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Engagement Shoot Spontaneously Becomes Baby Gender Reveal

Engagement photoshoot turns into surprise baby gender ultrasound, Toronto wedding photographer Lisa Mark

 

Today I have a very fun & exciting engagement session to share with you. While every engagement session I photograph is special and unique it its own way, Christine & Matthew’s engagement shoot took a really unexpected turn, and I’m happy to share the story with you all.

We began in typical engagement photo fashion, selecting Mill Pond in Richmond Hill, Ontario as the backdrop for their photos. This is the very spot Matthew proposed marriage to Christine.

 

Engagement photoshoot turns into surprise baby gender ultrasound, Toronto wedding photographer Lisa MarkEngagement photoshoot turns into surprise baby gender ultrasound, Toronto wedding photographer Lisa MarkEngagement photoshoot turns into surprise baby gender ultrasound, Toronto wedding photographer Lisa Mark

 

Now, this was a sunny, but blustery and cold day in February so we quickly got chilly and decided to venture to a popular local tea & coffee shop called Covernotes. With hot drinks in hand, we kept shooting photos (thanks for Covernotes for being so welcoming to us).

 

Engagement photoshoot turns into surprise baby gender ultrasound, Toronto wedding photographer Lisa Mark

Engagement photoshoot turns into surprise baby gender ultrasound, Toronto wedding photographer Lisa MarkEngagement photoshoot turns into surprise baby gender ultrasound, Toronto wedding photographer Lisa Mark

 

I kept taking the engagement photos as I always do – the ring, snuggles, sweet nothings…and oh, I forgot to mention one thing:

Christine is pregnant with their first baby!

While Christine told me this on the phone when she called to book their session, I did want the shoot to focus on their engagement and not instantly become a maternity shoot. That being said, as a mother myself, I know that from the moment you become pregnant with your first child your life changes forever. Your baby is always the first thing on your mind, despite your partner being a very close second…

 

Engagement photoshoot turns into surprise baby gender ultrasound, Toronto wedding photographer Lisa Mark

 

So when we were chatting over our lovely warm cappuccinos, I asked Christine & Matthew if they are planning on finding out the sex of the baby. Christine explains that they cannot wait to find out if it’s a boy or girl, but she’s only 17 weeks along. That’s when I shared with her that I was just as eager when I was pregnant both times with my kids, and that by 17 weeks you CAN find out the gender via ultrasound…

It was then I asked Christine & Matthew a question:

“Do you want to find out the gender of your baby right now?”

Their answer was a resounding “YES!” 

I called around to some local ultrasound businesses who might have an opening for that afternoon. A few places I called were booked solid, but then I lucked out and found a wonderfully accommodating place called Prenatal Pearl 3D/4D Ultrasound in Markham, just a short distance from the coffee shop. They could fit us in if we came straight over, so we immediately departed Covernotes, off on our little spur of the moment adventure. Once we arrived, Matthew signed Christine in, then we went inside.

 

Engagement photoshoot turns into surprise baby gender ultrasound, Toronto wedding photographer Lisa Mark

 

Christine held Matthew’s hand tight while they watched their little baby up on the TV screen. Our technician worked her magic showing them their baby’s little hands, feet, and an adorable little face.

 

Engagement photoshoot turns into surprise baby gender ultrasound, Toronto wedding photographer Lisa MarkEngagement photoshoot turns into surprise baby gender ultrasound, Toronto wedding photographer Lisa Mark

Engagement photoshoot turns into surprise baby gender ultrasound, Toronto wedding photographer Lisa MarkEngagement photoshoot turns into surprise baby gender ultrasound, Toronto wedding photographer Lisa Mark

 

Then came the big moment…was it a boy or a girl? After a few minutes of tense waiting while our technician tried to find just the right angle, she told Christine & Matthew…

 

Engagement photoshoot turns into surprise baby gender ultrasound, Toronto wedding photographer Lisa Mark

It’s a…

Baby Girl !

The happiness on Christine & Matthew’s faces was so pure, I couldn’t believe I had the opportunity to capture such a perfect moment between two people. I always try to show an intimate connection between two people in my portraits, and I can’t think of a connection more personal, significant and intimate than bringing a new life into the world together. It was the perfect way to define Christine & Matthew’s engagement to each other. Their promise to not only love each other forever but also their new baby daughter.

Engagement photoshoot turns into surprise baby gender ultrasound, Toronto wedding photographer Lisa Mark

In a funny twist of events, my husband and I have been selling much of our kids’ things, and we had the most beautiful crib which Christine’s parents bought from us, for their grandchild! I’m so happy our crib will be going to such a lovely family.

The story isn’t over yet…

The families of Christine & Matthew were hosting an engagement party the weekend following our shoot. The couple decided that announcing the baby’s gender at their party would be the perfect way to share the news, so I rushed the editing of their engagement photos and printed their Save The Date cards (as the wedding will be next year). Here is the card that was given out at their engagement party to friends & family:

Engagement photoshoot turns into surprise baby gender ultrasound, Toronto wedding photographer Lisa Mark

Congratulations Christine & Matthew and thank you for sharing such a perfect moment with me and my camera. I can’t wait to meet your daughter at your wedding next year!

Cheers,
Lisa

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  • KylieJune 13, 2016 - 9:21 am

    This article brought tears to my eyes; what a beautiful shoot.

    I gave birth to twin boys at 32 weeks gestation back in December, sadly one boy passed away at birth. I remember when we found out the gender of them- I cried. I had wanted at least one girl, but alas both were boys. And now looking back, it was silly pregnancy emotions and I wouldn’t trade my healthy little boy for anything 🙂

    It is an amazing journey for sure. 🙂

  • Lisa Mark PhotographyJune 14, 2016 - 11:20 am

    Aw I’m so sorry Kylie! Babies are so precious and I’m so glad you have one of your two little angels with you 🙂

  • CathyJune 16, 2016 - 10:27 am

    Awww, what a special moment to have captured on camera! what a beautiful shoot 🙂

  • Lisa Mark PhotographyJune 16, 2016 - 10:28 am

    Thanks so much Cathy! 🙂