Last night I had the most amazing opportunity to shoot a gender reveal with one of my families. I met Mariah, Andrew and Gray last year when they had family photos done for Christmas (don't get me started on how adorable their matching plaid was). Since then, I am also so lucky to have done photos for Valentine's Day, and now, to document them learning the sex of their new baby!
Having clients rebook with you is such an incredible feeling. I'm so honoured to be able to connect, form a bond, and grow with my couples & families throughout their relationship, and to be there to capture their milestones. I've worked with Mariah & Andrew so much it's starting to feel like I AM part of their family (ha-ha).
The Gender Reveal
Working on this gender reveal was such a unique project, and so fulfilling! It was the first time I've ever done anything like it. I can't explain how special it was to be able to be there when Mariah & Andrew found out, see their beautiful reactions AND be able to capture this moment so they could hang onto it forever. Here's a little bit about how it went down:
While the evening was all about Mariah, Andrew & Gray's growing family, the real hero was Mariah's sister, who spent the day scouting out somewhere to get a HUGE confetti filled balloon (when she pulled up to the session you could hardly see her behind it - I mean HUGE!). Obviously we had to let the anticipation build a bit after seeing this massive prop filled with the most exciting news ever... (and make sure we got some family shots before the water works ;).
It's a BOY!
Once the anticipation was too much to bare - and my little assistant Gray was MORE than ready to get his hands on the balloon - we set the stage for the gender reveal. I also want to note that prior to the session Mariah & Andrew hadn't told anyone about their pregnancy, making this night a double whammy and even MORE exciting than it already was.
We set up the balloon, gave Andrew a pin, and 1... 2... 3...
IT'S A BOY!
Can we all just take a moment to look at Mariah's reaction? The vulnerability, authenticity and raw emotion of these photos are EXACTLY why I've chosen to do this for the rest of my life. Getting to be part of these moments and help clients celebrate is a privilege beyond comparison.
We jumped, we yelled, we cried, and then we took some beautiful photos to celebrate the rest of the evening. The moral of the story? BOOK the gender reveal photos. Book the proposals. Book the maternity photos. The date-night photos. These moments are all so special and should be remembered (and have I mentioned I'd be honoured to help?).