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.
I have a wonderful client who has hired me for maternity photography and then subsequently for newborn photography for all three of her pregnancies. Not only is she a gracious lovely woman, but she is also my muse. Every time she steps in front of the camera, I just go wow. She has this gorgeous alabaster skin and dark hair.
For her most recent newborn shoot, we did it at her house in NJ. It was late and the kids were tired, but we tried a bunch of different things that all came together. For this posting and probably future postings, I am going to publish what I consider the best images from our shoot. I also included two of her maternity photographs. Oh and instead of one or two, you are going to get all the good ones. Be sure to go to the last photo. It is priceless, and her idea! Continue reading →
Holiday Photo Tips from Jennifer Loomis
How to take professional looking photos of your child and baby
• Pick the right time for your children. You and your children need to be at your best during the shoot, so don’t attempt to try a family portrait when everyone is hungry and tired.
• Set up a home studio. Create a studio-like setting in your house or outside your house. Clear away the clutter, put away toys, and remove anything else that is distracting from the area or background, such as plants and chairs. Near the tree, or in front of the fireplace are classic. But use the stairs in your house if you have a large family. Outside look for a tree that doesn’t have cars or other houses behind it. Sitting on the front steps or porch are also classic.
• Dress for the holiday! If it is a holiday card, then get festive and colorful, but avoid words or branding. Patterns and stripes can also be distracting, but be you. Continue reading →
Now that family photography is dominated by color lifestyle photography, black and white photography, and black and white film photography, has started to become unique and special. I like that. I like that I am still offering film. I like that my 20 years of training and expertise has to be distilled into one, two or three rolls of film. I have to get it right. I can’t put the camera on auto and just click away. I have to know what I am doing. I have trained to anticipate the image and the moment. A specialist processes my film; an artist who has trained for years to perfect her craft, creates my prints which are retouched by a master using a real brush and special dyes that he creates. These prints are museum quality and will last for a very very long time. Although not everyone appreciates this in today’s digital world, I do and my clients who find me through many avenues definitely do. Continue reading →
I’m leaving Mexico City a different person and I didn’t expect that. I spent a week here with my boyfriend rushing around to different exhibits, seeing architecture and eating amazing food. The usual tourist stuff. So what was different?
What left a lasting impression was the homage to and display of the integration of art and life. Architecture was combined with video, combined with furniture, combined with photography, combined with print making. In essence, the artist or artists had rich displays of work not just their one medium, but it became clear that their life and everything that they did became a part of the exhibit. A simple example was Frida Kahlo’s house. Continue reading →
I have spent my career studying the unique shape of the pregnant woman. With my most recent series, I am studying the landscape created by this form. When the images are printed large, the form becomes foreign. Worthy of examination and discussion, this shape represents an area of the women’s body that is surrounded by debate of ownership, degradation by toxic environments, and depravation of corporate fertility centers charging exorbitant fees for women who want to become pregnant.
Using mostly natural light and black and white film with no digital alteration, I have created two distinct bodies of work. The first is narrative and captures the subjects during their transformation to motherhood. The second is a radical departure from portraiture, removing the individual and framing the pregnant body as a new abstract landscape and language.
My goal is to present the diverse shapes and stories of pregnancy, to give them a place in visual history, and to employ this archetypal female form to spark conversations about contemporary western social issues surrounding the family. Continue reading →