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.