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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 }

easy as 1-2-3 {{ cincinnati dayton NKY lifestyle in home session photography photographer }}

in home sessions are a favorite for me.  no staging, just real life family moments captured like a fly on the wall. a true “pause button for life” to relive later.  the Paynes are a perfect example of what i want from my work- i want to be your forever photographer, illustrating your life story at every chapter.  I’ve been there each time they adopted a new baby.  i visit with them yearly, and this week i got to witness the beautiful chaos of having kids aged one, two and three all at the same time.  they set to work making breakfast, the big boys helping scramble the eggs while baby sister had the important task of sorting sweet potatoes from one bowl to the other and back again. they loved hearing funny mama review the family meal rules. my favorite moment of the whole day was these teeny hands reaching to close the prayer circle <3 the boys then waited patiently for the dino hunt to begin… well, until they saw an opportunity to follow daddy upstairs…which gave him yet another opportunity to have his arms full of them. sister stole some dinos. mama stole some giggles.  praise break!  everyone stopped to laugh and clap and shake their hips.  i admired jillian & justin quietly as they effortlessly juggled and traded babies over and over until the perfect combination of the moment was achieved. up!snuggle!! poke!!! daddy’s hands are safeand fun!  thank you for another special day together, paynes.  these images, plus a hundred more will be in your keepsake coffee table magazine!i admire you both, xoxo

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there’s just something magical about pregnancy.  of course it can be hard work, a literal labor of love, but i’m just so drawn to the whole thing.  expecting moms, babies coming into the world, their first days at home; i’m obsessed with it all.  here are a few of gorgeous meagan just hours before she headed to the hospital.

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all aboard! {{ middletown lebanon cincinnati dayton family photograher photography outdoor }}

this family has been on my calendar a couple times a year since…well, since there were just two of them.  mom and cam came to me years ago when he was a little guy w spiky “shark” hair, and now they are a family of five.  i’ve had the honor of recording each chapter of their story and i’m lucky to consider them friends now.  here are some from our most recent outings. annie makes the best woodprint cards from our fall sessions for the holidays. i love receiving mail from my clients, and annie’s always impresses!

thanks for continuing to choose me, guys.  <3

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Next Chapter… {{ cinci cincinnati dayton NKY kentucky lifestyle in home session photography photographer }}

there’s something about us as moms sometimes.  with professional pictures, the trend seems to be that for baby’s first year we might do them monthly {ok only the first baby} and then every few months or on birthdays for a few more years, and then after school age, we tend to drop off dramatically.  it’s as if we get too busy with life to record it, or maybe we think they aren’t changing as quickly now- tho timehop pops up to prove us wrong. maybe it’s just that as they get older and more camera aware, we think they are too awkward for the photographer or they are going thru a physically awkward age {personally, i think ALL 8 year old snaggletooth smiles should be frozen in time forever!}.  whatever the case, i’ve watched my newborn clients grow into chubby toddlers and proud preschool big sisters and handsome young athletic boys… and then they slip away for a while, busy maybe with demanding ballet and baseball schedules.   i hadn’t seen grace & gretchen since they were preschoolers!  and now they are as tall as mama, and fully capable of making her a hot breakfast in bed, which i doled out as homework for them.

april and her girls have started a new chapter, with some handsome fellas, in a new state.  the dynamics of that, while they are in junior high, and blending two families together… well, it’s a big change.  i was lucky enough to be invited into their new home to record a typical morning as they find their new normal and continue writing their stories, with more characters now.  in-home “fly on the wall” sessions are a great option for older and teen kids because they don’t have to be cajoled into coordinating outfits and they get to be themselves instead of worrying about how terrible their fake smile is going to look.  we just hang out barefoot for a while, they show off their space, their talents, their comfort zones, and you are left with REAL images that will transport you back to this chapter when it’s long gone and the nest is empty.  they can look back and appreciate how much their relationships have strengthened, how great a mom you were now that they have experienced parenthood themselves.  an in home session is a priceless way to freeze time when you only have a few summers left with them.  an excellent “pause button for your life”, as is my motto.

“it’s so good to be home”ryan had a little assistance here and there, but proved himself pretty handy in the kitchen.a short water fight ensued…but to my disappointment, the food at the table was tempting enough to cut it short.how has it been 8 years? these toddlers became amazing, smart, strong, talented and of course, beautiful young women.brother was way too excited to strap the girls in for some virtual torture…and then they each gave me a peek at their own spaces.where gretchen can stretch her gymnastic and competition cheer muscles…grace can catch a breather between soccer tournaments…and ryan can sharpen his coding and video game design skills in preparation to change the world – two monitors at a time.these two have teamed up to take on the Call of Duty!and i even caught snuggle bug with her mama <3so honored to see the love and fun that grows here!congratulations april, wishing you all the happiness you deserve.

xoxo,

{BD}

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dancing in the rain {{ cincinnati family fun lifestyle photography newport ky purple people bridge }}

i’ve had the privilege of hanging out with the zaveri crew since ethan was born almost six years ago.  i like to think we’ve grown together, and i appreciate the opportunity.  it’s so fun to see them change and mature, and to come up with new ideas for our time together year after year.  this time, i gave the kids homework and they showed up prepared and proud.  each of them personalized a lock to place on the purple people bridge.  i teased daddy and told the girls to keep the key, then come back on their first date or something significant like that:) oh the serious concentration, ethan!we cut loose and had some fun.  this always works out because consistently, i find that kids are fond of fun.snaggle tooth snuggles. she’s been holding that one there for months!! thank for saving it for me. 8 year old smiles are as unique and beautiful and should be frozen in time forever.ok ‘livi, this is about as grown up as you need to get. get it lillah! you forgot you were playing shy this year. whoops:)hoping that the fun and memories totally make up for the fact that both of your umbrellas got stolen while we danced in the rain. til next time, Z crew!

**and hey everyone, can i just say?  BRAVO on the wardrobe.  it’s important to me that BD sessions be as stress free as possible.  dressing your family for photos can feel like a big deal.  i’m happy to help with tips as it does make a huge difference, but it doesn’t have to be hard. this is the perfect example of what i like to see. a complementary color palette, layers and accessories, keeps everyone subtly coordinated but true to their own style. way to go, mama!

{BD}

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