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Underwater Maternity Session for Yelena (California)

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My trip overseas right after a 2-day photo tour to California in mid-May caused a delay in posting a sneak preview of this magnificent session. So here it is now. More details and samples will follow.

06/19/09 update: The session was conducted in a similar way with our iconic Heirdom of Atlantis project so I will not go into  technical details. Only this time, I shot in higher 22-megapixel resolution with my new Canon 5D Mark II body which still fits in my Ikelite housing. And to avoid a trouble with building a roof over the pool across the country, we bought a large canopy from a local store and mounted it right in the pool.

Here is what Yelena has to say about her experience:

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It has been an extremely exciting and a special event for all four of us. The photo session was such a gracious way to celebrate our pregnancy and to welcome our son Ian into this World by experiencing the beauty of his pregnancy through the beauty of the photos. Water was so relaxing on my pregnant body with the weightless feel and cooling touch, – I felt so refreshed and wonderful! I felt connected to my Baby and in touch with my own self as I never did before. Our baby felt the uplifting emotions flow and came four days later to give us the endless Joy and Beauty of his big eyes. The whole Birth was beautiful and empowering a Woman and a Mother inside me:) The images from the photo shoot were filling my heart – the Goddess, the Mother, the Jewel, the Eternity… This photo session also became my celebration, my last song to a Wise and Beautiful self, to my Freedom and at the same time to Dedication and the Unity with my baby.

We absolutely loved your attention to details, your encouragement and support during the session. It was a lot of fun to be a part of the creative process and to witness it unfolding into the powerful images. The unique ideas and a vision which you shared with us made us feel very special. You made us feel as we were movie stars:)! It was a rare opportunity to experience highly professional creative process. You standards are high and your talents speaks for themselves!

Truly a unique, empowering, and artistically uplifting experience… Thank you, Yelena, for being a part of this extraordinary project!

Ed Hafizov
Ed Hafizov
Ed Hafizov is a creative director and lead photographer of Zorz Studios, Manhattan-based boutique photography studio, offering arousing and daring fashion, commercial, beauty, and wedding photography. Multiple Fearless Photographer™ award winner, named among the top 50 US wedding photographers, top 10 NY wedding photographers, winner of Adobe contests, featured by Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Elle et al, Mercedes Benz Fashion Week photographer, and a distinguished member of Grace Ormonde Wedding Style‘s Platinum List, he is eager to step out of his and willing clients' comfort zone to pursue original artwork with a lasting impression.