Earlier this year I had the absolute honor of documenting the birth of Baby Leeland for some of my favorite people <3
I have photographed every milestone for this wonderful family since their engagement session in 2013. So I've done their engagement, wedding, anniversaries since, their first son's maternity and newborn photos, holiday photos, and then they got pregnant with Leeland and asked me the incredible honor of documenting his birth. And I cannot even tell you how much it meant to me they asked me not only for another milestone of theirs... but to be apart of one of the biggest moments of their lives. And one of the most intimate. So, I couldn't refuse these guys.
I got a call around 5:30 pm on January 22 that Brooke went into labor and was headed to their hospital up in Columbus! So I dropped everything and headed up that way as quick as I could. By the time I got there, she was in full labor and contractions and man that momma is a strong one because she didn't use any medications or drugs to get through this experience. Or any of it! And since this was her second, her body moved really quickly through the process and basically one thing led to another and just a few hours later, at 10:39pm, Leeland was born!And I sat right along side them documenting the whole experience.
I remember shedding some tears of joy for these guys and gave Danny a huge hug congratulating them both. And man my own momma feels were goin through the ROOF remembering my experience with my own son and just realizing how precious and sacred life truly is. And to be invited with open arms into this life changing experience for the two of them truly is the biggest honor I could ever ask for. So, thank you so much Brooke and Danny for continuing to invite me into your lives and make me feel like a part of the family - and making me your life photographer. There isn’t anything in this world that could mean more to me in my career.
After Leeland’s birth and everyone got settled, I found a hotel for the night, backed up all my photos, and got some sleep. Before heading home, I wanted to stop by the hospital again, check in on them, and get Leeland’s first official photos being just a few hours old! So, the morning after was spent with these guys again and I even got a chance to snuggle and love on this little babe before making the drive home.
This has to be one of my favorite sessions ever. Not just because I got to adventure through the woods of Red River Gorge for this a m a z i n g shoot, but because I got to meet these two!! And made really good friends from the entire experience :)
Kyleigh and Kyle are an amazing duo who are photographers themselves and specialize in photographing all the nerd memorbelia you can think of working directly with big names like Nintendo, Gamestop, Hi-rez Studios, Bethesda, and sooooo many more all through Kyleigh’s alias of Dangerous Pixels on social media! I actually discovered her work a few months back from Game Informer Magazine and K N E W I had to be friends with this amazing person when I found out she’s local here in Cincinnati!! So, when I found out her AND her hubby were going to be my models for my styled shoot, I literally jumped for joy for a chance to finally meet them!
And, not to much surprise, we all clicked really well. And that made this shoot feel so easy, natural, and the most fun thing ever. And on top of all this amazingness, all the vendors who participated in this amazing shoot were all so easy to work with and contributed SO MUCH to make this dream of ours come alive! So thank you from the bottom of my heart to each and every one of you for making this all possible. So thank you to everyone for your amazing work! I cannot wait to do more collaborations like this in the future :)
Vintage rentals: Queen City Vignette
(Rugs, table napkins, silverware, plates, candle sticks, goblets, pink fabric)
Makeup: Flawless Hair & Makeup LLC
Dress: BoChic Bridal Boutique
Cake: Tres Belle Cakes
Cookies: Wolf Treats by Jessica Wolf
Created items: Chrissy Lane Designs
(Arbor, big dreamcatchers, name plates, invites)