Mount Vernon, Ohio / Columbus, Ohio Newborn Photographer || Little Gavin

I can not believe the journey I’ve taken with Gavin’s parents. We had a great time talking about our sessions together. Gavin’s parents hired me when I didn’t think I was ever going to be a good photographer. They contacted me and asked me to travel to Columbus to do a session semi-surrounding Jeni’s ice cream. I thought ‘Wow, they think I can handle this? Can I handle this?! Ok, I need to just NAIL this.’ So as time went on, I photographed their wedding and now their newborn son! AHH Such an emotional moment!

Gavin was the BEST little guy. I wanna just call this session ‘little boy blue’ because of all the blue tones, patterns and textures. I just love this so much. I took a risk and did something I usually NEVER do and I literally pulled EVERY mid to dark blue and tried to incorporate it. Very mono toned and I don’t regret it.
Gavin slept so well for his session but had so many facial expressions while he slept! He’s gonna have a fun personality!

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Mount Vernon, Ohio / Columbus, Ohio Family Photographer || Moo, Moo Porter is turning TWO!

I can not believe Porter is two! Last year, we had an awesome Boss Baby themed session with him but this year, is the year of the COW! (At least for Porter it is!) Porter loves the farm life right now and he’s a cute little farmer! He loves helping his great grandpa who is just his favorite.

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Mount Vernon, Ohio / Columbus, Ohio Maternity + Newborn Photographer || Justin + Emily at Mohican Gardens

It wasn’t long ago that we were at Mohican Gardens for Justin and Emily’s wedding reception. Now, Justin and Emily are preparing to greet their first baby, a boy! I could not be more thrilled for them. I love how different and unique this maternity session is being host in a stunning green house! I can not wait to meet their son in the coming weeks. A special thank you to Mohican Gardens for hosting us!

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Mount Vernon, Ohio / Columbus, Ohio Wedding Photographer || Worthington Hills Country Club: Mr + Mrs Molinar

While it was probably one of the hottest days of 2019 thus far, it was a really good one. Kerstin and Bleu married this weekend at a church that has long hosted her family followed by a beautiful reception at Worthington Hills Country Club! WIth their engagement session last year and their wedding this year, I’ve long waited this day for these two! I’m wishing them sunny days and lots of love on their honeymoon and every day there after!

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Mount Vernon, Ohio / Columbus, Ohio Newborn Photographer || Oh Dear, Landons Here!

Goodness! This family just added the CUTEST little guy to their family! Look at his hair! He’s such a sweet wee babe and I loved getting to spend time with him!!!

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Mount Vernon, Ohio / Columbus, Ohio Wedding Photographer || Irongate Equestrian Center: Alex + Paige

Alex and Paige are so sweet both individually and together. Their wedding day was not only their marriage, but the joining of a family with little William included. Jon and I loved getting to watch this couple enjoy their day. Their friends and family showered them will love and smiles. It was incredible to watch! If you don’t know them, you need to know their love for cats which just perfectly enough, Irongate’s resident cat decided to join us during some portraits which was just a bonus to a great day!

My favorite image out of all of these is when little William walked into my shot, not knowing what he was going to see happening in the stall. William quickly shielded his eyes, giving me the perfect shot and a good laugh!

Here are some people who helped make their day possible:
Irongate Equestrian Center
House of Youth - Madison Sanese
Josh Staley Productions - Cameron
Catering by Scott
Botanica
Chelsey Schott
Universal Bridal

Mount Vernon, Ohio / Mansfield, Ohio Portrait Photographer || Stephen + Becky

I doesn’t seem like three years since Stephen and Becky’s wedding day…. I recently got to do a session with them and I was so happy to hear how the last few years have treated them. I also got to meet their sweet fur baby! With all their work, travels, and other exciting things happening in their life, I’m so glad we got a moment to update their portraits!

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

It was the first time the Hartmans had a session with me and we had FUN! The kids were loving all the fun poses and running and playing. I was so happy to spend time with a family filled with so much joy!

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

This little girl has SUCH a personality for a newborn. I love getting to know these little babies in the time during their session. She is just darling and her parents are absolutely SMITTEN with her. Their joy was so contagious!

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Mount Vernon, Ohio / Columbus, Ohio Senior Photographer || Mount Vernon 2019: Corrick

Corrick has DAYS until he is a high school graduate! I’ve known Corrick for a few years now through various family sessions I’ve gotten to do for his family. To see that he is a senior makes me feel like time has passed too quickly but I’m sure for Corrick, it needs to move faster with graduation just in reach!

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

“Photography is not about cameras, gadgets and gizmos. Photography is about photographers. A camera didn’t make a great picture any more than a typewriter wrote a great novel.”
– Peter Adams

In this day and age, everyone has a camera in reach. We all know that. What isn’t in reach is the creativity, drive, stamina, and patience that come with the job. (And that’s just the short list!) Just like not everyone could be a nurse, not everyone can be a professional portrait photographer. I admit, my job gets hard. Brides and babies alike cry when they are upset and it’s you’re your job to do everything in your power to make it better. Newborn photography is like hot yoga but in that 85 degree room you’re holding a new soul and a $8000 piece of equipment. It’s not that I just hold a camera, but that I keep everyone feeling good and make them look their best in a creative way.

Kaitlyn is apart of a story that highlights one of the most raw and significant parts of my career that will never leave my mind. Kaitlyn is little sister to Harper. Harper is not just a toddler, but a twin. I was at the hospital on the day of her birth. I was bringing food to a pregnant friend of mine and this family asked me to photograph the urgent event at hand: Harper and her twin, Julie born at 23 weeks. Their chance of survival was a very touchy percentage. Julie passed in the arms of her mother and I photographed her fighting for every second of her life. Silently, I felt so much weight of what I had photographed on their birthdays. It’s something I did not share or spoke with many about because it was such a private and intimate moment where I saw their entire family at their most vulnerable. It may have been the most defining moment that held the meaning of my entire career.

Harper spent months in the NICU and is a very happy and loving little girl. Kaitlyn has now joined their clan. Kaitlyn is the rainbow baby that follows her angel sister, Julie. I wanted to represent her as Spring (since that is her birth season!) because she is new, a fresh growth that brings a new chapter. Also, like her mom requested, putting rainbow tones in things. Kaitlyn was a wonderful baby! You’ll see she gave me a smile and loved clinging to her sister, Harper’s, octopus lovey that is regularly used for preemies who find comfort in holding their cords! (Fun fact!) I know her family is going to enjoy her and I am so happy for their new addition.

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

Little Bryson now makes the Mizer family a tribe of FOUR! His little sister was hesitant to get her picture with him at first but I think she warmed up, don’t you?!

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Mount Vernon, Ohio / Columbus, Ohio Family Photographer || The Kieber Family Is Expecting!

I can not believe the years that have gone by with this family. I remember each session of theirs. From dating, engagement, anniversaries, maternity, newborn and now expecting their second child, it’s just the GREATEST honor. I love these sessions because each time I see them, I get to hear all the new and fun changes in their life! Little DJ has gotten so big!

In a few weeks I will be meeting their son who I know is going to be just as adorable as DJ! I can’t wait to see them all together at their newborn session!

Mount Vernon, Ohio / Columbus, Ohio Senior Photographer || Centerburg 2019: Cynthia

Oh my goodness! Cynthia is graduating in WEEKS! I’m so happy I got to meet her and her mama and they made sure to get these senior portraits done. It’s a once in a lifetime moment that CAN’T be missed!

Cynthia is such a sweet, kind person! Did you know this girl GOLFS?! I loved learning that about her and her plans for after school. I think that she is going to be such a positive force, wherever she goes!

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

Guess who’s back?! The Galco family! It’s been a while since their wedding but we made some time to update their family portraits. They are such a precious family. Their little one was LOVING posing for the camera and being all silly. I’m so happy the sun was shining for this session. We had rescheduled several times because EVERY time we set a date last year, there was a severe storm. But it finally happened and I think these really showcase their love for each other.

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Mount Vernon Ohio / Columbus Ohio Birth + Newborn Photographer || St. Anns: Scarlett

I’ve known Scarlett’s mama for quite a while. Her mom was one of my seniors. I had the privilege of photographing her senior portraits back in my beginning days and photographing more of her and her family’s special moments in their life time. I also go to photograph Courtney’s first pregnancy with her son, Barrett.

Scarlett’s mom messaged me and told me that she was expecting again! This time it was a girl and I was SO beyond thrilled for her. Scarlett’s brother, Barrett, passed away as an infant and it was an absolute devastating time for this family and many of us that know and love them. This joyous news of Scarlett being on the way was everything I wanted for Scarlett’s mom and dad!

I got to visit them today and do some Fresh 48 images for their family and Scarlett to cherish forever! In these image, Scarlett is only hours old and the spitting image of her brother! Her mama also made sure she was dressed in the cutest little onsie that you’ll have to get a good read of at the very end. Scarlett is like a real life baby doll. She is absolute perfection! I know her parents are going to have so much fun with her in these coming days as she grows and shows her personality.

To Scarlett’s mom and dad and their families, I am so honored to get to photograph and meet her. (I also got to do a little shopping for her today too! — It’s a girl, like I WASNT going to go shopping for her, no way I was going to miss the chance at that…. ha!) I loved getting to meet this little one and photograph her first moments of life. Brand new, undeniably loved, and a very amazing future to look forward too!

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Mount Vernon, Ohio / Columbus, Ohio Engagement Photographer || Rachael + Daniel

Rachael and Daniel are counting down the days to their wedding day! They are currently in the process of planning their big day and marked another thing off their list: Engagement portraits!

They are looking forward to the Fall where they will become husband and wife at Black Run Farms! It’s always so wonderful to see a couple in this chapter of life.

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Mount Vernon, Ohio / Columbus, Ohio Newborn Photographer || Little Annie

In 2015, I first met Annie’s parents. Annie was just a thought, a dream ‘down the road’ when we were photographing their engagement portraits and then their wedding day. I wish I could explain the feeling I felt when I was posing Kelli and Casey with their daughter. It’s like a proud, fulfilling feeling mixed with so much joy that they get to begin this experience of parenthood!

Annie is such a sweet little baby. Although she looks like a good mix of both mom and dad, I can tell you that the image of her smiling (below) makes her look SO much like her mama!

Kelli had one special request for her daughter’s portraits. Kelli wanted Annie to be in some Cincinnati Bearcat’s gear to represent the tradition between herself and her father of attending Bearcat games together that will now also include Annie! I just love an adore traditions and how that was represented in this shoot!

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Mount Vernon Ohio / Columbus, Ohio Family Photographer || Emmett's First Birthday Portraits

The minute this sweet little boy walked through the door he was already giggling and smiling at me! He was SUCH a happy baby just laughing and in such good spirits. His personality was infectious and my face literally hurt from smiling and laughing so much after his session. He is just such a handsome little thing!

Thank you so much Keara and Brett for allowing me to enjoy the time I got to spend with you all and photograph you guys to celebrate Emmett turning one! <3

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Columbus, Ohio Birth Photography || OSU Wexner Medical Center: Shawn's Rollercoaster Birth

To try to write this birth story accurately is going to be a feat. The emotions that occurred during this birth was overwhelming and unexpected.

Katelyn and Alex, at first glance, are a loving and happy couple. You’d look at them and deem them ‘normal’. That everything is ‘okay’ and they look like your run-of-the-mill, young, married couple. But ya’ll… this is so much more than that.

Alex and Katelyn both are incredibly hard working. With flourishing careers, Katelyn and Alex wanted more for their life together. They checked marriage off the list and were looking for a family. After months of trying, a successful pregnancy was looking further out of reach. Their journey led them to IVF.

I first met them at their maternity session (which you can view here) and I learned more about their journey. Upon meeting Katelyn, you could feel this glow of yearning to meet her baby. The anticipation radiated off of her and Alex both. When they spoke about their pregnancy, you heard the excitement in their voice with this little tinge of heartbreak of what they had been through. Their baby, the pregnancy, is what their hopes and dreams rode on. It was inspiring and emotional just to hear them speak on their experience thus far.

As they drew closer to due date, Alex and Katelyn were in a car accident. During a snow storm, they were driving on the interstate. Alex was driving and as the car exited the road after being hit, Alex took one had from the wheel and covered his wife’s stomach. Katelyn was distraught and panicked, being so close to due date with their baby, Alex comforted her in a calm tone as the car finally came to a stop. Rushed to the hospital, they learned that everyone was okay for the most part.

For them, getting to delivery day was their top goal after everything they went through. When baby was measuring big, doctors recommended Katelyn be induced. When I got the email, I was much looking forward to watching these two meet their son for the first time.

Alex texted me when it was time for me to arrive. I walked back with Alex to Katelyn’s room. Her door was decorated with ‘It’s a boy!’. Upon entering, there were balloons, banners, and decorations everywhere. It was a sign that Katelyn and Alex were not the only ones who traveled this journey and anticipated the arrival of their son, Shawn Alexander. Their family and friends were so emotionally invested and were ready to celebrate little Shawn’s arrival.

Katelyn was in amazing spirits. She was chatty, on her phone texting family and friends and comfortable. Katelyn was 5cm, water had broke and contractions were consistent. It was the perfect recipe for a good delivery.

As time went on, Katelyn’s epidural started to wear. After many attempts at different meds, none of them were totally helping with the pain. The nurse and doctor checked hours later… She was at a 6. Four more hours passed and she was “maybe a seven”, to quote the nurse. Katelyn continued to be uncomfortable and we (Alex, the moms and I) tried to help distract her from the pain. We watched ‘A Star is Born’. We spoke about life, it’s lessons and our faith. And then, we played Uno! We were in the midst of Uno when Katelyn got sick. She started shaking and the woes of labor started to really weigh on her.

It was 11:00pm at that point and we decided to nap. In my mind, something didn’t feel right. Katelyn was progressing so slowly that I felt like something was not right. I’m no medical professional but I just had an inkling. Katelyn was having to be turned and moved every thirty minutes or so because contractions were becoming too close and baby’s heart rate was dropping. After our small power nap, the hours went on. 1am, 2am, then around 3am, Katelyn was just so exhausted. She hadn’t ate since 5:30am that morning. I spoke to her and Alex and told them I would leave to sleep at home. Once I got up in the morning, I would check in and come back whether baby was born or not. We could still get pictures either way.

To be honest, I was completely anticipating waking up to a text saying that baby was born. I wanted that for them. I had grown close to them over this time and wanted so badly for them to have baby Shawn in their arms. I texted at 10am. Alex said baby was not here and they were exploring the c-section option. I told him to keep me updated. I got another text at 2:30pm and Alex said they were doing a c-section right then.

I left my home and traveled to OSU. I admit, over the several times I’ve photographed births and the stories my newborn parents tell me, this was like no other birth. I had never left a laboring mom before only to come back and baby still not be here. This was new territory for me and only a reminder that, truly, no birth is like another. They are all different.

I arrived at the hospital at about 4pm. I hadn’t had a single text from Alex. I entered the labor and delivery waiting room to a large group with unsettled faces. All of them were waiting on baby Shawn. Alex’s mother asked ‘They are still back there….’ and my face told it all. Alex’s mom saw my face and said ‘Yeah, I thought so…’ My heart dropped because we had no idea what was happening. In my experience, an emergency c-section has been about 45 minutes. Maybe an hour and 15 minutes. But over two hours (it was 4:45pm at this point) and we were all praying everything was okay. Family members were crying, on the phone, reading their bibles and praying. Eyes waited for the body that would cross the clicking doors, hoping someone would tell them, tell us, what was going on.

Alex, in his red Ohio logo-ed shirt finally crossed the view of the waiting room to walk towards us. We could all feel ourselves leaning closer, as the seconds that passed to read his face couldn’t tell us quick enough what was going on. Alex’s lips broke into an upward curve revealing a smile only a new daddy could have. ‘EVERYONE IS OK. Everyone is doing ok.’ he said. Everyone got up at once and hugged the person closest to them. There was a wave of relief over the room. ‘Praise JESUS!’ and ‘THANK YOU GOD’ exclaimed from each family member as they crowded around Alex. He said, ‘Everyone is doing good. He wasn’t breathing well at first but he’s ok now. Katelyn’s asleep too. She’s out!’ Everyone began hugging Alex and then he took off his glasses. Everyone fell silent.

’The moment he held onto my finger was the minute I knew everything was going to be ok.’ and Alex broke into tears. Guys, this dad…. he was a rock the entire time. He was coordinating with everyone. Made sure Katelyn had what she needed. He was a servant to his family in such a graceful way. I know that Alex’s first moment with his son was not only filled with joy, but a huge rush of relief.

I waited as Katelyn’s nurse (and best friend) guided me back to the recovery area where Katelyn and baby Shawn bonded. As the curtain turn back, I was surprised as Katelyn was bright eyed and smiling as she was breastfeeding her son. In everything Katelyn did, it was filled with pride and so much tender love. She completely changed. Her voice was soft and every word said to baby Shawn was meant to verbally cuddle him. She was in love in a way she didn’t knew existed, but every mother knows well.

In my time in recovery with Alex and Katelyn, they were glowing. Being in their presence you felt happiness and contentment. Alex got to do his first diaper change with his son that came with comical facial expressions. Then, Katelyn’s best friend/nurse got the grandmas and lined them up behind the recovery curtain. She pulled back the curtain to reveal the new family and I thought the grandmas were going to melt to the floor, because their hearts definitely did. They crowded around and ooh-ed and ahh-ed over little Shawn. From dimples to hair, hands to toes, they were loving every bit of him. Katelyn looked up at her grandmother and said ‘He’s got your eyes!’ and her lip quivered and her face lit up. She was just overjoyed and honored for Katelyn to compare the two.

Katelyn and Alex, I want to thank you for their incredible experience. As a complete stranger, I’m thankful for your vulnerability during this process. You two have endured so much and to have gotten to witness and document it is a once in a lifetime experience. To their families, I can not thank you enough for your love, kindness, and welcoming spirit. As a photographer, the more comfortable I am, the better I can do my job. You made me feel like family and I don’t think it’s something I’ll every forget or take for granted. Katelyn and Alex are extremely lucky to have a family like you all. Your presence alone was so much support for them that I know they couldn’t have gotten through this without you.