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Model Release: Chic Maternity Session by Zorz Studios (1)

For once, I can agree with people poking me for working “only with models”. This chic maternity session is the case but still not the rule!

The situation is rather anecdotal: every now and then potential clients, reaching me and having their initial consultations, say that looking at my work they wonder if I only work with models. Some make it a joke but some seem to be genuinely concerned as they assume that I may lack experience and skills of working with non-model population requiring greater direction, advice, and artistic magic. To both groups, the objects of my works look glamorous, polished, chic, and editorial. I remember one client asking bluntly: “Do you even work with normal people?” I took it as a huge compliment because the simple truth is that I try to make ordinary people look remarkable, unprecedented, and hopefully unimaginable to themselves.

You know you had a successful stunning maternity photoshoot, when you like yourself 7 months pregnant better than before pregnancy.

Veronika R.

This chic maternity session happened to be an exception so take it as a disclaimer. 🙂 My beautiful client used to model indeed, and how can I prevent them from coming? Being a fashion and commercial photographer, I cannot hide from them. Some know me and trust me (in fact, models brought me to the wedding industry, plus I fuse fashion and weddings), others are drawn to what they are used to and appreciate. Few fashion or commercial photographers endeavor maternity—let alone wedding—photography, so current and former models come to me, like Veronika did.

Her husband was a welcomed addition to this chic maternity session, and quite a subject himself! He impossibly radiates kindness and can hardly contain a smile but with some directing, I managed to project a role of a tough guy on him for some shots. Do you think it worked?

Cold weather kept us indoors but it allowed me to put the expecting mom into a familiar studio lighting environment where she truly shone as you can tell. I wish I could show all the images I loved! I am in the middle of two big annual projects so I had to limit the artist’s cut. Enjoy!

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Hair and makeup by Vesta Goodarz

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.