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It’s a ……. {Gender Reveal}

 So Saturday was the big awaited day! We were not the only ones totally on pins and needles anticipating the gender reveal of our little one….. Sean’s parents , sister, and cousin Heather came down from San Diego to go to the appointment with us. There is only one word to describe how it was…..amazing. It was the first time we have “seen” the baby since the very first ultrasound when it was only 8 weeks along, and just a little “gummy bear”, with no details on the ultra sound pictures. This time it was a whole new experience, and there was not a dry eye in the house. I will share those pictures in a sec…. but first! The gender reveal party…..

Today we went to San Diego to share the big news with the rest of family. So I thought I would share those pictures with you first so you can be surprised along with them.

First was the “team picture” where everyone held up signs for what team they thought the baby was. And for the family that was there at the reveal, they stuck with their original guesses! (Team girl in the lead!)


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The big cupcake with the big surprise inside. The filling was pink for girl, and blue for boy!
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Aunt Debbie and cousin Jen cut the cake along with the boys! {she really chopped it!!;)}
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and were so surprised to find out its a boy!!!!!

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And now for a few pictures of OUR big reveal on Saturday at the ultra sound.

 
The place we went to was so cute! I had my own little tv over with the ultra sound tech, and the family got cozy on the couch with a big plasma TV infront of them – watching everything I was. 

 
 Like I said, not a dry eye in the house.
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Sean and our fave cousin Heather watching the baby stretch and move around. It was so perfect!
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And a few pictures of the big guy!
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ummm yeah, so the ultra sound tech said he was a very “big” boy!!! And he was not a bit shy!
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LOVE this one!!! He is amazing!!!!
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We went out to lunch after we found out and of course I had to share the news with our waiter, and he brought us a baby sized treat to celebrate;)
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So I just have to say that we are so in love with OUR SON!!! He is just perfect.
I am just about 1/2 way done with my pregnancy, and all his little movements on the ultra sound were more than enough to leave me breathless and in tears (and I was not the only one lol). 
Theres really not a whole lot more I can say about it other than I am in awe of how amazing he is, and how I just have this perfect little guy in my belly growing, stretching, covering his face, kicking, and being awesome in general. 
Oh! and as I promised…. We are going to call this adorable little guy : Jordan Rockett Van Bussel <3 
Thanks to all of our friends and family for all of the love and support, the 3 of us love you so so much!!! 


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Karen ReVelle Photography - January 31, 2010 - 10:19 pm

Hi Blair! So happy for you! I personally thought it was a boy — every friend I've known that's been pregnant with a boy had a breeze of a pregnancy (and you seem to be having a smooth pregnancy too)… and you look just beautiful… you're growing your hair out, yes? It looks so pretty long! Big congrats to you & your hubs! And if I don't seem to run into you before then… see you at WPPI! xoxo

Yvonne - January 31, 2010 - 10:21 pm

Congrats! You are seriously gonna have the cutest family!! Love how you revealed the news :)

Nicole xoxo - January 31, 2010 - 10:22 pm

Congrats to you and the hubby!!

Anonymous - January 31, 2010 - 10:28 pm

So amazing! Congrats to you both and your family. Baby boy will be here before you know it!

Matthew & Molly Snelson - January 31, 2010 - 10:35 pm

YEAH!!!! I CAN'T WAIT TO MEET ROCKETT!!!! I WILL LOVE HIM A TON!!

love you guys! xoxo.

Paige + Blake Green - January 31, 2010 - 10:38 pm

congratulations!!!
how very exciting for you.

Tracy (Serendipity Images) - January 31, 2010 - 11:48 pm

What wonderful news!!! Many many congratulations to you and your hubby on finding out that you have a son on the way! What fun!! :)

ohana photographers-david and kimi - February 1, 2010 - 8:42 am

ah crud. i guessed girl lol. either way congrats you guys!!!! so happy for you!

Anonymous - February 1, 2010 - 9:32 am

I love these I cant wait to meet Jordan i love him so much and you too sister :)

Wai Reyes - February 1, 2010 - 10:03 am

OMG, I'm crying! Sooo happy for you both. I totally voted Team Girl, but Team Boy is equally fun and awesome. Jordan is great name! Congratulations, you guys. Love you!

Lorrie Prothero - February 1, 2010 - 10:35 am

You are going to be the best mom of "The Boyfriend"!!! I've never seen such a neat way to reveal – both the cupcake and the viewing room to see the actual ultrasound. BTW – the reactions you captured when the cupcake was cut – AWESOME!!!

Jen Stewart - February 1, 2010 - 4:04 pm

Blair you are one ADORABLE Mama!!! I can't wait to give you a big hug when I see you in March!! Congratulations, boys are SO MUCH FUN!!!

michelle cunningham - February 1, 2010 - 6:32 pm

it's a boy!!!!! woohoo! congrats blair!

Anonymous - February 2, 2010 - 3:28 pm

I love you guys so much!!!!! Can't wait to meet Rockett!!!
xoxo
Sue Ellen

Anonymous - February 3, 2010 - 3:03 pm

I was so excited to cut that cupcake and find out what it was. I'm so happy for both of you. You are going to be wonderful parents! I can't wait to meet the new addition to our family!
Love ya,
Auntie Debbie

simplyfabulousnow - February 7, 2010 - 12:39 pm

I love how you told your family that you were having a boy!! What a moment to remember!

{ Pink or Blue? }

So I am torn between whether I think the little baby I am growing is a boy or a girl. At first I was pretty convinced that it was a boy – only because I have had my future daughter named, and have had everything down to her bedroom details planned out in my head for YEARS. And whenever Sean and I have talked about our future child in the past, we have always assumed the first baby would be a girl – always talking about what “she” was going to do, or what we were going to do with “her”.  But then recently I started to really think it was a girl…..along with A LOT of other people. But Sean is pretty sure it’s a boy! But in all honestly, of course we will be beyond happy with whatever God decides to give us. I know the baby will be amazing regardless of the gender!

So any way, we have our gender ultra sound scheduled for this weekend and we just can’t wait!!! I think the most exciting thing for the both of us is to actually call the baby by name! Oh and um, of course start shopping!! So exciting!!!

Alrighty, so…… what do you think? Is “Baby VB” a boy or a girl?

The answer will be posted early next week after we get the chance to share with our family first!:)
Oh and we have both names picked out (boy or girl), so I will be sure to share that fun detail too!

I will leave you with a couple pictures that a friend and my hubby shot of me during our portrait sessions over the last couple weekends. Baby and I make a good photo team (and Sean too of course!);)

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Manda Murphy - January 26, 2010 - 7:14 pm

I think its a girl! :)

alissa baroldy - January 26, 2010 - 7:26 pm

boy …

Anonymous - January 26, 2010 - 7:35 pm

Sabrina says…
Little girl… Love you baby VB

Katie Neal Photo - January 26, 2010 - 7:49 pm

I'm gonna vote GIRL! There are so many boys being born right now that you could do an arranged marriage! :)

Sean Van Bussel - January 26, 2010 - 8:09 pm

Boy. FOR SURE. 100%. hehe

Nicole xoxo - January 26, 2010 - 8:40 pm

Girl Girl Girl!!

chadsveronica - January 26, 2010 - 9:14 pm

I say Girl!

JayneSees - January 26, 2010 - 10:54 pm

I have a baby boy and he is AMAZING, but I also hope we have a girl (haha). Either way, it'll be the best and most beautiful thing you've ever done!

BTW, You make the most adorable pregnant lady!

Heather Alex - January 27, 2010 - 6:43 am

Did mine post? TEAM BOY

Jen McLaughlin - January 27, 2010 - 8:36 am

Im joining TEAM BOY!!! Brayden needs a BOY cousin to play with… Of course he will love his girl cousin(if baby VB is a girl)

Love you 3 :)

Ashley McNaught - January 27, 2010 - 12:45 pm

I am going to say boy!!!

Heidi - January 27, 2010 - 9:10 pm

I am voting GIRL!

Jennifer - January 27, 2010 - 11:11 pm

Awww Blair you are too cute!!! i am going to say BOY! hehe!

Anonymous - January 28, 2010 - 11:37 am

It's a girl for sure!!! Love you B!
xoxoxo
-Sue Ellen

dan s - January 28, 2010 - 12:11 pm

HEY let's just go for HEALTHY ok?

we did don't ask don't tell 3 times, got three BOYS hehehehehehehe

Corinne Allen - January 28, 2010 - 1:11 pm

girl! :)

Louise Cervantes - January 28, 2010 - 2:34 pm

It's a BOY!!!

Anonymous - January 30, 2010 - 9:12 am

Boy!! Can't wait to find out :)
Kelli

Lindsay Fields - January 30, 2010 - 9:32 am

woo hoo!!! i'm gonna say boy, since everyone i know is having girls or have had girls. :)

ohana photographers-david and kimi - January 30, 2010 - 10:16 am

i guess girl :) can't wait to find out!

Lake Arrowhead Wedding Photography – {Snow Brides}

This awesome bridal shoot was put together by Elizabeth Luna . It was so fun and such a great idea . I am always so excited to be part of these shoots and to be part of such an amazing community of photographers!


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Thank you to our wonderful Brides:
Amy Clarke (also our MUA)
Natalya Roa
Emily Bos
Kristen Camacho Enriquez (also our hairdresser)
Erica Arispuro

Location: Lake Arrowhead, CA
Hairpieces: http://www.rachellarraine.com/
Make up Artist: http://www.amyclarkesfaces.blogspot.com/
Florist : http://www.lavendersflowersandgifts.com/
Hair dresser : http://hairbykristen.blogspot.com/

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Wai Reyes - January 18, 2010 - 8:43 pm

Whoa! Awesome work, girl! I had so much fun hanging with you last Saturday. Let's do it again!

ohana photographers-david and kimi - January 18, 2010 - 11:21 pm

absolutely beautiful b! in love with #8!

Katie Neal Photo - January 19, 2010 - 7:50 am

GORGEOUS MY FRIEND! Love the up close one of Natalya! Such beautiful eyes!

Thomas Frank - January 19, 2010 - 8:41 am

Stunning Blair! Beautiful images! It was so great to finally meet you, loved our little talk session after dinner.

Lavenders Flowers - January 19, 2010 - 9:34 am

Beautiful!!

Jennifer - January 19, 2010 - 10:42 am

OMG Blair these are absolutely beautiful! I loved every single one! I makes me want to get married in the mountains just so you can take the pictures haha! muah! lovely my dear!

Amy Clarke ~Make-up Artist - January 20, 2010 - 4:23 pm

Beautiful Blair! It was fun to meet you and your pictures turned out amazing!

Candace - January 20, 2010 - 6:11 pm

how great!!! these are beautiful!!!

Anne-Margrethe - January 21, 2010 - 1:44 am

Great pictures! Really liked the first one, different! :)

Amber Fox - January 21, 2010 - 9:46 pm

Oh my gosh…those eyes, the flowers, the show….gorgeous!

leah sherer - January 24, 2010 - 8:09 am

great work… nice to see something different and nice to fine you on facebook!

bridal hair make up - July 6, 2010 - 11:21 pm

I couldn't help to sigh that the pictures are so beautiful !I like the dresses,hair styles,followers…..almost everything you show in the pictures!Really wonderful !

Fullerton Wedding Photography – { Carrie : Bridal Portraits! }

Carrie is awesome.

She e-mailed me about some bridal portraits after she found my web site, and booked me. We had not even chatted it up on the phone, or met in person. She just booked me based on what she had seen, that’s when I knew that she had to be pretty cool. Then a few weeks before her big day we figured it would be fun to meet up over coffee and chat about her big day and the portraits she wanted…and well, she was even cooler than I imagined. Our short little meeting some how turned into 4 hours of us sharing our life stories with each other, and declaring that we were best friends at least 8 times. I have to admit that after our meeting, I was more than a little bummed that we had not met earlier and I that was not booked to be her wedding photographer for the whole day. But I could not be any more excited that she had the brilliant idea to book me for some extra pictures of her getting ready with her girls as a bonus session for the day!:)

My buddy Amber Fox came along to hang out and grab some shots of Carrie and her girls getting ready with me (thanks so much Amber, you are the best!!) . We showed up to this hotel room with fab light and a bunch of hotties….totally a photographers dream. We had a fantastic time hanging out and working with these fun ladies!

And just to wrap it up, I just want to say that I am so excited about these pictures. Carrie pulled off this “sexy vintage” look all too well. Love you Carrie!!

Now for the photo proof of how awesome Carrie really is….I’m sure you will fall in love with her just like I did!:)

Is her dress not Ah-mazing!?


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Hello beautiful!
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LOVED LOVED LOVED this light ….could not choose between the next 2 shots
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A favorite!
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More dress details…because it was that stunning!
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(kinda reminds me of Lady Gaga…LOVE IT!)
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So fierce!
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Sexy bridesmaids!
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Work it girls!!
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We had about 5 seconds to shoot in this bar and it was nothing short of awesome!
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Arjelia - January 15, 2010 - 8:54 am

Wow, Blair, these are great but I'm not surprised because you have a great eye!

Arjelia

Kristi Clark - January 15, 2010 - 9:57 am

these are so fun! Great work!

Anonymous - January 15, 2010 - 10:25 am

WOW Blair these are so wonderful, thank you for making my special day even more special. You and Amber were such a Joy and so easy to work with. I will use or for EVERYTHING I need photos for <3

Carrie

Sean Van Bussel - January 15, 2010 - 10:55 am

Great Job B-Dizzle! But…….who would expect anything less than AMAZING from you nowadays ay?

Thomas Frank - January 15, 2010 - 12:20 pm

Hell yeah Blair those pics rock, love the light and love your eye!

lauren c. - openField. - January 15, 2010 - 3:42 pm

oh…her dress is AMAZING and i love her tatoos!!

Wai Reyes - January 15, 2010 - 4:11 pm

These are so awesome! That one of the bride on the couch is stunning!

Chris Stewart - January 15, 2010 - 4:27 pm

Oh……………………..MY………………..LORD!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Blair oh my gosh I.DIE.!!!!

These are so well done and so clean and simple and very VERY HIGH FASHION!!!!! I LOVE THIS WEDDING!!!! The details, the simplicity, its all soo good!!! WAY TO ROCK THE CASBA ON THIS!!!!!

ohana photographers-david and kimi - January 15, 2010 - 4:34 pm

my fav is the feety feets shot!!!! rock on b! you did awesome!

Tim Halberg - January 15, 2010 - 4:34 pm

seriously sweet set of pics!!! and I LOVE brides with tats!!!! beautiful!!

Heather Kloster - January 15, 2010 - 5:01 pm

Such great shots!!! I'm absolutely in LOVE with the dress details, the ring shot, the collarbone and those creamy shots of her holding the bouqet. And thanks for the sweet blogging comments (:

Amber Fox - January 15, 2010 - 5:43 pm

Blair, these are fantastic! You really got some amazing shots that I simply love. The ring shot totally matches the urban grunge thing she had going on and the shots with that you did by the door, with the natural light streaming in are gorgeous. Thanks for bringing me a long to this shoot, because Carrie really is gorgeous.

Candace - January 16, 2010 - 9:04 pm

These are amazing!!!

Blasé - January 17, 2010 - 1:54 pm

Goodness!

Ryel j - January 18, 2010 - 11:41 am

Beautiful as always!!!

Nicole xoxo - January 26, 2010 - 8:49 pm

The pictures came out awesome Blair! Carrie looked absolutely beautiful that day, and you did an amazing job capturing it. keeping my fingers crossed I'll get engaged…married… and preggo 1 day so I can call you all 3 times! ;)

La Mirada Engagement Photography – { Alicia & Phil : Engaged! }

So I will have a post coming up with Alicia and Phil’s cute story since their wedding is coming up this Wednesday! But to make a long story short – Phil lives in England and flew in last night for his wedding this week , just in time to squeeze in a quick engagement session so we can quickly get a photo printed for their sign-in matted photo. So we shot this quick session this morning!

Sean and I had a great time meeting Phil after hearing so many wonderful things about him from Alicia, so we were so excited to shoot this quick session – and we are even more excited to shoot their wedding a few days from now!

So here is the quickest session we have ever : Shot, processed, proofed with client, ordered their matted sign in photo , and blogged – all in a few hours. Go team Blair Nicole Photography!;)

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My favorite shot of the day! :

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Tracy (Serendipity Images) - December 28, 2009 - 8:22 am

Cute shoot! Can't wait to see their wedding. I know right where you shot too … I did a First Look there once. Aren't those historic houses awesome? :)

Wai Reyes - December 28, 2009 - 10:16 am

Those shots by the red wall are awesome! Is that a barn door? Lookin' great, Blair!

Katie Neal Photo - December 29, 2009 - 11:23 am

Love the black and white with the tree in the background! Rockin it girl!

Anonymous - December 30, 2009 - 2:47 am

Hello,
Please forgive me and my last post.
i acted like a pretentous photo snob who has a hard time dealing with amateurs when I can do no better than a child with a disposable camera. Seeing your other posts has humbled me and I feel stupid for what I said earlier. It is clear you know what you are doing. So do forgive me, please.
–A. Moron

Amber Fox - December 30, 2009 - 8:48 pm

I really love the barn shot, with the fun sun flair. and such a great tree, with all those gnarls and cool textured roots. Great work Blair!

Lorrie Prothero - January 10, 2010 - 5:48 pm

So glad I found your blog ;)

I really like the one looking down on them – you really show off their amazing soft blue eyes.

I also like the one after that, with her on the ground while he's standing – I can really feel the texture.

LAURA GARCIA - April 28, 2010 - 8:12 pm

Picture 7 is awesome!!! They look so tiny next to that HUGE tree!!!! I want to take a picture there!!! I just LOVE IT!!!