Blog | Houston Maternity Photographer Hollywood Portraits - Lesley T. Lastufka Photography

Blog | Houston Maternity Photographer Hollywood Portraits

Sometimes in the business of life, holidays, obligations, we forget to breathe. In the pursuit of making other people satisfy, you forget what satisfies you. In September, I felt a nudge to capture some portraits as I never have before. I decided to step out of my comfort zone and posted a model call in the Houston and Galveston area, looking for two expecting mothers to help me captures some unique images.

My Maternity Model

Today I'm revealing some of my favorites photos from my Hollywood-inspired studio shoot; my model, Kelly, has a smile of a starlet and the perfect baby bump! Kelly has never had professional studio maternity portraits taken before and I was excited to give her an experience just like my clients'. She's expecting her third child and " ..every single pregnancy was worth it because I can't imagine my life without my precious babies. Our bodies can do some really incredible things, and even though I have some battle scars, I'm pretty proud of my body for carrying these babies for 9 months and giving birth." Kelly herself is a very caring labor and delivery nurse, and I was privileged to get to know her.

The Style

Kelly is wearing a maternity photography dress designed by Ana Brandt International, with a sash and jewelry provided by my studio. I'm proud to offer unique and beautiful maternity gowns, exclusively for my clients' use! Using our Hollywood-inspired Pinterest board to collaborate with Kelly and Danielle, we focused on bright red lipstick, careful curls, and long lashes. I'd like to give a special thanks to my makeup artist and licensed cosmetologist, Danielle Schumann, (@d.nic.s) for helping make my vision a reality.

The Portrait Experience

Inspired by Hollywood photographer George Harrell, I set up two continuous lights next to a large black backdrop to create the dramatic lighting. Kelly sat on a green velvet chair with carved wooden roses; I even found 1930s and 40s music to set the mood. With my videographer, Leelund Kim, there to capture the session, we captured the classic portraits you see here. Doesn't Kelly look stunning?

Maternity Photography

To capture even more looks, Kelly also modeled one of my most popular maternity styles...soft, bright light that flatters every expecting mother. This style of photography looks soft and romantic in color, but to fit the style of this session, I'm showing you mostly black and white images. Kelly mentioned having "maternity photos taken is a fun way to celebrate and remember the short time I carried this little guy or girl (it's a surprise!) in my belly!"

Thank you so much, Kelly, for being my model, and I hope to work with you again!