Alysha & Jerod are some of my most favorite people ever. I was first introduced to them by a friend who wanted to gift them with birth photography for their first child. A little hesitant at first to the idea of a birth photographer and someone in the room during such an intimate time they warmed up rather quickly.
After receiving their portraits of their first child's birth, they understood the value of having the photos and I've since photographed the birth of their second child, several family portraits, this super awesome gender reveal, and at the beginning of 2018 the birth of their final child.
Alysha contacted me to let me know she was pregnant and I couldn't have been happier for her or Jerod. She had me keeping her secret for nearly a month and I felt it slowly killing me inside. :)
We planned on doing a surprise gender reveal since they had two little girls- adorable girls at that and this would be their last, boy or girl. They arranged to have their ultrasound tech call me with their gender results. We purchased pink smoke bombs and blue smoke bombs and decided to head to Champoeg State Park near Newberg or Salem, Oregon to reveal the gender. (PS I recommend you inform the state park officials of what you are doing. We really did not think about the smoke bombs alerting the officials to potential hazard until they showed up after we were completely done) We apologized profusely and made a note to not let it slip next time. So-just giving you a fair warning if you're wanting to do the same for your gender reveal. There isn't any fire except for the initial lighting of the smoke bomb, but it can cause some concern by those officials who do not know what you're up to.
Please enjoy the following portraits of Alysha and Jerod discovering the gender of their baby. They had their good friends Erikka and Ryan there with them to share in their joy and help hold the smoke before they could see the results. We had several team boy votes and as you can see from the portraits Jerod was especially happy with his guess being right.
Congratulations to one of my favorite families. Thank you for entrusting me to take these special portraits for you!
It was sheer torture waiting for the results and knowing they were just behind them. By this point they had already been waiting a week for the results as I had been told a week prior.
The face Erikka is making in the back in the above photo is priceless. I absolutely love it.
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