Maternity & Birth Photography in Nw Ohio {Birthday Surprise!}

Have you ever really wanted something, you know… like a birth photographer, and just thought it was out of reach?   How would you feel if you found out that not only were you going to get your favorite birth photographer in NW Ohio, but you were also getting  Maternity portraits and a Newborn session as well?   Well, a while back I was contacted by an awesome guy named Jake.  He told me he’s pretty much famous for surprising his wife with awesome gifts and her birthday was coming up.  Could I help pull this off?  Ummm… yes!  I’ve done a surprise “Fresh 48 session” before, which was awesome, so I was excited to come up with clever ways to surprise her.

As Jake said, he’s the expert at surprising his wife, so we met in the studio a few weeks ago to discuss our Birth Photography options and make sure this was something that was going to be a good fit for his family.  Usually, the dad is the one who is a bit leery about photographing “that”, so it was refreshing to see a husband come in and answer questions about his wife’s birth wishes! What an awesome husband!  (Men, take notes!  Are there any men on this blog?  Probably not.  Moving on…)

We figured out a way to get Kasey to the studio the night before her birthday, and she didn’t suspect a thing.  This was a bit tricky for me personally, because I had seen her at our monthly Birth Circle, so I had to concentrate on not letting anything slip while discussing her birth hopes!  But, we were able to pull it off and we even figured out how to get Jake in the studio (kid-free) without her being tipped off.  (I picked him up at McD’s, which we realized probably didn’t look to good at the time!  Ha! You know how small-town rumors are!)

So we get Jake to the studio,  fresh flowers in hand.  Cookies are baking, coffee and milk are ready, and Jake looks pretty nervous, I have to say.  😉  My husband was on stand-by to let us know when she was coming to the door.  No one knew what to expect, but I think it was mix of confusion, shock, joy, more confusion!   Kasey originally thought that Jake had showed up to get maternity photos done with her and she said, “I don’t want to cry and ruin any pictures,” so she still was thinking she was there to model for me that night, but really we were there to discuss her own personal sessions.   Jake told her “Now you can have all the photos you want.”  I think everyone was a little choked up and it was awesome to witness so much love between the two of them.  From what I’ve seen between this couple, this birth is going to be so full of love that I’m pretty sure I’m going to walk away with a few tears in my eyes!

Happy Birthday, Kasey!  <3


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“Whaaaat????” She was not expecting him there!

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She’s still confused, and afraid to cry, and I have no idea what her expression is saying!

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I think she finally gets it!

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I think she likes her birthday present…. and her man. 😉

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  • So, so incredibly cute. She must have been floored. I wish we had hired a birth photographer for our girls. I feel like I missed out on so much.ReplyCancel


      I think her shock is still wearing off, a few days later! lol!ReplyCancel

  • Surprises are the best! This is one awesome husband! I can’t wait to see all the sessions you have with this beautiful mama-to-be. And that newborn she is expecting has to be just as beautiful!ReplyCancel


      They have a little girl already and totally adorable, so I can only imagine this one will be as well! Surprise gender, though!! 😀 Love that!ReplyCancel

  • husband of the year award goes to him! what a sweet idea to surprise her with maternity, birth, and newborn photos. i am a little jealous. wishing i had birth photos. awesome idea.ReplyCancel


      I know, Laura, he’s really setting the bar high!ReplyCancel

  • Beverly Kay Walther

    Love !! That there some awesome men out there!!!!! And congrats to bothReplyCancel

  • How sweet! I feel like I was a fly on the wall for this wonderful surprise after viewing these photos! Can’t wait to see more of your amazing work as you follow this couple through their exciting journey.ReplyCancel

  • I love this story!! When a significant other goes this distance to surprise someone and make them feel special, it really displays their genuine love. I am sure she is even more thrilled for future sessions with you knowing the extents you will go to help them and of course your beautiful photography!ReplyCancel


      I never really thought about it that way, Alyssa, but yes.. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • So beautiful. What a wonderful surprise story, and I look forward to seeing more.ReplyCancel

  • What an amazing husband! So sweet that he loves to surprise his wife with awesome gifts! (and hiring Ashley Short Photography as your birth photographer is a really AWESOME gift!) Go Dad!ReplyCancel

  • What an amazing husband – and birthday gift! I can’t wait to see her maternity, birth, AND newborn photos!ReplyCancel

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