There has been a lot of talk this past week about a certain celebrity’s maternity portraits. In fact, the internet and social media sites exploded in response to not just the couple’s exciting pregnancy news, but specifically in regards to the images themselves. Everyone has an opinion. I mean honestly, when viewing the main announcement portrait for the first time, it’s kind of hard not to have an opinion. It’s colourful, unique and out of the norm, to put it mildly. But here’s the thing: Every artist has a vision. And their own personal style. And every client who hires an artist has their own personal vision and expectations for what they want to achieve with their portraits. When an artist and client (who in this case is also an artist herself) put their visions together and collaborate their ideas, then art happens. Magic happens.
Art is subjective. And as an artist myself, I find comfort in that fact. There really are no rules. You don’t have to fit within a certain mold and are free (and expected!) to break through the barriers, to think outside the box and create new things. The final result may not be well received by others, but as long as the client is happy and the artist has fulfilled his/her responsibility in not only making the client happy but feeling creatively fulfilled themselves, then truly, that is the only thing that matters.
So back to those famous celebrity maternity portraits that everyone is talking about. Maybe that is the point. People are talking about them. The whole world is talking about them. Those images have received a TON of attention and publicity. Maybe that was the intent? I don’t know for sure. Are they my cup of tea? No, not at all. But that’s not what’s important. My opinion doesn’t matter. I am sure that the person who hired the photographer and paid for the photographs loves them, otherwise she would not have chosen to share them for all to see. And let’s get back to the main point – Twins!! What a truly exciting blessing!
As a photographer myself, I have my own personal style. Simple, beautiful, and timeless. My style may not appeal to everyone, and that is totally okay. No hard feelings at all. But those who my style does appeal to, and who choose to work with me, I am always grateful. When I approach each and every portrait session (in this case, maternity portraits), my goal is to take into consideration what my client envisions for her session, and then create something that represents both of our styles and goals, and have her be in love with the end result. I want to create art that both my client and I are proud to share. And when that happens, my heart is full.
And now let’s get to a recent maternity session that achieved just that. One that allowed me to give my client what she asked for, all while staying true to my own personal style and resulting in images that I am proud to share. It was such a pleasure working with this beautiful couple to capture their pregnancy, and I wish them all the best as the prepare to welcome their new arrival any day now!