By Jenner | May 25, 2012 at 11:33 AM EDT | 1 comment
At 32 weeks pregnant I took on the task of the equally exciting yet dreaded maternity photo. I mean no girl I know likes to be photographed when they feel like large Marge. With that being said, there is such a marvel in the human body during pregnancy and the love it brings to your life that you want to remember forever.
I needed to find someone that saw what I wanted to see when I looked at a photo. Someone who captured that real life moment. Someone who looked passed the pretty picture and brought out the rawness of human emotion. Someone who wasn't going to make me look like this:
(No offense to this broad if that's what she's into. Hop! Hop!)
Being that we moved to south Florida to incubate our child, I wasn't familiar with the photographer community. I searched online and looked at probably 20 different "photographers" websites. I have that in quotes because hot damn there are websites that look like someone picked up a disposable camera, shot off some pictures when they woke up and called themselves a photographer. (Maybe I am just really critical because anyone that knows me knows how obsessed I am with photos.) Then finally I came across Sam I Am Photography. I clicked on the site and the first picture that popped up was exactly what I wanted to see, raw, original and the human spirit. As I looked through the gallery I knew this was the photographer for me.
Sam, short for Samantha, is a woman who could be the most "tell it like it is" person I have ever met. For me this is heaven! Everyone knows I'm not scared to say exactly what I think. Sometimes to a fault and not always at the most appropriate times but hey, I call it like I see it. This is what I found in Sam and for this shoot it was exactly what I needed. You're a little self conscious when you're at the tail end of your pregnancy to say the least so the more honest the better. I wasn't used to posing this new body of mine in positions that were "flattering". It's all I could do to look comfortable let alone try and look cute doing it. The home that was built in my uterus had become a mansion and the guest house was now at 5,000 square feet with the possibility of adding on an extra room over the next couple months. Good luck Sam on making me fall in love with photos of this scenario.
We met in a park to do the shoot. She advised against the typical "we live on the beach so lets do it on the beach" setting. I am so glad we trusted her. I wasn't trying to look like it was spring break and I was rockin' the baby bump with a Fat Tuesdays cup. We went through our wardrobes to coordinate clothing. Anything either one of us put on that wasn't the most flattering for us, Sam was sure to let us know. She didn't give us the typical "yeah that looks nice" as a "WTF" expression hid behind a clinched smile. You want your photos to be amazing and she has a recipe of truth to help you achieve that.
We shot for 3 hours and it flew by. The whole time cracking jokes and telling stories that were hilarious. Photographers have great stories. She made Ryan and I feel comfortable so that our connection would come through in our photos. It was such a fun experience for us. When we got our proofs we couldn't have been happier. There were a lot of things I was unsure of going into maternity shoot but there is one thing I know for sure now, she had succeeded in making me fall in love with the photos and I totally forgot about the construction that had taken place on my body.
So to anyone who needs a photographer in South Florida I HIGHLY recommend the wonderful Samantha Scott. It will be more than just a shoot. It will be an experience you will thank her for later.
Sam I Am Photography