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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 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 }

a year in a flash {{ cincinnati dayton newborn first birthday photographer }}

my how time flies! here is a peek back to hadley’s newborn session. and here is the big birthday girl now.  so fun for me to watch my {BDnewbies} change and grow {and document it!}hadley and i share our birthday.  she actually brought a cupcake just for me to our shoot.  couldn’t ask for a sweeter girl to have as a birthday twin:) her mama and grandmama refinished this old high chair, customized just for her birthday in the prettiest robin’s egg blue.  <3
i love her chubby toes, huge grins, perfect pearly whites, whispy hair and long pretty eyelashes.happy birthday sweetpea… and many more!

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{DIY tutorial} sunshine girls room makeover

so… this isn’t a photography post.  it’s a little crossover into my personal life.  i don’t have the energy or desire to create and maintain a crafty mom blog.  there are SO many incredible ones out there already, and i’ll point to a few of them below.  but, there have been some {teasings?} requests for me to write a kid’s book- to include photography, DIY, art & crafts, some fun fiction and recipes.  oh wait,

“Bridgette, that was delicious!  I must have your recipe,” said no one ever.

scratch the recipe part.  anyway, since that book is probably never gonna happen i thought i’d share some of our recent DIY adventures here.  the girls begged for new beds so i took to the internet for inspiration.  as usual, did not disappoint!  we followed her plans for the “easiest hanging daybed” which is a little too optimistic a name if you ask me:) i loved this gorgeous execution of it best, by the bumper crop.  a few trips to lowe’s later, we had this pile of commitment.

and just a tip, if you are gonna DIY, let the lady of the house make the runs to the hardware store- alone.  i got eager VIP white glove service with a smile.  They hand picked the best boards for me, cut them to my specs, helped me choose the proper hardware and a happy customer volunteered himself  to load them into the car for me.

if they assume I am helpless who am I to argue??:)

back home, i found a few more eager helpers!

in my research of those who have attempted the floating beds, hanging them was one of the biggest problems.  these are very heavy, and while we opted for 1x4s instead of 2x4s for the decking planks to save us some weight, it was still too heavy and awkward to hold level for any amount of time.  and it took a good amount of time to get all seven 5-inch lag screws ratcheted into the wall studs.  so, we used this resourceful method to support the whole thing and took our time making sure we did quality secure work on the beds that might precariously dangle our beloved children 5 feet off the ground each night.  after we hung the ropes and apprehensively removed the supports, each of us tested it out one by one.  lots of adrenaline  was in the air for sure.  anxiety from us and extreme excitement and satisfaction from them!once i trusted that they would hold up, my nerves gave way to that same excitement, and maybe a twinge of jealousy:)these beds are soooo adorable.  they remind me of camp bunks……which led us to finish the room with a glamping theme {girly glamorous camping}our girls’ middle names, Soleil & Solana, both mean sunshine so i had a little fun with that on their chalkboard wall.  those paintings are a tradition we have.  each year on their birthday they get a blank canvas to paint with their new age #.we had a MALM dresser from IKEA that was begging for a facelift.  before ↑ and after ↓our awesome generous friends gave us this dresser.  it needed a slight repair which i did with wood glue and clamps via this tutorial from emily at merrypad {apparently it’s a common issue}.  then i measured the drawers and headed off to staples copy & print department for a fancy ole $3.19 engineer’s print.  i trimmed it at the shop and applied it with spray adhesive at home.   they make no claims to the prints being photo quality- and while it’s just black and white on lightweight paper, you can see from the close up that it’s not too shabby at all!finally, since they would be sleeping further apart than they ever have {until now they had separate beds, yet each morning i would find them spooned together in one} they insisted on making tin can phones so they can tell secrets without yelling across the room.if that isn’t the cutest display of sisterhood, i don’t know what is.  almost makes it worth the extreme exhaustion and soreness that resulted from our staying up til 2am and spending an entire weekend on this hot pink room:)

*special thanks to my handsome husband who never shuts down my extreme ideas, from moss wall guest rooms to a roofing tin accent wall in our master bedroom.  his sweat and pure brawn got these awesome beds off my pinterest board and onto our walls.  AND we worked together the whole weekend without a single bad word slipping or tear shedding.*

“we’ve come a long way baby!!” 


my tutorial for the dresser makeover is featured on ikeahackers!

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Ashley - The recipe part came from potato soup… so someone HAS asked for your recipe. ;-) Hopefully one day you’ll fulfill my book request.

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megan - this is so cute! I love the dresser, too. Did you modge podge the front or use another type of protective coating?

Bridgette - oh yes! i feel much better now. and tonite i made chicken breasts crusted with the new Jacked Doritos. moving up in the culinary world perhaps after all ;)

Bridgette - no megan. since this is thin copy paper i didn’t want it to bubble. time will tell but it may be too fragile for a kids room after all. i suppose if someone is motivated enough they could do a plexi covering maybe? i figured i would just replace it with one of a thousand updated images i have of them at $3 a pop :)

Monique - This is awesome!!!!!

Jason Snyder - I love the malm facelift. It inspired me to do one of my own (albeit with a poster, not engineering print)

Check it out:

Bridgette - I love it jason, looks great! Did you cover it or protecti it in any way?

Erin - Thanks for your pictures and information. I too have been wanting to do this in my boys room and love the Ana White design you used. I have a few questions in regards to how exactly you hung this. I noticed you bolted in to the wall.

Did you bolt both ends/sides that touch the wall? Did you adjust the way Ana White directions stated to have the overhang of the decking boards so the frame would touch the wall?

I am a little pressed for space in the boys room and wondered if I did 11 boards on the deck if you think that is enough room? I know it doesn’t provide for much side room, but will the bed fit comfortably? Especially if I push the mattress all the way to the wall?

Thanks for you input.

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Diane - Not a smart ass comment lol. How do the girls get onto the bed? I am soooo doing this hahaha!!!

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Simone - I love the picture dresser! I just moved into a new home and thought it would be a great idea to put my wedding pictures on a couple night stands in my master bedroom. Can you please, please, please tell me how to do it?

I so look forward to hearing from you!

Amber Armstrong - We just completed a hanging bed where bolted it on the same sides you did. We noticed the one corner sags slightly even with the rope attached and I can’t seem to get the rope tight enough. How did you tie your ropes?

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Bridgette - unfortunately, it just does sag!

Bridgette - the pictures are applied and sealed with mod podge

boy oh boy…ohboyohboyohboy {{ cincinnati dayton family child boy photography }}

i kinda felt bad that there was so much girly awesomeness on the blog, because boys are just as precious.  and i kinda felt bad that it took me, oh just under a year to get to posting this session, because jill’s boys are so handsome and fun and share worthy.  but, in my defense, i was really busy getting ready to have a baby when we shot these.

do you forgive me jill?  it takes me almost as long to blog as it takes you to return texts!  :)  see what i did there, shifting the guilt to you?  i can’t imagine that you have your hands full or anything…

presenting the giles 5.  count em, five.  boys.  ”five boys?!” {i’m guessing that’s the raised eyebrow rhetorical question jill hears, oh}if you are wondering how to get 5 boys to sit still for pictures, the answer is:  you don’t.  :)  but if you really want to try these things are helpful

a} one island they can’t escape from

b} one very hilarious mama

c} one dramatic dance to a sir mix a lot song that will remain unnamed.  is there more than one sir mix a lot song??

am i the only one impressed by the variety in this gang?  they have a blonde, a straight haired, a curly…  for having one boy after another, they aren’t lacking in uniqueness.  how fun.and this is baby Davis Giles.  i like to think she named him after me.  technically she didn’t know i existed until after he was born… but even if she had, there’s a chance that even considering all my flaws she may not have crossed that off her list and still named him Davis because it’s such a great name.  that’s pretty much the same thing.   handsome brood of young men you have there jill.  thanks for sharing them, and for your expertise.  i’ve put you at the top of my list to call in case of boy emergencies around here.   it’s all new to me, but i have a hunch that anything Bronx can cook up to raise my blood pressure will be old hat to you.  looking forward to our next session, and seeing how much my namesake has grown:)

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Kristen - Ummm….the picture of all 5 just made me want to have 5 boys. so stinkin’ cute!

“little girls, like butterflies, need no excuse” {{ cincinnati dayton mother daughter photographer }}

i suppose this would make the sweetest of mother’s day posts, but alas that’s much too long to wait.  i have to share these warm fuzzies now:)

gina lost her own mama before she was a grown woman.  she has two very handsome boys, and now this beautiful little girl that she prayed so hard for.  i can only imagine that as she wished and hoped and prayed for a baby girl and her own sweet mother-daughter moments, her dreams may have looked something like this… a field, warm morning sun and the sweetest game of dress up that has ever come to beshe was so kind as to indulge my Anthropologie obsession:)just as my own Brooklynne says, when swindling her way into a large chocolate bar or an extra hour before bed, “No one can resist the puppy dog eyes.”  seems ayla has found her own spellbinding look:) very puss-in-boots my dear!happy 2nd birthday sweet ayla J.  and many more…

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Clare - Absolutely beautiful pictures, oh my, just so gorgeous. Gina will cherish these forever! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!

julie - These are great!!!!

Ashley Embleton - AMAZING pictures! I love this look!!! Could it be recreated in Ashley-Ainsley, first birthday picture style!?!?

Bridgette - Absolutely! Let’s do it :)

Dimensions and Colors in Life - I wish I could have my little girl photoed by you someday. It’s just that I’m too far away from you. (crying ~~T.T)

Sarah - Wow gorgeous work! You are so gifted <3 !!

Hadley and her peeps {{ cincinnati dayton easter photography }}

“i want to be the kind of mom you are”

it came out of nowhere and

i’m quite confident that i’ve never received a higher compliment.

of course i have to push back and tell you that i was letting my kids have cereal for dinner as i received that text.  but then maybe that illustrates her point?  i’m not sure what kind of mom heather thinks i am, but i can tell you what i think.  i’m quite imperfect, and light years from the organized mother of the year type.  not what i would consider a role model, which by the way feels like a lot of pressure and undeserved admiration.  but it did make me stop and think.  the things that impress me most when i watch heather with hadley, are the things that i do purposefully strive to be as a mom.

i try to let my girls get messy and enjoy the smiles that come from eating half a pack of peeps in a white dress before a proper lunch.

i try to do lots of fun new things and make memories and take lots of pictures so that they and i have a hope of actually remembering them in spite of our pathetic short and long term memories.

i try to teach them to give love, and just as importantly, to receive love.

i try to be sarcastic with them because frankly, a child with a sense of humor is just so much cooler than a child without.

i try to remind them that there’s nothing they can ever do to make me stop loving them.

and, i try to remind myself not to sweat the small stuff, and that it’s all teeny tiny stuff.

{{both of those last two i learned as a child from my own amazing mama by the way}}

heather is the taller of the two gorgeous blondes you see below, and apparently, one of my biggest fans.  i hope she knows that the feeling is mutual.

at her age, a first time mom could easily fall prey to the judgment of other mamas, or worse, join them.  how dare someone choose luvs over pampers or let a child that walks have a binky?but heather seems to realize already that her energy is better spent trying to steal kisses from the amazing independent woman she is molding.and instead of wishing Hadley would hurry up and hit the next milestone on a baby tracker calendar, Heather seems to actually grasp the reality that people always warn you of {even when long teething nights make hard it believe}.  they grow up so fast!  you will blink and she will be driving to the prom.we set our priorities and values and have bold confidence that we are doing the best we know how by our babies.  and then we respect that everyone else is doing the exact same thing, even when it looks different.Heather, i just want to thank you for encouraging me, and tell you

i’m so proud of you.  i want to be the kind of mama you are.

you are an amazing mother and i hope we continue to have each other to lean on as we grow these little new and improved 2.0 versions of ourselves.
and by the way, if you are a mama reading this, you should know,

you are doing it right. and you are doing a darn fine job of it

even {maybe especially} if it looks different than us.

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julie - Beautifully said and beautifully done. What amazing pictures!!!!

bridgette's mama - ok you made me cry :) thanks for recognizing me and all the other moms out there who love their babies just as fiercly as we do and parent imperfectly on ; realizing that making memories is rarely picture perfect & by thinking for yourself instead of following every ‘traditional’ wisdom, you model for your children one of life’s most important skills!… i love you and your gift for making all our memory pictures perfect!