Stories | Soho, Hong Kong, China | March 30th, 2021
EVERY QUEEN - MATERNITY PORTRAIT SESSION INSPIRED BY THE BIRTH OF VENUS
Stories | Miami, Florida, USA | July 2nd, 2021
I don’t know many who aren’t fascinated by women’s ability to carry and give life. So when my friend Luisa asked me to do the honor of capturing her maternity portraits, I was besides myself. Maternity portrait sessions are a special opportunity to celebrate the beauty and miracle of life, and this session was no exception. Inspired by the timeless elegance of Botticelli’s “The Birth of Venus,” we set out to create images that would honor the journey of motherhood.
Knowing her personally and her personality, I could not photograph her the many previous ways I have done maternity photos. This had to be special and truly represent her within a few frames. Drawing inspiration from the ethereal beauty of “The Birth of Venus,” I sought to create images that reflected the divine essence of motherhood. Just as Venus rises from the sea, radiant and full of life, so too does the expectant mother exude a unique beauty and grace.
The essence I latched onto was that of village queens from antiquity and how they must have looked like carrying princes and princesses. I felt as though they must have looked glorious in their own way. To achieve the look, I called upon my experience in chiaroscuro and used simple but powerful color tones. The idea was for her to stand out, feminine yet strong.
The final prints were truly magical, we captured moments of love, anticipation, and joy that will be treasured for a lifetime.
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Marc-Anthony is a self-taught Haitian photographer/artist currently residing and developing in South Florida. While pursuing Graphic Design at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, his passion for art history, fine arts, and the captivating realm of film photography took root. During his stay in China, his interest in portrait photography flourished and became a defining element upon his return. His distinctive style effortlessly blends the textures and lighting techniques reminiscent of early fine arts with modern approaches, weaving narratives that are both compelling and timeless.