Friday, July 19, 2013

A Photographer's Baby Shower

This past weekend I had the honor of helping to throw and attending a beautiful photography themed baby shower.  It was a day full of love for the mama-to-be and her little girl.  The lucky mama-to-be is none other than my best friend, Lauren (of Create Something Out of Nothing and Lauren Bodwell Photography).

Since she lives about 3 hours away from me, and the shower was near where she lives, I decided to pack up myself and my baby girl and spend the weekend with her.  We have been making monthly dates to see each other for a while now, so this worked as our monthly meet-up.  I am so excited to meet her baby girl and to see our babies grow up together.  I am really looking forward to our monthly dates once our girls are old enough to enjoy them with us!

I designed the invitations and put together a guest book.  The invitation was made with a clip art baby that I purchased on Etsy and added an Amy Tangerine clip art camera that I purchased from the Silhouette shop.  All the shower information was printed on the back of the invitation.

For the guest book, I got a Project Life Mini Album in Kiwi and cut out polaroid photo shapes (also purchased from the Silhouette shop) in a 3"x4" size using white and black paper.  In the larger white space at the bottom, I prompted the guests with either "I wish I knew..." or "Wishes for baby" and they could then choose to fill out one, or both, using a white pencil in the black space.  As they were filled out, they could be added to the album.  Since she is the photographer of the group, I decided to take over the photo taking responsibility for the day.  My photos might not be up to her level of ability but I did my best and I think I did ok capturing the day for her.  I will be getting my photos printed and will add them to her guest book along side her family and friends words.

The image from the invitation was even used on the cake!

I also had a little fun with some photos of Lauren and her husband and let people try to guess what their baby might look like.  I had Lauren send me a head shot of both her and her husband and then used Photoshop to manipulate them until their heads were about the same size.  I then printed them as 5x7's and cut them at the hairline, just above the eyes, just under the eyes, at the end of their noses, just under their mouths, and just under their chin.  This made 6 puzzle pieces of each face that people could then use to make composite pictures of their baby, dads hair, moms eyes, etc.  It was both funny and slightly disturbing but we had fun with it.  Here are a couple of the babies that we made:

The shower was beautiful, the gifts were many and this mama-to-be was really showered with love!  If you would like to hear about the shower from her point of view and see more of my photos, check out her blog post.

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