Unique Gender Reveal Party idea that You Will Remember Forever…

Well, I am now passed the 20 week mark, in fact today, I am officially 21 weeks! 19 weeks (roughly) to go till we get to meet our little baby! My guess is that if you have come from Pinterest, you are also at the stage where you are going to find out the gender of your soon-to-be human, and I am sure, like me, you are literally bouncing in your seat in anticipation for when the big moment comes. I wanted to share the surprise with my friends and family, so a gender reveal was on the cards… but it had to be a unique gender reveal idea and something that I hadn’t seen before.

Unique Gender Reveal Idea

Thinking of a unique gender reveal idea was bloody hard work… some people have been extremely creative in theirs overtime… best believe I did lots of YouTube searching to see what crazy ideas came my way and they ranged from the good old fashioned Balloon popping to a plane releasing coloured ping pong balls all over the party from way up high.

I wasn’t going to quite measure up to the plane idea, but I had an idea that involved paint, hands and a box and it was going to work. Gosh darnit, it was going to have to work.

My Unique Gender Reveal Idea

I had my 20 week anomaly scan on Friday 16th March and everything looked to be good. 3 words for ya, What. A. Relief! Is it normal to feel so nervous before a scan that you almost throw up? Its maybe just my pessimism that is playing a main role in my life when going for scans, but I always feel like they can show you the best news or the worst news. Thankfully, the worst news was not the case and we enjoyed the foreign feeling tour of my uterus, peering into the world of our delightful little baby.

The radiographer told my wonderful man the sex while I looked away from the tell tale screen. Tam is definitely one for holding secrets and maintaining a very mysterious aura, so he was absolutely in his element while arranging the gender reveal in secret. I was stuck between the fact that I was really wanting to press him for information but at the same time I only had to wait a day until myself and my family and friends found out so it wasn’t so bad- and I really wanted to make the gender reveal party that much better by being genuinely surprised!

I was toying with the idea of a gender reveal party for ages, humming and hawing as to whether I should do it or not. I didn’t know anyone of my old peers to do anything like it, so I wasn’t sure if it was normality in Scotland. I loved watching the genuinely surprised reactions of the parents to be and the “woohoo!” of the supportive families and friends within the viral YouTube videos, but I didn’t want to do the “normal” type of reveal so the thinking cap went on.

The Unique Gender Reveal Idea underway

I came up with the idea of getting a box, decorating it with my theme colours (pink and blue), buying 2 colours of acrylic paint (pink and blue), a long portrait canvas, and a scarf to blindfold myself. 

It took about 8 explanations for Tama to fully understand what was required of him in this reveal,  but by Jove he got it. He basically was the only person who knew what the gender was before the reveal (which was a fact that he loved to remind me of by the way). The idea that I had was basically that he had to pour the colour of the gender (ie pink for girl, blue for boy (sorry for being so unoriginal)) into the base of the box, I was to be blindfolded and he was to place my hands into the box, ensure they were fully coated in the coloured paint and then he would lead my hands to the canvas where he held them down so that my prints were made. I would then lift up my hands, remove the blindfold (or rather, get Tama to do it as my hands were a bit painted at the time), and to my surprise I found… MY HAND PRINTS IN THE COLOUR OF MY DREAMS…. Tama would then pick up the canvas and turn it round to the patiently waiting spectators and shared the reaction of happiness, glee and downright euphoria. 

The Best bit?

What is especially awesome about this idea is the fact that we have now got this canvas for a lifetime. My plan was to ensure my prints were pretty centred and to leave enough of a space so that when the baby came along, we could get their prints in the middle and Tama’s on the outside, and hang this up in the nursery as a momento of the greatest day ever. 

Sure you can use the good old balloons with coloured confetti, or the coloured cake sponge etc (I am not belittling any of these ideas, they just weren’t particularly for me!), or you could give it a good amount of thought to come up with something that will allow you a physical memory for the rest of your lives. I would highly recommend the canvas idea, I have a video just below of our gender reveal party 

Can you guess what we are having? All will be revealed…

Our Beautiful Gender Reveal party

Its a baby GIRL!!!

Now to think of names and buy a crap tonne of baby clothes. We are so delighted in this news and cannot wait to welcome our little honey bun to our wonderful little world. 

How to run your own Maternity Shoot! Soft and Feminine results.

Soft and Feminine maternity shoot

Maternity is one of the most spectacular stages that a woman can go through, and what is a better way to appreciate this time than capturing it in a soft and feminine maternity shoot to last a lifetime and then some? #nothingthatswhat

soft and feminine maternity shoot

Creating that Soft and Feminine Maternity Shoot

I am a firm believer in creating raw, realistic photos to really capture the emotion behind them so that when you view the photo in years to come, you are reminded exactly of the feelings you experienced in them. I don’t know about anybody else, but I would probably struggle to become my real self and portray my honest emotions in front of a professional photographer, so that’s why I would prefer to run my own maternity shoots. To me, maternity is a really personal thing that can be shared honestly with yourself, your partner and your little Bambi growing away within so personally, being able to have creative control over my own little shoots is incredibly important to me. 

Knowing your body, your angles and your colours are all factors that are very important in putting together your own maternity shoot (or any type of shoot for that matter), but it can be difficult to keep up with the changes of your body while going through maternity so its all a bit of a personal journey. 

So, here are my tips on creating the most magic little shoot to show your most soft and feminine side to share with your loved ones and future child. 

Colours for a Soft and Feminine Maternity shoot

My aim for these pictures was to create a very soft and feminine vibe and in my opinion this meant that warm colours needed to be integrated. I would hate to be the person to cause a rage by saying that I decided to go coral or pink as a “feminine” choice of colour, but for me, nothing makes me feel prettier. 

You also want to take into account your hair and skin colour. Generally go with the colour that makes you feel the most beautiful, but if you are going for a soft and feminine look, perhaps take the colours below as your inspiration:

soft and feminine maternity shoot

 

What to wear for a Soft and Feminine Maternity shoot

I decided to use some old fabric that I bought during a material store sale from a couple of years ago. It is a creased type of fabric and I have the sewing skills of a pigeon so I decided to just cut the fabric into strips and tie it around my body. What I like about this is that I can use the same fabric throughout my pregnancy and I can actually see how much I am growing over the weeks! So its not absolutely necessary to have to jump to the stores to purchase lacey long gowns, because this “outfit” literally cost me about £7.50 and look at how good the shots came out? 

soft and feminine maternity shoot

Lighting for a Soft and Feminine Maternity shoot

To create a soft and feminine vibe, you should try creating a creamy-toned light. Please note that I am definitely not a photographer by any means but in my opinion, the soft glow that appears “creamy” is the best option for this shoot. If your light isn’t natural and you don’t have access to lightboxes or special lighting tools, you can add a warm filter onto the top of a photo taken with camera flash. I also ensure I am wearing just enough highlighter on my face’s “higher” points, so that the camera flash creates the more “glowy” pregnant look that we all desire!  Wearing very minimal makeup with lots of highlight makes it look very natural and “glowy”, I mean can you see what I mean below?

soft and feminine maternity shoot

Your angles

Only one thing I can suggest to create a photo with the best angles… EXPERIMENT! Before your shoot, watch yourself in your mirror and take some lower-scale selfies. Find out which angles of your face catches the light the way you want it. Try to get at least 3 or 4 angles where you feel your most beautiful or radiant and stick with them! You will develop more angles that you might feel are more artsy or unique as you go through your weeks of shoots. It might feel a bit unnatural at first to set the self-timer and put across a “comfortable” persona but give it time and go through as many shots as you can before quitting! You will warm up eventually and this will come across.

Take advantage of your changing self and document it. You will never regret taking too many pictures. You can even surprise your partner with a gorgeous photo book of your self-run maternity shoots over the 9 months- this could make the most wonderful post-pregnancy gift for your loved one and can show your most intimate side. Don’t be afraid to be “racey” or “risqué”, because who is to say that you need to share it with the world if you don’t want to? 

Feel beautiful, take care of yourself and document your maternity journey… more shoots to come! This is only week 18 for me afterall!