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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 mr. mitchel meek {{ cincinnati dayton in home newborn photography }}

2/11/11 {7 lbs 8.2 oz}-2-2today is mitchel’s 2 week birthday!  take a peek at our time together on his one week…-2-1-2-1-10all his sweet little expressions are priceless!-9-4-2-8-7-2-7-6-2-4-5-2-6-3-2i love that my newbies have such wrinkly feet to grow into, and i love that i get them fresh enough that you can still see their little marks from the heel sticks at the hospital.  they are usually new enough to still have their umbilical stump too, which lindsi wanted to have in this session, but someone decided to lose it the night before.  mitchel is very precocious.  his pictures were slow going in the beginning because he moves so much.  when i would set up a shot, he would lift his head up, move it around and wiggle out of place.  he did some modified crawling and frog jumping.  he obviously missed the memo that now is the time to be super lazy and let everyone exhaust themselves waiting on you hand and foot.

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congrats to you both on your perfect little addition!  i had a great time hanging with you and hope you are soaking in every amazing exhausting fleeting moment of his first month.  please check in with me as he gets bigger and the weather gets warmer.  i have a feeling he has a lot more modeling to do:)

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Sarah - So freakin’ adorable!!

Lori LeMaster - Fantastic pictures, totally captures Mitchel’s personality!

i wanna stand with you on a mountain {{ cincinnati dayton engagement photography }}

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still here?  great.  so i don’t always do mushy features about my engagement couples’ history.  i just happened to be chatting while we shot and julie mentioned something like “i didn’t even believe in love…” and all of a sudden my ears perked up because i used to be that same girl.  the girl who has it all figured out, who knows everything, and is quite sure that a man is the last thing she needs to complicate her life and her plans.  as she told me the rest of the story of them, i thought it was pretty sweet and you all might like to hear it.  i texted her this week to ask if she could send me a quick recap so i didn’t mess up details, but forget about me giving you a summary.  i can’t let this gem go to waste, so here it is verbatim.  i checked my inbox for a note from julie.  instead i got this tear jerker direct from seth!

{Julie and I found out in March of 2010 that our best friends were getting married. This of course meant that we were going to be walking down the aisle together. My friend called me and said that I HAD to look up Julie on Facebook to see who I was in the wedding with. When I finally found her I couldn’t believe my eyes. She was the most beautiful girl I had ever seen. So after a few anxious days we started talking a little back and forth online and eventually one night I asked for her number, and to my surprise she gave it to me. After that for the next few weeks there wasn’t a moment we weren’t textingor talking. We would stay up till 5 in the morning talking about anything that came into our minds. Come to find out, Julie was not aware that I had recently moved to Florida and we were literally 1,000 mile apart. This made things even harder as we got to know each other more and more. Then, one night after another 7 hour night of talking on the phone, I called her back and told her I Loved Her. After that we both knew that we were meant for each other. 2 Months later I finally got to come to Kentucky for the wedding and I stayed with her the whole week I was here. Even though we had only talked on the phone it seemed as we had known each other for years. Leaving to go back to Florida after that amazing week was the hardest thing I’ve ever done. After a few weeks away from her I knew what I had to do. I quit my job and made the long move back to Kentucky and moved in with Julie and [her son] Kole. To this day I don’t know how we were ever apart for so long. Its hard to believe that less than a year ago I didn’t even know her, and now I have an amazing family and am about to marry the girl of my dreams. When Julie and I first started talking, we were in shock at how quickly our friends were getting married. I told her “Maybe they have found something that neither you or I have ever felt”…who knew we would find that feeling in each other.}

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-17-2-2Julie said, “My days got brighter and my nights got longer with every text and phone call made. I could no longer function with out my phone by my side. With long distance we did things different then most people.  The deep conversations about life, love and family brought us so close that at one point in a conversation we had I remember laying on floor (as I did most night we’d stay up on the phone talking) with my legs up in the air on the wall and thinking…..I’m going to marry this man…”
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“…Finally July 7th 2010 I met Seth and what no one can understand is that although I was meeting him for the first time it felt like he was away on business and coming home from work. It was just so natural and comfortable, and just felt soooo RIGHT. We shared our first kiss and it was like the butterflies in my stomach were having a party. They didn’t stop that entire week =)”
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these next two are my special gift to little Kole:)-15-16-14-12while we were shooting, a bunch of guys in a landscaping crew were chiming in with their suggestions on spots we should hit.  then a 12 news video guy asked if HE could shoot US doing our thing.  apparently julie+seth is a universally irresistible combination .  too bad i don’t watch the news, might have missed my only 15 seconds of fame:) -10-9-8-7-3-2-11

thanks guys… for having me and for being awesome and making me get happy butterflies for you.  excited to meet Kole one day so he can be in a shoot dressed like his new ”Pops”. 

and while i’m being all mushy and emotional anyway, let me just get it out of the way and say i have THE BEST CLIENTS IN THE WORLD.  i love sharing in your stories, i love that you make me break my professional boundaries and keep you all as friends because it would be my major loss if i didn’t.  i love that i get to relive my own story and life milestones thru’ yours.  i love that you keep my passion burning with super generous affirmations and compliments.  like i said before, you make me love my job even when i’m cross eyed exhausted.  you make me smile all the time and then you share me with your friends so the crazy love friendship photography ball keeps rolling.

grateful grateful love love {pregnancy hormone disclaimer if this is over the top} love. goodnight!!

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Julie & Seth - Awe you have made my night! These are beautiful and I love every single one of them. You are amazing and we will be seeing you soon to do family pictures….and when baby comes you will be there as well. I wouldn’t want any one else.
For the record when I speak of you I explain that you were my long lost friend I’d never met. You made us feel so comfortable and it was like we were hanging out with our friend. Thank you for everything! You are in many ways the definition of wonderful!

Sheila - I never, ever get tired of looking at your amazing work or reading your heartfelt writing. You truly inspire me girl. I simply would not be doing what I love if it werent for you.

Z family, most recent release {{ cincinnati dayton newborn photography }}

Ethan Maxwell {7lbs 3oz} one week old

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hello cutest pout in the history of pouts!

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he’s a living doll huh?  see who gets to claim him?  meet Lillah and Olivia

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check out the scene stealer center left:)

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serious cheese face!!  how cute are these kids??

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is everyone else in love with newbie wrinkles and fuzzy man-baby shoulders?  is it just my hormones? why so many questions this post??

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when you love Boston so much that you name your dog Fenway, a little beantown photo homage is basically mandatory

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congrats to both of you, as well as the girls.  can’t wait to catch up this summer and record the relationship they develop with him.  thanks for the honor of photographing your gorgeous family:)  pleasure meeting you and adding you to the {BD}photo family.  i’m so happy with the results of our session and can’t wait for you to see the rest!

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sweet lucia {{ cincinnati dayton 3 month baby photographer }}

i spent a cold winter morning meeting Lucia and her parents. 

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for a three month old, she had quite the attention span.  either that or she already wants to be a model because she did not take her stunning blue eyes off the camera for very long. 

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seriously, i adore lucia’s nursery.  so many vintage and handmade items.  a gorgeous quilt made by family hangs over her crib, which is adorned also with her daddy’s baby blanket and this sweet mint gown was worn by her mama when she was a baby!  even the classic Babar canvases on the wall are a blast from the past.

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we finally wore her out enough to try a precious tutu and pearls shot.  seriously, is there anything more precious than a peaceful sleeping baby?  

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ok guys, you know i’ve got the baby bug.  we don’t know what baby BD is yet, but we do know that there is only one.  send me your newborns and twins referrals to hold me off :) 6.5 months to go! 

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ash+brent {{ cincinnati dayton engagement photography }}

another sweet couple is making it official!-11-10

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i bet if ashley gave you her top tips for a great e-session like hers, she’d say bring a cute boy, have an adorable smile, and oh yeah, if it’s 20* outside don’t forget to wear socks with your leather boots.  who does that ashley?!  luckily i had gone overboard and had an extra pair to give her when she got uncomfortable enough to complain:)  what can i say?  i’m the kind of photographer who will ask you to climb crazy rock ledges and stand in the snow, but  i’m also the kind of photographer that will give you the socks off her feet;) -5-4-6-7-5-2i love real looks like this.  how your partner looks at you when you don’t know it, or the things they say about you when you aren’t around… my fave.-9of course we always have to work in a little american gothic mock-12

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i had a great time running around and checking out your favorite cinci spots.  so happy for you two and hope your outdoor april wedding in the park is gorgeous!!  no rush, but call me when you start your family:):):)

 

p.s. brenton is not a bad idea for baby BD if we have a boy huh?!

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Danessa - One of my favorite couples and great pictures…so excited for them!! Good job, Bridgette girl!