sadie, ILOVE the 1,2,3,4 pic! That is adorable! I think with the others it may be that she does NOT look pregnant till you see her stomach. Maybe thats whats throwing you off? Could you possibly soften the backround somehow in #1? Sorry I am not very much help with editing(Yet) but I love #2 which makes me think maybe it is because that backround is kinda harder in the other shots and softer in # 2?
I really like them Sadie. Was she wearing a fair bit of foundation / makeup though? I ask because her arms are really pale and her face looks a little yellow / orange to me. I could be wrong though. And even if that is the case, that is out of your control
Sadie, I'm certainly no expert (at all!) but I think this is a nice set! And how far along is she?! Can't believe she's having twins! She looks great!
#1 - Pose is kind of stiff. Color-wise, I think it is cool. Not sure I like her holding the vine. I've never shot any maternity, but maybe it would have looked better with both hands under her belly?
#3 Love little man's pose/expression! He's a cutie. Again, I am not calibrated, but he looks just a touch bright and maybe like you could add just a little more saturation and/or contrast. I think it looks pretty good though and he is so GQ and cute!!! Great eye contact and posing for that age!
#4 I prefer this over #1 - pose looks more natural and color looks warmer, but mom still is a bit cool,imo.
#2 Cute idea! I think the sun had probably set a little bit too much and light looks flat in this one. Maybe could be brightened or bring exposure up (that is what I would try if I was editing since I really am not sure).
You are being WAY hard on yourself. There is a lot of good work here!
You've gotten a lot of good feedback already, but here is my $0.02 worth ...
1. I don't mind that she's not smiling, but I think there needs to be more separation between her and the background. I think that is why the vines in her hand are distracting ... b/c the ones behind her are not sufficiently blurred. She's getting lost a bit in all of that texture.
2. SUPER CUTE IDEA! Even with the serious faces of the boys. Wish mom wasn't holding the paint brushes though. Makes her left hand look a bit awkward.
3. Serious face or not, this is a true WINNER! Dude has ATTITUDE and it's GREAT! I'm sure mom will love it!
4. This is much better separation between mom and the background. I like it a lot. I wish she had her thumbs on her belly instead of sticking out, but still a really nice shot. You might want to add just a touch of fill on her face to bring out her eyes some more.
Don't be so hard on yourself, Sadie. You have grown so much as a photographer - very inspiring, imho!
I agree, she doesn't look happy in these. I think she wanted them to be more belly shots, but I didn't like JUST her belly in all of them. I have a happy one. I will share in a few. The boys were difficult to work with. As for the brushes...she wanted them in her hands... I thought it was odd, but she was ok with it. The boys are very serious boys. I had to work for the few smiles I received. The little one was easier, which totally surprised me!