Couple turn newborn photo shoot on its head with surprise reveal

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It's a truth universally acknowledged that, once you hit a certain point in your life, your social media feed become filled to the brim with engagement shoots, wedding pictures, and, of course, proud parents sharing photos of their new arrival.

In today’s world of ‘gender reveal shoots’, however, there is one that really stands out from the crowd.

We’re talking, of course, about Kennedy Sartwell and Jake Terry’s tremendous, melt-your-heart photoshoot with their new puppy.

Enlisting the help of Kennedy’s mother, photographer Cristy, the couple decided to reveal the gender of their Labrador Raven through a series of hilarious and heartwarming snaps.


Speaking exclusively to Stylist, Sartwell explained: “My daughter wanted to tell everyone she got a puppy, but in a different way. She waited four or five days after Raven had settled into the home and then we did the shoot.”

The photographer continued: “During the shoot [Raven] was like a toddler. She was excited about everything, had a short attention span, and didn’t understand what was going on.

“She just played with the daffodils and was kept near the box in case she accidentally burst a balloon.”

Raven, a Labrador and German Shepherd cross-breed, cost the Missouri couple just $50 (£38). And, after months of searching for their very own fur baby, the pair were so ecstatic with the pup that they wanted to share their announcement with the world.

“When Kennedy finally found Raven after months of searching, she stole her heart. She was so much like our first family dog that Kennedy called her the same name,” said Sartwell.

Ever since the couple shared the snaps on their Facebook page, they have found fans all over the world celebrating their new arrival – which serves as a poignant reminder that families come in all shapes and sizes.

Sartwell told Stylist: “I think it’s important for people to be light hearted and show love.

“Whether that’s to another human being or puppy I’m glad to bring other people joy. I think it’s okay for people to not take themselves too seriously.”

And with a dog that adorable, who are we to argue?

Images: Infinite Smiles photography


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Jasmine Andersson

When she isn't talking about her emotional attachment to meal deals or serenading unfortunate individuals with David Bowie power solos in karaoke booths, Jasmine writes about gender, politics and culture as a freelance journalist. She wastes her days tweeting @the__chez