Best “Push Present” ever! | Toledo Birth Photographer

Have you ever heard of a push present?  It’s a gift that is given to a new mother, usually the day her new baby is born.  It’s a way of saying “Thank you for creating this life.  I love you.”  I know a lot of women who have gotten jewelry, maybe the baby’s birthstone.   Almost always, the push present has meaning, and it’s something to be cherished.   Knowing that, I feel so honored that I was hired to document a Fresh 48 Hospital Session, as a surprise push present.  Lori, the new mommy, didn’t know I was going to come, but her husband knew she would love the gift.  We’ve worked together on everything from Breastfeeding Photos, to babywearing photography session, and I even photographed their pregnancy announcement.   Rob knew that Lori felt comfortable with me, and my work, and that this was something that she would, in fact, cherish.

 

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The moment this new mommy discovered she was getting a Fresh 48 Birth Session!  Yeah, I think she was happy!

 

Being on call for a birth is always really exciting, but the element of keeping this one a secret made it extra special!  I was so afraid Lori would figure it out!   Rob kept me updated on how her appointment went, when she went into labor, and then the next morning, when little Saige made her arrival!   The funny thing was, back when we photographed their pregnancy announcement, I told them don’t be surprised if she was born on my daughter’s birthday.    Every year, a little one joins the March 18th club, and I just had a feeling….

 

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Mommy and baby on their Birth Day. Love at first sight.

 

Sure enough, Saige came the day after St. Patrick’s day!  I was overjoyed to be creating images of all those fresh little toes and wrinkly fingers, remembering sweetly how it felt to discover all those things on my own daughter, 4 years before.  Time goes by quickly, and too soon those wrinkly fingers are wearing nail polish and learning how to write.   Birth photography reminds me to slow down and savor it.  Kiss those little piggies.  Squish those cheeks.   Breath in that sweet milky baby scent.

 

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Remember that feeling of exploring your newborn? The tiny (yet long) fingernails? The fuzzy hair? You just can’t stop getting to know your new baby!

 

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Lori was waiting for Rob to bring their son, and I captured this image.  She just seemed so peaceful.

 

Rob’s gift to Lori, this Fresh 48 Photography, is going to bring back all those feelings, every time they look at the images.  It’s my hope that on Saige’s 4th birthday, they’ll look at these photos and say, “when did she get so big?”   That the day Rob walks her down the aisle, he can look back to these images of his newborn baby and remember the first time he danced with his daughter, swaying her to sleep in his arms.

 

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Safe in Daddy’s arms…

As for sweet Saige,  I think she was given a gift, too.  Do you know how your siblings looked when they first met you?  How much you were loved unconditionally, even from the start?  She will!  While her big brother was a little bit shy at first, he came around and gave her a lot of smiles.  There’s going to be a lot of laughter in that relationship.

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Big Brother’s face is priceless.

 

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A big brother is created! I just love this family photo!  (Good thing Dad hired a photographer, so he could be in the photos, too!)

 

If you haven’t already seen it, make sure you also check out the slide show of images from their Fresh 48 Hopsital Session, and make sure to keep an eye out for their newborn photos on the blog!   To view the slide, click the link:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mPYrIh9Maf0

 

Lori and Rob have an abundance of beautiful memories captured from their first day with their new family.  If you would like to help them earn free credits towards their purchase, I’m sure they would love it!  Just comment below, “My favorite part of your birth photography slideshow is……”   (and tell them what you love!)  I’m sure they would appreciate all the love!

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Saige Morna, on her Birth Day.

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  • I absolutely loved reading this story of your surprise Fresh 48 session! Toledo, OH is lucky to have such a caring, devoted newborn photographer to be able to create wonderful memories for growing families. You are so right that this was not only a gift for the new mama, but also a gift for the new baby girl, as not too many people have such a wonderful picture capturing the very first time they met their big brother! Great work, Ashley Short Photography!ReplyCancel

  • Rob

    Thank you so much for such an amazing article and a great experience Ashley. You literally have enhanced our lives with our children by helping us commemorate them so well.ReplyCancel

  • Heidi

    Beautiful and so precious!ReplyCancel

  • You have captured the beauty of a new life in this Fresh 48 session perfectly. I love the lifestyle photos showcasing this special moment.ReplyCancel

  • Beautiful storytelling! Love these lifestyle birth pictures, absolutely priceless.ReplyCancel

  • LOVE LOVE this blog post! As a mom myself, I cannot imagine a better “push present” – I asked for one with both my munchkins and think a Fresh 48 would have been the ULTIMATE gift! NW Ohio is so lucky to have you as such an amazing birth photographer!ReplyCancel

  • Tasha Faruqui

    What an amazing gift you gave this family! Beautiful pictures with the perfect lighting! LOVE them all!ReplyCancel

  • Erinn

    It is hard to pick one favorite in this series of photos. The moment you captured where Lori found out her gift shows their love for one another so beautifully. The intimate moments you captured are just amazing, what an amazing gift and an amazing talent you have at capturing such cherished moments.ReplyCancel

  • A Fresh 48 session is by far a better gift than jewelry ever will be! You have documented beautifully the start of this newborn baby girl’s life. Absolutely priceless!ReplyCancel

  • Lori

    My favorite part?? The present part, I couldn’t ask for anything more perfect!ReplyCancel

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