It’s funny how things work out. When Ciara and I booked this shoot, we didn’t know she was pregnant…however…while scouting locations with Herman, I looked at him and said “ I don’t know why I know this, but Ciara is pregnant.” Sure enough, that same night she texted me and said that she wasn’t sure, but there’s a really good chance she is pregnant with their second child!
When she was finally far along to take the test, it was confirmed! It was very early on, but she was indeed PREGO! She sent me a text late one night and swore me to secrecy as she wanted to tell him during our shoot! I did a happy dance in my kitchen as we planned her reveal to Austin. You can add "Professional Secret Keeper" to my resume now.
Ciara and Austin have always wanted a family. They have the most beautiful little girl, Layla and they wanted her to grow up with another sibling. They are crazy in love and crazy cute. I was so excited to capture this moment for them.
We started off the shoot like a typical couples session. Lots of good music and a short hike around the lake had as all in a good mood. Ciara and I had planned to do the reveal at sunset and as the evening went on, we were all getting antsy. Austin had NO IDEA what was coming next.
We turned Austin towards the water and told him that we wanted some photos of him looking out into the water. As he gazed out into the distance, we secretly handed Ciara her sign! We asked him to turn around and there it was: “WE’RE DUE WITH BABY #2!”
Austin was in shock at first, and then started jumping up and down so excited. For a moment, it was just the two of them on the lake as I was clicking away, trying to capture every perfect moment of this reveal. Austin’s complete and total joy at the news of his wife’s pregnancy was one of the most beautiful moment’s I have ever captured as a photographer. After a celebratory jump into the lake, we all walked back to our cars smiling ear to ear. It was one of those perfect, authentic, totally incredible, real life magic moments.