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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 }

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 :)

theo is three!! {{ cincinnati dayton superhero session super hero photography }}

and just like that, he is three.  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 should be called.  turns out, he has chosen “Theo” {tee-oh if you ask him}.  or he might let you slide with calling him hulk, iron man, batman or the like.  he spends a good portion of his days as those alter egos. 

super theo is a great example for his little super bronx sidekick.  my own baby is quickly becoming a boy, fast on his heels.  yes, there are moments when the pair of them are baby theo and baby bronx is demanding attention from mamaw, but either way, they are partners which delights me to no end.  on this day, they were big superheroes having a big day in the big city.for theo, 3 is avengers, chicken nuggies and “bye bye in mamaw’s car”sweet thang.  my favorite is how he gets me everytime:

“bridgette, i have ice cream?” in his whineysmooshedtogethertoddlerwords

“you want some ice cream?”

“okay!!!” in his surprised but delighted that i would suggest such a thing tone

every time i try to clarify his words, he acts as if they are my own new idea, like he is completely innocent and i am proposing he have ice cream out of the blue on a tuesday for breakfast.  clearly this is his actual super power. gets me every time.
so proud of you.  thank you for filling our hearts the way you do.  aunt bridgey will still probably call you Borey Borey Boo Boy until you can take it no more.  just know that a hero, by any other name, is still just as noble.

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{DIY tutorial} quick simple sweet sentimental projects

so here is a peek at the soft vintage gentleman inspired nursery i did on a teensy budget for our baby boy.  each project was super affordable, super easy and barely needs a tutorial, which hopefully means i won’t be so superfluous with my writing. mama has things to do!

the canvas shaded lamp was a gift from one grandma.  i used a sharpie to write a poem written to him by his other grandma.  soooo sweet and triple sentimental.  i don’t love my handwriting, but i love to find my mom’s handwriting on things, so hopefully bronx will too.

 

i repainted the girls’ letter B with the paint leftover from his walls.  his middle name is spelled out in scrabble letters because everyone in this family is a scrabble F-A-N-A-T-I-C (12 points + 50 pt bonus for using all your tiles!) .  the puzzles were picked up for $3 at an estate sale one morning by the girl’s school.  i love that they are from a local picture and puzzle company i never knew existed, and OLD.  the curtains are a $20 painters dropcloth.  it was actually seamed in 3 pieces, so i cut along those, used two of the sections for curtains and the third for pillowcases and tie tab loops for the curtains. i used the sewing machine to hem them as need with very simple straight stitches, and i finally used the “buttonhole” feature on the machine to make sure my loop slits would hold up over time.  this was so much easier than i expected!  the loops are simple strips pushed thru the new buttonholes and tied.  fray away, i like the look!  the curtain rod is a branch i picked up on the side of the road after a storm.  

somehow, it happened to the the perfect length but you could easily trim yours down to fit just right.  i planned to paint it white, but ended up loving it raw.  i broke off a few spare branches and threw those in a vase i had been using to collect loose change. room total thus far was about $25 + paint.  the spare change almost covered it;) we hit the hardware section and found the metal to mount the branch.  we weren’t sure what size would work, but loved the raw industrial look.  we grabbed a pair of medium and a pair of large.  the large worked and rather than return the mediums we mounted them as tie-backs to keep the curtains open.the spot of dark blue is the world’s loveliest smell emitting from this anthropologie candle that cost almost as much as the room itself, but is worth every.darn.penny {especially if someone bought it for you for your birthday}.  the whiskey barrel was a find from a local salvaged home goods place, i lined it with a disposable paper tablecloth i had in the garage from 2 christmas parties ago {from ikea}.  the project i procrastinated on the longest was the dresser.  i wanted to find something old and repaint for a totally fabulous makeover.  the size and shape needed to fit just under the window and everything i found on craigslist was just too expensive.  brian’s uncle came to the rescue, gifting us an old white one he didn’t have space for anymore.  the longer it sat, the more i thought the idea of sanding and sanding and sanding and painting at 8 months pregnant seemed ridiculous.  i decided my old friend modge podge would be just the thing, but i figured if it was going to be in the baby’s room, it should probably have some pics of HIM on it, not just the rest of us.  so i lined the inside of the drawers with that same paper tablecloth and the outside stayed white for the first year but it was aged enough that it was a good fit anyway.  finally after our whirlwind first year with the new baby boy, we had enough great memories captured to create our photo dresser.  hopefully it will become a family heirloom because those pics are on there for goooood.  i simply measured out how many 4x6s would fit on the drawer fronts, ordered them as black and whites, noting how many i need in portrait orientation {|} and how many i needed in landscape {-} and had them shipped to my door for less than $10.  

when they arrived i was so excited i didn’t even bother to find a paintbrush.  i smeared a small section of the drawer with modge podge, placed one pic on, and smoothed modge podge over top of it with my finger.  this part is scary but i promise it dries clear and lovely in the end, with no damage to your precious pics. pay special attention to seal the edges and corners.  repeat, repeat, repeat until you have used up all your pics and your hands are covered in glue that is fun to peel off.

share, pin and modge podge away! thanks for stopping by

xo {BD}

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Stephanie - Thank you for your inspiration, I think I will be doing this to my gandmother’s buffet that I’m going to put into my Daughter’s room for her babydolls.It is beautiful and I hope my piece turns out as lovely.