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

Little Larkin is a sweetie pie with a mind of her own! She loved giving me little squawks and facial expressions during her session. She has SUCH a personality! I also love her hair color. It’s beautiful!

Larkin’s mama wanted some moodier tones. We went with purple and grey and I love the result! Her mama also brought a special piece: a cardigan from when she was a baby! I thought it was such a sweet idea and it fit perfect on Larkin!

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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 || William Emmett

Oh little William Emmett is brand new to the world and just the sweetest boy! He’s his dad’s twin and loves his mama’s cuddles. I’ve anticipated the day of his arrival from the moment I got to know his parents. They are so immensely blessed getting to raise this sweet little man.

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Mount Vernon, Ohio / Columbus, Ohio Family Photographer || Kinslee turns ONE!

Kinslee is full of sass and silliness! She was cracking us up during her session with her facial expressions and answers to her mama’s questions! She absolutely LOVED her cake too. I think it may have been her favorite part of the session.

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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 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 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 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 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 || Harper Mae

Meet Harper! She was the SWEETEST little soul! She was awake for a few minutes that made for some wonderful shots but then she went to sleep and we had an AMAZING session! Her mama asked for mostly white/cream tones and I was REALLY happy with all the little items I got to dress Harper in!

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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 Maternity + Newborn Photographer || Courtney + Greg

I’ve been eager for these two to have babies since their engagement session! Years ago, I started documenting their journey and it’s all lead to here. I can’t believe soon, their son will be born! We know he’ll have blue eyes for DAYYYS!

Courtney is donned in our new Tiffany blue gown that is provided in our client closet! It will be named after here as she’s the first to wear it! :)

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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 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 || 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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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.