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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 }

what’s cookin?

{A BUN IN THE OVEN}

i’ve been getting some emails asking if i do prenatal shoots.  the answer is yes! i wanna help document the growth of your family as early as possible.  whether you are a mama who loves being pregnant or not, i really think you will miss your baby bump someday… eventually.  and i always share with people how much my girls love to look at the maternity pics i had done- it makes them so full of wonder to see where they came from.  don’t you love to see old pics of your parents?  baby bump sessions make for pretty cool heirlooms if you ask me:) 

here are a few faves from past sessions… -10-9-8-7-6-5-4here’s a cool idea for baby shower invites.  you can give me the text you want and i can embed it in an image like this one that has lots of negative space.  then you just make 4×6 prints and modern custom invites are done! -4 (2)-3-2-2 (2)-1 (2)-3 (2)-1-3-11

oh yeah, and a fun way to make the announcement after your gender determination ultrasound!-1

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Da-Net - BEAUTIFUL work Bridgette!!! When I get photo’s done, I will be coming to you! : )

Tempal Hitt - bridgette davis you are the bomb and i love you

emerging from winter hibernation…

call it hibernation if you want… the way Ohio is trying to tease us with a sneak of spring would make the timing seem that way anyhow.  really, i’ve been on a self prescribed sabbatical.  the last time you heard from me, my passion for photography had snowballed to the point of near insanity, taking every free moment i had.  in november, i looked back at my hundreds of shoots and 1000s of images and realized that my personal folders were thin and few and far between.  i worked so much, that i didn’t even grab my camera when i squeezed personal events into the calendar.  the girl who always had the camera at the party couldn’t muster the strength to add that nikon bag to her purse shoulder.  and worst of all, i didn’t document the growth of my girls in 2009 with the diligence, creativity, and excitement that i hope becomes my legacy to them.  if i wasn’t able to document it, maybe it wasn’t even there day to day. maybe i wasn’t being the vibrant mommy my girls know and deserve.  they are the reason i bought my camera in the first place.  so when they say with a mix of innocence and inherited sass ”you have to go to another photo shoot?  can’t you ever take a day off?  why do you love photo shoots more than anything?”  there’s also an unmistakable hint of disappointment…  the kind that offends and jolts you at first, and then echoes in your head and cuts you deep. 

so, i put it all on pause.  ALL paid work.  and to be honest, after Christmas i think i managed to leave my camera alone so long that when the time came to shoot again, i actually had to find it.  i left my camera untouched long enough to misplace it{?} {!}  i’m not sure how many people will understand the power and surprise of that but some of you will for sure  {i’m talking to you- blog readers with raised eyebrows}

 

so now that my personal life is raw and open for all to see, i hope you take it for what it is.  i trust my transparency will connect us a little more.  and hopefully, it will buy me some forgiveness from those of you that were ignored in the absence.  for a while i maintained a call back list, and some of you received an email letting you know the following news.  i’ve decided to get back in the game, but for the best interest of all parties involved, it will be on a limited basis:)  i’m accepting select projects, and my availability will be when my girls are in school.  however BDphotography evolves in light of this is exactly what is meant to be.  maybe you’ll see alot more newborns…  or maybe i continue to have rockin seniors that skip class to melt my lens!  whatever the case, i’m excited to see where we go from here.  and without further ado… the fabulous miniBDs that hold my heart and hang the moon{}      -1my Bitty doll is six now.  babies shouldn’t be six.-2-6-5-4-3-1-2this final pic pretty much sums up the next phase of {BD}…   DSC_1360e

…praying for balance and taking the leap! 

i’d love it if you’d join me {xOxO}  Bridgette*

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sarah - love these pictures bridgette! your girls are gorgeous and i love seeing their sweet personalities

Erika - I want BD Photography! Your girls are amazing as is the way you capture them! Can’t wait to see what you do next!

SHeila Castle - Bridgette..You are sooo stinkin talented and I am always so anxious to see what you do next!! Praying you find balance:)

Still SisnamedJen (I hope) - I love you and my nieces;)

Melissa - So proud of you girl!!!! I love your new pics!!!

mommy - i am so overwhelmed by the beauty of all 3 of you! you write so beautifully & when your camera catches their little moments ,i see you ,i see me, i see a bright future of limitless possibilities! so glad you’re back I love you always!

on the wings of love

so i did Hailey’s newborn pics last year.  this image is from that shoot and has been marked as a favorite by more people than any other image i’ve done since.  so Hailey, your feet are adored by many:) -2-2look how big she is now!-1

-2-1-2she did so well in her big girl session.  what now?  hmmmmm….-3i say we take her for a treat!-4rock candy sounded like a great plan but we all underestimated how “melty” it would be.  Hailey didn’t seem to mind, but whoever came up with “it’s like taking candy from a baby” really underestimated something too:)-5and just a note, i’m a big sucker for hats.  if you bring a hat to your session, you can count on it making the blog.  i love this one!-6

it’s so exciting to see my newborns grow into their own personalities.  i’m thankful to be part of their story, honored to be chosen as the one to record it, and grateful that they remind me to appreciate the daunting everyday parts of being a mommy because my own babies are growing up just as quickly.  thanks for sharing Hailey with me!

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Katherine - They turned out so good! Thank you! I can’t wait to see the rest!

{en-er-jee}

you really only need two words for Thomas: smiles & energy

-6-1

thanks for finally having me back out to your beautiful home.  i look forward to chasing him around again as soon as you’ll have me!  oh and i’ll just say, everyone that has seen these pics mentions how he’s like daddy’s little twin.  alicia, you are so gorgeous, i was thinking it would be a dream for you to have a little girl that’s your mini!   keep me posted on that will ya?;) 

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alicia - Thank you so much for sharing your God given gift with us, Bridgette! It was certainly a delight working with you. Beautiful pictures from a truly beautiful artist! And oh yeah … Thomas is a total clone of his daddy … and… we are working on that second part too :) Much Luv ~Alicia

where do i even begin? {2010 senior}

let me start by saying that this one might take a while!  molly maloney. aw, cutest name ever.  her mom called and said she wanted something way cooler than the normal lean-against-a-tree-senior-pics.  music to my ears!  to me that means, carte blanche and the perfect opportunity to do all the shooting i had filed away in “one of these days…”  She was the perfect girl, and today was the day.

*speaking of music, i think that pics are best viewed to the tune of your favorites.  i can’t stand those sites where they impose their own collection into the background, so i suggest opening another window and tapping that wonderful resource called pandora.com.  get your custom sound going, then come back and add the visual dimension to your sensory stimulation bliss. go ahead, i’ll wait*

ready?  now.  i know it’s overkill but i started with 50 FAVES.  it was all i could do to narrow to these 15.-2  her cd is maxed out at 6.3 billion images;)-12she rocked so many sweet locations for me-11um, really with this beauty?  fave straight out of camera!-10work this-9and that. thank you very much.-7dream-6come-5true!-4laundrymat or laundromat ?  {debatable} either way, i’m SO excited to move this to the “done it” file.  no, make that the “revisit with my next rockstar client” file. -3we found the greatest colors!-1-2and the prettiest patch of natural light on earth

-1can’t you see a super cute engagement session here?-13-2-2k, i know i have to quit.  leaving you with this very favorite over all!!!!-8

molly maloney, you rocked my lens, and made my heart jump with artistic excitement.  hope someone brightens your week the way you did mine!!  -photolove-

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Susan - Bridgette,
I could not believe my eyes when I went to the website. I had huge tears in my eyes when my husband walked in the door. He asked me what was wrong. I then showed him what I was looking at. We both smiled and the realized how lucky we were to have found you. You truly are SPECTACULAR!!! I cannot begin to thank you for what you have done for Molly’s senior pictures. I’m glad we got to be some of your first’s because I know with all my heart you will be one of the best Photographer’s in and around our area. And I’m proud to say we were a part of it. We have been blessed!!! My Sincere Thanks, Susan