Courtney and Pablo held their first Baker Beach maternity shoot, wanting to commemorate this new and exciting period in their lives for their first born by driving up from Fresno and enjoying San Francisco for a few days. Not knowing the City that well, they desired a beach setting and I happily recommended Baker Beach because it is the most common place I shoot in, but also the cleanest beach setting in San Francisco. I love the fact that they brought some props to the shoot, which allowed us to play with new poses and ideas and not simply focus on Courtney’s stomach. Whenever your Couples have something to read or hold, they always allow the shoot to be more natural and allows for more candid reactions and emotions. I don’t mind shooting traditional photos (I always do I just don’t show them much on my website because they are too basic and anyone can take a posed photo!) but always love putting my own fun twist that Couples seem to hire me for, such as telling them to toss their little child’s shoes to each other, in addition to simply holding it above the belly.
No Baker Beach maternity shoot is complete without taking photos with the iconic Golden Gate Bridge behind you, and the low tide that day helped provide some gorgeous reflections that help make the photos pop. Pro tip – shooting at a low angle inches above the water helps with the reflections! When the light and water come together perfectly at Baker Beach, the photos are just magical and I was so happy the conditions allowed for some beautiful light for this couple visiting from out of town. When the stars align it makes it obvious why so many people choose this location for their photo session!
Congratulations Courtney and Pablo on your first child!