Sarah & Jamie | A Wedding Story| Saint Michael Catholic Church Kalida, Ohio

I first met Sarah several years ago. Over the years, I have witnessed her children growing, the loss of her husband Greg to cancer and her finding love again with Jamie.  She has been an inspiration to so many as she has kept her faith in God through out it all.  So when Sarah asked me to be the photographer for her and Jamie’s church ceremony, I was delighted  to be part of this special event.

Sarah wore a simple but flowing white gown. Her mother, Nancy helped her get into her dress with Sarah’s daughters  Mia and Brynn by her side.  But before walking up the aisle, Sarah quietly read a letter written by Jamie. Somehow she was able to hold back the tears as she read.

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As her oldest son Carter walked her up the aisle however, Sarah had a difficult time holding back her emotions as she looked upon her groom Jamie waiting for her.

With Sarah’s children standing at her and Jamie’s side, the couple exchanged vows.

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Sarah’s brother Seth signed the communion hymn as their mother helped guide him.  What a beautiful gift Seth has and to share this with Jamie and Sarah on their wedding day made it even more beautiful.

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The mass was concluded with Jamie and Sarah saying a prayer to the Virgin Mary and then Father’s blessings on them and the children. DSC_7975DSC_7985DSC_8053

The Maag Kids | A Family Story – Lifestyle Session |

Tabitha is one of my daughter’s friends from high school. Over the last few years I have watched as her family has grown size. A couple weeks ago, Tabitha and her husband Ryan have added Avery to their family. I enjoyed meeting her and playing with the boys!

Bryant has grown to like his little sister.  But still is very much mommy’s baby boy.

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Brayden is mommy’s little helper.  He met me at the door, and showed me my way in.  When I asked him if I could take his new sister home with me….he said “Yes.”  But to his credit, he was distracted by his movie on tv so he may not know what he agreed to at the time.

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And sweet Avery seems to have her days and nights messed up, so she slept most of the time I was there.  She resembles her big brothers while still looking like a little princess.

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I think these three will be the best of friends as they grow and into their adult lives.

A Family Story | The Schnipke’s – Ottoville, Ohio |

The Schnipke’s are one of my favorite families I have the opportunity to take pictures of every summer.  Over the years, it has been such a pleasure to get to know Beth & Adam and their three children Quinton, Gretta, and Henry.

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Quinton has always been the responsible big brother. He takes good care of his little sister and little brother. When we did Quinton’s little brother Henry’s soccer pictures, Quinton was quick to show his brother how to pose for them.  Wise, smart, and athletic, I never get tired of snapping off a few pictures of him (even though the session was planned for the two younger one’s birthdays and family photos). DSC_2187

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Gretta has always been a princess who loves soccer but also can catch her twirling about.  To catch a real smile from her, you better get her to giggle about something, otherwise she will force a cheesy one or give you a completely goofy face. Over the last year, Gretta has grown up so much and come fall she will be headed off to kindergarten. DSC_7141

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I think Beth doesn’t mind  girl time with Gretta from time to time however. DSC_1904

I just can’t get over that Henry is 3 years old.  Although he looks so much like his older brother, he has a little orneriness of his sister.  His smile and charm are so captivating, he has nearly everyone he knows wrapped around his little finger. DSC_7066

When you put these three kids together, you get some of the funnest images.  I am never disappointed in my session with the Schnipkes!

Welcome Braelon| Emotions Pulled in All Directions|

Three births in one week, with one in Cleveland and two in the Columbus area makes for one emotional week.  And emotions ran high, during the birth of Baby #3.

I first met Jodi at a Panera in late April.  She had contacted me and hoped to become part of my 21 Birth Days Photography Project.  I recognized her from the pictures of her I had saw on Facebook. She was a fair skinned woman into her third trimester.  With one of her children in toe, she sat down across from me and introduced herself.

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I noticed Jodi seemed nervous about this pregnancy as she smile and laughed between her words, as if she hoped it would help her cope with the previous still born she had nearly two years prior and with doctors telling her unborn baby may have some health issues.  As Jodi fidgeted with her hands, she explained she had learned the limbs of her baby were measuring weeks behind where they should.  At that point, genetic testing had been inconclusive but doctors were fearing Osteogenesis Imperfecta Type 1, which would cause the baby to have fragile bones and even a vaginal birth could cause bones to break.

Jodi continued to undergo testing and was scheduled to deliver at Nationwide Children’s Hospital at thirty-seven weeks, just a few days prior to where her baby hide died in womb two years prior.  As his limbs continues to measure small, doctors again and again came back with no positive results of any genetic diseases.  Although delighted with the results, Jodi decided to still deliver at Nationwide.

Jodi arrived at the hospital at approximately 11:30am and pitocin was started at about 1:30pm.  Jodi had opted to not get an epidural because in her three previous pregnancies, she did not think they worked well for her.  As day fell into night, and pain meds  no longer helping her cope, she changed her mind and decided to try the epidural to relieve some of her pain.  Soon after she received the epidural, Jodi became fully dilated. With a  small push, the nurse attending to Jodi, decided it was time to call in the OB to deliver.

Soon the room was bustling with lots of people in blue and green coats and mask. With Nationwide being a teaching hospital, interns and resident doctors accompanied with  doctors soon filled the room.  A table of obstetric tools on a blue cloth now was uncovered, the bottom part of the bed was lowered, and the heat lamp above the bassinet was turned on. Jodi was instructed to take in a deep breath and let it out and then after breathing in again told to give a push.  With a couple small pushes, Jodi delivered her baby boy shortly before midnight.DSC_6786DSC_6702

Despite the easy delivery and strong heart, her little boy was having some troubles breathing, which we were told is  common for boys born at the 37 week gestation. Jodi watched on with her eyes filled with tears as the pediatrician and the intern worked on the small baby.  As we watched them squeeze the blue filled balloon of air connected to a mask that covered his small face, the child’s chest rose and fell caving deep into his little body. They took breaks every few minutes stirring his body and getting him to cry out.  And after spending several minutes working on him, they laid the baby, who was connected to monitors, on Jodi’s chest.

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Tears continued to fall from Jodi’s eyes as she worried about her little boy that laid on her. Her face was filled with both fear and exhaustion and quickly she asked them to take her baby as she wanted him to receive the care he needed. Attempting to insure her they were watching the monitors hooked to him, Jodi wasn’t having it. Soon they picked up his small little body and placed him back under the heat lamp and waited for the NICU transport team to come to her room. The baby boy was transported to the NICU, with making a short stop in the waiting room to meet grandparents.

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Because this Columbus, Ohio hospital is over two hours from my home, expenses have been incurred from doing this birth story, including gas, parking, food, etc. a Go Fund Me account has been started to help cover the cost of this Birth Photography Story. Any funds raised above the goal will go to covering future births for the 21 Birth Days Project. No mother is turned away once qualified for the project for inability to pay for services.

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After speaking to Jodi this morning, the baby boy is still getting care in the NICU and mommy has gotten to hold him for periods of time.  He weighs 5 pounds 8 ounces and is 18 inches long.