I absolutely adored shooting Wes & Salina. Photographing soon-to-be families, and then being a part of them becoming real families is one of my favorite parts of being a photographer. I love witnessing firsthand, the love anticipation of a newborn. There is such an innate joy, beauty and meaningfulness to maternity photography. There is a genuineness to the emotion and expressions of expecting mothers and fathers whether it be their first or their 5th. To watch a mother hold her tummy knowingly, or have a father looking on in amazement at the feel of his baby’s kick gives my job a sense of awe. Salina and Wes could hardly conceal their excitement of bringing their new baby into the world, and even though she hardly shows that bump on her thin frame, it wont be long now.
I had the pleasure of shooting Salina a while back, and even though she is a gorgeous, she was reserved and shy. This time around she left all of her reservations behind for the wisdom and glow that only pregnant woman posses. The couple have a very soft and demure tenderness lets me know that they were born to be great parents. I shot them at Puako Bay on the Big Island of Hawaii. Oftentimes, Kilauea crater will spew volcanic fog, known as vog, and the winds will wrap it around the island up to Waikoloa. Although the vog is not so great for the environment, it did provide some beautiful soft lighting for this portrait session. Just enough coverage to keep everything warm and sunny, but still soft.