Mount Vernon, Ohio / Columbus, Ohio Newborn Photographer || Welcome to the world, Opal!

We ooh and ahh-ed over her mama in a purple gown, rocking a bump... well that bump is now a baby, ladies and gents! Miss Opal has arrived and she is precious! This little family just steals my heart. I could not adore them more!!! 

(Feel free to take a look back at their maternity session here)

Mount Vernon, Ohio / Columbus, Ohio Wedding Photographer || Landoll's Mohican Castle: Michael + Kerra

Kerra and Micheal's wedding day was stunning. Dressed in her Stella York gown, Kerra had hugs from her children and bridesmaids as she took deep breaths trying to keep from crying. 'I just love his stupid ass so much!' she exclaimed. She was so extremely excited to marry Micheal. 

Micheal was smiling ear to ear all day long. He had to have been one of the happiest groom's I ever seen (so nice too!) and he really COULD NOT wait to see his bride walk down the aisle. 

This couple, their friends and family, were so happy and excited for them, the room was packed with good vibes. Jonathan and I loved being among them as they danced, laughed and shed happy tears <3

Mount Vernon, Ohio / Columbus, Ohio Senior Photography || East Knox 2018:

For years, I have heard senior clients and their parents say 'No, studio portraits for seniors are cheesy!'. I can agree that if done right, you can definitely get a 90's studio feel to images that are just not up to par. When Colleen came into my studio, I was determined to work with her to create a set of images that was more Vanity Fair, Rolling Stones, modern day celebrity photo shoot appeal. I wanted to show anyone in doubt of studio portraits that they do not have to be cheesy. 

When Colleen came into my studio yesterday for her reveal, her reaction left me speechless. She kept commenting on how happy she was, recording the slideshow I had made for her on her phone, and afterwards gave me the most heartwarming hug that I really did need over a few bad days I was experiencing!

I hope to get to do more sessions like these. Allowing anyone to come in and have their portraits taken and feel like it's celebrity grade results.

Colleen, thank you for trusting me. Allowing me to dress you, choose colors, style and poses without a single doubt or question. You have been such a blessing. I can't wait to see you do great things sweetheart! <3

Mount Vernon, Ohio / Columbus, Ohio Family Photographer || The Myers Family

This family is absolutely adorable! When they came into the studio, I knew we had to do more than just some sweet poses. I rolled out the fur rug and the kids got to wrestle, cuddle and play with mom and dad! It made for some really great images.

Mount Vernon, Ohio / Columbus Ohio Family Photographer || Snowy / Studio Maternity Portraits

This mama is the epitome of #goals! Veteran. Military wife. Boy mom x2 that is expecting a sweet daughter! She inquired about this maternity session and I was beyond excited to explore all the ideas she had. She was not one bit phased by the cold snow when she trekked out across our field and we captured a few wintry portraits in our navy blue maternity gown (This color on her is beautiful!)

We warmed up back in the studio and captured a ton more. She wanted to include a few shots of her husband's military jacket while also using a black lace gown from the client closet to add some chic feminine vibes in too! 

I loved getting to know this amazing woman. She is beautiful inside and out. Her daughter has an increible mother to grow up to be just like!

Mount Vernon, Ohio / Columbus, Ohio Family Photographer || Newborn: Cam

Mount Vernon, Ohio / Columbus, Ohio Family Photographer || Ashley + Nathan's Winter Waterfall Maternity Portraits

Ashley + Nathan are THE SWEETEST! Years ago, I met them while photographing their Homecoming. Ashley even remembered how we quickly met and since then she had been following my work. It's beautiful seeing these two now. They are engaged, expecting their beautiful daughter, and have a wedding coming up! 2018 is going to be a fantastic year for them and I am so happy they allowed me to be apart of it in some small way.

Mount Vernon, Ohio / Columbus, Ohio Wedding Photographer || The Beverly Mansion: Shawn + Kim

Although Kim and Shawn received their gallery a while ago, I still wanted to post some of my favorite shots from their wedding day! Kim and Shawn's day was filled with a lot of sentimental elements and emotion. Kim's maid of honor made a custom, handdrawn portrait of the bride with her bridesmaids that I am STILL in love with to this day. I couldn't stop staring at it. There was so much work put into it and it was perfect!

Even down to some of the poses and details in these photographs are personalized to Kim and Shawn. For example, Kim LOVES shoes and having the ring shot on her shoes made perfect sense. The colors of the attire and decor, the textures in the men's vests and the lace really fit with the style of the Beverly Mansion and the personal style of Kim and Shawn!

Vendors who made this wedding so pretty:
Venue: The Beverly Mansion || Marengo, Ohio - http://www.thebeverlymansion.com/
Cake Artist: Jan Kish la petite fleur || Columbus, Ohio - http://www.jankish.com/
Florist: Villager Flowers || Columbus, Ohio - http://www.scottsvillagerflowers.com/

Mount Vernon, Ohio / Columbus, Ohio Wedding Photographer || Brookshire: Amanda + Bradley

Mount Vernon, Ohio / Columbus, Ohio Newborn Photographer || Newborn Brooklyn

Miss Brooklyn is an early little bird! She is a preemie and my youngest newborn I've photographed! She is the youngest of four kids and her siblings are LOVING her! They find her fasinating. 

Mount Vernon, Ohio / Columbus, Ohio Senior Photographer || Mount Vernon 2018: James

Mount Vernon, Ohio / Columbus, Ohio Senior Photographer || 2018 Mount Vernon: Amaya

Mount Vernon, Ohio / Columbus, Ohio Wedding Photographer || Engaged: Leigh Ann + Brice

Mount Vernon, Ohio / Columbus, Ohio Wedding Photographer || Camp Mary Orton: Ben + Jennifer

This might be one of my favorite weddings of the year only because of how genuine, relaxed and loving the wedding festivities were from beginning to end! Not to mention the live band, hilarious toasts and beautiful details from attire to decor. Take a look for yourself:

Mount Vernon, Ohio / Columbus, Ohio Wedding Photographer || Rachel + Daniel

Mount Vernon, Ohio / Columbus, Ohio Family Photographer || PERSONAL: Lacie


Today marks seven years of my life I've been apart of motherhood. Better yet, it marks seven years of a soul who has literally shifted the world for others. 

Lacie is extremely special. My mentality with her has always been, "She is so good we don't deserve her." As a baby, she was incredibly happy. Always smiling, cuddling with stuffed animals and wanting to help. Nothing about her has changed. 

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Last year, her birthday was a mess. We were on our way to McDonald's (Her request because she didn't want me to work to make her dinner, only wanting me to spend time with her.) and we were hit by another car while stopped at a red light. She didn't deserve it but she was so absolutely kind about it. The minute we were hit she was taking care of her little brother. She wasn't angry and upset like I was, she was just caring for others. That's just how she does things. 

Just recently, Lacie lost two teeth. Two days later she took all the money she had including her tooth fairy month and gave it all to the school for food for the hungry. She said "I have food and I don't need money. I want to give this to people who are hungry because I don't want anyone to feel that way." After we prepare the money for school and get her to bed, I walked to our room stunned thinking, this isn't even something I can take credit for as a parent. How do you raise a tiny human to be this selfless and good?

Even in the last few days, Lacie was let down by some people who she loves and has respect for. It was sad and heartbreaking. She cried on our front porch to talk about it. Again, she wasn't angry, she was just so sad and disappointed. Asking questions of 'Why would they do that?' and 'I try so hard not to do the wrong thing!' but she couldn't understand why they didn't do the same and I couldn't help her.

This has kind of been the theme of the year. And please, understand that it hasn't been this entire year of sad situations but just a common theme around the conflicts she faced. We have become obsessed with WonderWoman. I'm not a DC comic fan at all but Gal Gadot as WonderWoman is amazing to us. Lacie loves the movie and I then explained to her how Gal was actually a military veteran in Isreal and was a real soldier. I also told her about how even though Gal had a baby in her belly, she still filmed WonderWoman too! Being pregnant and a woman didn't stop her from doing whatever she wanted. 

My goal is to raise her with a heart for Christ and the mentality that she can do WHATEVER she wants no matter her age, gender, size, or any obstacle. You can always work to achieve what you want. It might not happen as easy or fast as you'd like it too but God has your back and will lead you through.

“Be careful in the world of men, Diana, for they do not deserve you.” 

- Queen Hippolyta (Wonderwoman)

As many of you know, Lacie had a very bad health scare when she was 18 months old. We woke up one morning and she looked like someone had beat her. She was COVERED in bruises of all sizes, even one that was hand shaped. I was terrified. Called her father, called my mom. I put her in the bath and looked closer at her little body, counting the bruises and then I noticed tiny red speckles all over her. I googled and it was petechia. The words to follow were cancer and leukemia. We went to Urgent Care and from there were rushed to Children's. As a mother, you know when you don't have to wait in the ER and they have a room for you, ready, with the word 'isolation' by the door, it's not good. Jonathan and I thought we were going to lose our daughter. After holding my sweet 18 month old down for blood draws, playing Taylor Swift to calm her, we had test results back. Where a regular platelet count is between 150,000 and 300,000 for a child, she only had 2,000. Her blood was not clotting, basically had no immune system. How did my perfectly healthy child wake up one morning like this?

After more tests and 3 days staying on the oncology floor, we were told Lacie had a rare blood disorder called Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura. ITP (as it's shorter name) is when the immune system mistakenly attacks platelets.  It is a disorder that can lead to easy or excessive bruising and bleeding. The bleeding results from unusually low levels of platelets — the cells that help blood clot. As 20 year old parents, we were blindsided and had no idea what this was. By God's grace, it was treatable and we were told Lacie would lead a perfectly normal life. Her ITP has been dormant since with only a few little traces of petechia every once in a while that results in a finger prick blood draw to make sure all is alright.

I share this story because A) it could save a life. and B) we are always reflecting on how precious life is. Some don't understand why our family celebrates birthdays with such enthusiasm. It usually includes a HUGE family dinner, special outfits and more but we realize that birthdays are not a guarantee each year. We value them because we know scares like these and loss.

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So, to my beautiful, smart, theatrical sidekick who is my shopping buddy and I can always depend on the listen to Taylor Swift with me, I love you so much, sweet darling. You are a breath of fresh air and as Wonderwoman's mother told her, "The world does not deserve you." <3

To those who read through all of this, I want to thank you so much. At Lacie's request, if you feel your heart wanting to give today, please donate to the people that saved her life. Donating in her honor would thrill her more than any present would. You can make a donation to Nationwide Children's Hospital at this link HERE

Mount Vernon, Ohio / Columbus, Ohio Newborn Photographer || Grayden

Oh my goodness, I loved getting to work with this sweet new family! Grayden's parents had some really cute and sentimental things to incorporate into his session as well as letting me play around with some fall tones. (Thanks to my front yard for those awesome pine cones!)

I'm so happy I got to meet Cody, Noelle and little Grayden! I hope to see them again in the future!

Mount Vernon, Ohio / Columbus, Ohio Senior Photographer || Mount Vernon 2018: Daria

Mount Vernon, Ohio / Columbus, Ohio Family Photographer || Winston's First Borkday!

Borkday - a dog's day of birth. Comparable to a human's birthday.

Happy birthday to Winston Thatcher McCarthy! My brother and mom even fight over who the dog loves more. Winston was a happy addition to my family. We lost our sweet Riley about a year prior to Winston's birthday and there was just an empty place in my mom's house and my brother's life. Winnie has been a fun and sometimes annoying part of our family for some time now!

Winnie is a total goof! He loves to give hugs and likes to take your hand and walk you to wherever in the house he thinks you should be. He's a complete cuddle bug too! He loves sleeping with his humans. Overall, just a big baby! (Oh and he is a goldendoodle.)

We love you so much you sweet little floofer woofer!

*YES the cake was ok for him. YES we made sure. NO you do not need to worry. :)