I was excited to learn that my image, "Mikvah" from my series What is Expected has been chosen as one of 202 finalists from the 35,000 entries to the VOICE 2016 Collection. The images will be included in a print gallery at the annual Click Away conference in October. What a thrill! This is the image that was chosen:
You can view the other finalists here, and you can find my image among the others in the Movement category:
So when my cousin Talia contacted me about photographing her soon-to-be-mom friend Gabriela I said sure! And when she revealed that Gabriela would be dressed as a bird for the session, I wasn’t even surprised.
Talia and Gabriela are both former Elves (as in the Seattle Sugarplum Elves) and I expected nothing short of Unusual and Creative for a maternity shoot involving them.
When I arrived, Gabriela was getting the finishing touches done on her makeup, and the set was being arranged. I love being around Sugarplum Elf energy. As if the bird makeup, wings and tummy painted like an egg weren’t enough, soon-to-be-dad Ben agreed to be dressed up as a worm, to be photographed and Photoshopped as an, um.....accessory. Fortunately, Elf Samantha Fisher is a Photoshop wiz and she created the final photo featuring Ben the Worm. Or, as I would say, Ben the Good Sport.
THIS JUST IN: The photo of Gabriela on the nest (wormless version) won the People's Choice Award in ParentMap's Bump to Bundle Photo Contest, April 2014!!