So….. I am working on a business project, and it requires a lot of thought and introspection. I was asked to choose the 10-15 images that best express the heart behind my work… the images that are the most “me”. If you know me, you know how agonizing it is for me to eliminate my work and pick just a handful of images!  This was NOT easy to say the least!

Here’s what I picked:

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For a while now, I have wondered why I am so passionate about both documentary storytelling, totally unposed candid images like births, and also about newborn portraiture (which, in my style, is very simple, but definitely more planned and less candid).  I think I may have had a glimmer of understanding as I narrowed things down.  While these two styles of images might seem visually very different, to me, they are very similar… because my “why”, the heart behind them, is the same.  I make photographs because there are moments in life- moments that, whether “big” or “small”, are what life is all about.  The first time a mama sees that long-awaited baby, the moments when the facade drops and all that is left is raw emotion and real connection, the tiny softness and sweetness of your newborn baby, the details of your baby’s face… these are moments that are so temporal, so fleeting, gone so soon, that it is impossible to hold them in detail in our minds.  Yet, these same moments are the ones we hold in our hearts for the rest of our lives, and we don’t want to ever forget.  I take photos because they are a tangible image and a way to hold on to those moments, to those memories that we treasure so dearly we can close our eyes and feel them even decades later.  Life is so busy, our days are full of so much that we do to make a living.  For me, photography is a way to capture the moments that make a life, and the moments that are what we are alive for.

I am a mom of four children who are the loves of my life and the joy of my heart.  If I could go back and have one thing from the past, it would probably be newborn images of my children, done like I do them now for my clients.  I have pictures, but I would love to have natural, beautiful, simply artistic images of their tiny bodies, their soft sweetness, their little faces, eyes, lips, toes, cheeks.  I can remember all the hours I spent watching them as they nursed and fell asleep curled up in my arms, or as I watched over them in their beds when I checked on them after I laid them down.  I can imagine them still, their tiny, beautiful little newborn selves- but I cannot really remember them in crystal clear detail, and I wish that I had those kinds of newborn images now that they are no longer babies.  Of course, I might pick birth images, instead… I have images from one birth, and I wish that I had them from all four!  They are some of the photos that I cherish the most.  I think that has shaped a lot of who I am as a professional newborn and birth photographer.  I capture these tiny miracles simply and naturally, the way their mamas and daddies will remember them when they have grown up, long after their newborn days.  I always feel such a wonderful sense of purpose when I give a family their images, because I know that because of those images I created, they will be able to remember.

Whew!  Enough introspection for today, but it was really good to think through why I do what I do.  If you are my client and read this, thanks for giving me the honor of capturing these moments for your family.  It is truly a blessing in my life!

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I don’t even know what to write, except that this summer, I witnessed a miracle.  I had the great privilege to be involved in the life of a family going through the toughest thing they have ever faced: finding out that one of the twins they were carrying had a life-threatening condition, giving birth to their babies at 26 weeks gestation, losing one precious baby, and watching one as he fought daily to survive, grow, and thrive in the NICU for three months.  I truly could go on and on about Dana and Greg and the courage, grace, and positive attitude with which they have faced it all, but no words will ever capture how inspiring and special they are.  Instead, I will do what I do best: I will attempt to show you through my lens.  Dana and Greg, I am so blessed that I got to watch this miracle of Clark’s life as he grew each week.  Thank you for allowing me into your lives at such a tough, tough time.  I love you guys, and I love your little Clark man so very much… I am so glad that God brought us together, and I am looking forward to watching Clark grow through the years! Thank you also to all those tireless NICU nurses and doctors who not only took amazing care of Clark, but made me feel so welcome and went out of your way to help me capture these images because you believed they were important. They are.

Here it is: Dana and Greg’s story, Vic & Clark’s story, and the story of Clark’s journey to come home from the NICU.  (Yep, it is long- about 20 minutes, because it encompasses the whole story as well as three months worth of images… it also is probably best to view low res unless you have a fast connection, it will be fuzzier but might not get stuck.)

 

 

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Families… each one has a unique story.  Unique traditions.  Shared memories, love, connection with each other.  Capturing the unique story of each family I photograph is my passion as a photographer, and I am always looking for ways to better tell a story through my family lifestyle photography sessions.  This is a new kind of session that I tried, and when I put it all together, I felt like my heart would burst, I love it so much!

I would tell you the story of Alison and Justin and what life is like with their sweet two year old and a brand new baby, but happily, I don’t need to… you can see for yourself! (it looks best if you change the view to 720p):

 

Family pictures at the park are nice, but every time I see this, my heart leaps and I break into a smile.  I would love to do many more of these storytelling sessions and take my Cincinnati family lifestyle photography to the next level in storytelling!

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There is nothing like the first snow of the year! Around Cincinnati, we don’t usually see snow until after Christmas, and never in November that I can remember! So, to have a full-on, covered-in-four-inches Snow Day on November 17 was a magical surprise! Even though I will confess I don’t like cold, I want my kids to remember that Mom did fun things with them, so out I went to build a snowman and play! And, of course, snow is an awesome reason to get the camera out and capture then fun! The boys went out sledding, but I managed to get them in a couple shots when they got back, and Dad and big sis also joined in the snow play, but I mostly got little sis delighting in the cold, white winter wonderland.. I even caught her eating some!

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Welcome to my blog!

I am a Cincinnati newborn photographer with a passion for encouraging new moms and creating simple, beautiful images that give moms a way to capture and remember every sweet detail of their tiny babies, as they grow so fast and will never be this small again!

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