Fun & Creative Gender Reveal Photo Session Ideas

Fun & Creative Gender Reveal Photo Session Ideas
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Your pregnancy is one of the most exciting times of your life with so many special milestones along the way. Finding out whether you’ll be welcoming a little boy or girl into the world is one such milestone and what better way to capture it and share it with family and friends than with a fun gender reveal photo session. There are so many creative ways to tell the world whether your little one is going to be a he or a she.

Below are just a few creative ideas that you can use to reveal the gender of your new little bundle of joy.

1) Bake a cake.

Cake reveals are more popular than ever. Bring your surprise gender reveal cake or cupcakes along to the shoot and capture the moment that you and your partner find out the gender of your baby. Bring the family along too so that you can photograph the excitement on everyone’s faces as they share this moment with you.

2) Bring on the balloons.

Photographing a balloon release on camera is extra special, especially if the new big brother or sister is also involved. Pack your pink or blue balloons into a large box and release them into the sky as your photographer captures this joyful moment. Another option is to add some blue or pink confetti to a balloon and pop it to reveal your baby’s gender.

3) Mix up some paint.

While paint can be a little messy, it’s definitely one of the more fun ways to announce the gender of your new baby. Have a paint fight, get the siblings to paint a pink or blue mural or paint your tummy for a cute effect.

Gender revealing photo sessions are a great way to announce your wonderful news to family and friends. You can print your announcement, share it on social media or even create a holiday card. Take this time to have some fun during one of the many wonderful moments of parenthood.

Tips for Beautiful Fall or Winter Photos

Tips for Beautiful Fall or Winter Photos

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There is a special kind of magic that comes with outdoor, winter photo sessions. The snow lightly falling and icicles hanging from the branches create a lovely backdrop for any photo session. Here are some tips to make your winter or fall photo sessions go smoothly.

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Dress warmly. You will be surprised at how often this is overlooked. Since you’ll be standing outside for a long period of time, short sleeves, thin fabrics, and open toe shoes will not be comfortable for very long. Shivering makes it hard to look happy and pose properly.Family photos Lima, Ohio Van Wert,Ohio Delphos,Ohio

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Wear sunscreen. Protecting your skin should be a priority throughout the year, not just in summer. Use a good moisturizer to protect your skin from chilly winds.Family photographer Lima, Ohio Van Wert,Ohio Delphos,Ohio

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Watch the weather. Warmer days may seem more pleasant but melting snow can change the entire look of your backdrop. If you are looking for light snow flurries, try and keep an eye on the weather forecast to make sure that you don’t end up with melting or heavy snow.Family pictures Lima, Ohio Van Wert,Ohio Delphos,Ohio

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Be flexible. If the weather isn’t exactly what you had hoped for, see if you can still make the photo session work. If you are however scheduling this session in advance, you may just have to work with the weather on that particular day.

Incorporate color. Even though fall and winter have some amazing colors to work with, why not wear a splash of color to really stand out in your photos? For example, vibrant shades of blues and greens look amazing amongst crunchy brown leaves.Family photography Lima, Ohio Van Wert,Ohio Delphos,Ohio

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Plan your day. Taking your photos just after the sun rises or just before it sets will provide you with amazing lighting so try and plan your session around those times.

Take some hot tea or coffee along to make your photo session even more enjoyable and get ready for some beautiful results.

Top 5 Tips for Making a Photo Session with Kids Easier

Top 5 Tips for Making a Photo Session with Kids Easier

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If you’re preparing for a photo session with your children, you may be feeling a bit apprehensive. Children aren’t always easy to deal with, which is why the below tips will definitely come in handy before your upcoming photo session.
1. Don’t make a huge deal out of it. If you’re stressed out and cranky, your kids will usually pick up on it and act accordingly. Their behavior will usually be better if you are relaxed and having fun. You may have to make some compromises to keep the peace such as letting your energetic daughter’s hair stay straight instead of curling it into because she won’t sit still. Focus on the big picture and don’t sweat the small stuff.
2. Make it fun. Let the kids have a couple “fun pictures” where they get to pick their own pose or props. You get to keep the more serious photos while they get to keep their silly photos. This way everyone wins. If you are struggling to get your kids to sit still, turn the photo session into a game. Simon Says usually works like a charm.

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3. Be prepared. If you’re going to be out for several hours, ensure that your children are well rested and have had their nap. Bringing some snacks and activities along is also a great idea. If you are having your own photos taken too then you might want to bring a babysitter or family member along to watch the kids. If you happen to be shooting in a remote location, you never know when you might need something like bug spray, tissues or a first aid kit so bring that along too.
4. Be patient. Save your sanity by trying not to control the photo session too much. Sometimes the best photos come from kids just doing their own thing. Work with your photographer and your photos will look fantastic.
5. Have a chat. Get your children talking to both you and the photographer about topics such as school or their favorite songs. This allows them to feel more comfortable around your photographer and will also give your photographer a chance to capture a few candid and cute expressions.

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How to Design Your Home with Family Portraits

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  1. Decide where you want family photo art.You know when you get that “Wow” feeling when you see a beautiful decorations and images in a room? That is because the room has been coordinated well between the furniture and the art on the wall. So, take time and think about the room whether it’s a baby nursery, family room, or Childs bedroom.         Here are a few items to look at in the room.
  • Is the wood in the space dark, light, or midtone?
  • Are there any accent wall colors?
  • Is the furniture and other décor in the room neutral or have pops of color?
  • What textures are in the room that you can coordinate with?


–  Points to remember about color when deciding where to display:

  • The color in the images should work well in the space they are in.
  • When hanging multiple images make sure the colors in each photo are similar color tone so they are cohesive together and look well designed.


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2. Decide how you want to display your family or baby photos.Before you start putting holes in your wall, you need to decide which images are going to be hung. Things to think about are:

  • Do you want a single image or multiple images
  • Do you want to incorporate other wall decor like shelves or wall lettering?

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A single image is a simple, clean, and classic way to display a portrait. You definitely need to make sure the image is large enough to cover the space. If you choose a print with mat and frame, make sure the finished frame is large enough to cover the area to make a statement art you are going for. A Canvas image will give you a 3-D statement on the wall and can be hung without a frame, giving you a clean and modern look.

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  • Symmetric Displays

The even look is predictable look of symmetrical displays and is peaceful and logical. It is easy and simple to understand. Symmetrical is safe and gives our mid rest. It is a great way to tell a story with a series in a row or in a square.

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  • Organic Displays

The asymmetry creates more interest and sparks the curiosity in our brains. Out of the ordinary captures our interest and appears to the rebel inside. Going against the grain can be refreshing, but needs to be purposeful so it maintains a sense of balance to draw our eye in.

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3. Decide what you want to display with your family/ baby photos.Last thing you need to decide is what you would like to display with your images. If you have chosen to create an organic gallery you can integrate decorative elements and personal items into the gallery. A shelf, a letter, other personal items can really make your display unique and make it your own.

  1. IDEAS:
  • Floating shelves, with images propped on them
  • Special heirlooms from grandparents
  • Shadow boxes with babies hospital trinkets
  • Quotes and/or signs
  • Lettering with baby’s initials
  • Image blocks



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Unlocked Iphone_Open CameraLocked Iphone-Open CameraYour I-phone is with you at all times, right? It’s like your right hand — always there, always
ready to help you muddle your way through the day and kill boredom when the need arises. But
that phone of yours can be oh-so-frustrating when your darling child chooses a particular
moment to do something photo-worthy and your phone chooses that time to revolt.
Well, when you learn the inner and secret features of your I-phone camera, your days of being
“slow on the draw” will be over. On top of that, your camera skills will improve 10-fold and your
images will too, making your memories print and wall worthy.
So let’s look at some of the tricks and features inside your I-phone that will make you shine at
the next family get together!
Don’t miss ANY moment. To get to your camera lickety-split do one of two things
depending on if your iPhone is locked or not.
1. Hit the home button
2. Locate the camera icon on the lower right corner of the screen.
3. Swipe up & the camera will open.
1. Swipe Up
2. Tap the camera icon & the camera will open.
Activating the grid will place a “tick-tac-toe” box on your screen as you shoot. What’s the
benefit? Where the lines cross is called a “power point.” When you place your subject on of the
four points you create images with a little negative space and better, more artistic composition. A
little pro tip that will make your images that much prettier!Screenshot_20180728-182112

1. Go to Settings > Photos&Camera > Grid > Turn it On
Professional photographer know light like the back of your hand, and every lighting
situation poses different issues, especially of you camera. A camera cannot see light and adjust
the way the human eye can. So, it’s important to be able to tell your camera how to behave
when you need it to in order to get a good “exposure.” The classic scenario that may drive you
crazy is shooting a darker subject on a bright background. Your camera will want to make the
background look good and your subject will be dark and ugly! ARGH! The way mourn this? Use
the hidden feature in your iPhone that lets YOU control how bright an image is.
1. Ope the camera
2. Compose your shot
3. Tap and HOLD on the screen where you want to focus. The yellow box will
blink and set focus.
4. Swipe up or down to make the camera brighten or darken the exposure
5. When you’re happy with how it looks, take the shot!20180728_182452

Flash from your camera almost never looks good. It produces a harsh, flat light that
doesn’t always need to be there, yet the camera seems to want to use it all the time. Turn it off
when you can for more pleasing light in your images.
1.In the camera app, tap the lighting bolt icon in the upper left corner.
2. Choose and tap “Off.”
3. Shoot as you like!
Did you know your I-phone can shoot 10 frames per second in burst mode? WHAT? My
iPhone has burst mode? Yes it does! And it’s great for catching your toddler on the run.
1. Press and HOLD the shutter release button on your camera app.
2. Voila! 10 frames per second.Screenshot_20180728-182205

Taking the picture is just half the process in the Pro world. Editing and enhancing the
image is 50% of the process. Yes, even when you shoot with your I-phone you can make your
images stand out even more by using a good editing app.
Here’s a few fun suggestions to try out:




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In the excitement of preparing for your baby’s arrival there are so many things to do! Between decorating the nursery, shopping for clothes and all of baby’s needs, doctors appointments, birth and breastfeeding classes, packing for the hospital and more, it’s easy to forget things along the way. One of the things I regret the most is some of the pictures we didn’t take at the hospital. Yes of course we remembered to take the first pictures of baby, getting measured and weighed, his first bath, etc. but there were so many moments that were missed too. So we’ve summed up a few not-to-be-missed moments that you will surely treasure forever. Along with some of our best photo tips for capturing great photographs in your hosptial room.

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1. FIRST GLANCES -Those loving first looks at baby are priceless. When you first meet your baby you won’t be able to take your eyes oô of her. Make sure you capture that look, it’s pure magic

2. DON’T FORGET DAD – When baby is born Dad is usually the one running around taking all of the photos. Make sure someone takes some images of dad loving on baby too.

3. MEETING SIBLINGS – There’s nothing sweeter than siblings meeting baby for the first time. When all is fresh and new and exciting make sure to capture those first touches and tender moments. Soon enough enough they’ll be back to their old silly selves fighting for your attention

4. TINY TŒS – Who doesn’t obsess over teeny tiny baby toes? Make sure to photograph them as much as you can. At least if you can stop kissing them!

5. FIRST FAMILY PHOTO – Take a minute and grab your first family photo. Don’t worry if everyone isn’t looking at the camera. The tender and sweet, natural moments are often the most memorable anyway.

6. HOLDING HANDS – Baby’s finger’s gently wrapped around your or around a grandparents finger is one of the sweetest moments. The contrast between young and old, and the bond that will never be broken. Ahhhh….love!

7. GRANDPARENTS – Make sure to have your camera ready when grandma and grandpa come to first meet the new baby. Don’t forget they are brand new grandparents too and they will treasure these memories forever.

8. DETAILS, DETAILS! – The newborn details are so unique. The little tufts of hair, baby’s tiny fist, pouty lips and fingers in her mouth are all details you don’t want to miss. First yawns, funny faces, and stretches are all newborn traits that are so fleeting and will be soon be just a memory

Extra Details – Make sure to capture the details in your hospital room too. Get a shot of the name plaque in the bassinet, gifts and flowers that friends and family sent, the hospital swaddle blanket and beanie and even baby’s pacifier. All are details that will soon be forgotten if not captured.



1. Use the window light. Turn oô the flash on your camera. Position the subject right by the window. Roll the crib right up over under the window. If there is direct sunlight streaming in, place the subject just out of the direct light so that the sun isn’t shining directly on them or pull the curtain or blind a bit to diôuse and create a softer light.

2. Use a low aperture on your camera. If you know how to use your camera on the Aperture Priority or Manual setting, set it to the lowest possible aperture. This will create beautiful soft backgrounds which are less distracting and let the most light in.

3. Don’t worry about posing, swaddle the baby and lay her in the bassinet. Capture all of her unique and delicate features. Don’t forget the stretches and yawns!

4. Remove the clutter from the room or the area you are shooting before you take your photos. This will make a huge diôerence in your images.

5. Get up close and get sweet, intimate connections with your subjects, but don’t forget to step back and take a shot of the entire room. You’ll want to remember the scene later

Pregnancy Hospital Bag Checklist

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Labor Bag:


  • Your birth plan (if you have one) and your insurance information.
  • Eye glasses
    • If you wear contacts, you should bring your glasses along with you. If you end up needing a C-section, some doctors/anesthesiologists ask you to take your contacts out before surgery.
  • What you’re going to wear during labor 
    • It will probably get a bit messy, so don’t bring anything too nice to wear in the hospital.
  • Massage oil or lotion –
    • If you would like to be massaged during your labor, I recommend bringing either of these so that your partner or doula can massage you. (If you hired a doula, she will probably bring this with her in her doula bag.)
  • Birth ball or peanut ball  
    • These can really help you during labor. A peanut ball is particularly great for women that are preparing to have an epidural. I highly recommend it. Just remember to bring a pump so your birth partner can inflate it for you if you didn’t come with it already inflated.
    • NOTE: Some hospitals do have birth balls for you to use. Ask during your hospital tour if they are available at your hospital.
  • Lip balm
    • Your lips can dry out quickly with all of the deep breathing that you will do in labor. Having some chapstick or lip balm will help.
  • Snacks and drinks
    • First, make sure that your doctor/hospital will allow this. Most of the time they will only allow you to have ice chips when you are at the hospital in labor, but they may have sugar-free popsicles there for you.
  • Things to help you relax and pass the time
    • If you are going to have an epidural:
      • Bring books, magazines, a card game, or your tablet or computer. They also have TVs in each L&D room so you can watch a show or a movie to help pass the time. I also recommend trying to take a nap. It’s great to catch up on as much rest as possible before the baby arrives.
    • If you’re wanting a natural birth:
      • Bring music, a focal point (for example, it could be your baby’s ultrasound picture), massage lotions, a heating pad, rice socks to heat up so that you can put on your lower back, essential oils, etc.
  • Headbands and/or a ponytail holders
    • If you have long hair, you may want it tied up since it can get in the way during labor. I recommend getting the ones that don’t leave a kink in your hair. That way if you want to take pictures with your hair down after the birth, you won’t have a crease in your hair! (Avoid wearing clips in labor. They can poke you!)
  • Music
    • Take your iPod, MP3 player or a CD player and some CDs. Some hospitals provide their own CD players and iPod docks so I would ask what they will have available in your room.
  • Camera, charged battery, charger, and a big memory card –
    • You never want to forget the day you first welcomed your baby into the world so bring a camera with you to take photos and a video or two. Many parents run out of room on their phones so it’s nice to bring a camera specifically for these special moments.
  • Cell phone and charger

Nice to Have But Not Necessities:

  • Backless slip-on slippers
    • Your feet can get cold during labor, so it’s great to have some slippers that you can easily slip on and off. The hospital does have non-skid socks that you can use if you would prefer those instead.
  • Pillows
    • The hospital might not have enough pillows to make you comfortable. Usually each room has about two. And honestly, hospital pillows are very thin and really comfortable. If you do bring your own pillows, which I would, make sure that your pillowcase is a different color than white. Otherwise, they could toss your pillowcase and pillow along with the rest of theirs and your pillow will go missing.
  • Baby Book
    • After your baby’s born, the nurse will get your baby’s footprints so if you bring your baby book, she can also get those sweet footprints in your baby book too!

Postpartum/Recovery Room Bag:


  • Going-home outfit 
    • You’ll need loose, comfortable clothes to wear while you’re in the hospital and for the journey home. You will still look about 6 months pregnant after the birth of your baby since your uterus still needs time to heal and get back to it’s pre-pregnancy size. I recommend still bringing some soft maternity clothes for your trip back home.
  • Nursing bras and/or nursing nightgowns –
    • If you had a healthy labor and birth and your baby is doing well, you will probably only stay at the hospital for two or three days. I suggest bringing two or three nursing gowns or nursing bras to make breastfeeding easier and to stay comfortable during your stay. If you decide to wear your nursing bras, bring front-opening shirts so it’s easier for you to breastfeed.
  • Nursing pads
    • Bring a couple of packs (disposable or washable). Whether or not you plan to nurse, you’ll appreciate the support and leak-protection.
  • Nipple Cream
  • Your toiletries 
    • Having smaller bottles or buy travel versions to help save space in your recovery bathroom. Bring the usual toiletries you need: hairbrush, toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, body soap, razor, deodorant, face wash, makeup (if you’d like), makeup remover, lotion, hair ties, contact lens case and solution, etc.
  • Postpartum underwear or disposable underwear.
    • Don’t bring your nice, cute undies with you. You need big, cotton, breathable underwear. Some people even get Silhouette so they can easily toss them after using them. The hospital will have disposable undies, which some women find handy and others find gross since they are large, stretchy, mesh shorts.
  • Bathrobe
    • It’s nice to be able to bundle up and feel covered and warm when getting out of bed or having guests in your room.
  • Hair dryer
  • Snacks and drinks
    • Some hospitals have good food and others don’t. If your hospital doesn’t and you don’t have someone able to bring you food, be sure to bring some beverages and snacks to keep you nourished.

Nice to Have But Not Necessities:

  • Nursing pillow
  • Breast pump
    • If you plan to use one, I do recommend bringing yours. Most hospitals have lactation consultants that visit each room so they can help you with breastfeeding and show you how to use your pump properly.
  • Nipple shields
    • You don’t need to bring these with you. If you do have some issues with latching or if your nipples do start to hurt, the lactation consultant may recommend a nipple shield. You may be able to purchase them at the hospital as well.
  • Handouts –
    • If you received any booklets or handouts about how to get breastfeeding started, I recommend bringing them.
  • Bath towel
    • The hospital does have towels, but they are small and pretty thin. If you prefer to have your own, thicker towels, I would bring your own.
  • Heavy flow pads
    • The hospital also has very large pads for you to use after birth (since you will be bleeding for several days, sometimes weeks, after giving birth). If you are picky about what type you want to wear, bring some with you.

Husband/Partner’s Bag:


  • Extra changes of clothes
    • I have had some Dad’s/partner’s change their clothes even when their partner is still in labor. They may think the room is too cold so they put on a jacket or a long sleeved shirt or they sweat too much because they’re nervous or working hard too so they need new shirts. Having some extra pairs of clean clothes is good to have on hand.
  • Comfortable shoes
    • They may be walking up and down the halls with you or running to get you ice chips or going to find and talk to family. Having comfy shoes are important.
  • Pillow
    • For the same reason as you, they need something comfortable to sleep on. The pull out couches aren’t the most comfortable so it’s at least nice for them to have a good pillow.
  • Cell phone and charger
    • Your partner should have been keeping track of your contractions on their phone with a contraction timer app so be sure they have that downloaded as well. There are plenty of free ones.
  • Group text or list of people to call
    • Have the conversation before you go into labor about all the people that your partner needs to notify once you are in labor. Some people do a group text and others just keep a list of names to get in touch with.
  • Snacks and drinks
    • You don’t want a dehydrated, hungry birth partner looking after you. If they bring some snacks and drinks with them, they can stay with you rather than leaving the room to search for food! If they leave the room to find food and eat, they may not come back very quickly to help you.

Nice to Have But Not Necessities:

  • Motorized or hand-held fan
    • You may get overheated in labor so it’s great if your partner has a fan to help you cool down. It may even have a mister, which can be nice.
  • Money/spare change –
    • If you didn’t have time to bring snacks with you, you will probably want to have some spare change for the vending machines. You both will probably be really hungry after labor and the hospital cafeteria might not be open once the baby is born. If no one can bring you food (which I would see if someone can pick something up for you) then having some change is helpful to get some snacks.
  • Pen and paper
    • Having something to take notes will really help if your nurse, doctor, or lactation consultant give you any recommendations or advice. You just gave birth and are recovering so put him in charge of documenting things that are important.
  • Gifts for other children
    • Make sure to have these ready when big brother or big sister comes in the room. A gift “from the baby” is always a good thing.

Baby’s Hospital Bag Checklist:


  • Approved car seat
    • Hospitals won’t let you leave without one and the base needs to be installed properly in your car.
  • A coming-home outfit
    • Think about what the weather might be like when your baby is born. Their outfit needs to be seasonally appropriate. Babies are sensitive to cold weather so if it’s cold outside, bring a hat, snowsuit or jacket to keep your baby warm. Don’t forget socks or booties. (Remove the snowsuit or jacket before placing your baby in a car seat.)
  • Warm blankets
    • The hospital will provide you a baby blanket or two to swaddle your baby with, but if you are particular what type of blanket they have, bring your own.

Nice to Have But Not Necessities:

  • Onesies
    • Honestly, the hospital will give you some Gerber onesies while you are in the hospital. All you really need is a going home outfit. But if you prefer that your baby wear something else, bring two or three options.
  • Pacifiers
    • If you decide to give your baby a pacifier, bring your own. Otherwise, they will charge you for theirs at the hospital which is normally a little higher in price.
  • Burp cloths  
    • In case you need to clean up any milk your baby spits up.



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