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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 }

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 :)

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!!!

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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my own little cupid {{ valentine toddler modern theme photographer cincinnati dayton mason}}

i suppose around here it is beginning to look like i only photograph my own kids…

truth is, i’ve met lots of new clients, and continued to document the growth of my long time loyal clients- both scenarios i absolutely adore.  every time i finish a session i think, THIS one HAS to be blogged.

the automatic blog fairy never seems to get the note.

also, the fairy that is really good at doing something  anything with the thousands of personal pics i take is no where to be found.  i pin projects, buy frames and albums, dream up canvas arrangements, and bookmark tinyprints.com.  never.goes.anywhere:)

so, mildly apologetically, i present the lean mean Bronxy machine, for your viewing pleasure, and my attempt at preserving memories.    happy 1.5 birthday to my long locked, sweet smile, rambunctious child.  you are 200% boy and have pierced our hearts with more love than cupid’s arrow ever could.

happy valentine’s day to you all!!

{{xoxoxox}}

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Nicole - he is perfect :) i love these, such a great job- as always!

SisnamedJen - I love these so much! What a sweet shoot.

have yourself a merry little christmas {{ cincinnati dayton photographer }}

to whom it may concern;

please consider this your christmas card from the BD household for 2012:)

my dad always says, “when you need an excuse, anything will do.” truth! but i’ll throw a few excuses out here anyway.

i was too busy to get cards ordered and printed. just the thought of harvesting addresses to mail them?! please know that i am fully and finally impressed by all of you who did this-i know you were “too busy” also, but you made it happen!

i couldn’t narrow them down to a remotely reasonable number of images. even the collage one i considered wouldn’t cut it. choosing top faves for the blog, i could only get down to forty. overkill again and again on this domain. sorry:)

finally, i really REALLY love opening my mailbox in december and seeing what all of you talented, gorgeous people do with your {BD}images. please keep sending them. but also, can someone fill me on the holiday card protocol? or genius pinterest solution/project to save or repurpose them? i just never know what to do with them afterward. i feel like i’m wasting them. do i keep them? recycle? repurpose? what is the acceptable amount of time you are supposed to keep them and then an official next step that everyone knows about besides me? i have the same issue with birthday cards, thank you notes, etc… PLEASE HELP.

without further ado, here are a FEW of the pics i did of the littlest BDs.  i think i will refrain from getting all sappy and just leave it to the visual.  the short version? they are my world. obviously.  grandmas and grandpas (of which there are 8+ of you), please let me know which are your favorites and i will whip up some prints or projects for you for gifts. i can’t choose!

 

 



 

peace love joy love hope love happiness & love

wishing you ALL the best

{BD}

*special thanks for lori baskin of LBboutique for the motivation to do a personal session!  i felt like her talent needed a spotlight so i asked her to send some of her beautiful handmade goods my way.  each headband and bowtie featured here was custom made by her.  check her out, i’d love to see what she whips up for you!*

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Ashley - Your kids are gorgeous :)