Photographed by Emily Hodge


During this couple’s maternity session in a canyon I decided to pull out my drone and get an image of them laying together from above. I asked the soon to be dad to lay down on his back and for the mama to lay on her side next to him so we could see the bump. They were troopers and layed on the hard rock, pregnant and all. The challenge I faced with this shot is flying the drone and then trying to land it on uneven ground. I actually lost a couple blades because I landed on a slope and cracked 2 of my drone blades.
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CalmPosedLying Down

“”ok dad go ahead and lay on your back and cross your legs at your ankles. Now mom, I want you to lay next to him resting your head on his chest and put a hand under your belly to define your bump. Dad, wrap your arm around her.”
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Rule of ThirdsCenter FramedLeading LinesHigh AngleNatural Frames


Single Point Focused on the couple Live View Single Shot
Light & Weather

Soft LightNatural LightShadeAfternoon

Equipment & EXIF

1/60 f/11 ISO 800 WB Auto


DJI Mavic Pro 2


DJI Mavic Pro 2 10.26mm


Lightroom and Photoshop SMAL 01 + 08

This image was edited with

SMAL 01 + 08

Challenges & Solutions


Canyon United States

Redstone, Colorado

Redstone, CO 81623, USA

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Emily Hodge

Photographer United States of America Canon R5 Canon 35mm 1.4 II
I would describe myself as a lover of adventure, dogs, sunshine, mountains and fresh air. I bought my first camera (a canon rebel) after my son was born in 2013 but my passion grew after my daughter was born in 2014, because I wanted to capture more than the yearly stressful Christmas card photos. I wanted to capture the essence of their childhood. The dirty feet, the messy hair…capturing the raw beauty and innocence of childhood. I would describe my style as rustic, organic and moody. I recently quit my job as a registered nurse to pursue photography full time. I am also a volunteer photographer with Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep and the Gold Hope Project.
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