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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 }

boy oh boy {{ cincinnati dayton child photography }}

a photo shoot with two boys younger than 5 is more like an hour for me to realize how old i am, trying to keep up with them and make them laugh and keep one’s interest while trying to gain the affection and trust of the other.  little brother hid behind his mum’s legs and thought he wanted nothing to do with me.  in the end tho’, i was flying him around like the airplane on his shirt.  i really enjoyed our playtime- the only thing that nearly did me in were all those stairs.  do you know how much fun stairs are when a crazy lady with a camera is chasing you??    -9-7-6-5-3-4-2after they knew it was ok, they let me meet their baby sister.  you can tell that they kept a close eye tho’.  after all, being overprotective is a big brother’s main responsibility, yes?-12-1-1-2-11-10-8by the time we were all done, i was involuntarily mimicking their scrumptious english accents.  they were like having my own little real life boy version of charlie & lola.  their mum tried to convince me otherwise, but i’m quite sure i’d never tire of those chatty little voices.  for some reason tho’ she wasn’t quite willing to let me take them home test her theory:)  i think she likes them as much as i do.chasedillingham_3

thanks for a fun day.  can’t wait til you teach sister how to walk and i get the chance to chase all three of you!

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Richard & Marilyn Green - These are fantastic shots – they look like little angels!

From a very proud Nana & Papa

hangin with the coopers {{ cincinnati dayton family photography }}

monday morning shoots are so crazy for me.  i like that they force me to get on the ball, but my gosh.  fridays at 3p, i get the girls from school and it’s like a bell rings to announce the weekend.  pure unadulterated BDfamily time!  we go go go, and then i blink and it’s sunday evening.  when i have monday morning shoots, i always find sunday evenings to be my last minute high pressure planning time.  gotta get my head back in the game and my ducks in a row.  last sunday night, i got my stuff together and tried to visualize my Ault Park family shoot scheduled for the next morning.  it wasn’t working.  nothing clicked.  i felt totally uninspired.  something just wasn’t right. 

i looked at the clock, thought twice, then made a blind call to eszter, whom i’d not yet had the pleasure of meeting…

on her end of the line she heard me thinking out loud and rambling and brainstorming.  it basically came down to “it’s going to be really cold in the morning.  i’m not feeling Ault this time of year.  what do you think about me just showing up to your house and us figuring it out from there?”  on my end of the line i heard a hungarian accent that i fell in love with say “lovely! that sounds perfect.”    

first thing monday i showed up and they all followed me outside.  we stayed close by, which was fabulous as it ended up very chilly, and we only had a small window of time to shoot with daddy.  hooray for early morning family love!-5-3-4-6-15

if this next one isn’t holiday card material i don’t know what is.  i’ve never seen a more honest family shot LOL.  {take note of the mischievous toddler smile on little miss #2}-3-2after that, we went inside so the babes could get warm and comfy-7     you can see that the girls already wanna be like their amazing mama, but they’ve got some big shoes to fill;)  {i hope my corny humor doesn’t get lost in translation!}

moving along before there is no chance for redemption… our “warm up” intermission turned out to be perfect for a whole new series of pics.  it wasn’t intentional… i loathe shooting indoors.  but they happened to have lots of windows and beautiful morning sun.  and i happened to feel like a very welcome guest/new member of the family after our short time together thus far.  so we just relaxed and played. -8-9-4-2-10-11by then we had plenty, and definitely could have been finished.  but i wasn’t ready to say goodbye.  have i mentioned i’m no good with goodbyes?  so we mutually decided that a field trip for ice cream would be a nice ending to our morning.  if there was enough light in the shoppe for more pics, so be it.  if not, we would just have ice cream!  {win}{win}-12-13like a kid in a candy store eh?-2-14-2-2↓↓please do something fabulous with this image. swoon!↓↓
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thank you eszter, for letting me step right into your lives for a day-for your kind words-for not batting an eye as your babies dripped chocolate all over their picture perfect outfits-for the fabulous lunch suggestion-for making me feel like we’ve been friends forever

here’s to hoping that i will have the pleasure of knowing you and your gorgeous mini coopers for a very long time!

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november means thanks {{ cincinnati dayton child photographer }}

-1-2-7-2-2i can hardly stand the cute squishness of this baby lovin’!

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what sweet little girls.  boys on the other hand.  well, rotten three year old boys are just my fave.  it seems that they want to be a challenge… {methinks he doth protest too much}-1but it turns out their stubborn will to be ornery is no match for my teasing, sarcastic, reverse psychology super powers;)  why do i love them so?  always was a sucker for the hard-to-get ones.-10-4-5-3-2-9-8-6

to six year old toothless grins

to sugar and spice and everything nice baby girls

to snips and snails and puppy dog tail boys who try their best to be mean but are too adorable to pull it off

to glimpses of maternal instinct in a big sister’s proud face

to hoping these three musketeers have a strong loving bond that’s unbreakable into adulthood

to all of it… it goes too quickly.  it’s all too precious.  thankful for a camera.  thankful for the pause button.  thankful for the moments today.

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SisnamedJen - They are all so adorable! Love the squishy love too.

message in a bottle {{ cincinnati dayton engagement photography }}

if sloan didn’t love the cliche “long walks on the beach” before, she should now!  sloan and her boyfriend were on vacation, strolling along the beach when she found a message in a bottle.  she picked it up and read “will you marry me”.  she thought it was such a  sweet discovery- a real dream come true for some random lucky girl.  she also thought brandon was a jerk for getting on his knee and pretending it was all a set up for her.  brandon wasn’t pretending!  she was the lucky girl.  good thing he had the ring to convince her :) 

how. adorable.

good luck with the next chapters of your cute little fairytale.  thanks for choosing me to play illustrator for a day!

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Sherri - You always make me smile and cry… You’re the Best!
Sherri

lights, cameras and {BD}blue

so, there’s this neat little place i like to call OVAM.  it’s a huge collection of random vintage fun.  so, when i finally had the opportunity to meet the amazing Jamie Wyckoff of Julia’s Poppies fame {one of her many creative outlets},  i knew she was just the kind of girl who would really appreciate my treasure trove.  she, Heather, Hadley and I did some early morning legwork here–a perfect tuesday morning.  i’ve spent a total of five hours now, perusing different booths, but i have yet to see it all.  this place is awesome!  there’s no rhyme or reason to the collections you’ll find during your time at OVAM, so my nikon and i simplified things a bit by collecting some goodies in my favorite hue, {BD}blue:) -5-4-6jWyck and i getting our minnie pearl on-1the morning date actually evolved into a lunch w more friends, and ended with me crashing their roadtrip to indy, some fantastic massages and my favorite pizza ever.  some more finds in the big city… -3finally, here’s my christmas wishlist in visual form… just in case you were wondering.  any of these will do, and they don’t even need to be in working order.  only 51 shopping days left you know ;) -2

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Sheila - LOVE!!!!!!! Okay….Ive given you time to settle back in from your trip….Now I need JAMAICA pics!!! ANd QFT with Bridgette. And your address so I can send your pics:) Miss ur face.

{bridgette} - JA pics are forthcoming. narrowing the hundreds down to what’s FBable and blogworthy. will send u address NOW!

Katie - Oh my goodness! LOVE these photographs, Bridgette! This is a place I MUST visit.

SisnamedJen - The fire hydrant stood out to me, I always take pictures of new and interesting fire hydrants. I may have to get them together sometime and share;)—don’t think I have a blue one in my collection.