I admit it, I’m a procrastinator. I’ve had nine months to photograph my wife’s maternity portraits, but the cobbler’s family has gone barefoot again. Until now. I was NOT going to miss this. No matter that she was in labor, we were gonna get this thing done!
With all the speed and grace of the Tazmanian Devil, I assembled a backdrop and put up some lights. We took some safe shots first: conservative crossed umbrellas, with a little back light. Kinda nice. Kinda boring. I wanted to do something abstract that stripped out everything but the curves that a pregnant woman exhibits in her fullest glory. Compositionally, I was aiming to emphasize line over form. So, I used a one-light setup on a black background. No fill. I set the light high to just glance across the belly, and I flagged the light with a cardboard box top to keep light off the background paper (I didn’t have any cinefoil handy). I also used a homemade grid/snoot to really restrict the light to her belly. The snoot was rather hastily assembled, and may be reincarnated as snootzooka V2.0. Any suggestions on how to improve it?