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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 }

Bradley, party of five {{cincinnati dayton family photographer }}

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!  today we all get time to reflect on our blessings of family, health, freedom, and absurdly abundant food. 

i’ve been super busy shooting like a mad woman thru’ october and november.  this was one of my last shoots before i ran away to the mountains with my BDs for a break.  

how thankful must Ellen and Michael be to have these 3 little girls?!

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they have a lot to be thankful for in fact.  Ellen, Villanova tennis star, and Michael, of NBA and UK basketball fame, spend their time now enriching the community thru’ their Moksha yoga studios in Cincinnati and NKY, and pouring profits back out with local and international outreach programs.  you can read more about all that here. 

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for our time together, i got to skip around with the three little beauties and we pretended like it wasn’t 30* out.  the bright sun was a good start.

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we spied on mama and daddy, chased the farm kitty (or some of us ran from it), had a mini camping adventure, raced down the tree lined gravel, snuggled to keep warm….

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…they even pulled mama into a few rounds of ring around the rosie and got major air from 6’10″ daddy!-143, 4 and 5?  these dolls were serious troopers out there in the bitter cold.  i wish you girlies full bellies and warm lazy turkey day naps.  can’t wait to meet up again for more fun, and if the temp is above freezing, even better:)-4

and in the spirit of black friday, i guess i should remind all of you that if you send your 2012 session deposit in before the end of the year, you lock in the 2011 rate.  AND if your next session is within 6 months of your last, you save another $50.  AND if you want to present your deposit as a BD gift certificate to the BD addict in your house {i’m looking at you Mike Martin} i can email one over for you to pop into a picture frame and hang on the tree.  the flurry of family, friends and holiday parties starts now thru’ new years.  i wish you all safety and sanity.  til next time, cheers!

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Sarah Martin - Mike WILL be getting me a BD gift card this Christmas! And if he doesn’t.. I’ll just buy myself one! haha

Nicole - Such a beautiful family!! And awesome pics Bridgette!

save the date {{ lebanon middletown engagement photography }}

i met annie this summer when i did pictures of her son {the cutest boy ever}.  by the way i never blogged that amazing session.  man i have so much unblogged.  eventually i will.  promise.  maybe when it’s cold and wintry out and i prefer the in.

so… since then ms. annie received a proposal and will be a mrs. annie soon:)  perfect excuse for another session, and for me to meet the other boy in her life.  enter dustin and his grandDad’s pickup truck.  *swoon*-6-7-5-10-11-2-2

seriously? don’t stare too long, those eyes look like they could cast spells!

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“the forest” as they say.  her family’s horse farm is amazing.  more of it later on her son’s blog entry.  promise again.-14-15

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dusty wanted a pic with the outhouse.  who am i kidding, so did i.  how cute are my boy and girl icons?:)my clients are such great sports.  {fun fact, i actually painted boy and girl icons on my front bathroom door at the BD house}

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-3-2i guess i’m behind on trends, or maybe annie and dustin are just very fashion forward.  her ring is uhhhMazing!  rose gold and amethyst.  i’d never even heard of rose gold. *swoon again*-1-12

here’s to maybe a little baby Flynt one day:)congrats A&D!

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nicole - Bridgette…these are amazing! And what a beautiful couple!

boo is two! {{ cincinnati dayton modern school portrait photography }}

our boober boy is turning two!-10it’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:)-6

some of his favorite phrases now?

if he wants to pick a fight with you he puts up his dukes and says “wanna go?”

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when he falls down {100x a day}  he assures you and himself with “okay?”

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he’s not sure about most foods.  he takes one bite of yours then offers it back.  but he definitely is a fan of cookies. aka “cuckoo?”-1

when he needs something from his mommy or his daddy he’s pretty sure they are both named “daddy?”-5-2he’s an animal lover “bishy, horchie, kee-kee, ducgy?”-5-4i can’t admit that i’m his second favorite aunt. let’s just pretend my name is too long so he prefers his aunt “kayy?”-3-2-2

if he has a fetish it’s definitely with shoes “chew?”-2he’s super smart.  he already knows how to burp on command;)oh and he knows his “eye, noh, mouw, hand?”-1-2when he wants to hold his cousin bronx it’s “babeeeee?”-9

and of course, “bye bye luh you!”

{kisses borey borey boo boy! la la from aunt bridgey!}

 

**fyi, this back to school setup is available for back to school sessions for those of you looking for a modern alternative to traditional school portraits!:)**

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Nicole Elkins - Love these! He is adorable!

happy birthday joshie {{ cincinnati dayton child photography }}

so this isn’t my most recent session, but i’m trying to use Bronx naptimes as blogtimes now that i don’t necessarily need to nap with him:)  thought this would be a fun one to share with you guys….

Joshie has the coolest parents.  his mom and i go way back actually, we just didn’t know that until she booked me, as a complete stranger, for Josh’s 6 month pictures.  as i was wrapping up the session, she sent me a facebook request so i could post a sneak peek for her.  she asked how i knew a mutual friend we had, and from there we discovered that we had gone to school together in 2nd grade.  she actually got the leading role in our christmas play that year and i was secretly crushed because i thought i had it in the bag. ;)  but now, all is forgiven because she and her husband have a cute little boy she lets me take pictures of, and they are big fans and supporters of my work.  as always, thanks for that!  on the first day of august, we got together again so Joshie could be the star of his own first birthday session. -7-3-2-6mama said she didn’t expect any smiley pics, Josh is just a serious kid.-5now i won’t say that i won him over, buti do have some sneaky tricks up my sleeve and i’m a bit of a smile ninja.  oh, and his mama does a mean elmo impression.;)  in the end we ended up with plenty of grins.-4-3-2-1-2-2-2-8

he kinda-sorta skips everywhere rather than a boring old walk.  it’s kinda-sorta the cutest thing ever.  baby swagger!-1happy birthday J, and congrats mama and daddy on your first year as a family of  three!  can’t wait for the next milestone…

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Brandi - Thanks so much for your kind words and amazing photos! We are clients for life!

vintage travel themed reception {{ cincinnati dayton event photography }}

we all probably know by now that I don’t do wedding day coverage.  but who doesn’t love a good party and free food?  sometimes I can be bribed to do special events, and who more likely to talk me into making an exception than the bride who flew me across the county for a photo session of her and her groom in the mountains?  Nika has a way of getting what she wants it seems:)  she had a gorgeous private wedding ceremony in Garden of the Gods, Colorado in April.  this weekend she had the most fabulous themed reception here in Ohio to celebrate with friends and family.  she did such a beautiful job with all the details, I can’t help but share a peek of how it all turned out.

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on top of everything looking first-class, she held the event at an actual airport, right on theme, and had the incredible backdrop of real planes and skydivers, complete with American flag displays and the night ended with fireworks.  unbelievable. -12-11-9-8

-7-2Nika thought of everything.  a special kid’s only section included craft paper table cloth for doodling, books, bubbles, old school airplanes to put together and glowsticks for later. 

-7it also happened to be outrageously hot.  saturday’s high of 99 degrees tied a 58-year-old record for the date and surpassed Friday as the hottest day of the year by one degree.  you’d think it would be miserable, but she had that covered too.  the kids ran and played in the sprinkler, a trampoline equipped kiddie pool, golf clubs, frisbees, jump ropes, sidewalk chalk, wiffle ball and lots more.-1-3-6-2-6-5-2-4-2-3-2-3-1she presented her best girls with hand picked vintage cases filled with glamorous vintage goodies- and treated them to a photo shoot.  what girl doesn’t need a breathtaking new facebook pic?-1-2-2-4

↓runway models↓ get it?:)

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and what modern party is complete without a photobooth for the guests to get silly in?  all of her details were perfect, i just loved the theme and all the special touches.  a girl after my own heart.-19-18-17-16

 

thank you justin & nika for treating me like a superstar through the last year.  from your engagement session in the fall, to the accommodations in Colorado for your bridegroom fashion shoot, and finally wrapping it up with the documentation of your reception and fun on the runway session with your girls.  i’ll try not to be offended when i don’t get a ticket to join you on your tropical honeymoon;)  best wishes!  {BD} 

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Sarah - LOVE this!! What a beautiful couple and a beautiful reception! Love all the details. Super cute!