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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 }

noah is one {{ cincinnati dayton family photography }}

hard to believe it’s been a year since i did noah’s newborn pics.  this time, he brought along his whole family for me to meet.  i was amazed at how much they all look alike!-5his papaw is part of the band denim road. -4-4-2-3how cool to have a papaw that gives you private concerts!-2we had a lot of fun checking out the pumpkins and corn maze and petting zoo but the most exciting for me was tempal catching this wild animal.  i was just happy i didn’t see the mouse that was hiding with it.  you guys know i DON’T DO MICE right??!-1-2-2-2-3-2-5-2happy birthday sweet one year old noah boy.  you are lucky to have so much lovin’.-7-6-2-1

take a trip down memory lane?  noah’s newborn session is {here}

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tiny little love story {{ a preview }}

in other arranged marriage news… sarah and casie have been bff since middle school. they have matching haircuts, matching cars and now, matching babies:)if all their dreams come true, meadow and colin may some day get married for real. i spent a beautiful foggy morning at an abandoned amusement park capturing their young love. here’s a little preview of what’s to come!

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Sarah - Can’t stop watching! Excited to see the rest!!! Your amazing!

yes {{ cincinnati dayton child photographer }}

wanna know what a preemie looks like 6 months later? :)-8surely you remember teensy little baby in a bowl ayla huh?  she’s impressively and adorably chunky now:)and almost seems to have the makings to become a yoga teacher.-7and these are her very cool brothers noah and ethan.-3-1someone mentioned after this pic was released that they have the perfect storm for a boy band:)-2it’s a funny thing, this business.  like everything else requiring balance, photography has put me to the test.  there are schools of thought that relationships with clients should remain professional.  that boundaries should be drawn clearly. that business is business and it should stay that way for a reason.  and then there is me.  i think that you can never have too many genuinely amazing friendships.  i’ve learned that we meet people for a reason.  i’ve learned that we can bless them and they can bless us. 

six months ago, gina was a stranger who called from her labor recovery room and {very sweetly} persisted that i come take pictures of her precious girl who had arrived way earlier than expected.  i was in a bit of a rough patch and resisted, but all my hesitations and excuses were met with more endearing persistence.  she made it easy on me and in the end i said yes. 

it was one of the best yes’s ever.-9i can’t explain the peace that comes from knowing things are not in your control, and that you are way better off because of it!  all sorts of happy-obvious-sarcastic things have happened, entangling our lives since then and it just makes me smile.  when my client gina asked if my girls could come along to the shoot, i was happy to oblige, excited that i wouldn’t have to leave them again.  when she asked if they could be in the shoot?  well that was something new…seemed like a huge crossing of boundaries, mixing of my two worlds. it just seemed foreign. and then, i said yes:) sometimes you just stop following the rules and go with your heart.  and sometimes magic follows.   -4you see, my client gina is now also my dear friend gina, and along the way, our kids have become sweetly bonded.  it’s seriously the most innocent and heart-warming dynamic they share.-5-1-2still, it couldn’t hurt to have pics of them from the beginning if they do happen to grow up and get married or something;)-2-11-10-12so good bye to boundaries.  i believe in making the most out of everything, and if my photography journey is going to be an avenue to have incredible people hand delivered into my life, so be it.  gina’s story is one of many already, and i just want to say again, thank you.  to my Jesus, and to all of you who watch and support and encourage me.  to be surrounded by so many who rejoice when i rejoice and wait patiently when i stumble…  you are recognized and loved and appreciated. -6

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Kate - I love their family! They’re so gorgeous :)

Kristen Menhart - AWESOME pics and I was tearing up by the end because of your beautiful words!! You are so talented!

year {{ cincinnati dayton child family photographer }}

how is it even possible? a year??

one year ago, i came home, exhausted and exhilarated after being up for days waiting on my nephew to be born.  he arrived, on his own terms, safe and sound and healthy and adorable and SO loved. 

months before that , early in the pregnancy, we all talked about the baby to be, just in a dreamy untangible way.  you know, when it doesn’t seem real, and you can’t even imagine what it will be like, but you think talking about it might make it more possible.  “what should we name the baby?” alicia threw the question out there.  just-turned-five year old brooklynne chimed right in…”if it’s a girl, i think lacy.  if it’s a boy, spike!”  of course we all laughed like crazy {the most common of all responses brooklynne gets from us} we love her innocence and ability to add classic pick-me-up one-liners to our family inside jokes.  then i had to explain, “brooke, spike is a dog’s name. you can’t name a baby spike!”  {tho to be fair, it did seem a step up from what she plans to name her own sons: spiderman and laserman}…a few weeks later, ultrasound told us that it was a boy.  immediately he inherited the family name, theodore arthur howell the fourth.  tho somehow, in conversation, he was always referred to as spike. and spike he has been ever since:) 

-1-2today?

brooklynne introduces him to people with her pre-rehearsed line, bursting at the seams with pride, “This is Spike. I named him!”

briella adores him as well, and loves that he is a captive audience for whatever her new crazy face of the week is. he also is the perfect excuse for her to make up a new impromptu song and dance. 

as for me, and the rest of us, he is a steady little dose of happy.  he is curious, and loving.  the kind of baby who will pretty much let anyone hold him.  he is a constant reminder that the clock is spinning at a dizzying pace.  he is a fourth generation specimen of strong genes that show up every time he wrinkles his forehead in frustration.  he is a million faces that can transform from screams for attention to broadway smiles in a split second, all on purpose for his own entertainment.  he is excited recipient of fore-knockers and borey-the-bellies.  he is an expedited package of “turn a carefree girl into a woman with mommy emotions”.  he is boober, mr. man, bubba, mr. whiskers, theo, and of course, spike.  the jury is still hung of how he will sign his kindergarten papers.-5-4-2-3-5-1-4-3-2-1-6

my boo-boy.  i love you as big as the milky way.  i love you like you were my own, but it’s great that you aren’t.  you are the perfect hybrid of your parents who i adore and i’m so proud of.   i’m thankful for the little family you created just by being you.  happy happy happiest of birthdays! xxxxxoooooxoxoxoxo

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mommy - bridgette you are the MosT amazing writer & photographer!!!once again you’ve brought tears to my eyes.T&A did make a handsome & wonderful lil’ man !

alicia - i keep telling myself he isn’t one yet not till 9:55 pm but soon enough it will be that time so i might as well accept it! he isn’t my 7lb 13oz new born baby anymore he is my walking “talking” smart as can be big boy who knows exactly what he wants and how to get it! he will always be my baby! he is a momma’s boy like his daddy so i know he will always need me! glad i could help bring this wonderful miracle into the family for everyone to love and watch grow into something amazing and to give the sunshine girls a “baby brother”! i love you and the rest of this wonderful family i was accepted into even when you thought i hated you! meh seems not to be the appropriate expression of my feelings lately! ok enough of the mommy emotions and on to the one year old’s birthday fun! lala

Kate - I can’t believe he’s one already :( it makes me so sad!

boo is two! {{ cincinnati dayton modern school portrait photography }} » I Want {BD Photography} - [...] our boober boy is turning two!it’s pretty much my favorite thing to hear him talk.  not gonna lie, it made me cry the first time because it was proof that he’s growing up.  but once i got over the inevitable, it’s pretty endearing.  he says pretty much everything as if it were a question, with a sweet upswing inflection at the end [...]

theo is three!! {{ cincinnati dayton superhero session super hero photography }} » I Want {BD Photography} - [...]  the boy with no real name is defining himself before our very eyes.  we worried that “spike” or “boober” might not work when his kindergarten teacher one day asks what he [...]

Katie {{ cincinnati dayton senior photographer }}

i love that katie knew exactly what she wanted {a cinci background} and even took time to scout the locations herself {including a sentimental park where she has spent time with her family}.  i love that she is polite and beautiful and stylish and respectful; seems to have the perfect balance of maturity and innnocence about her.  that’s kinda rare these days it seems.  and she’s a bit of a soccer star.  mix it all together and i think i figured out my affinity toward her.  she’s a glimpse of what i hope my girls to be in 10yrs, if i’m lucky.-7-6-5-4-2-10-4-3-2-3-2-1-2-1-8-9

sue, i’m sure i don’t need to hear it from me, but you should be so proud of your daughter. it was a pleasure to meet you both, and i’m happy we got to spend such a beautiful morning together.  oh, and no worries, there are plenty of pics with her gorgeous smile… the kind i’m guessing the mom in me would want.  it’s just that the photographer in me couldn’t get over her model looks, so those are these ones i settled on sharing today.  cd on it’s way, thanks!

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Katie - I love them bridgette! You’re awesome:)