Push Present Wish List

Friday, February 13, 2009

I've been wanting to compile a push present wish list post for quite some time now . . . finally it clicked that the reason I couldn't really come up with a wish list, is well, because there's nothing that I really want!

I'm not one for jewelry. I've got my wedding ring and some small studs that Tony got me for Valentine's day when we were dating. I pretty much call it a day at that. If I want to go super fancy, I dredge up some of the samples from my days at Target. With that said a necklace or fancy ring just wouldn't really be worth it to me


Emerald is May's birthstone

The next option I came up with was something camera related, but really, I don't think a wide-angle would really be fitting? {Maybe I'm wrong?} And a camera bag just seemed to be without sentimental value.

The only, only thing that I would want as a push present would be to have the pushing documented. That's right ladies and gent (hi Aaron), I'm talking birth photography. If it's a new or nasty concept to you, rest assured it is truly beautiful. And by beautiful, I don't mean in a hippy enjoy-everyone's-bodies-for-what-they-are beautiful, I mean hands down, tear inducing on the spot, beautiful art, that captures the remarkable majesty that is our Creator.

I wasn't pregnant the first time that I saw Melissa's beautiful images, but I knew that if we could manage it, I wanted it. Several months later when I went to discuss it with Tony, he seemed surprised that I hadn't contacted Melissa yet, as the first time I'd shown him, he knew that I would want her services lol.

Unfortunately, it is just a wish list item. But I just wanted to share her amazing skill and the beautiful niche that is rising out of birth photography.

For an absolutely amazing birth {I swear there is nothing squimish about it!} click here. It's of my gorgeous friend Rachel welcoming her much longed, supported and prayed for son into the world, with a smile on her face. :)

30 comments:

Kristal said...

I agree - birth photography is awesome. The images always make me cry. Maybe you could find someone in your area who is newer to the photography scene and wouldn't be as expensive - like you did for the last photos you and Tony had taken?

Kim & Ryan said...

This is the first time I've ever seen birth photography. WOW! It's amazing and beautiful. I think you have to do it. There.

mrs.leah.maria said...

Kristal - it's a great idea, I just wish I could make it happen! It seems to be that only the most experienced venture into it, and honestly, the money is fair; to be on call, to guarantee your time for such an up in the air event . . .

Heidi said...

I've heard of photographers taking portrait pictures in the hospital after the birth, but being in the delivery room is new to me. I agree, that particular photo is amazing, but I don't know if I would be comfortable having someone take pictures when I am in such an emotional, vulnerable, agitated, and unglamorous state. More power to you though!

Beth Ann said...

I stumbled across some birth photography slide shows once on a blog. I was in love with the idea. I emailed my sister in law that's a photographer and asked her if she would do that for us when we finally have children! Hopefully you'll be able to find someone that will do it for you at a reasonable price! Too bad my sister in law is in KS or I'd give you her info! Don't think it would work to well for her to travel to you!

Lisa said...

Wow! THanks for sharing - that was beautiful!

kari said...

Those are beautiful pictures. I've never heard of birth photography before, what an amazing thing!

Katie said...

What an interesting concept! I think those pictures would be great!

Andrea said...

I think that's a fantastic idea!!! I hope you can find somebody to do that!

Miss said...

you are too sweet....email me please! schaefer_m@nsatel.net (I am sorry, I lost your email)

i need to talk to you! =)

Sarah said...

What a beautiful way to capture your baby's birth!! Amazing..

C said...

Gosh Leah.. thanks, that made me cry! I can't wait to see pics of your little one!! It makes me want to throw my BC pills in the trash. :) (jk! not yet!)

Julia said...

Big surprise....but I've never heard of birth photography and my first mental image was not a pretty one. But that slideshow was phenomenal. Wow. Just wow.

Talk about emotional!

Rachel said...

As the "pusher" in the slideshow I have to say that it is INCREDIBLE!!

First, I didn't even know she was there during the pushing (didn't care during labor, but she IS my sister!) and to have these amazing 300+ pictures of the day my son came into the world, it's PRICELESS. I still watch the slideshow and cry!! I love it!

Watching it makes me want to do it again!!!

Ashley said...

I love photography, so I'm a big fan of your "wish list" item. Honestly, I hated how I looked in most pictures taken when Evy was born (like...4 days ago), but every picture of her and the experience is invaluable to me. I'll pray you are able to have this wish fulfilled!

Meredith said...

How funny--I've never even heard of a push present before. LOVE the birth photography idea though.

Jaime said...

I actually have photos taken of my son's birth...not by a photographer...BUT they are the best photos ever. I definately will be getting a photographer next time tho.

This is such a great idea...I hope you get to have a birth photographer...you will not regret it. It is a beautiful thing!

The Branches said...

Wow! those were amazing photos...I love pictures so much, there is just something about having the memories captured like that. Just beautiful!

fallgirly said...

I know the "push present" is getting more popular but just like you there really isn't anything I want. I think our baby will be present enough for me too!! I'm going to check out the pics you linked now - what a crazy idea!!

kristina said...

I find the notion of a push present disconcerting. You and your husband (hopefully) planned to become parents together and it is a joint venture- not something he "owes" you for.

. said...

What a beautiful thing. Thanks for sharing:)

mrs.leah.maria said...

kristina - I didn't really look at the wikipedia definition before I posted it, which is completely my fault, but if it uses the word "owe" anywhere in it's definition than it is not in tune with what I intended.

I also failed to explain that this post was merely for fun, the very definition of a wish list, because Tony has no clue what a push present even is!

Life In Motion said...

I have sent you an email but you have yet to respond or comply. These images are copyrighted and saving them to your computer and/or using them without permission is unlawful resulting in fines up to $100,000 per offense. With respect my clients and those in the images I respectfully request,yet again, that you remove these images from your blog and your hard drive immediately. If they are not removed within 24 hours I will be contacting my attorney. My intention was to keep this matter private, but your failure to remove them leaves me no choice.

mrs.leah.maria said...

As I have already responded, I sincerely apologize.

My listed email is for blog correspondence solely and as such, is infrequently checked, let alone once every 24 hours.

I felt that my crediting the source of the pictures through hyperlinking to be adequate, but I am not a wiz at property rights.

Mrs. McB said...

How beautiful! What a great idea!!!!!

Mary said...

Yikes, sorry you're getting in trouble over this. It's a really lovely idea and something that will mean so much more than jewelery and whatnot. I hope you can find a way to make it work for you.

Kaitlyn said...

I've always thought the idea of a "push present" to be a bit ridiculous, but I like the idea of birth photography!!

(Although, I do REALLY dislike photographers who b**ch about free, credited publicity. Ahem,)

Kelly said...

Yikes! I had passed that photographer on to my friend who is expecting but you better believe they will not hire her now!! What a witch!!

*claire* said...

being in advertising... i can appreciate the value of free advertising - as word of mouth ads are even much more effective than paid advertising, since it's coming from a trusted source. i would have thought you linking to her site multiple times would be a good thing, but i guess not...

hmm...i wonder if target, pottery barn, etc would be mad at all the bloggers who recommend their stuff all of the time, with just a link and a photo as sourcing...doubt it!

Half of VAMH said...

Dayum. Word of Mouth = Fail.

How could you not appreciate that sort of press/business?!

 

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