Ohio Birth & Family Lifestyle Photographer Recent Work

A spring family story, in a meadow of little yellow flowers

Every family I work with is super special to me. You invite me into these incredibly intimate and personal moments and trust me to capture real emotion and connection between you and the people who are the most important in your life. It really isn't something I take lightly and I fall more and more in love with your family every time you're in front of my lens.

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Now Booking: The Couch Sessions, an introduction to in-home family lifestyle Photography

I took on a personal project at the beginning of 2017. A 365 project. Collect one photo of each day for the year. To help me grow as a photographer, and honestly to help keep myself from the winter blues. I wanted to start the new year inspired. And inspire me it did. I have since pushed pause on that project, but it helped me see the untapped potential of the family couch.

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An Intimate Golden Hour Wedding at Wayne National Forest

Cait reminds us and I quote : When young trees are newly planted, the wind can force them to lean and cause their roots to grow sideways-ultimately weakening the plant. To prevent this, you put a stake in the ground a few feet out and tie a string from the stake to the tree- the tension keeps the tree straight allowing the roots to grow downward. Your love, Daniel, is my tension string... one day we'll have grown so tall and strong, we will be just touching the sky, blowing in the wind, together. I can not wait to see how tall we grow.

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Viral Feature, Images of Mother's Helping Their Daughters Through Birth as seen on Huff Post Parents

So you know that word that means everyone has seen something online.... VIRAL? Well... that happened to one of my birth images this week. The Huffington Post parent geared site, HuffPost Parents wrote a beautiful article featuring 43 images from members of the International Association of Professional Birth Photographers for Mother's Day. One of my favorite birth images with a quote from my experience was featured as part of the collection. 

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A smiley chunky 10 month old babe at home with his momma

Alisha's hope for our time together was just to capture their every day. Hanging out together in the kitchen having snacks, playing together, reading, and ending with some snuggle time. As per usual, my clients become my friends, so we spent a lot of time talking and catching up too! We went to school together, but in different grades, so we didn't really start getting to know each other until she became my insurance agent! haha. She's pretty awesome too, and got me a great rate--so you should probably check her outafter you enjoy these adorable pictures of her with her son.  

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A fresh 48 story at Ketterington Medical Center

When she told me about her pregnancy, I was in the very early stages of considering training to become a certified doula with DONA International, so obviously I became very interested when she said she and her doctor were totally all in for her to have a VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean). I committed to being her doula pretty much on the spot. We talked extensively for months about her birth, planning and talking about everything. (I mean, I'm kind of obsessed with birth.) Then the time came when she was going to have the baby.... and I kind of missed it. The first time I ever missed a birth. I was/am still devastated. We texted back and forth all day about how to get her progressing and how to avoid another cesarean.

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A princess party at Ronald McDonald House of Central Ohio

I have photographed for the house several times since then, but this event might be one of my favorites. It was held in the Princess room and the activities included being dressed and styled like a princess, tattoos, reading and singing by your favorite Disney Princesses, princess etiquette, and the night ended with tiara shaped cut out cookies from Short North Piece of Cake

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At home with Christine, A baking story

I met Christine after a local art event. She was waiting at a shop where I had some of my work displayed to meet and talk about photography. When she approached me, I immediately noticed her gorgeous tattoos and her roundly pregnant belly. She spoke with the sweetest softness. That and the fact that she waited to talk to me after the event had ended, I knew we were going to be fast friends.

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A Cesarean Section birth story at The Ohio State University Medical Center

This momma wasn't sure how a doula could help during her scheduled c-section, but I assured her I would do everything I could to help her through and also be there to take photos so she and dad would be able to enjoy the moment fully. Her doctor decided last minute not to allow me into the OR, but I handed my camera off to poppa with a quick back button focus lesson and crossed my fingers he would get something in focus! Haha. He did a great job, and once baby was out the doc gave the ok for me to join them. 

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An unmedicated birth story at The Ohio State University Medical Center

I went into spontaneous labor on the afternoon of my daughter's birth. Marcy told me that if I wanted to continue my plan of an unmedicated birth I should stay at home for as long as possible. I walked around Target and did some last minute shopping. I started getting excited and anxious, so I called Marcy and let her know I was headed to the hospital around 3pm. She was there within the hour. While waiting for her to arrive, my husband was talking to me and making jokes trying to "lighten the mood." I know he was trying to be sweet, but unless you've been in labor you have no idea what to say or how to help.

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