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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 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 }


aiden won me over with the first glance of his big brown eyes.  actually, he looked exactly how i dreamt my son would look when i was a little girl, dreaming of my maybe-one-day babies.  he ran right into my arms and we played while his mama got his new baby sister alina ready for her closeup.  my first babies were only 20 months apart so i know what a handful it can be having a toddler and a newborn at the same time.  generous soul that i am, i offered to take aiden home with me permanently, but my offer was not accepted. bummer:) it appears that Joanne thinks her babies are as painfully perfect as i do. living dolls. i can’t deal. i’ll hush and show you the proof. enjoy!i survived the rush of 2014 and have spent the first two weeks of 2015 happily hibernated in my bed with the amazing heated mattress pad.  the calendar is filling up with more new babies and a few special projects, so the lazy can’t last for long, but i’m soaking it up until my first newborn of the year, this Wednesday.  Thanks for being patient here as I haven’t made time to update in MONTHS, and for keeping up with me on my ever-so-TMI facebook page.  love you always {BD}

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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.


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.


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}


 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 [...]