Portraits of Pregnancy

Acclaimed photographer Jennifer Loomis and journalist Hugo Kugiya combine captivating fine-art photographs of pregnant women with intimate stories of their transformative journey into motherhood. The inspiring words and gorgeous photographs of these strong women from all walks of life show others how to deal with conflicting feelings of vulnerability and joy, and underscore that when a baby is born, so too is a mother.

Our Mother's Stories - Collage

For more than fifteen years, I have been photographing mothers and families. During our photography sessions, these women and their partners have shared with me their personal triumphs and challenges. It is their wisdom, guidance, laughter, spirit and grace that has inspired me to be all I can be not only as a photographer, but also as a person. I dedicate these stories to all of these women who have blessed my life in the past seventeen years. I share these stories here and more of them in my book Portraits of Pregnancy: The Birth of a Mother so others can benefit as I have. Continue reading

Irene and her daughter pose for the camera.

A new feature that we are starting here at JLP is Mama of the Month. These are women who are clients who I find inspiring and I hope you do too. I am using the question and answer format because it allows each mother to express themselves fully without being edited.

For our first mama of the month I want to introduce you to Irene, an amazing woman who endured a major car accident during her second pregnancy.

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Photos by Lily Landes

New York, New York! Oh how I love NY!

 

I took my first business trip to NY with Morrison a few weeks ago. I was terrified. I was flying solo with him. Not only with him, but with all his gear and all my gear. I had no idea how I was going to do it.
I was confiding to a mom friend who has twins and she said “there will be a nice lady who will come up to you and offer to hold your baby during the flight. Let her do it.” I couldn’t imagine. What I could imagine was me being that sweaty stressed out Mom, with a screaming baby and too much luggage that everyone is staring at but no one is helping.

 

But that didn’t happen.

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“Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have caught on film is captured forever… it remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything.” -Aaron Siskind.

 

Isn’t September such a beautiful month!? This is the time of year where summer winds down, the leaves start changing, there’s just a bit of chill in the air. Let’s not forget it can be an exciting time for the kids going back to school. Back to school time can be wonderful for both children AND parents. It’s a fresh start to the school year for the kids with shiny new pencils and clean white paper. It can also be a little reprieve for the parents from a busy summer.

Parents alike can agree that their children grow up all too fast. One day you look at that precious face at 9 weeks old, next thing you know they’re going to their first day of kindergarten. Children grow up before our eyes, making it hard to remember years later how small they were, or that special smile. Professional family photographs and baby photographs are a great way to capture each stage of their development and each nuance of your relationship.

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Black and white newborn photography

REPLY TO A MOM LOOKING FOR A NEWBORN PHOTOGRAPHER

Sleeping baby
An example of the newborn photography popular today by Keri Meyers.
Black and white newborn photography by Jennifer Loomis
A smiling sleeping newborn on a simple black background by newborn photographer Jennifer Loomis.

Ten years ago I was a photojournalist and then quit traveling and turned those skills towards the studio and working with moms and babies. Many people ask me about photography and I came up with some – hopefully useful – tips to help you narrow it down.

1. Find a photographer whose images you like, whose images resonate with you. You can find them on Google, these discussion lists, doctors offices, and via promotional cards at baby stores. Don’t get too intellectual. If you see images and they make you say ooooo, that is where I would start.

2. Find out the investment. What does the creative fee or session price include? What are the prices for prints? Ask for the print price sheet. Is there a minimum print order – (this can really sneak up on you if you don’t ask)? Do they sell scans? Albums, DVDs, canvas prints, framing whatever it is that you want – and you may not know yet, but get a view at the entire picture. Ask yourself, do you have time to make the prints and then take them to the framer and get them framed? Or would you rather just open the door one day and sign for a UPS package, open it up and hang up the framed prints you chose?

3. How much interaction do you want with the photographer after the session? For example, does the photographer help you select your photos or just hand you a disk, email you a link and you are on your own. Some photographers offer a more high touch service where they help you narrow the 200 images down to 10, and then they handle the printing to make sure it is done to their specifications and so it looks good. Others, just hand you the photos and you are on your own to print on Shutterfly. What do you want?

4. Is the photography or are the prints guaranteed? What if you don’t like the images from your session? What if your baby was getting sick and didn’t really perform? I think this is key especially when dealing with kids. Some times they have off days, just like adults. Maybe they were scheduled for too late in the day or whatever. This would be important in case the shoot goes side ways.

Regarding the prints, what if the photographer printed them too dark or too light for your taste? Will they redo them at no cost? Or are you just out of luck?

5. Finally, I would get recommendations or review testimonials from other clients.

Good luck. They are only this tiny once. It is such a special special time. Congratulations! Feel free to email me off the list if you have any questions.

Jennifer