Bethany Leisure

About Bethany & Wellspring Photography

I’m excited about how Wellspring Photography is growing and through that I am able to learn more as well as venture into new areas of photography. We now offer packages for any events in life, from as big as weddings and births to as small as your child’s first time making chocolate chip cookies. We are now even doing school photographs from preschool through high school, as well as family, pregnancy, and baby sessions. Any photography need you have, we would be honored and excited to fulfill it.

Here at Wellspring Photography we love photography and love capturing the important moments in life. Any moment worth remembering is worth photographing.

Archive: ‘Newborn’



Hodor {Newborn Puppy Photography}

Friday, February 10th, 2017

Yes….you read that right. I can now count myself as a newborn puppy photographer and I am SO happy about it. Just the cuddling of a one week old pup- something I have never done before. Hodor is a great dane and you guessed it….named after Game of Thrones. For being a great dane I thought even as a newborn he would be big! He is SO SO small!!! I could hardly take it. His puppy mama wants me to take photos of him at 3, 6, 9, and 12 months so you all will get to watch him grow! I am soooo smitten with him and I know he will be huge next time I see him. Plus I will get to see his eyes next time!

Hodor was only one week old in these photos, eyes still closed, fit in the palm of your hand tiny, and oh so sleepy:) BTW techniques to keep human newborns asleep also work for pups ::swoon:: Hodor is going to be a healing puppy, Kristen just lost her sweet Dexter at Christmas and after a little while she decided she just needs a little buddy in her home. We all know that Hody isn’t a replacement, Dex was an amazing dog, but I think some cuddle time and training can do a lot for a broken heart.

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YES…there he is in all his perfection. This dude is LAID back and quite agreeable. Also….puppy bow tie! AHHH

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I think my favorite part about him is his nose….his little pink patch. It probably won’t stay that way but it’s my favorite!

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yeh….you know you love that nose.

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His sweet profile…oh my.

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His little pink paws and that tiny tiny sticky outty ear.

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SO tiny!!!! His little tongue is always sticking out!!

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I seriously love him.

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She is just a little smitten….not too much or anything πŸ™‚

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Little Hody…one week old…less than one pound!! <3

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I have a few weeks to wait until he comes home and I can see him again but I am one happy lady that I get to photograph this fella over the next year (and maybe every birthday…right?) Welcome to the Yayas, Hodor.

~B

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It’s Another GIRL! {Toledo Birth Photographer}

Tuesday, August 16th, 2016

This is a birth post, if you don’t want to read it then be sure to move on! Birth junkies read on!

 

 

 

What a surprise this baby was! In every way. We were so thankful to be able to have another babe. We weren’t expecting that pink plus sign and what joy we had! Both Bean and Cupcake were born at 38 weeks 1 day and this time 38 weeks 1 day comes around…no baby. Mimi had been sleeping over for a week in case I went fast and she and hubs needed to catch again HAHA! Secretly I WAS hoping that would happen.

For the first time ever I wasn’t surprised with an early labor and began wondering when will I have this babe? In my mind I began trying to decide what method of induction I would consent to should I go past 41 weeks! I had been having what felt like real bouts of labor for weeks. They would come for 2 hours or so and the surges would get around 2 minutes apart and I would think this is it! I FINALLY get to meet my baby and then…nothing.

So on 39 weeks 2 days it started again at 11pm I figured well it’s probably that fake stuff again. Hubs and I went to bed and I didn’t even bother mentioning it. They were coming every 5-8 minutes but I didn’t think much of it. I kept running to the restroom but that was nothing new being late pregnancy.

Finally at 1am I thought well….it’s been a couple of hours…maybe I should wake someone up….I dunno. Finally at 1:40ish I woke up Ryan and he starts to get ready and I texted my mom (down the hall). At this point the surges were around 2-5 minutes. She comes in and starts calling the list of people: Doula Kim (who suggested we leave), Rachel (in charge of oiling me), Midwife Irma, and Tabitha (for obvious reasons!). She also called my Dad so he could stay with the kids so she could come with me.

Bean woke up at some point and saw all the commotion and wanted to come. He started crying because he wanted to come and also wanted Mimi to stay. I got his curious George settled for him and we finally left the house around 2:15? Maybe 2:20. We got to the hospital around 2:45 and Doula Kim was there waiting for us. The ride to the hospital was definitely uncomfortable. The surges went from around 5ish minutes to a little under 2 minutes during the car ride. I could see hubs was getting nervous. I made some small talk and even said “this baby has been so surprising in every way I bet it’s a girl because I’ve thought it’s a boy the whole time.” I knew hubs was just thinking where do I pull over if this baby needs to be born in the truck!!?

So we walked into the E.R. and they took us up to our room. I answered a few questions at the desk first and waited for them to find a wheel chair to push me….yeh…so anyway I get up to the room. I used the restroom and they said they wanted to monitor me for 20 minutes and I said I think I can handle that no problem!

In my mind I am hoping I am past 3cm. I was hoping for a short labor. At this point I was still talking and not really thinking it would be any time really soon. Suddenly my water broke. I about had a heart attack in my mind because I knew the surges would grow in intensity and I wasn’t sure how I would handle it.

At this point Irma wanted to check to see how far I was. I wasn’t sure I wanted to be checked since I thought if I’m not far that is NOT information I want but if I am I would love that happy news to help me along. I sat and thought a minute. I did consent and I was 8cm and +2! This was around 3:15 or so. I remember saying “Where’s mom? She’s going to miss it!” She did walk in around this time with coffee for hubs.

I had my first surge post water release and thought I don’t know if I can do this! I mentioned I wanted to get in the tub asap. I had another surge and I didn’t hear water running and I heard Rachel say “I think she wanted to get in the tub..” In my mind (or maybe my gut) I just knew there wouldn’t be time and apparently Irma knew this also.

I had one final surge post water release and said “here it comes!” My body began pushing her out. I’m not sure how many times I felt this freight train but I know overall it was only 3-4 minutes. I tried to get upright because I was still on my side and I wanted gravity to help but I only made it half way up, while my body felt very powerful my upper body muscles felt like wet noodles. So I ended up half up, half on my side, and halfway off the bed.

I remember saying I didn’t like that position, oh golly, and get it out. I made an effort to actually push the last 2 times. I don’t remember much else but I do remember when she came out and they handed her to me immediately and hubs shouted it’s a girl! I just was saying over and over how much I loved her and my body felt of course it’s a girl she is who has been missing from our family.

She nursed very soon after (after I had the chance to look at her for awhile and hold her) and she was so alert while everyone took a turn. While her birth was 4.5 hours and more intense than Cupcake’s it was still very easy on me. I only had 3 intense surges and 3 minutes of pushing. She weighed 6lbs 13ounces, was 20 inches long and was born on my wedding anniversary! Smart girl knows how to get her attention! Making us wait on pins and needles for a week and made sure we would never ever forget her birth day!

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Hubs and Rachel unpacking the bag and the oils.

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I felt most comfortable on my side with two pillows between my knees and then one under my stomach to support it. I felt like I could relax and breathe deeply without closing anything this way.

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This was after my water released and I was at least an 8cm maybe a 9cm. I did need reminders to relax my face after that point.

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This is what calmed me. Being held by everyone and being told I was fine and just gentle reminders to relax myself.

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I remember (I think Rachel) telling me to relax my face, and Kim and hubs would remind me how far I was and how I was nearly done. This would give me the gumption to again relax my whole body and I would quietly whisper to myself that I CAN do this and I am the ONLY one who can. Nobody can do this for me.

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The power of a whisper while nearing second stage labor. It’s amazing what positive words will do. I was only a couple minutes from pushing here.

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Still able to relax between surges. Somehow still trying to track them on my phone. I’m not sure why I thought I needed to at that point, but at the time it seemed important.

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I know Rachel had texted her to hurry and she was in the parking lot coming with coffee for hubs. She almost missed it again! So far her track record is good for getting to my kid’s births in the nick of time!

 

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My whole dream team was there (even Tab behind the lens). I think Tiny was waiting for everyone. I really needed every person in this room to be there.

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Here is where the freight train began. The most powerful feeling I’ve ever had. I love how hubs was so gently cradling my head to support me.

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I’m surprised these two were this far (2ft) away. Also I love that they are holding hands. I do remember hearing them cheer me on.

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Just like that, there she was. Another person to have my heart, forever. I just don’t know how I got along nearly 30 years without her.

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Falling in love with our newest girl and with each other all over again.

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Nothing in the world tops seeing your child’s face for the first time and finally meeting them. That instant all consuming love that is so powerful and quite addicting!

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Big ugly cry for just being so joyful and thankful that I finally got to hold her.

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Just obsessing and falling in love with our new little.

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That little hand…was always up like that for her ultrasound and then also delivery. She must love to be smooshed!

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Finally Daddy’s turn. I hate to admit but I don’t even think about other people holding my babies when they are first born! I just hog them all to myself for a good long while!

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Her profile!!! Yum!!!!

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:)))))

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Alexis…coolest nurse ever.

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Nursing away. Love that first session. So much bonding.

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Again..yum!

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Oh her perfect beautiful face!!!

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Oh this boy is so baby crazy! He is beyond smitten with his second baby sister!!

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They really can’t keep their hands (or their kisses) off of her!

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Yes…she is THE sweetest older sister. It’s amazing.

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Poppi had been up with the kids since around 2am! He and Mimi brought them by to meet their new little lovie around 7am…after watching curious George, getting dressed, and eating breakfast at a restaurant! YIKES! Then they had them all that day and the next. We sure are grateful for these two!

Little Tiny girl..we adore you so very much. More than you will ever know. Thank you for surprising our family in the best way!

Love, Mommy

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Josh {Perrysburg Newborn Photography}

Saturday, April 23rd, 2016

I got to photograph this little guy’s older brother when he was younger and so I was super super excited to do his first session! I love comparing siblings, seeing if they look alike or different. How their personalities differ. Plus watching siblings interact is about the sweetest. Here are a couple of my favorites from his session. He was so laid back!

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Big brother Ethan did this all on his own! I had a little bit of a different pose in mind and he just had to hold him and look at him. I think his interacting with Josh is way sweeter than anything I could have planned.

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So I think my favorite Josh features are her wispy eyelashes and his smoochie lips. I could have cuddled this guy all day.

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He was awake for a short bit! He is SO so so cute!

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I always forget how tiny they are!

Anna, thank you so much for trusting me with his first photos and for letting me cuddle him all morning!!

~Bethany

Layla {Toledo Newborn Photographer}

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

SOOO yes. I can hardly believe it’s been so long since I saw this sweet family. Hannah is officially a big sister. They now have two beauties. Emily is a stinkin champ. Somehow within the first two weeks they drive allllll the way to Perrysburg just so I can take their baby’s first photos. It’s both an honor and mildly terrifying, praying all the time that I get what they want and need to remember this precious time in their lives. Hannah is now a total clown, she is super funny and smart as a whip. She also loves my camera…maybe I will have a little assistant in the future :).Β  Layla seems to be a pretty laid back little girl. She is wide eyed and alert but just a happy little thing! Also, she has the best hair.

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There they are. A brand new family of four.

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Precious new Layla.

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Her perfect little face πŸ™‚

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Andy and I grew up together. Watching him become a dad has been awesome. There is just something about the way he looks at his girls.

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Not only is Emily tough but she’s a complete natural. She is always doing what’s best for them even when it’s hard on her.

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I always wonder what newbies dream about πŸ™‚

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Beautiful Hannah, she has the most beautiful eye color I think I’ve ever seen, on top of her perfect little face.

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Hannah is a busy girl these days but she can take a break every now and then to get a good look at her new doll baby.

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Hi miss bright eyes!

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My FAVORITE Layla feature…that hair!!!

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Sweet Layla, I am so glad that I was able to meet you. You are already such a blessing to your family. Andy and Emily, you guys sure make some true beauties. 2 for 2!

~Bethany

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Abel {Toledo Newborn Photographer}

Friday, March 13th, 2015

Well, here he is. I am beyond smitten. I ADORE this boy! He is so beautiful and such a sweetie AND he SQUEAKS! Yes, like a tiny church mouse. I love it. He has a great hair swirl in the back and a sweet little cowlick up front. When he is awake he is REALLY awake, he looks right at you and with such surprise. I am so lucky I get to watch him grow.

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Look at his perfect face!!!

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His EYES!! ::swoon:: I love the big giraffe, we will be seeing how much he grows next to that huge stuffy.

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Yup, I love those wispy lashes, and those sweet fingers and squishy lips!

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He looks so so much like his daddy!

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Love you little man. You are so precious and we are all so happy you are in our family.

~Bubba

Daxton is Born! {Toledo Birth Photographer}

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

It never ceases to amaze me when people ask me to photograph the birth of their child. I just think, little old me? Why do I get to witness this incredible, beautiful, private event in a stranger's life? I really don't know how I got so blessed to be to the point where people trust me not only with capturing these once in a lifetime moments (and truly each photo is just one second and then everything changes), but also trust me emotionally with their stories. Here is Daxton's story:

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I got a text at about 6am, Kayla was in labor and had been for 3 or so hours. Her contractions were five minutes apart. I thought to myself 'heavens! this could be a fast day!!'. I heard again at about 7:30 that she was 2cm, contractions had slowed to 7 minutes apart but she was staying because she was a day past due date. I settled down a bit knowing a first time labor can be anything! I was just reflecting on what the day might bring. Thinking about her, and Darin, and obviously Daxton. Wondering when he might come earthside, anticipating Kayla and Darin's reactions to meeting their first born for the first time. toledo newborn birth baby family photography photographer midwives natural ob http://www.wellspringphoto.com

I texted with Darin all day, getting updates as they came in. At about 5pm I headed up to the hospital. She was 8cm and doing beautifully. Kayla had opted for an epidural but it didn't quite take and the pitocin was making contractions hard for her. I never did hear her make any noise above heavy breathing. Darin was right by her side, exhausted as well, both keeping positive and working together to bring this beloved boy into their arms.

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There is something so beautiful about a woman in labor. Kayla in particular really, doing literally the most important work of her life. Working to begin a new life, not only Daxton's but her own. So powerful, yet peaceful. Pain, yet joy.

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They fixed Kayla's epidural, and so Darin got some rest before the final big work.

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The other thing that amazed me was all the supportive women who were there for Kayla, all of her sisters, her best friend, her mom and Darin's mom. While Darin rested all the women took turns rubbing Kayla's back and arms. It was exactly what she wanted and what she needed in that moment.

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Before anyone knew it, it was time to begin the last part but the hardest part of bringing Daxton earthside. toledo newborn birth baby family photography photographer midwives natural ob http://www.wellspringphoto.com

Kayla was so ready. You could just see the determination in her face.

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Darin's face says it all. I really love watching Dad's during pushing. So proud of their woman, shocked by her power and ability, falling deeper in love for her giving of herself for this new life to love.

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One last shot of Daxton on the inside. I remember looking at her belly thinking how beautiful it really was. So perfectly round, awed that there was a precious life that had grown there.

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Kayla pushed HARD for an hour…..then suddenly…

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There he was, he was here and….

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…he was mad!

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Darin's first glimpse of his boy.

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Kayla's first glimpse of her boy :).

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The impatient fan club πŸ™‚ They had been there since 6:30am and it was like 10pm at this point. Daxton has a really devoted group of people to love and take care of him.

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Grandmas getting a good peek at their new little lovie.

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::sigh:: those brand new wrinkly NEWborn feet!

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Daxton was really wailing but then something wonderful happened.

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Darin touched he sweet little foot and he instantly quieted. He just KNEW 'that's my dad!'

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FINALLY meeting her son.

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This was the second time he calmed down. Again he knew 'This is my mom!"

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Kayla nursing for the first time. Again, could she be anymore beautiful? She made a human, gave birth to this human, and is now feeding him all with her amazing body. That is the epitome of womanhood right there. Plus they finally got to relax just the three of them, after all of their hard work and a long day.

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I know this look too. It's the "holy smokes I love you so much, and what just happened?!?"

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Finally Darin's turn to hold him πŸ™‚ I LOVE how tiny Daxton looks in his hands.

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Darin's parents first grandchild, Kayla's parent's 9th (I think?). All four ecstatic!!

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So excited about their 9th grandbaby they took a selfie!! Also love the three generations of men.

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Congratulations to all of you on sweet little Daxton. Enjoy this precious/chaotic time:) You guys will do great, I promise.

~B

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Cupcake {Toledo Newborn Photographer}

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

I still can't believe I have a little girl, watching her with Bean just makes my heart melt. We are just in heaven with having two little ones. It is chaotic keeping two schedules straight but they are both happy kids πŸ™‚

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Tiny chickie πŸ™‚ (Photographers, the diaper cover and headband are from Babycakes Couture). She was just napping away outside, I felt bad waking her but it started to sprinkle so we moved inside πŸ™‚

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This describes Cupcake so well! She smiles like this ALL THE TIME!! Yes, it does make me tear up a bit πŸ™‚ (Headband from Harts and Roses.)

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:)))))) ::sigh:: I just LOVE her sweet face! (Halo from Petite Boutique).

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A couple of my favorite parts about her, she has a cowlick right up front and she actually has hair!! Bean didn't have this much hair until he was two!! I hope it doesn't fall out but I am enjoying for it now even if it does. She also has a precious dimple on her right ear that I'm in love with, and cheek dimples!!

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Skinny mini! She has those same pouty lips Bean has πŸ™‚

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She has her Daddy's long curly lashes (Bean got them too!).

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πŸ™‚ I think I'm having too much fun with the frills. (Tutu and headband from Mudpies and Pigtails.)

 

Cupcake, we waited so long for you to be in our family. (Some days patiently, others not so patiently.) We know you were meant to be ours and we are so grateful to God that He chose us to be your mommy and daddy. We are privileged to watch you grow and to teach you, just please don't grow too fast! We love you more than you will ever know.

~Mommy

Cruze is Born {Toledo Birth Photography}

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

I have to say, photographing births is my favorite thing next to photographing newborn sessions. There is just something so magic and truly holy about a new life entering the world. Getting to witness it is quite the privilege, I always feel like I have a V.I.P. pass to life's greatest event.

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Ashleigh's labor went so quickly I BARELY made it before it was time to push. Not much sitting around time, and she's a champ because pushing was only a few minutes!

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Here they are, falling a little deeper in love…about to welcome their fourth baby into their family.

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The two people who love her most cheering her on. You can see the excitement and nerves and tension all at once.

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In just a few minutes, Cruze made his entrance to the world and boy was he MAD!

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This never gets old to me. Seeing that pure joy on parents faces as their tiny awaited loved baby arrives. It always comes spilling out.

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Meeting her son, Cruze, for the first time. All that hard work is just totally worth it.

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Ahh, that post delivery haze. Mom and baby always get tired after their big day.

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Nathan holding his son for the first time. He looks so proud.

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This is how Cruze felt for awhile. He sure did not like all the lights and cold air!

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A few hours later the sun finally came up and it was time for Cruze to meet his brothers and sister.

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Dad with his FOUR kids!! He looks quite pleased πŸ™‚

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Trigg became a big brother today:) He seems pretty pleased about it too. I know Brock will teach him all he needs to know about being a big brother.

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Zoey could hardly keep her hands off Cruze. It was so sweet.

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Cruze has such precious wispy eyelashes and the most squishable cheeks!

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There they are….a family of six. Big things can happen overnight. πŸ™‚

Ashleigh and Nathan, I hope you are getting some rest some how. Cruze is beautiful and thank you thank you for calling me!!

~B

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Hannah {Toledo Newborn Photographer}

Friday, July 19th, 2013

I had a blast photographing this brand new one. She is the most laid back baby I've ever met. She has the best expressions and I am in LOVE with her fingers and her hair swirl. I knew her daddy, Andy, when we were kids. He introduced me to N64 and Billy Madison and darts. I haven't seen him in years, he is now a big important doctor in a big city (how does that happen?). I FINALLY got to meet his wife Emily, and she's every bit as sweet as I'd gathered from facebook stalking. Meeting Hannah was the icing on the cake. I would seriously keep her in a second. She is perfectly squishy and cuddly and so so beautiful. Since she was such a stellar model there are quite a few, so get ready:

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There is something precious about a baby in an old Vernor's box πŸ™‚

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Her perfect face.

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Andy is officially outnumbered. Bring on the tutus.

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::sigh:: something about daddies and their girls.

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There is something so beautiful about brand new parents. They are so full of joy and love it's practically shooting out of them. They are in the thick of the steepest learning curve and possibly one of the most difficult parts of parenting yet they can't be anything but happy. I just want to bottle that up!

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Emily and Andy, I am so glad you made the drive out and am so grateful you chose me to capture these photos of your precious Hannah. The rest are uploading be on the lookout sometime this weekend for an email!

~B

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Owen {Toledo Newborn Photographer}

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

So I got to start my week with some incredible newborn snuggles. The best part is I've been photographing big brother Jonathan since he was 6 months old! It was so great seeing that little guy again and meeting this precious new one.

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Such sweet brothers.

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He has the cutest curly toes.

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::sigh:: he's beautiful!

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Owen already sleeps like a dude.

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His beautiful profile. Jonathan is such a great big brother too. He says his favorite thing about Owen is kissing him.

Beth and Aaron, you guys are doing so great with Jonathan. He is precious, and I know Owen is going to grow into another sweet little boy! You two have a sweet little family! I am so so happy that I get to watch Owen grow like I have Jonathan. You're photos are uploading so keep an eye on your email!

~Bethany

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