Kim + James :: Gender Reveal


Which is it? So many parents-to-be anticipate this moment where they find out if they're going to be buying pink or blue. (Or whatever strikes your fancy for your gender!) It's a pivitol moment in your pregnancy and I know I very highly anticipated the moment we found out we were having a sweet little boy. If you remember, we did our own gender reveal photographing myself eating some delicious Gigi's cupcakes. (Mmm...) But in this instance I had the honor and priviledge to be in the moment with this lovely couple as they found out if they were having a boy or a girl.

Kim and James are old time friends of mine. Kim was roommates with my childhood friend Kari back in our Freshman year at Ball State. They hit it off pretty well and stayed roommates for years after they left the dorms. Due to my friendship with Kari that sort of rebirthed in college I became good friends with Kim. Kim and James met while we were attending school and their relationship has blossomed and grown through graduation, grad school, and a big move to The Windy City for Kim's new "big girl job" upon graduation. Of course when Kim told me she was pregnant I was thrilled for her. And even more so thrilled and honored when she asked me to photograph not only their gender reveal but their maternity photos in June of 2014. So keep your eyes peeled for an extra special Chicago maternity session featuring this adorable couple!

For their gender reveal they decided to throw colored powder in the air depending on the gender. They brought along assistants to throw the powder for them so they wouldn't know the actual gender until the powder was in the air. It was a surprise for not only the people who would view the photos later but for themselves too. So cool! After they threw the gender specific color they threw the other color in a good old fashioned color fight! 

Watch the reveal unfold!

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Kim and James were big time troopers for their gender reveal as they were doing it in late February, in Indiana, during a polar vortex. EEK! Prior to the beginning of the session Kim was still wearing her coat and she was snuggling with James as their assistants (friend, Kari and sister, Dyanna) prepared the colored powder for the reveal. I loved this moment of Kim snuggling next to James to keep warm. The photo on the right is them patiently waiting to see the color fly through the air.

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Let the color fly!

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It's a GIRL! I love Kim's expression in this photo. Perfect.

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And then Kari + Dyanna unleashed pink powder onto their lives...

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James was pretty pumped...

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Then we unleashed them on each other. Still deciding if this was a good or bad idea! Agressions?! I don't know but they sure let the color fly!

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Then Kim, James, and Kari decided to start throwing the blue powder that was not used in the reveal in a wonderfully colorful powder fight. Kim may or may not have had blue powder in her mouth. Maybe. Yeah definitely. 

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This is quite possibly one of the most fun gender reveals I've seen. I've seen these done before but not always executed well. So I am so glad we were able to do the gender reveal and document it in a wonderful way. Congratulations Kim + James on your upcoming beautiful little girl. It's going to be crazy, tiresome, terrifying, and stressful. But it will also be beautiful, fun, full of laughter, and so totally worth it. I cannot wait to photograph your maternity session in Chicago. It's going to be GREAT! See you crazy kids in June!





Current City |  Chicago, IL

Kim | IT Specialist :: Burwood Group

James | AV Manager + Specialist :: Freeman AV




Due Date | July 15th, 2014

Gender | Girl

Name | Layla



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