Here are some images and a time lapse video of our underwater (and over-water) pregnancy shoot last night. Our beautiful mother-to-be, Heather, was so incredibly fun to work with and ready for just about anything. I've photographed Heather's wedding, portraits, and now her pregnancy. I am so looking forward to her new baby photos and to watching, and documenting, her family grow.
I organized this session with the help of my friend Benjamin Edwards, who is my partner in our Lighting Notebook project. It's always inspiring for me to work with Ben and I believe it's valuable to both of us to have another creative person to bounce and share ideas with. I also had two awesome assistants: Alycia White and Cheryl McIntosh. They have been essential to my sanity in planning and organization and I am very grateful to have such motivated and creative people on my team.
We learned a lot on this shoot and I'll cover details of that in a little bit. There were a few key products that we used for the shoot. Although I planned for just about anything and everything, the shots we like best were actually made using the simplest lighting. The main items that made these particular shots were:
- High powered LED diving light by Intova (500 lumens)
- Portable LED spotlight by Dorcy from Sears (500 lumens)
- Ikelite waterproof housing for my Nikon D300s
- OnOne software's DSLR Camera Remote HD software for iPad (beta version)
- Lots of patience
Here's the time-lapse video: