfortunately I wouldn't know where to start with choosing locations.
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  3. Talanis

    Talanis Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Oct 15, 2012
    Sherbrooke, Canada
    Eric Cote
    Beautiful !

    Sent from my Nexus 7 using Mu-43 mobile app
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  4. spatulaboy

    spatulaboy I'm not really here Subscribing Member

    Jul 13, 2011
    North Carolina
    Yevgen these are the best maternity shots I have ever seen. Job well done; you should be proud of your accomplishment!
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  5. mnhoj

    mnhoj There and back again

    Dec 3, 2011
    Los Angeles
    John M
    Wonderfully done.
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  6. pdk42

    pdk42 One of the "Eh?" team

    Jan 11, 2013
    Leamington Spa, UK
    Yea, super shots. Womanhood in all its glory! I'm sure she's very pleased with them.
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  7. Matero

    Matero Mu-43 Veteran

    Jun 22, 2013
    Very nice shots, all of them. Well done. However if small portion of critics is allowed I'd like to add some.

    I really liked the first set shot in studio environment. It was so clear and the object was really beautiful and natural. Remembering this was maternity set.

    When the object was taken out to the nature, the background started to distract. And the make-up was too pop, maybe. At least for my taste. Still also photos taken in nature had very good samples, romantic, natural.

    But as said, for me the first set shot inside was really the thing.

    Thanks for sharing your work!
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  8. Dramaturg

    Dramaturg Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jun 7, 2013
    Thank you guys for your comments. All my keepers came from PL25 and OLY45. It does look like two different sessions indeed. The client wanted a studio session of "PREGNANT ME" and an outside walk of "ME PREGNANT" (not sure if that makes much sense :) ). Anyway, that's what she wanted, and that's what I had to work with. There were other photos, some are much more sensitive and perhaps are not suited for the forum like this, but anyway, the client is happy and this means I am happy as well :)  Still so much to learn though.

    Sent from my iPhone using Mu-43 mobile app
  9. sebs_color

    sebs_color Mu-43 Regular

    Jan 5, 2014
    Virginia Beach, Virginia
    wow these are great!
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  10. titi_8881

    titi_8881 Mu-43 Regular

    Dec 15, 2013
    Sherbrooke, QC, Canada
    Fantastic work !
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  11. scott2hot

    scott2hot Mu-43 Veteran

    Aug 27, 2012
    west yorkshire
    PRO IS JUST A WORD! These are as good as any shots a so called PRO could do with 20K of notch as usual.
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  12. BLX

    BLX Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Feb 24, 2012
    Brilliant stuff here.
    Amazing photographing skills and pp'ing as well
    Well done indeed :2thumbs:
  13. Etude

    Etude Long Exposure Addict

    Jun 24, 2013
    :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup:
    Excellent work and very nice tone and PP!
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  14. jrsilva

    jrsilva Mu-43 All-Pro

    Nov 1, 2012
    You've made a quality work. Very inspiring.
    I think you have achieved what the client wanted.
    The concept and the PP are well suited for the subject of the session.
    Keep up the good work.
  15. Ramsey

    Ramsey Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jan 9, 2013
    Zagreb, Croatia
    wonderful set.

    As someone already said, i also prefer the first part, it just looks more personal (which this type of work should be IMO). The ones where it's clear that she's actually having fun are just amazing. The second session (especially the pics after the hat picture) have a great feel to them, mostly due to the subject(duh) and the PP. Care to explain what your usual PP workflow is?
  16. RevBob

    RevBob Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Jun 4, 2011
    NorthWestern PA
    Beautiful set, very well done. :2thumbs:
  17. Dramaturg

    Dramaturg Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jun 7, 2013
    Thank you for the comments! Composition wise and quality wise - mu43 is there. You can achieve a lot with it indeed. If only Oly 75 was more affordable :rolleyes: 

    I guess there is nothing special. I am simply trying to abandan that digital look that Olympus (or any other DSLR) produces. I always do basic twicks with curves like rising the shadows and lowering the highlights (depending on the scene I do split curve corrections as well), do a bit of split toning (adding warmer colors into highlits and cooler into shadows) and play with general correction sliders. Recently I've been using some of Maxim's (Livingloud) presets as a start and then did corrections based on them. So, I am still searching, so to say :) 
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