Mount Vernon, Ohio / Columbus, Ohio Family Photographer || Alice in ONEderland!

Alice is one! Her parents LOVED the idea of playing on the idea of Alice in Wonderland for her first birthday portraits. I thought it was a brilliant idea. Alice’s parents brought tons of props to use and I loved the Mad Hatter’s hat! SO SO GOOD! I love this session and the ideas parents bring to the table to create!

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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 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 Family Photographer || Braxton is ONE!

Little Braxton was full of energy and loved clapping away during his first birthday session! I love how his mom wanted a very simple set to celebrate! It really allows all of Braxton’s little features to be documented and looked back on!

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Mount Vernon, Ohio / Columbus, Ohio Newborn Photographer || Mister Jonathan

This little guy has been LONG awaited by his parents and their family! He has been named after his grandpas! (I love that!)

Many of little Jonathan’s images featured sentimental items. A hat and shoes from his grandpas, blankets from family members and a oneie that holds a quote that his parents fully believe, Jonathan was ‘worth the wait’!

I’ve known this couple since photographing their wedding years ago and this little miracle is truly a dream come true! <3

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Mount Vernon, Ohio / Columbus Ohio Newborn Photographer || Baby Boy Macoy

Ohhh this little man was a hoot! He was always fake sleeping on me. One minute, he acted like he was out and then I look down at him and I see his little eyes wide open looking at me. It was funny! His parents are so in love with this guy! I loved getting to watch them love on him and talk about his already growing personality!

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Mount Vernon, Ohio / Columbus, Ohio Family Photographer || Mister ONEderful: Hudson

Hudson is back! Do you remember this little man?! Over 2000 people read his miracle birth story last year when I documented his birth (You can read about it here)

Hudson is such a sweet little man. I am so absolutely smitten with his smile and giggles. He was LOVING the cakes that he got to eat on. As you can see, one is for his traditional birthday and the other is celebrating his heart journey. His little fox you see with him in images is his ‘scar buddy’ that shares his same scars and lists Hudson’s diagnosis too. (This little fix is so cool and hudson loves him!)

I am so happy to get to see Hudson thriving and about to head towards his next heart adventure. God has made him a little champion and watching him grow is a testament to God’s strength and love.

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Mount Vernon, Ohio / Columbus, Ohio Senior Photographer || Highland 2019: Isaiah

Isaiah really surprised me when he showed up to the studio. He immediately introduced himself and shook my hand. This typically isn’t the norm. Seniors sometimes arrive to sessions nervous and unsure of what a session entails so the parent is typically the one doing most of the talking at first. This was not the case and I was thrilled that Isaiah was so excited for his session.

Isaiah’s outfits are incredible. Believe me when I chuckled a bit at the fanny pack. Heads up: Their making a comeback! During Isaiah’s session, he, his dad, and I spoke about life, college, and sports. Isaiah is passionate about football and lifting. I really enjoyed Isaiah’s energy and personality that I think shines through in his images. I am so happy I got to meet him and his father. They are really great people!

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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.

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

This little lady was a total sweetheart! She was so good for her session! You can not believe how precious her two year old brother is too! He LOVES her. He was so sweet and gentle with her. I just loved watching him be so interested in her.

I am so happy I got to meet little Fenleigh’s family. And, oh my goodness isn’t her name precious?! I’m in love with it!

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Mount Vernon, Ohio / Columbus, Ohio Portrait Photographer || The Ladies of LIFT [The Loft]

Friends, meet Ramey, Hayden and Morgann. Three brilliant, strong, resilient boss ladies who are, in my opinion, some of the most educated and talented hair and make up artists there are in central Ohio. If you don’t know them, you should. They have a loft in the Columbus, Ohio / Polaris Mall area but also service clients for hair and make up on location.

I met Ramey through one of my clients. I was on the journey for a hair stylist who could battle my red tint to my hair when I wanted it lightened and I could really get along with. I invest a lot in my hair and it’s one of my ‘self care’ treats when I get my hair done. When I go to a stylist, I need to feel cared for. No, not babied. I just need a friend who I can talk to and get along with in addition to trusting with my hair! Ramey was that person. We instantly clicked and later on I met Morgann (and Layken!) and then Hayden. These ladies are so passionate. They truly care. They believe in honesty, inner and outer beauty and truly truly care for each person they serve. They are very much like me but in the cosmetology field.

I am thankful to have these ladies in my life. I’m even more thankful they entrusted me with these portraits. I know and love a lot of people in the beauty field yet they are the very first ones to ask me to photograph their salon/team for them. It really means a lot to me and is a check off my bucket list! I know these ladies have some really amazing additions and ventures coming to their business. They are smart and I know they have tons of room to grow even from where they are now! I’m lucky to know them <3

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LIFT the loft’s Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Lift-The-Loft-609447652803975/
Ramey’s Insta: https://www.instagram.com/rameyhoover/
Morgann’s Insta: https://www.instagram.com/morgolivia_/
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Mount Vernon, Ohio / Columbus, Ohio Newborn Photographer || Little Ambrielle

I was BEYOND excited when Ambrielle’s mom mentioned she wanted a sunflower incorporated into little baby’s session. I really loved getting to incorporate all the colors of Ambrielle’s nursery into her very first portraits!!!

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Mount Vernon, Ohio / Columbus, Ohio Headshot Portraits || Becca's Styled Headshot Portraits

The most beautiful thing is when people walk unexpectedly into your life and you start to hear them tell their story and get inspired. Becca is one of those people. She walked into the studio with so much confidence, sat right down and was ready for pictures. As we started talking, I learned how she’s a young single mom. She has a really great job and is so happy raising her son. I did not realize how young she was! Not by her looks but because when I was her age, I was immature and felt a mess. This girl has so much elegance and composure! I loved getting to meet her and learn about her. She is amazing!

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Mount Vernon, Ohio / Columbus, Ohio Maternity Photographer || The Crawford's Maternity Portraits

Years ago, I had the chance to photograph Jennifer and Matt’s wedding day! I recently got an email from Jennifer explaining that she and Matt were expecting their rainbow baby! I was beyond excited at the news and looked forward to the day of their session.

Because of the winter temps, we did half of their session in studio and the remaining half outside. Jennifer is wearing our Marilu gown in the studio portraits and our white gown with the Promise skirt from our designer friends at Chicaboo! I loved that Jennifer got to use gowns from our client closet to celebrate the upcoming birth of their baby!

I can not wait to see them and meet their son!

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Mount Vernon, Ohio / Columbus, Ohio Photographer || Gambier Ohio: Charity + Nathan's NYE Nuptials

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Mount Vernon, Ohio / Columbus, Ohio Family Photographer || Kayli's First Birthday!

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Mount Vernon, Ohio / Columbus, Ohio Family Photographer || Opal's ONE-derful First Birthday Portraits

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What a year, what a year! Opal is finally one and is feels like it came way too quickly! Opal has had a big first year. Her parents got married and was a flower girl and she just recently met Santa!

I have loved watching Opal grow during this first year. She is sweet and has some sass in her. You’ll also see one of her favorite stuffed animals, Dottie, in her first birthday pictures too. She LOVES that stuffed kitten!

I am so thrilled with how these first birthday portraits turned out with the wintry theme her mom wanted.

Thank you Ashley and Nathan for allowing me to document all these wonderful moments the continue to bless you. I am thankful and so happy to have you guys as clients <3

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

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