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A Pregnancy Announcement Idea: A Photo Shoot With a Twist

A Fun Surprise Pregnancy Announcement Idea for Daddy

The moment you find out you are pregnant, your to-do list becomes 10 miles long in a single instant. So many things to plan for and to prepare for. I know from experience that one of the first things many mamas start planning is a fun way to tell people that they are expecting. I was so honored to be in on this fun surprise pregnancy announcement idea. Chelsey asked me to photograph them as she told her husband that he was going to be a dad during a couples photo shoot in Portland, OR.

What He Thought Was Happening

Micah thought that they were helping me out with a photo shoot idea for couples. The idea that was described to him was that they would each write on their chalkboard something that they love about the other person. He loves her “sweet heart.”

Pregnancy Announcement Idea: A Fall rainy day photo shoot. A pregnant woman is surprising her husband and letting him know his he going to be a Dad. They used chalkboards while holding umbrellas. For more info about maternity portraits, visit byRayleigh.com Photography by Rayleigh

What Was Actually Happening

Micah had no idea that Chelsey was not following those directions. She had written, “We’re having a baby,” on her chalkboard. She also held her pregnancy tests as a sign that she was serious, in case he thought it was some kind of joke.

Pregnancy Announcement Idea: A Fall rainy day photo shoot. A pregnant woman is surprising her husband and letting him know his he going to be a Dad. They used chalkboards while holding umbrellas. For more info about maternity portraits, visit byRayleigh.com Photography by Rayleigh

The Surprise Pregnancy Announcement

They stood with their backs facing each other. On the count of 3, they turned around to show each other their chalkboards. I got to snap photos and capture his reaction. His shocked expression is priceless!

Pregnancy Announcement Idea: A Fall rainy day photo shoot. A pregnant woman is surprising her husband and letting him know his he going to be a Dad. They used chalkboards while holding umbrellas. For more info about maternity portraits, visit byRayleigh.com Photography by Rayleigh

They were both so happy to start this new chapter in their lives. These pictures are actually a few years old (I’m finally getting around to blogging them), so I can tell you that they are both the sweetest parents.

Pregnancy Announcement Idea: A Fall rainy day photo shoot. A pregnant woman is surprising her husband and letting him know his he going to be a Dad. They used chalkboards while holding umbrellas. For more info about maternity portraits, visit byRayleigh.com Photography by Rayleigh

Outdoor Fall Photo Shoot in the Rain

The timing of their pregnancy was perfect for doing a Fall photo shoot with gorgeous colors all around them. Fall is definitely a favorite time for a lot of people to do outdoor photo shoots. But in Portland, Oregon, a Fall outdoor photo shoot means that you often have to deal with wet weather.

Pregnancy Announcement Idea: A Fall rainy day photo shoot. A pregnant woman is surprising her husband and letting him know his he going to be a Dad. They used chalkboards while holding umbrellas. For more info about maternity portraits, visit byRayleigh.com Photography by Rayleigh

Their photo shoot was time sensitive and Chelsey didn’t want to put the photo shoot off until we had nicer weather (for obvious reasons). So when we found out it was going to be raining, we just went ahead and did the photo shoot in the rain. Chelsey brought some clear umbrellas, which worked out perfectly for keeping them, and their chalkboards, dry.

Pregnancy Announcement Idea: A Fall rainy day photo shoot. A pregnant woman is surprising her husband and letting him know his he going to be a Dad. They used chalkboards while holding umbrellas. For more info about maternity portraits, visit byRayleigh.com Photography by Rayleigh

The umbrellas are so cute and perfect for a rainy day photo shoot with Oregonians who aren’t afraid of a little rain. Since they are clear, they allowed light to come through them. Solid colored umbrellas would have created unflattering shadows on their faces.

Pregnancy Announcement Idea: A Fall rainy day photo shoot. A pregnant woman is surprising her husband and letting him know his he going to be a Dad. They used chalkboards while holding umbrellas. For more info about maternity portraits, visit byRayleigh.com Photography by Rayleigh

Pregnancy Announcements and Maternity Sessions

If you love this idea and would like to set up a pregnancy announcement photo shoot of some kind, I’d love to chat with you and come up with something really fun.

Then, when you are about 30-35 weeks along, that is the perfect time for a maternity portrait session. So we can talk about setting that up, as well!

I invite you to send me an email and we can get the ball rolling on those things!


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Outdoor Senior Pictures near Portland, OR

Tessa contacted me about her outdoor senior pictures. Although she was quite nervous, she was also so excited to do them. She wanted an urban look for her session. I found a cute area in Tigard, OR that I thought would be great.

Professional hair and makeup services

First, she came to my studio for her professional hair and makeup. For someone who is nervous, the hair and makeup styling can really boost confidence levels. That’s always a great way to start the shoot.

Outdoor senior pictures near Portland, OR

Then we roamed around downtown Tigard, OR a little bit for her portrait session. Tessa was so easy to work with and she is absolutely beautiful. We both had a lot of fun during the shoot.

Outdoor senior pictures. This is a black and white image of a plus size teen girl sitting on the stairs and leaning against a brick wall. Photography by Rayleigh. For more info, please visit byRayleigh.com
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What Tessa’s Mom had to say about the experience

“Rayleigh captured my daughter’s inner and outer beauty perfectly! My daughter is a senior this year, and although she wanted Senior pictures, she was also very nervous about the idea of being photographed. She can be very self-conscious. However, Rayleigh made her feel so comfortable, so beautiful, so confident — and these emotions shined in every picture. My daughter walked on air for hours after the shoot.

Outdoor senior pictures. This is an image of a plus size teen girl leaning against a brick wall and wearing a scarf. Photography by Rayleigh. For more info, please visit byRayleigh.com

“When I saw the first picture, I actually teared up! Rayleigh worked hard to make sure my daughter’s assets were showcased and also made sure that the areas that made her self-conscious were NOT showcased — resulting in very natural pictures that complement her best features. Also, Rayleigh was very accommodating and helpful.  She went above and beyond to make sure the pictures were done to the yearbook’s specifications and on their deadline. And, we were THRILLED to get the pictures back so quickly. I couldn’t wait to see them, and they exceeded my expectations.”

-Tessa’s Mom
Outdoor senior pictures. This is a black and white image of a teen girl lying on a bridge on her back. Photography by Rayleigh. For more info, please visit byRayleigh.com

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If you’d like to see more of my outdoor senior pictures or studio senior pictures, please click to see my seniors galleries.

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Urban Senior Portraits near Portland Oregon

Rachel started her senior photo shoot experience at my studio where she had her hair and makeup done. Then we headed over to downtown Tigard, OR for her urban senior portraits around Main Street.  

Most of my shoots happen inside my studio, but I do venture out every once in a while for an outdoor shoot. It’s always fun to have the variety! There are a lot of different types of locations we can choose. It just depends on what kind of look you want to go for. Urban senior portraits are great if you like the look of streets and buildings for a city feel.

Urban senior portraits near Portland, Oregon

Urban senior portraits. This is an image of a high school senior girl leaning against a brick wall outdoors, wearing a red lace dress. Photography by Rayleigh. For more info, please visit byRayleigh.com

Rachel chose a great wardrobe for her shoot. I absolutely love lace dresses and shirts for photo shoots. Solid colors always work well for photos and the lace adds interesting texture.

Urban senior portraits. This is an image of a high school senior girl in front of a brick wall outdoors, wearing a red lace dress. She's surrounded by green leaves. Photography by Rayleigh. For more info, please visit byRayleigh.com

This little nook we found was great because it had the brick wall for the urban look but it also had some greenery to add a bit of nature.

Urban senior portraits. This is a black and white image of a high school senior girl sitting on a window ledge of a downtown building. She is outside and wearing shorts and a white shirt. Photography by Rayleigh. For more info, please visit byRayleigh.com

Rachel came to see me from Albany, Oregon.  I have the honor of working with a lot of clients from Albany and Salem, OR because there just aren’t a lot of photographers in that area who offer the luxury experience that you get to have with Photography by Rayleigh.  

Urban senior portraits. This is an image of a high school senior girl leaning off a bridge railing, outdoors, wearing a casual shorts outfit. Photography by Rayleigh. For more info, please visit byRayleigh.com

Want to see more?

I invite you to take a look at my senior portraits gallery to see more indoor and outdoor senior pictures. Do you like the look of urban senior portraits? Or are you more of a studio type of person? Or maybe a nature lover?

If you are looking for a senior portrait photographer near Portland, OR, I’d love to chat. If you want a glamorous experience where you get to feel like a model for the day, please contact me to book your shoot!