Newborn Pictures | Columbus Ohio Newborn Photographer

Precious Baby Boy

This little guy came in to my Columbus, Ohio residential studio a few weeks ago as a model. He has the sweetest parents and he is so incredibly loved.

Newborn sessions are limited and it is best to schedule them in advance. We are now booking for summer 2018. To schedule your newborn session, contact me here.

To see more newborn pictures, visit the Joyful Moments Photography Newborn portrait gallery.

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1st Birthday Cake Smash Pictures | Columbus Ohio Baby Photographer

This Little Monster Turns One

We have been doing a lot of cake smashing around here lately.

This little guy’s mom (who also happens to be one of my best friends) chose a monster themed 1st birthday party and decided to stick with that theme for his cake smash session. She provided the birthday banner and I custom ordered the cake to match her theme and color choice.

Contact me today to book your child’s custom 1st birthday cake smash session.

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To see more sessions like this one, visit the Joyful Moments Photography 1st Birthday cake smash portrait gallery.


A Mother’s Regret | Columbus Ohio Photographer

The Regret of Motherhood

Most mom’s will admit that there is something they regret about the way they raised their children or a decision they made. Some moms regret the way they disciplined their kids, while others might regret the way they chose to feed them (bottle or breast). Many mothers wish they would have changed the way they got their children to sleep when they were babies. Maybe you can relate to some of these, or perhaps you regret something completely different. I am only six months in to motherhood, but I too have regrets. Specifically, I have one really big one.

My Regret

Last week I wrote this article about my encounter with postpartum depression. I, of course, regret having ppd, but that isn’t my big regret. At the end of that article, I did hint at my big regret though. I regret not enjoying the first several months of my son’s life. I regret missing out on so much joy because I will clouded with so much anxiety. I have to really work hard to remember good things about him as a newborn. Often times, in order to remember those good times, I have to look back at photographs and videos. That’s one of the reasons why photographs are so important to me and why I decided to become a photographer. This experience has just shown me once again why they are so necessary.

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Yes, that was a shameless plug for photography.

Anyway…

Even now, when I have an episode of depression, my husband has to help me remember all the joy my son has brought into our lives. When the darkness comes, I just can’t see any light. Due to my depression, I missed out on enjoying my son as a newborn. I didn’t really want to take care of him or snuggle him while he slept. So, regretfully, I only held my sleeping boy a few times. I can never get that stage of his life back. While I was there in body during all of those sweet little newborn moments, I wasn’t mentally there. I can look back at pictures or watch a video to remind me of that time, but I can’t actually go back and experience those moments with joy like I wish I had the first time around.

I know this all sounds quite sad, but there is hope. I am learning to be present for each and every moment. When my son is awake and when my husband is home, I put everything else aside and spend time with them. You see, other things will always be there but my son won’t always be in this stage. One day, he will be all grown up and I don’t want to look back any more and regret missing time with him. I want to be present not just physically, but also mentally.

I am still a work in progress, but I hope to encourage another mother of young children or a momma-to-be, to actively be a part of your child’s life as much as possible. If you aren’t mentally present due to an illness like depression, like I was, please do whatever it takes to fix that. You don’t want to look back a realize how much you missed.


Evenflo ExerSaucer Review | Columbus Ohio Photographer

Product Description

The Evenflo ExerSaucer Triple Fun Active Learning Center, Life in the Amazon is a playmat, exersaucer, and activity table in one. It features 11 age appropriate toys, some of which include lights and music for added entertainment. There is a three way height adjustment that grows with baby. This toy also features a 360 degree rotating seat that includes a removable, machine washable pad.

My Product Review

My parents wanted to get our son something for Christmas that would grow with him and that he could play with for several months. So, we did some research and decided to ask for the Evenflo ExerSaucer Triple Fun Active Learning Center. I am so very grateful that they purchased it for him. What a great gift it has been!

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We already had a playmat when they purchased it for him, so we skipped that stage of the toy and moved right on to the exersaucer. When we first put him in it at around 4 months, he had no idea what to do with it. The first toy he noticed and began playing with was the musical crocodile. He loves being able to pick up the pieces and make noise with them. I love that when he throws them down, they don’t fall on the floor (they are attached by a short ribbon).

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He also enjoys starring at the three birds, but since they don’t really do much, that’s about all he does with them.

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Now that he is a little older (6 months) he really likes the hanging butterflies (although they hit him in the head frequently) and he also likes chewing on the wings of the dragonfly.

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His all time favorite part of the exersaucer though is jumping. My only complaint with this aspect of the toy is that it is very loud. I wish there was a way for the manufacturer to make is quieter.

Due to my son’s age, we have not yet used this toy as an activity table. Future review to come.

Overall, we love the Evenflo ExerSaucer Triple Fun Active Learning Center, Life in the Amazon.

 

See last weeks baby product review by clicking here.


Limited Edition Spring Photo Sessions | Columbus Ohio Photographer

Spring Photo Session Special | Columbus Ohio Photographer

I am so excited to announce that this year’s Limited Edition Spring Sessions are now open for booking. These spring photo sessions are going to be better than EVER! I will have a TON of Spring props including flowers and other garden items.

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These sessions are perfect for children and families! You can even book a session to celebrate Mother’s Day, a child’s spring birthday, or any other special occasion.

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This year’s sessions will take place at Red Trabue Nature Reserve in Dublin, Ohio where you can find lush green trees, walking paths, a flower garden, and even a 100-year-old cottage. 20-minute time slots are available on Saturday April 21st and Sunday April 22nd beginning at 4:00 pm until 7:30 pm. You will receive 5 fully edited high resolution digital files and a print release. Limited Edition Spring Sessions are only $125. **See below for a way to save $25 off your session fee**

A great addition to this year’s sessions is the opportunity to schedule online. Simply follow this link to pick your time slot. Once you select your session time, I will email you an invoice which must be paid within 24 hours to keep your spot. This means you don’t have to worry about bringing anything but your beautiful smiling faces to the session.

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**BONUS**: This year we have also added the opportunity to SAVE BIG on your session fee by referring your friends and family. If someone you refer books a Limited-Edition Spring Session, you will receive $25 off your session. This person MUST BE a new client to Joyful Moments Photography. If you have already paid the full price of your session, I will issue you a $25 refund.

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Again, click this link to schedule your session. See you this spring!

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Click here to view other Joyful Moments Photography family sessions


1st Birthday Pictures | Columbus Ohio Photographer

1st Birthday Pictures | Columbus Ohio Photographer

This little guy is one year old! His birthday is just a few weeks away from Christmas. Therefore, mom wanted to incorporate a Christmas theme into his 1st birthday pictures. She specifically wanted a picture of him playing with lights.

Click here to check out Joyful Moments Photography’s 1st birthday portrait gallery.

Do you have a little one about to celebrate this one year milestone? Contact us to book your session today!

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Our Newborn Pictures | Columbus Ohio Photographer

Josiah James | Our Newborn Pictures | Columbus Ohio Photographer

During the second week of my son’s life, he hit a growth spurt that caused him to want to eat almost constantly. Due to his desire to eat every time I got near him and because of my own recovery, I was unfortunately unable to photograph my own son’s newborn pictures. Thankfully, I was able to find a local photographer with an opening. Christa of Gable Photography was kind enough to squeeze us in for a last minute newborn session. Here are a few of my favorite images from his session.

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6 Month Milestone Session | Baby Pictures | Columbus Ohio Photographer

I went to college with Isaac’s mom and I have been so blessed to stay in contact with her over the last several years since then. She was so kind to allow me to photograph her first baby when I was just getting into photography and now I have the privilege of photographing her second baby. Isaac’s 6 month photo session took place at Inniswood Metro Garden’s in Westerville, Ohio.

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6 Month Milestone Session | Baby Pictures | Columbus Ohio Photographer

I can’t believe McKenzie is already 6 months old! My how time has flown. I photographed this sweet girl as a newborn and again as a 4 month old. She is one of my milestone babies so I can’t wait to see her again for her 1st Birthday pictures. Her 6 month session took place at Homestead Park in Hilliard, Ohio.

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