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  • You found me! I’m so glad…

    A little about my biz, so you can start stalking ahead of the game:

    It's called BDphotography not only because it rhymes (tho' i am a Suess fan) or because those are my initials, but because they are also the initials of my husband, our two daughters and our son. without them, i'm nothing. they are the reason i do things the way i do. i LOVE photography and everything that comes with it. if i had the leisure i think i might just do it for free. in fact...in my head, that's just what i do. you don't pay for my service, you pay for the time i spend away from my family: planning, traveling, shooting, editing...

    But welcome to the {B}log! stop by often and you can keep up with my most recent adventures in photography, meet my amazing clients, and occasionally take a glimpse into my personal life, because what proud mama can resist a little bragging? i'm sure your family is just as fabulous as mine and the ones you will see here. i bet you actually prefer them to us, but you are biased :) either way, i can't wait to meet them! for now...kick off your shoes, have some more brownies, browse around, and make some silly faces. no one can see, but it's great practice for when i get my lens on you.

    { Bridgette Davis }

where the wild things are {{ cincinnati dayton loveland family child photography photographer }}

some days {a lot of days, luckily} things just come together perfectly in this adventure i get to call work.  angela is mama to nolan, who just turned two.  she also happens to be creative and easy going and have an amazing eye… qualities that have served her very well in her own business venture over at the lovely Dulce Designs  . i would say that we have similar styles and mutually adore each other’s work.  she reserved her session date well in advance, but we didn’t decide on details like location, wardrobe etc until the 11th hour. literally, i think it was 11pm the night before her morning session that we settled on a convenient meeting spot near their home and called it a night.  i arrived a bit early, a few blankets in hand, and went snooping around.  i was BEYOND THRILLED to discover a magical little forest, tucked away just past the ugly playground, with cottonwood blooms floating quietly thru the air like snow, but on a nice 70* breeze.  i knew she had a teepee she wanted to use, if only i had brought a few pillows and books.  angela pulled up with those very things in tow, somehow coordinated with what i already had, and even the cute reclaimed wood monogram i custom made for their family last year. check and check. add to that a happy bouncy two year old and a happy accidental find of a “shipwrecked” little metal dingy. we had the makings of a great monday morning adventure. it felt like a world all our own, like we had actually discovered where the wild things are.
nolan was too busy to give mama kisses, until he saw daddy stealing some. typical guy!

dirty barefoot happy boy.

happy happy 2nd birthday.

mama, i hope you really do go back to our special spot with a book one day, and with your adventuresome wild thing another day.

to many more memories as he grows, thanks for choosing me!

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hounshell 10 year LOVE EXPERIENCE {{ cincinnati dayton love anniversary couples beloved photography }}

i was impressed by the hounshells as a couple the very first time i met them.  i blogged about it back in 2011 as they expertly wrangled their triplets at one year old.  three years later, when andy contacted me about a surprise anniversary session for leah, i knew they were made for a technique i’ve been sitting on for a while.

insert the COUPLE’S LOVE EXPERIENCE.

if you’re curious what this technique entails, i’ve included an info link at the end of this post. but for now, let’s focus on the awesomeness that is Leah+Andy

leah woke up on their 10 year anniversary to roses, a salon appointment, and her wedding dress to slip into.  yes she fit.  as andy said,”she looked even more beautiful than when she wore it the first time.”  this guy, right ladies?!  and she deserves him.

they had never loved their original wedding photos so he set out to have a do over in that aspect.  what developed was more than just a photo shoot.  Leah described their LOVE EXPERIENCE session as,  ”the best experience ever. It was just so sweet, so real and raw. We both were just overcome with emotion, laughing and crying the whole time.”  

diving into their story, they each told me, separately, their side of the proposal story.

such an adorable {he said/she said}

andy said what stood out the most was “how confident i was that i wanted her to be my wife. i was so excited that i couldn’t wait to propose.  i asked her right there in our kitchen while she was making tacos.”

as she remembers it, “i was home painting walls and he went out to look at rings with a friend for his girlfriend. i had no clue he was looking for me.  he came home and asked me to marry him, even though i had paint in my hair and burnt our dinner!’

andy mentioned an adventure they had together in Maui, doing all sorts of fun stuff, including a hike looking for waterfalls somewhere they shouldn’t have been and hiding in the forest when they heard other people coming.  brian and i actually did the same on our five year anniversary trip to Maui, hiking alone through the bamboo, we never found our waterfall, but thanks for helping me relive the thrill of thinking we were lost, forever in Hawaii.  thanks for brightening my day, rejuvenating my own attention to love, and trusting me to record your time together.  always honored and grateful.  happy to know you two! to your next decade together, cheers! {BD}

**want to know more about the LOVE EXPERIENCE?  interested for yourself, your lover or family? more info here**

 

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introducing Hannah James {{ cincinnati dayton newborn family lifestyle in home photographer }}

the best part of my career as a photographer, hands down, is meeting new people.  They become friends, {BD} family, and their journeys inspire me so much.  As a girl who married her high school sweetheart at 19 and was pregnant a month after our honeymoon, I probably didn’t realize how many different paths there are to making a family.  I’ve watched my clients have surprise pregnancies they wouldn’t change for the world, chose in vitro as a single mom retiring from the military, battle thru cancer to find adoption as their perfect route, nearly lose their precious newborns, live through miscarriages, travel to the other side of the globe to hold a son they couldn’t yet bring home, and as featured today, win the infertility struggle.  Jen and Ben are spending this month getting to know their amazing blonde baby girl, Hannah James.  Here are some of my favorites from their session, and a summary of their journey, as told by the new mama herself.

I still can’t believe I’m a mom and to this perfect, beautiful little girl! For as long as I can remember, there was one thing I knew I wanted to be when I grew up: a mom. I’ve always loved kids and babies, so I couldn’t wait to have my own. So when the time came to start trying, I was beyond excited! Then months started to pass and no double line. I couldn’t believe it, infertility had honestly never crossed my mind. We waited about a year and a half to go to the doctor. Meanwhile, it seemed like everyone was pregnant and having babies in the process! I was so happy,but I couldn’t wait for my time. The doctor put us on medicine and we took different vitamins and supplements to help us. I even ate certain foods to help.
Nothing was working.
It was so frustrating and hard! Fertility doctors were our next option. I was worried we wouldn’t have the money to to do this. You hear stories of people spending thousands of dollars and still no baby. I knew we didn’t have that kind money., so thethought just added to the stress and heartache of not being able to get pregnant. I finally talked myself and my husband into going. I’m not a very proactive person, so my friends helped convince me to go too. The fertility doctors were amazing and really gave us hope! The process seemed long, though. By this point I was getting so upset every month when I started. Our first procedure was a fail. I was starting to think it would never happen, and I wasn’t getting any younger. Finally the second attempt worked! I couldn’t believe it! That second line on the test was the most amazing feeling! My husband and I both teared up.We had to wait 3 long weeks to hear the heartbeat… it seemed like an eternity. Again, we cried when we heard it!
 It still doesn’t seem real that she is here. Hearing her sweet little cry for the first time was amazing! It took so long for her to get here, but I wouldn’t change it for anything. I wouldn’t have Hannah if we didn’t go through all this. It wouldn’t be her if I would’ve gotten pregnant sooner. And now only two weeks old, my husband and I can’t imagine our life without her. 
Infertility is such an emotional roller coaster. You can’t understand it fully until you experience it, and everyone has their own experience big or small. I know some people have many more struggles than we did and some less, but no struggle with infertility is insignificant. All I know now is, every struggle we had with this was worth it for my sweet Hannah James! 


 
i want to thank every client i’ve had, for letting me be part of your incredible journeys.  we learn from our experiences, and we all have different ones.  thank you for sharing and expanding my world.  i learn so much from you.  it struck a heart string when jen said “I wouldn’t have Hannah if we didn’t go through all this. It wouldn’t be her if I would’ve gotten pregnant sooner.”

just the night before, i was snuggling with my girls age 10 and 11{how so old??!} and telling them i’m so thankful for their daddy, my husband of 12 years.  if it weren’t for him, i wouldn’t have them.  my ten year old said, “wait? if you had married a different guy, i wouldn’t be here?” i explained “yes”, because daddy’s DNA is what made her cute dimpled chin, etc. If our journey was any different, I wouldn’t have hermy sarcastic, beautiful, hilarious Brooklynne.  I wouldn’t have my responsible, loyal, gorgeous Briella.  We wouldn’t have the petite male model that rocks our world everyday, our wild Bronx. Jen, I know what you mean to look at your perfect child, your whole world, and know you wouldn’t change a thing because she is more than worth every effort, tear and disappointment it took to get her.
thanks for reminding me to count my blessings and enjoy the journey. thank you for sharing:)you will never know how many it touches.
*ATTN BD friends.  life is busy and i don’t blog nearly as many sessions as i’d like to.  if i haven’t made yours public, you would like to tell your story, please let me know and i’ll be happy to pull my favorites images and give you the platform to help someone with your words. *
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nicole - one of my most favorite families in the whole wide world! great pictures bridgette, you never cease to amaze me! these photos make me even more excited for my next infant session :)

Melanie - Adorable!! And yes to everything you said in the beginning. It’s hard to think back to the yrs when I was so naive of pain, heartbreak and struggle.

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welcome home! a very special limited engagement {{ vintage imagination play house mini session photography }}

okay, so i’ve been having a blast all summer with this incredible project.  we renovated an old playhouse and made into a magical place for all the kids in our lives to come and be real kids, with real imaginations. actually playing. unplugged.  it’s so refreshing!

this place is like bees to honey for the girls AND boys in our neighborhood.  our 2 year old little man, and 9 & 11 year old girls have had countless hours already, playing with friends in all sorts of creative scenarios.  this place is like a portal to imagined worlds.  it makes my heart sing to watch, and it makes the other countless hours we spent as a family rehabbing and decorating it that much more special.

i want to share it with the world- and i will soon on the blog, detailed before & after pictures, tutorials etc on the way. but i want everyone to experience it in person too:) i want to celebrate childhood. which led me to this:

a very special limited engagement

i will be offering mini-sessions

for the first time ever

{BD} doesn’t do weekends.  {BD} doesn’t do minis.  {BD} is breaking the rules:)

check out this quick sample session with a special little miss who got her own hands dirty helping us paint the inside this summer.  she’s reaping the rewards with us, and very proud of the results.  important session details at the end of the post!

welcome to the

vintage {play}house of imagination
this place is chock full of little treasures to discover. wait til u see!  use your own imagination for a moment.  can you see your princess with a mini tray of cupcakes and flour on her nose?

sessions are very limited and happening SOON.

LIKE NOW. BEFORE IT’S FREEZING. BECAUSE THIS IS OHIO.

when: saturday Oct 5th    {rain plan B of sunday Oct 6th}

location: somewhere over the rainbow     {technically known as middletown, OH}

1/2 the cost of your regular {BD}session    {$200}

all the fun of your regular {BD}session    {with 6.5 times the magic}

and the most important part, 25% of your session fee goes directly to a family ready to bring their son home from Ethiopia {click here if you dare to fall in love with Titus}

each session is:

20 minutes of play

20 high res digital images

online gallery for 20 days

photo release, free downloading of your images, and option to purchase professional prints at a steep discount {$1 4×6, $2 5×7, $4 8×12}

LIMITED SESSIONS AVAILABLE. PLEASE CALL OR EMAIL TO RESERVE TODAY.

 once you have saved your spot, would you help us help out Titus by sharing this link or our FB flyer with your friends so they don’t miss out on the fun?  you guys could carpool, and sit and catch up in my cute new comfy outdoor oasis.  that’s a whole ‘nother summer project, yet to be revealed on the blog.  you guys are going to be so in on the advanced previewing:) you can expect little treats, baked goods, maybe a few specialty Mom-treprenuers to meet. and yes, if you are hoping to include your boys, i have plenty of vintage bowties and even a homemade wooden jalopy complete with a real vintage can of oil transmission fluid {what do i know? it’s cute!}

who else is going to man the tiny grill on the tiny backporch?

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SisnamedJen - crushing on this super hard! wish we could stay at a place long enough to build something as sweet. we”ll just have to borrow yours the next time we’re in town ;) love it!!!

introducing Hannah James {{ cincinnati dayton newborn family lifestyle in home photographer }} » I Want {BD Photography} - [...] newborns, live through miscarriages, travel to the other side of the globe to hold a son they couldn’t yet bring home, and as featured today, win the infertility struggle.  Jen and Ben are spending this month getting [...]

no small miracle {{ cincinnati dayton newborn prenatal maternity family session photography }}

meet big brother Hayden

aka hair model

aka shortest tool expert you’ll ever meet

i know right?!

he’s been alllll mine to photograph since he was born.  be jealous.  we’ve done some fun stuff.

 this particular day we went back to the grounds where his mama and papa got married.  how cool, huh?  to stand in the same spot where you said “i do”, thinking “i still would” and looking at your precious little boy, feeling more life growing inside you.  lucky lady, that Betsy.  she and Chris honestly still like each other…  alot actually, it seems, which makes them pretty fun to be around.  i digress.  there is a story to be told here.  so… this day we were recording more of their journey, celebrating little man turning two, and announcing that the baby to be added to their family was, A GIRL!   obvi, we had a blast.  Hayden impressed me with his advanced linguistics and stole another little piece of my heart with those darling eyelashes and lips full of contagious smile.  fast forward a few months and the story continues here, via Betsy.

The labor story is long enough by itself so the long and short is: I had a summer fever virus that put me into early labor and she was born via emergency c section. She was 36 weeks and seemingly healthy. 


We were sent home.

We were there for 3 days and something wasn’t right. She was so lethargic and not eating. Adeline was originally put in the NICU at Good Sam because she wasn’t eating enough and lost 13% of her body weight. We thought she would get a feeding tube and be done with it, which was devastating at the time. When we checked into Good Sam it became clear quickly that she was very sick and apparently had the horrible virus; she got it through my blood stream, it just took awhile for it to become active in her system. For adults, it causes a high fever, but with infants it either attacks the liver or the respiratory system. We learned that it attacked her liver and her plasma and affected her ability to clot blood.  Absolute nightmare!  Because of this, she suffered a level 3 brain bleed and liver damage.  Both were severe. She was at risk for serious motor and cognitive disability, including cerebral palsy. She was transported to Children’s that night around 10 to their infant intensive care.  

 

{{{{as a mother, i cannot imagine.  the last month of your pregnancy is supposed to be filled with excitement.  you go stir crazy, wanting to know what your baby will look like.  you busy yourself with nesting, cleaning, decorating, and folding teensy little onesies.  you spend extra time with your children at home, knowing they will have to share your attention and heart with someone new that will change their life forever.  you go on one last quiet date with your amazing husband.  you sleep soundly thru’ the night for the last time in a while.  this was supposed to be the picture for the Leonidas family.  instead, Betsy was sick, Adeline came early, and their whole world stopped as she spent 21 of her first 24 days of life in a hospital.  below is the letter written to Adeline at day 17, bravely shared so we can all have hope and appreciate miracles}}}}

 

Dear Adeline,
 
It’s your mother.  I’m sitting in Children’s Hospital NICU watching you sleep and your dad and I just received your brain MRI results.  Adeline, you are a miracle.  You’re going to be ok! I thought for sure that I was going to lose you just over a week ago.  Since then, you’ve fought to restore your liver and to stop your brain from bleeding worse than it already has.  You have suffered a level 3 of 4 brain bleed but somehow you’ve managed to fix your body… to stop the bleeding… and to get better.  The doctors have told us that you have close to 0% chance of motor and cognitive disability and that with therapy you should be just fine.  It’s almost too scary to write because it’s too good to be true.  We still have a long road ahead but we’ll get there.  I have no doubt.
 
There has been this amazing feeling that I’ve had since about day 2 in the hospital.  You were in liver failure and risk of bleeding to death but deep deep down I knew you were going to be okay.  I knew that you were a remarkable human being.  I knew you could do it. Your strength and our positivity are unstoppable.  
 
You should know that you have truly had people all over the world praying and hoping for you.  You’re 17 days old today and you have Ashrams dedicating nightly energy services to you and only you.  You have people telling me that they love you and haven’t met you yet, that you’re beautiful, that they cry for you, that you’re inspirational and that you bring peace….all by 17 days old.
 
This is one of the most truly magnificent moments for me right now.  My thoughts and prayers are coming true.  It looks like you’re going to be okay.  Hayden, Dad and I will do everything in our power to make sure of it.  You’re the toughest one in the family, though.  You’ll make sure it happens too.
 
Please know that family and friendship are the most precious things in the world.  We never would have made it through this without the power of thought and prayer and help and support provided by our network of family and friends.  It’s something that I’ll never be able to explain.  Every call or text or thought or prayer, I’ve felt.  I believe you’ve felt them too.  There is this amazing energy and strength that has come from it.
 
You’re amazing, my sweet baby girl.  My mom wrote me today that, “I have never taken you or David for granted.  I appreciate everyday we have.  This is the meaning of precious to me.”  This experience and those words make me understand just how precious life and family are.  We have to work hard every day to support each other like we have.
You are precious.  
 
I love you up to the sky, more than words, to the moon and back.  You are an inspiration.  I’ll never be the same, now that I’ve met you.  
 
I love you,
Mom

good luck mr. Hayden.  that little sister of yours is going to be a handful:)
****today’s update****

 She was supposed to be at Children’s for a month but she ended up making it out in 19 days.  She’s amazing.  We’ve been home a month so we’ve officially been home more than we’ve been in the hospital:)woohoo!

to the Leonidas family of four

miracles

and happily ever afters!!

xo, LOVE {BD}

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Nicole - 1.) that family is stunningly gorgeous
2.) that home is stunningly gorgeous
3.) maternity session with the fountain is stunningly gorgeous–where is that????

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