I’m about to admit a huge secret to you: I’ve watched hundreds of gender reveals on Instagram and Facebook, but I’ve never photographed one. EVER. Until this weekend!!! You guys, there were SO MANY TEARS. You know I’m an emotional rollercoaster in general on every session, but this one got to me. Heather and Ryan finally had their gender reveal with smoke bombs on Saturday at Lake Louisa State Park and you are in for a treat.
Heather and Ryan are both teachers in Florida and are co-workers of one of our dear friends, Alyson. She has an amazing Instagram account that shows her journey in the classroom if you need some inspiration! Heather reached out to me on Instagram a few weeks ago, sharing that they wanted to capture the moment they found out their baby’s gender. Their immediate family was going to be there as well. Unknown to me, this moment was very special to them. This was Heather and Ryan’s precious rainbow baby. They made their announcement about their little blessing shortly after we set up their session and it was so amazing seeing the outpouring of love for these two.
After Instagram stalking for the past few weeks, Jack and I finally met up with Heather, Ryan, and the family at Lake Louisa State Park. I love getting to know our clients better by becoming friends on social media before a session! The couple was so anxious to get to the session that they forgot all of their props! But that was totally okay. They brought their gender reveal smoke bombs and it made the session so much more focused on them! We walked through the park a short distance to a clearing with gorgeous lighting. There were deer EVERYWHERE and it made the moment so much more magical.
Ryan set up a laptop and started a Zoom conference with all of their friends and family who couldn’t be there in person. Heather gave the anatomy envelope to her friend, Paola, and Paola secretly pulled the correct smoke bombs. Everyone wore a sticker to show what they thought the little one would be. It was so funny to see that everyone chose girl (except one), because that’s what I had in my mind too!
The next 15 minutes were a blur and full of tears. I’m so happy Paola’s husband was gracious enough to film for us because I honestly didn’t remember much! Heather and Ryan gathered around their little smoke bomb and lit the fuse. When the pink smoke started coming out of the stick, their faces were absolutely priceless. So much joy, shock, and pure happiness. I didn’t find out until later, but Heather had been hoping so much for a little girl, and her dreams came true!
Ryan and Heather shared many sweet moments together during the initial smoke bomb, but we had to get more! After hugging their family and talking to Heather’s sister on Zoom, they grabbed their sweet little pups for some family photos. We then whisked the parents-to-be away for a little alone time so they could celebrate the moment together. Such a perfect celebration of life.
Heather and Ryan, we are SO excited for you and your growing family. I know you’ve been on such a journey to get here. We are praying for a safe and healthy journey moving forward. I cannot wait to see where life takes you next and for you to meet your sweet little girl in July!! Take a peek into Heather and Ryan’s gender reveal session at Lake Louisa State Park and leave the parents-to-be some love!
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