When my friend Kathryn found out she was pregnant with her second baby she wanted to do a fun gender reveal for her friends back in the States. She didn’t necessarily want to be in the pictures, but she wanted to capture the excitement and incorporate her little one, Harper. She couldn’t decide whether or not to use paint or balloons for the gender reveal, so I decided we should do both.
A few days before the shoot I went on a box search. Finding a box big enough to fit 15 balloons in is no easy feat. Luckily, Spouses’ Dining In gave me some practice when it comes to “constructing” boxes! I rescued a couple from the recycling bin behind the BX and went to work. After I’d painted the lettering, I decided I wanted the box to be gold. Let me assure you… next time, if the box is going to be gold, it will get painted before the lettering. What a pain!
We didn’t plan this shot. In fact, the only reason we put her in the box was to distract her when she was getting fussy- but it turned out to be one of my favorite pictures of the shoot. I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again, you can’t go wrong with big blue eyes.
Painted hands + 10 month old = teeny tiny little hand prints.
In 2013, I quit my job and bought a one-way ticket to Thailand. After four months of backpacking I returned to the States and fell in love with a guy whose job sent us straight back to Asia. Nothing has gone according to plan... and it's been absolutely magical.