By Emily Satchell
8 News WRIC-TV
Photographer Kendra Swalls had always wanted to try it, but never got the chance. That is until she did a recent husband and wife photo shoot with Camille and Kyle.
Swalls, owner of Paisley Layne Photography, told ABC that she had been sitting on the idea for a while: capturing the moment when a husband finds out he’s becoming a father.
Camille and Kyle brought the idea to life and it went off without a hitch.
Swalls’ concept was to have husband and wife each write something nice about the other, to take back-to-back pics of each holding their message and then to capture the moment when the couple turned around to read what was on the other’s sign.
She thought about doing it for her own husband, but decided against it.
“Knowing that I couldn’t keep a secret long enough to pull it off myself, I knew I needed to find a client that would be willing to make my idea a reality.”
But Camille, the wife who brought the idea to life, said she had trouble pulling it off.
“It was extremely difficult keeping the secret from Kyle,” she said. “He is the person I talk to about everything, and having to keep this from him was killing me.”
Swalls had told Camille about the idea during Camille’s wedding. Then, when Camille found out she was pregnant, she asked Swalls if they could still try it.
Swalls was overjoyed that Kyle and Camille would be the couple to make her idea a reality.
“Their love for each other is evident when you meet them, and you can tell by the way they look at each other that they are crazy about each other,” she said of her clients. “I am honored that they chose me to capture such a special moment.”
Camille and Kyle had dated for six years before being wed in February 2014. Camille told Kyle that the purpose of the photo shoot was their first holiday card together.
Kyle was suspicious that she rescheduled the shoot a few days after mentioning it, but Camille swore that it was just because that was the first time Swalls was available. Kyle bought it.
When Swalls asked them each to write something for each other, she said, Kyle wrote a “short novel” while Camille just wrote the happy news. Camille told her husband not to peek, and they both posed with their messages.
When he finally turned around to read his wife’s note, Swalls caught his entire sweet reaction.
“Kyle’s reaction to my note was one of obvious disbelief, at first,” Camille said. “I could tell he was trying to wrap his head around my big surprise. After letting it soak in for a few seconds, his reaction turned to sheer excitement, as you can see in the photos.”
Camille said that Kyle became so overjoyed that he had to hold back tears for much of the rest of the shoot.
“We can not begin to express how excited we are to become a family of three,” said Camille. “This will be our first child and we do not yet know if it will be a boy or girl,” said Camille. “We can’t wait to meet our precious gift in July!”