Just like with Aidan, I wanted to capture photos of my beautiful bump when pregnant with Davina (aka #2) but I wanted something different as compared with Aidan!
Ashley and I discussed about a few different scenarios and concept and we decided to go for an outdoor photoshoot this time as we did an indoor shoot when I was pregnant with Aidan.
I showed some pictures from Pinterest as reference to Ashley and we both concluded that I preferred florals and a more girly look for this shoot. While Ashley offered a great variety of outfits to choose from, I wanted to search for different styles of clothings for the shoot. Showed them to Ashley and we shortlisted three outfits and decided on going to Botanical Gardens for our shoot!
I also mentioned to Ashley that while this was a maternity shoot, I would prefer if we can skew it to more of a family shoot. I wanted both Aidan and Skai to be the main stars of the shoot too.
Here's the end results! I love the pics! Ashley really charmed Aidan too because he was so cooperative and so happy during the shoot.
I was toying with both ideas for a while and finally decided on a gender reveal photoshoot! Party sounds fun but there's so much stuff to prepare plus I really wanted Skai and Aidan be part of my photoshoot! If it was a party, I would think all girls would be better!
So, we set the date, chope-d Withminn, who took my pregnancy announcement pictures, Fidelis to do my makeup again and also to get my #mysterymakangirls to join in!
As our luck would have it, things did not go as well as we had planned. The weather didn't seem as ideal, weather forecast showed that it would rain, Aidan was unwell and I was starting to feel under the weather.
Thankfully the stars were finally aligned and we managed to pull through. Aidan wasn't as energetic as his usual self but I think we did fine. He loves looking back at the pictures and always points at them.
What to wear for the Gender Reveal Photoshoot?
I wanted to wear something white. Nothing blue or pink as I had asked my girls to wear the colours that they thought baby #2 would be!
I think I looked through all the blogshops and maternity shops with BFF Jacelyn and couldn't find what I wanted. I had ordered a few from some blogshops in preparation (like 3 different outfits) and in the end decided on this cream dress that I had bought in November for CNY. HAHAHAHA.
One of the blogshop dresses was so pretty but unfortunately I couldn't even button up past my belly. SAD. Hopefully I will be able to fit into it post delivery.
So.... I actually did not needed to buy any dresses cos I already have this dress. LOL. Time to shop for another dress for CNY then! I wore it with my comfy Melissa flats!
What sort of makeup and hairstyle did I wanted for my shoot?
I pretty much left it up to Fidelis who I trusted. I told her I wanted something brown, like a more light hearted smokey look (oxymoron I know! But I didn't want black black black smokey ya know?)
For hairstyles, I told her as long as my hair was down and there is some braids, I'm good. I LOVE all of her braided looks so I was pretty easygoing. Prior to the shoot, I visited Caely at Leekaja and she gave me some highlights heh.
Fidelis braided one side of my hair and curled the ends. Something different from the previous shoot where she braided both sides.
Official pics from Withminn below. The wind was a bit strong so hair was hair was slightly messy oops! I should have taken pics at the beginning. Sorry Fidel!
Deciding on a location
While deciding on a location, Withminn and I discussed on places to go. I wanted somewhere with lots of greenery. We thought of locations such as Coney Island which was beautiful but was not ideal. Being pregnant and going to Coney Island with the long walk / cycle was one thing but bringing a toddler was another. Plus having to cart around huge balloons was gonna be a pain in the ass.
We decided to stick to my hood, being the northeast areas, Sengkang and Punggol instead!
Withminn asked what sort of props I wanted and I kinda over prepared. HAHHAHAHAHAA. We had props such as:
Letterboards - I already have the black one and borrowed the pink one from Jacelyn. Previously wanted the blue one but couldn't find anyone who has it! And I didn't wanna buy another since I had the black one already lol!
The words on the pink one doesn't seem so clear in pictures but it says 'Or a girl'.
So basically together it says.... "Is it a boy or a girl" HEH
Rompers - We wanted a contrast so we prepared a blue stripes one and a pink polka dots one!
Balloons - Been looking at Pinterest and there were so many different gender reveal balloon styles! There was the classic pop the balloon where confetti would fall out and the recent trend of revealing the balloon in the box.
In the end I decided on the classic pop as I thought it was cuter! Btw I'm scared of balloons popping but I still chose that. HAHAHA.
I had also ordered side bunches of pink and blue balloons from Celebloons and got my girlfriends to wear the colours that they thought #2 was. Only Jace chose pink! HAHAHAHA. Both Fidel and Esther (together with their spouses) chose blue!
Alrighty, this entry is getting a tad long.... so let's reveal #2's gender!
We are having a.....
I was pretty surprised as my gut feel was that #2 would be a boy. But of course, I was extremely happy. It's nice to not be outnumbered anymore. HAHAHAHA.
Unveiling the diaper cake! I hadn't seen the design nor made any specifications so I was really surprised looking at it.
Unicorn, pink with her name! #2's name is Davina! It's actually a combination of Skai's english name David and my name. I LOVE the diaper cake
I'm HUGE on names as you can tell... with Aidan being the opposite of my name and Davina being a combo of our names.
Now... just to anticipate Davina's arrival in April 😀 And soon... Aidan will no longer be an only child heh.
Listing down all the services and vendors that I worked with here for this shoot!
Hair colour and highlights
Caely from Leekaja located at Mandarin Gallery. Website: http://leekaja.sg Instagram:@leekaja.sg Location: 333A Orchard Rd. #03-13 Mandarin Gallery, 238897 Contact: 65 8133 0818 Promo code: 'nadia' for a discount
For those who are curious, this is planned. (unlike Aidan. HAHAHAHA) We wanted a 2 - 2.5 years age gap and we hit the jackpot.
We are going to know the gender soon. We were thinking if we should do a gender reveal thingy like a photoshoot / a party. My very good friend Elaine suggested we do one and we are thinking about it!
Does Aidan know what's going on? No he doesn't! hahaha. He doesn't know that he is going to be an older brother. He still jumps/hits my tummy. Just last night, he slept on my tummy. HAHA.
I'm past 20 weeks currently and am more than halfway throughout my pregnancy! So fast! We're excited about our new addition. We have thought of two names for baby #2, now just gotta know the gender! But no matter what, it'll be Baby D!
Love these series of photos by Esther from WithMinn! It was easy discussing the concept with her and she's very fun and spontaneous! She is very comfy with kids too! Do check her out for your prewedding, wedding and family photos! Will share the rest of the family photos in another post!