Our Birth Story | Columbus Ohio Photographer

On Friday, September 8, 2017, the contractions began. By the time Jay arrived home from work, they were only about two minutes apart and lasted for about 45 seconds. At that point, we decided to go ahead and make our way to the hospital.

When we arrived, I had not progressed far enough so they instructed me to walk around the hospital. After several trips around the inside and outside of the hospital, and a few episodes of getting sick, it was finally time to be re-evaluated. Unfortunately, I had not progressed any further during that hour. However, my blood pressure was very high so the doctor on call decided to go ahead and admit me and speed up labor by introducing Pitocin. By the time I reached the delivery room and they officially admitted me, I had progressed enough on my own that they decided I wouldn’t end up needing the Pitocin after all. About one and a half hours and four attempts, I finally had an IV. Once I received enough fluid, they eventually started my epidural. I rested for about an hour and a half after that before the nurse checked me again and asked if I was ready to push. After the first push the nurse called the doctor and told her she needed to get there right away. Approximately nine minutes and four pushes later, Josiah James Lytle was born at 3:41 am on September 9, 2017. He weighed 7 lbs 15 oz and measured 20 inches long. The hospital staff was wonderful and overall I had an excellent birth experience.

Thank you to everyone for your prayers and support, and to all my wonderful clients who have been so understanding during my maternity leave. I am looking forward to the rest of 2017 and can’t wait for some new photo opportunities in 2018.

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Baby Pictures | Columbus Ohio Photographer

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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1st Birthday Cake Smash Session | Columbus Ohio Photographer

1st Birthday Pictures| Cake Smash Session | Columbus Ohio Photographer

I started photographing this little guy when he was around 4 months old and just starting to hold his head up during tummy time. I was blessed to photograph him again at one of my spring mini sessions when he was around 6 months old and sitting up on his own. It was such a joy to see this happy little boy again for his 1st birthday cake smash session. His cake smash session took place at my in-home studio in Galloway, Ohio.

*Decorations and cake provided by mom & dad.

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Baby Pictures |Columbus Ohio Newborn Photographer

Baby Pictures | Newborn Photography | Columbus Ohio Newborn Photographer

I originally met this family for some family pictures earlier this spring and I was delighted to find out mom was expecting. I was so excited when I received an email from her a few months later asking if I could get them in for a newborn session.  Baby Owen was such a dream to work with and I hope to photograph this beautiful family again in the future.

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Family Pictures | Columbus Ohio Photographer

Family Pictures | Columbus Ohio Family Photographer

I tried for several years to get photos of my sister and her family and finally this year it all came together. Not only did we have a 30-minute window to do these photos because the park was closing, but it also started pouring down rain in the middle of the session so we had to huddle under umbrellas until it passed. These photos were worth it though and I am so thankful I have these memories.

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Family Pictures | Columbus Ohio Family Photographer

Family Pictures | Columbus Ohio Family Photographer

It’s not too often that I have the honor of photographing my own family but I was so thankful that my parents agreed to allow me to update their photos.  My parents were a lot of fun to photograph and my dad ended up laughing during almost every pose. These photos truly capture the love they have for each other.

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Baby Pictures | Westerville Ohio Photographer

6 months old | Baby Pictures | Westerville Ohio Photographer

Bryson is another one of my milestone babies. He recently turned 6 months old. He can now sit up on his own and can even pull himself up and stand while holding on to an object. His 6 month milestone session took place at Inniswood Metro Gardens in Westerville, Ohio.

*To book a milestone session for your child, contact me at joyfulmomentsphotos@gmail.com. I would be honored to document these special moments in your child’s life.

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