One of my phrases for 2020 is “start before you are ready.” For a long time, I’ve been itching to try something new in the studio. But I hadn’t told anyone about my idea because I didn’t feel “ready” … mostly because I didn’t have a backdrop, and most of my ideas centered around that.
And let me pause to say — I love my simple gray wall in the studio, and my white & black backdrop options that you’re used to seeing. I will always love and incorporate those into my work! But as a creative person, I needed to try something new that still reflected my natural, people-focused style. Okay, now back to starting before you are ready!
When I talked to Andi about my ideas, I was thrilled that she was willing to try them during her maternity session! Her home has white walls with colorful decor — so the pinks & yellows in my new backdrops will compliment her home perfectly! You can see more of her home decor style on instagram @luckyandi.
Now that I had someone open to trying my modern pastel maternity photo idea, it was time to find a backdrop….I looked into renting or buying, but I couldn’t find the exact colors & textures I had imagined. So off to home depot I went to get paint & brushes!
I was an art major in college with a focus in painting, so I was secretly excited to get to play with paint again for the first time in years! I had so much fun making these — there was definitely some trial & error, but I’ve learned and hope to make a few more colors this spring! Once the backdrops were ready, I brought in some Pampas grass and experimented with making “dried flower tattoos” which I had seen a long time ago on Pinterest. Andi had shared with me that they are plant lovers & even have a greenhouse — so this was a fun way to incorporate some plant life into her photos in a new way!
As your Nashville maternity photographer, I have always offered lifestyle, outdoor, and in-studio sessions, and now I’m excited to add these textured pastel backdrops to my studio collection!
If you have a session already booked & feel inspired to try something creative, email me and let’s figure out how to customize your session! And if you are interested in booking a session, click here let me know what type of session you’re interested in and I’ll send over more info!
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Sarah Sidwell Photography is based in Nashville, Tennessee and specializes in wedding, newborn, baby, child, family, and lifestyle documentary photography. Areas of service include Nashville, Brentwood, Franklin, Murfreesboro, Nolensville, Arrington, Spring Hill, Thompson Station, Bellevue, Belle Meade, and more.
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