“Black and white photography erases time from the equation”

– Jason Peterson.

Early last week this adorable couple came by the studio for a maternity shoot.
The pair had spent the weekend nesting, eagerly decorating their new home together in preparation for their new arrival. Paintbrushes washed and put away, these two hung up their decorating gear to come and pose for some beautiful pregnancy portraits.

Mum to be came prepared with a list of images that she had previously seen online and wanted to emulate during our session together.

Several were black and white and quite low lit… Now if you’ve been a follower of mine for a while you’ll know that this isn’t really my usual style. However, I pride myself in providing whatever it is that my clients ask for. It’s also never a bad thing to be slightly challenged every now and again by being asked for something other than what I’m specifically known for, it keeps me on my toes! Wanting to give each and every client a truly unique and customised experience I was more than happy to pull out the darker side of my creativity for this shoot.

We chatted about their new look interior decorations and after seeing just how much hard work and effort had gone into their jam packed weekend of decorating, how could I not help them create the perfect artwork to compliment their home?!

With dark navy, almost black, statement alcoves and a crisp white chimney breast….yep, I’d say that’s a perfect blank wall to hang a stunning large piece of art on!

 

“All the beauty of life is made up of light and shadow.”

– Leo Tolstoy

This couple have really given their house the WOW factor and I wanted to make sure we created some stunning portraits to compliment it. I would definitely say that they also delivered the wow factor!

A and J really did do an amazing job during their session, totally embracing the experience and being comfortable in front of the camera. To say this mum-to-be was owning it, is an understatement! She just nailed every pose and the connection between the two of them was really beautiful to watch…total couple goals right there!

“When you photograph people in colour you photograph their clothes. But when you photograph people in black and white you photograph their souls.”

– Ted Grant

This session has really got me thinking about the history of black and white photography, and although I don’t use it often I think I’ve found a new love for it…

Here’s 10 interesting facts about Black and White Photography:

1.Black and white photography was used up until 1930’s when colour photography was introduced.

2. In some countries photos were most commonly printed in Black and White until 1990’s due to the high price of colour ink.

3. Sensors of all modern cameras only capture black and white and then automatically calculate the red, green, and blue tints according to the luminance, in order to add colour to the picture.

4. Since all colours on Black and White photos are basically different tints of grey, it’s sometimes also called monochrome photography.

5. Black and white photos have more contrast.

6. Shapes, shades, shadows, textures, and patterns are important elements of black and white photography.

7. Black and white photos help you see the story and what’s pictured on the photo, since your eye is not distracted by colours.

8. There are still Black and White only film as well as monochrome-only cameras produced and used.

9. Certain companies produced disposable Black and White only cameras for amateur use until 2009.

10. Currently many photographers take photos in colour to transform them into Black and White with special software afterwards.

There are some truly wonderful Famous Black and White Photographers. I got a little lost looking at their images…

“One special quality which black and white photography possesses is its unique depth, which includes the quality of giving an aesthetic value to the light and shadows. Hence, its popularity started growing among the photographers who wanted to tell a story through surrealism. There are several famous photographers who have dedicated their lives solely to this beautiful form of photography.”

What do you think? Colour or not….

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A collection of images from a maternity session all shot in Black and white