Virtual pregnancy announcement ideas during the coronavirus


Finding out you're pregnant is such an exciting time, and it's even more exciting telling your loved ones. Although during the coronavirus outbreak it's not going to be as simple. You can't just pop to your parents, share the news over dinner and have lots of hugs and happy tears together. But that doesn't mean it has to be any less exciting for you, it just means you need to get more creative, and I'm sure with a couple of ideas listed here, it will get you thinking of your own. Please do share them with me too!

1 - Phone call:

It's probably the least creative idea, but the most simple, especially for Grandparents who may not know how to use video chat, or even have the device to attempt it. But there's nothing to say you can't get a little fancy with a phone call. They won't suspect anything with a routine phone call, so why not throw a hint in there and let them work it out. For example;

- Tell your Grandma you've been craving her cakes/ casserole - whatever it is she famously makes. If she doesn't work it out from that, tell her that the baby must like her Great-Grandma's food already. Make it personal!

- For parents who are a bit more tech-savvy, why not get a photo ready to send them mid call, then half way through say "I've just sent you something, take a look", and await their reaction.

- If you want to give a casual message to your sibling, call them and tell them your parents have just been crying to you down the phone, they'll naturally be concerned and ask why, then you can proceed to tell them "it must be because I told them I was pregnant" or something similar.

- Tell your friends you can no longer be a drinking or activity buddy. You could say something like "I have good news and bad news, the bad news is that I can't drink at/ proceed with {event}, but the good news is that it's because I'm having a baby".

There's plenty of ideas you can do with a phone call, think of something more meaningful to that person and it'll be even more special.

2 - Video call:

This is probably going to be your best bet if circumstances allow you to do this as you can see their reactions in real-time. However, if you don't usually video chat your family & friends, they may have some suspicion before the call even starts. If you want to make it less obvious, tell them during the time in isolation you want to transfer to video calls instead of phone as it's more personal. If you want to make it even less obvious, then have a couple of video chats about normal stuff before the big announcement. This way all suspicion would have gone as it's the new norm for you. You can do so much with a video call, for example;

- Show them a positive test, a scan photo or cute baby items mid conversation. Tell them you have something to show them and then suddenly flash it at the camera, no doubt they'll be shocked.

- Wear 'Mummy-to-be' & 'Daddy-to-be' t-shirts, or if you already have a child, have him/ her wear a 'big brother/ sister' tshirt. Start with your faces chatting and then get your full body in shot.

- Play a family game in a group chat. Making one of these games a secret pregnancy announcement. For example, create a riddle that they have to guess between them, do a quiz where all answers lead to something pregnancy related. Turn your usual favourite game to reveal an answer that is baby related. There's lots of ideas that can be made into a unique game here.

There's plenty of ideas you can do with a video call, but the best thing about it is that you can actually screen record from your device, meaning you'll have their reaction on file forever.

3 - Snail Mail:

It seems the most inconvenient, but it can be made fun if you think outside of the box. You could send someone an announcement in the post and link it with a phone call/ video call and ask them to open it during your chat so you get a live reaction. Just pop on the parcel "call before you open".

- Send a letter addressed to 'Nanny' for example, with a letter from the baby.

- Send a scan photo with a little message on.

- Send a parcel with a piece of fruit with a tag attached saying "this is how big I am".

- Send a t-shirt, mug or care package with a personalise message. For example 'Grandad'

There's so many ideas you could do to make this interesting. And who doesn't love to get a personal something in the post? You can hand deliver if you're local, which takes me to my next point. Or you can send the old fashioned way with a courier.

4 - A Distance Meeting:

If you're not in complete quarantine and are able to leave the house. There's a couple of ideas you can do in person, from a safe distance of course. This will be both lovely and hard as all you'll want to do is hug over the great news and you won't be able to. So if this will make you more emotional, stick to one of the virtual ideas.

- Stand at the end of their drive way and tell them the news face to face (keeping 2m distance obviously). It'll be the closest thing you can do compared to what you most likely would have done.

- You can get creative with a banner to hold up out of a car window, or attach to their garden wall, and then call them to look out of the door and you'll get to see their reaction in person.

- Leave a parcel with an announcement on their doorstep, knock and then stand back and watch them open it (make sure you packaged it with clean hands and tell them to wash theirs afterwards). But it'll be a fun way to tell them whilst still being there to witness it.

Hopefully that got your creative juices flowing, maybe you had a light bulb moment? If something has sparked in your mind but you're not quite

Things aren't perfect right now, but they still can be for you. And actually, it may be even more special as you've had to think of something you never would have initially. For example if you do screen record your friends & family's reactions, you can merge all of the clips together and have one video to show your baby when they're older. If you do send something in the post, keep a copy of it and show your child what you sent. If you decide to do something outside of someones house, film it or take photos so you have that as a keepsake too. We're normally too excited to share news that we never think to record people's reactions, so at least this way you'll have that memory, and what a great story to tell when this is all over.

I can't wait to see all of the pregnancy announcements with a twist! x


Sarah Rest

 

We had a newborn photo shoot with Jade, our little 2 weeks old baby girl certainly made her work for it! Jade is so patient, creative and passionate about her work. She made us feel so welcome incorporating things personal to us, her studio is so well set up and even tho our daughter was awake for the majority of the session we weren’t made to feel rushed and left feeling totally relaxed which I wasn’t expecting at all! The finished prints are just too adorable for words and an amazing memory for us to treasure. Thanks so much Jade - you’re a genius!

Ashee Bathia

 

Would highly recommend Jade at Inspirique for a new born photoshoot. She’s very professional, very patient and fantastic at what she does! No regrets whatsoever!

Lottie Swift

 

Jade has been amazing from start to finish! We booked our shoot when our little girl was a week old and she still managed to juggle things around to get us in for the newborn shoot. I have just been to the viewing session and the photos are amazing! Totally fallen in love and would recommend to anyone! Thank you Jade for also being so accommodating! Anyone who is thinking of having a session I would definitely do so!

Gemma Payne

 

Myself and my partner went to choose our photo package yesterday and all I can say is WOW!! The photos are absolutely perfect! I love each and everyone of them. When Jade sat us down to watch the slide show of Rosie and the family pictures it brought me to tears. It made me realise that our long journey of IVF, all the injections and hard times was a distant memory as we have our beautiful little Rosie now apart of our family finally. For me the pictures capture every last detail of how precious Rosie is to us and how our family is complete. I will treasure the pictures forever. The family photos are amazing and the picture of all 3 of our girls is incredible. I can honestly say you can tell Jade loves her job, she adds that small personal touch to every picture taken, every set up she chooses, and every position she places your baby in and you wouldn’t get anywhere else.

An incredible person and an incredible photographer. Thank you again Jade for the beautiful photos and we cannot wait to use you again.

Mack Falconetti

 

As a bloke I turned up where my mrs told me to go. I was not sure what to expect with the shoot. Jade was very welcoming and great with our son Theo. She was very professional and easy going. We bought some of our own props and Jade was happy to use them in the pictures, they turned out great! Even my son weeing on Jade's camera didn't phase her. Men be aware the shoot is long... bring plenty of snacks and something to read... But there's plenty of tea and coffee on the tap. The pictures are definitely worth it... thanks Jade!

Amit Odera

 

We first used inspirique for our daughter 1st birthday cake smash photo shoot, and I must say the service and photos taken have been excellent. Most recently Jade took photos of our sons cake smash, and again she has gone above and beyond with presentation and the picture are brilliant. We have recommend inspirique to friends and family, and we can’t wait for the next shoot.

James Clayton

 

Excellent service and jade is so good with little ones. Had some amazing photos and even ordered a large glass picture for the wall at home. All packages are value to money and no pressure to buy. Would defiantly recommend. Thanks Jade

Rowena Goonetilleke

 

I had always wanted to do a photo shoot with my newborn but as my pregnancy wasn’t as smooth sailing, I didn’t have the heart to book something in advance. Then once he was born i really wanted a photo shoot and realised he was approaching 6 weeks already by then! I contacted inspirique and they fitted me in the next day! Jade was very professional, clearly having handled new born babies. Her patience was amazing! Baby even managed to do a poop in studio but she took this in her stride! It was an enjoyable few hours and our images are dotted around the house as a reflection of our experience and the quality work! Thank you Jade!

Emily Martin

Jade at Inspirique was truly professional whilst being informal and making myself and my son feel very relaxed to create natural and amazing photos we will treasure forever! We loved the shoot and the time flew by and we could not be happier with the prints created! Jade was natural and caring with our son who was extra delicate as our shoot was a week before his due date as he arrived early. It was very easy to book and Jade was flexible in arranging times that were convenient to both! Jade went above and beyond for us as a family and we will be returning for further shoots in the future! Amazing!

Andy- 16/07/18

 

A welcoming and relaxing time in the studio both times. Thanks for the photos.

Gemma - 04/06/18

 

I’ve seen Jade twice; I visited Jade a couple of months back for a maternity photo shoot, as I wanted to capture some timeless images during my first pregnancy. Jade was so professional and friendly she put me at ease throughout, as I spent most of the shoot in my underwear and some shots I was nude (which for most women would be an apprehensive thought even without being 7/8 months pregnant). I was able to be clear about what type of photos I wanted to create, and got to choose which outfits to wear, I only needed to bring black and white underwear, everything else was provided for. I also opted for the powder photo where Jade’s lovely assistant threw flour over me to get a beautiful shot, and didn’t mind at all that her clothes were also covered in flour in the process.

My second visit was a few weeks ago when I took my 3 week old baby boy for his newborn shoot. Again Jade was very professional and spoke to me and my husband about the type of photos we wanted and colour backdrops, outfits we wanted to use, if any. She handled Joel with care and worked to his timetable- we stopped when nappy changing and feeding was needed. We were both very pleased at the end result and couldn’t choose which photos to have so we had them all!

I’d definitely recommend x

Kerry- 21/05/18

 

Had a very enjoyable photo shoot and I love the photos

Andy Martin

 

Jade was absolutely incredible, she made the whole process easy. Jade was very professional and understood everything we wanted. Her flexibility made it easier for us especially having a new born. Would highly recommend to anyone who wanted to capture those special early days. 10/10 thank you x

Vikki - 16/07/18

 

Jade was brilliant with both our children (Florence who was just 2 weeks and Ethan who on that day was every inch a terrible 2). She was so patient and worked her magic and produced a stunning family shot (we’re still stumped as to how she did it) and beautiful portraits of Florence. This was all in the stifling heat and standard newborn poop explosions!! When we returned to choose they were all displayed to help us choose and there was no pressure as to what to have/ spend. We even changed the colours on some to make them work as a group display piece. Really happy and worth every penny also loved the gift bag with little treats as it made it feel much more personal and was a lovely touch x

Jess - 15/07/18

 

Would just like to say a massive thank you to jade for the amazing photos. You did an amazing job. You was very helpful in letting us have a second attempt as Isabel would not play ball the first time. I'm one happy mummy.

Jasmin- 11/05/18

 

Amazing photos from the mini newborn shoot!! We really struggled to choose which 3 to have as they were all adorable. Jade really had to work for the shots she got as Penelope was really not playing ball bless her, but all the hard work (rocking and soothing her for over an hour) paid off! She has the patience of a saint! Would highly recommend. We can’t wait to come back and get some more lovely pictures as she gets older! Thank you.

Matt- 04/05/18

 

I booked in at Inspirique as a surprise present for my at the time heavily pregnant fiancée! From the get go Jade was an absolute pleasure to work with and was so friendly yet professional! We both aren’t keen on having our photos taken but Jade couldn’t have done more to make us feel comfortable and relaxed. We’ve since received our photos and are over the moon.

I couldn’t recommend Jade (Inspirique) more and have since been for our newborn shoot!

Look no further than here if you are after a quality, comfortable photo shoot!

Jeff - 01/04/18

 

Excellent experience in a warm and welcoming environment.
Jade worked wonders with my son Charlie to achieve the perfect shots.

Sam Davenport

 

I have used Inspirique Baby Photography twice so far and both times i have been excellently looked after by Jade! I had my maternity shoot at 30 weeks and wasn't feeling my best but jade made me feel so confident and the photos were great! We was not pressured into buying any! We went for our newborn shoot this week and was great to watch jade work with our little girl and she is brilliant with them! She was in safe hands! The service u get is first class and communication is brilliant! Always reply to messages and feel I have been well looked after throughout! Waiting on viewing our newborn photos but happy they will be worth the wait. 100% recommend Inspirique to anyone!

Melissa Robinson

 

I message Jade right at the last minute for a new born shoot. She fitted me in straight the way , Jade was really good with my son and the photos she's taken I love them so happy with the service thank you jade , can’t wait for the next shoot thank you

Charlotte - 16/07/18

 

We booked in with Jade for the newborn photo shoot, when our Daughter was 2 weeks old. We hadn’t experienced anything like this before, and didn’t know what to expect. Jade made us feel very welcome and relaxed and explained everything to us along the way. There was no time limit for the photo shoot, which made us feel at ease. The photo shoot was a lovely experience and we would definitely do it again. When viewing the photos, it was a very calm atmosphere. Jade made us feel very relaxed when choosing our photos, and didn’t make us feel rushed at all. Choosing our photographs was very difficult as they were all beautiful! 
We are so happy with our photographs and canvas! Thank you Jade.

AJ - 15/07/18

 

Thank you very much for the lovely images you took of Isabel they are beautiful. Also thank you for allowing us to have a 2nd attempt at the photo shoot as Isabel was a little upset and not her bubbly self you were amazing. I will highly recommend you to all others out there, friends and family. Can't thank you enough.

Lisa - 04/05/18

 

I went in to this photo shoot not really knowing what to expect & fairly nervous about getting my clothes off with a stranger. But as soon as Jade invited us in to her studio she made both my partner & myself feel so comfortable. Jade is such a lovely lady, she made me feel so confident! I wasn’t convinced I’d like the photos as I felt a bit silly doing some of the poses, but now I have had my beautiful baby girl and have viewed the photos they are amazing and I’m so proud that I carried her, also captured my baby bump in the most perfect way. Brilliant way to remember/ look back on my bump!!! (As you do forget how big you can get.) I can’t recommend Jade enough, thank you so much for our forever photos.

Emma Platneur

 

Wow, just wow!!! I am a Mummy of four and after having my last daughter Effie, I finally decided to a have a newborn shoot after seeing Jade’s amazing work. I was not disappointed!!! Not only does Jade provide amazing photography but she makes the whole experience extremely enjoyable and special. Effie was only a few weeks old when we ventured over as a family 6. Effie was handled with care and love and Jade had this magical ability to keep her calm and content throughout the session. Jade was also kind and patient enough to take a picture of all four of our children (literally a genius!!). The way in which our images were displayed for us to choose from was beautiful, personal (and emotional). Everything is done with care. We love our prints and can not recommend Inspirique enough.

Khyati - 16/07/18

 

I wanted to capture the beautiful experience of pregnancy. As soon as we met Jade she put me and my family (husband and toddler) at ease. She was very friendly and professional, took us through the process with patience. I had used one of the dress and head piece from her amazing maternity collection for the maternity shoot.

We also had our newborns photoshoot done few weeks ago. Again she was brilliant with him and handled the session with thorough professionalism. All the props she used for the shoot were so beautiful we couldn’t wait to see the results! It was more than we had expected. Both me and my husband are very happy with the whole experience.

We would definitely recommend!

Sandy - 16/07/18

 

I was really worried about venturing out so soon after my son was born. In fact I regretted booking the session because I wasn’t up to getting out of the house. But I mustered up the courage in the end and did it, and I’m so glad I did. Jade was brilliant with my son and you can tell she’s so comfortable with handling new borns. And despite the heat, she did everything she could to keep all of us comfortable!!! The photos came out beautifully. Would definitely visit again!!

Kathryn - 15/07/18

 

Thank you for our lovely newborn and sitter photos!

Laura- 24/03/18

 

We recently did a cake smash for our 1 year old daughter. The whole experience was really fun and our daughter instantly took to Jade. Thank you again for making her 1st birthday so memorable.

Leah - 01/04/18

 

THANK YOU!!! Jade was amazing with our little boy Charlie. She was so patient settling him, resulting in some absolutely fab pics. All of which was fascinating to watch from jade soothing him to positioning him. We can not wait now to show off the prints. Thank you again. We will be back.

Sarah Wilkinson

 

Jade did a fantastic job on our daughters newborn shoot. She's so determined to get that perfect shot. nothing is ever too much trouble she was brilliant with my two girls too. Would highly recommend!

Krishna Gorania

 

I’ve recently given birth to my first and I really wanted someone to capture my precious baby in his first few weeks, all Mother’s say time flies by so quick and before you know it they are all grown up. Jade was recommended to me by a family member, I’d seen the great pictures she had taken of my Niece already. I was quite nervous about someone posing my baby who was only 10 days at the time but boy am I glad I had the pictures taken.. Jade was amazing! Before the shoot I received an email containing all the information I needed to know about the day. On the day I felt so comfortable with the shoot, Jade was so great with him, she stopped to let me feed him and didn’t rush me at all, she wasn’t bothered about the wee and pooh everywhere during the shoot either.

I’ve now seen the images from the day, I had initially planned to only buy the basic package but the images were so amazing I purchased them all along with a framed canvas! Thanks Jade!!!

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