MOTHERHOOD

Hospital Photos of Leeland Barrett Smith // Cincinnati Newborn Photographer Brooke Townsend

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.

 

Chanel + Dan | Gender Reveal

Now, this post definitely deserves a heads up. 

Because this whole thing is REAL. 

Sometimes people like to do gender reveal photo shoots and stage it after they intially find out whether their baby is going to be a boy or girl. But Chanel and Dan here wanted to find out for real, at their shoot, and have their real reactions documented for their photos forever. 

So, when they they found out, a letter came from the doctor and it was given to Chanel's mom, Sandra, who had to hold the secret in for almost 2 whole weeks without telling anybody (GOOD JOB SANDRA OMG)... especially her daughter! And they are pretty much besties, those two. So you can imagine how difficult that was for both of them lol. 

 Sandra ordered confetti canons online specific to the gender of the baby and they were made to be completely secretive until they were popped open and used. She had them shipped over to Chanel and they had to patiently wait until our shoot date to find out what they were having. 

And well, even the anticpation had me super excited!! 

 

IT'S A GIRL!!!! 

 

Congrats again to Chanel and Dan! And thank you SO MUCH for having me not only capture this whole thing for you guys, but to experience it with you!! I have to admit this was my very first gender reveal and it is going down in the books as one of my favorite things ever. 

MORE OF THESE PLEASE, WORLD. 

PS: If you're wondering what Tato is/means... it's their nickname for the baby. Before they found out whether it was a boy or girl, they wanted to start calling the baby something other than "it" so they started referring it to as potato. And then it just turned to tato. And I think it's the cutest frickin thing ever.