I think gender reveals ranks up as one of the most fun type of photography sessions… not only do I get to surprise my clients with the news of a boy or girl, but I also get to capture that raw emotion before the camera. It’s a session that takes adequate planning time, yet the actual session is only a few minutes. This gender reveal was extra special as it was for my little sister and brother-in-law, Lindsay and Jonny (you can read about their fertility journey at her blog, Itz Linz). I have seen tons of gender reveals on Pinterest with balloons, cupcakes, cake, etc… (and all so cute), but I wanted something a little bit different…. GLITTER. Since many of you on facebook have asked how this was done, here are the details:
1. I bought all the glitter in the color I needed from Michaels – like, all of it. 10 big bottles of glitter and 5 big bottles of glitter confetti.
2. Take off labels from cleaning containers and dump in all the glitter. Then five minutes before you leave for the session, realize you should have written something really cute on the bottles.
3. Scribble boy or girl and baby itz on the bottles in the handwriting of a five year old.
4. Head to gorgeous location for a sunset session. Bundle up because the windshield is about seven degrees and you will surely be numb by the time you are done.
5. Grab your husband because he is the one that is going to climb on the huge ladder placed just to the left of your clients and when you say go, he’s going to dump the five tons of glitter of them.
6. Make sure your husband knows that the whole session is relying on him and there can’t be any redos so he can’t mess up.
7. Give your husband a few minutes to make wind calculations to determine how far to the right of your clients he is going to have to throw the glitter in order for it to actually land on them.
8. Laugh. a lot. Because your clients are now sitting on a thin quilt in the freezing snow and you can barely feel your fingers on your camera and your husband is up on a six foot ladder praying he does it right.
It’s a boy
That, my friends, is the face of a very happy individual.
And check out that smile of a soon-to-be daddy who will be welcoming in his very own SON.
I could not be happier for both of you. As you can imagine, there will be many, many pictures to come
So love her.