I received a card from church on my first Mother's Day with a baby in my arms last year. I loved what it said & it has hung on my fridge ever since. As you will see in this video my Mom was in the room when my baby boy was born, that was never a question. Before he was born she always said that she dreamt of the moment in the delivery room where we would interlock eyes & we would just KNOW how each other were feeling because of the love that comes out of being a mother. At least that is what she had always wanted. She lost her mother when she was 13 & never had that opportunity. Now I can't say we had that exact moment. I was too busy interlocking my eyes with a little man who had just completely changed my life forever. And actually I hadn't thought about that until about 6 months after he was born. But when I thought about it I wasn't sad. I know she isn't either. We didn't need to lock eyes to feel the love that was coming out of that room. We both knew exactly what was going on. I became a Mother at the very moment my mother became a Grandma. We felt that mutual love that only a mother knows & it was perfect.
Anyways, back to the church card, I get sidetracked lots. My brain is everywhere these days. My parent's came over for dinner 2 nights ago. They come over lots so I am surprised she hasn't read it. I just felt the need to read it to her right then & there in the kitchen. It was once again that unneeded moment where we didn't need to lock eyes but we both felt so close. Not only that mutual motherly closeness, but that mother/daughter, bff kind of feeling. It was a moment where like in the delivery room, there was lots of love going on & it was so very evident.
I am so thankful for my Mom. She has shaped me into the mother I am today.
The most important person on earth is a mother. She cannot claim the honor of having built Notre Dame Cathedral. She need not. She has built something more magnificent than any cathedral... a dwelling for an immortal soul, the tiny perfection of her baby's body. "The angels have not been blessed with such a grace. They cannot share in God's creative miracle to bring new saints to Heaven. Only a human mother can. Mothers are closer to God the creator than any other creatures. God joins forces with mothers in performing this act of creation... "What on God's good earth is more glorious that this: to be a mother?"
Joseph Cardinal Mindszenty
and to that I answer this... nothing.
A big thank you to my mother in law, sister in law & my amazing husband for all of these images & videos.
I don't even know how to begin this post. This video means so much to me. I knew about this pregnancy VERY early on. Then I knew they were twins very EARLY on. I was in the room when the ultrasound tech announced they are girls & photographed their reactions! I helped host a shower where here family welcomed me as their own. Their big brother is a day older than my "baby" boy. What started as an "oh our due dates are 2 weeks apart, let's add each other as facebook friends" friendship, has blossomed into something that I couldn't imagine not having in my life. Tiffany, Dan & I all went to high school together. They were older than me! HAH! :) And I find it hard to even remember her maiden name sometimes because our friendship wasn't then, it is now & it is beautiful. I so wanted to be in that delivery room, but having these babies arrive safely was the top priority & with them being preemies, it just wasn't an option. I felt so honored to just be there. One of the babies spent time in theNicu. They wouldn't allow me back there, so I edited a few that they took & threw them in here too. I love this BIG family so much & am so happy that they will have this love captured forever.
** One thing we talked about during her pregnancy is how she would ever love another baby as much as she loves Nolan. I told her I don't understand how it happens. How can you ever love another child as much as you love the one who made you a Momma? Because of her I KNOW that someday I too will be able to love another little babe. She shows it. She was MADE to be a Momma & she is an incredible one!**
Births always get me. ALWAYS. To me they are the most wonderful thing to photograph. True, raw human emotion. Weddings are lovely. They are amazing with all of the beautiful intricate details that make up the whole day. BUT, NOTHING compares to watching & photographing a new baby being born. A new life. A couple who were once just husband & wife becoming parents together. They are incredible.
This birth was very dear to me, as most of mine are. I have known this couple since high school. They started dating like 2 months before my husband & I did. Cara & I grew up in the same neighborhood so many summer days were spent together. I didn't get to be in the room for the birth. The Dr. wouldn't allow it, I did however wait & wait & wait, ok, so she labored long, hahah, but I am oh so happy I did. At once ALL of her entire family got to go into the delivery room & meet Baby Bridget. Words really can't describe it. Picture this, sun shining in, worship music playing in the background celebrating God & this new life, new parents, new grandparents, a new great grandma, new aunts & uncles all there to meet one little girl. It was MAGICAL. The moment when the great grandma got to see her grandbaby. I will never forget it. EVERRRR. She sobbed. There was not a dry eye in that room. It gives me chills. Baby Bridget had her eyes open the entire time. As if she was saying, "HELLOOOO world. I am HERE!! I am so happy to meet you all!" It was so cool. Everyone just slowly passed her along. Cuddling. Loving. Embracing. If I could redo my birthing experience I would have wanted it to be exactly as hers was. It was just beautiful & I am happy I was there to capture it for them to remember for all of their lives. <3
Last year I had the honor of photographing a Breast Cancer survivor who crossed the finish line of Race for the Cure with her own sweet baby in her arms. I would love to have this opportunity again. I walked the entire Race with her (& pushed, CARRIED REALLY, my own babe too!). It was SUCH a rewarding experience. Almost all of my fans know photography is more than just my job, it is my LOVE. And the tears of joy I cried with this
client friend made it so worth it. Do YOU know a survivor?? Why should I walk this with them? Tell me. I WANT to do this & THEY deserve this!!
This birth was incredible. They opted out of finding out the sex of the baby before birth. The emotions at that moment took me back to my birthing experience because we didn't know the gender either. It was an honor to be there. Nothing can prepare you for that moment. I cried tears of joy as I watched two people completely in love welcome their little BOY into the world. I hope they cherish this & these photos forever.
Want to win a newbie sesh??? Then this post is for you!! Send me a recent picture of your little family (whether it includes just YOU & your bump! or include siblings, dogs, hubbies! whoever!) along with a story as to WHY you should win (make it convincing! Fans who don't know you will be voting!). I will then post it in an album on my photography page. From there I will allow 3 days of voting! Whoever gets the most votes, WINS! Sound like fun?! Ok send the emailed files to LScholzPhoto@yahoo.com by Friday, February 3rd.
If there is one word I can use to describe myself, as cliche as it sounds, is passionate. I am passionate about all aspects of my life. When I was little I came home MELTING DOWN because I missed ONE spelling word. Just one & I THINK it was the bonus word at that. In elementary school I won the Dare contest & got to speak in front of all the 5th Grade Parents & Students in the Gahanna school district preaching about why you shouldn't do drugs. That was a lot of people for a 5th grader to speak in front of (oh & my brother & I got into a screaming fight literally two hours before which left me with a hoarse voice, but sister still nailed it & I have the backpack they gave me full of goodies still to prove it). In high school art was my passion. I started to not do AS well (dude, I still held a 3.0, I think) with my normal classes but excelled in my art classes. Ceramics was actually my FAV, I could throw on the wheel for hours & hours. I skipped ALL normal study halls to be down in the art room with the best 2 art teachers ever. One whom I am still friends with today (&&&& she referred a Bride to me & possibly wants me to come be a guest speaker for her class!! WOAH!! Honored!) I hate cigarettes. I am SOOO passionate about that. Probably because I grew up without grandparents on my mom's side & watched my grandpa pass from lung cancer as a young child. I of course tried them at one point in my early adulthood, but man do I HATE them. I HATE the way they smell. I hate the way they smell on your clothing. But what I HATE most is how they smell when they are covered up. As a non-smoker you can ALWAYS tell if someone is a smoker by the smell of their breath, no matter how much gum you chew. Ok, see, I went on a rant because it is something I am SO passionate about. Hmmm, some others, I am TOTALLY pro-life. That's a huge one that I will leave at just that. Kids. I am obsessed, I LOVE & am maybe a little envious of their lives. My family. We seriously have some major quacks in our family. But man, when you see us when we are all together, you see nothing but love. Our Christmas party is a spectacular site (think plywood walls, with deer carcass', all of us dressed cute in a key shop, drinking tons of alcohol, eating a ridiculous amount of food, which I stay away from anything that looks like chili for fear of dear meat in it, singing Santa Claus is coming to town as he LITERALLY does, all while watching the children's eyes light up as they try to figure out WHICH uncle Santa is. And it's my Uncle Ron & he ROCKS it, with make-up, steamed glasses & a bag full of goodies to give to the kids.) I am passionate about traditions & making sure I still keep my old ones but bring on the best ones for my sweet baby boy. I am PASSIONATE about BEING there. My high school teacher said it best when he said "Be where you are when your there." I am doing my best to always do that. I am a cell phone NUT but, Momma doesn't miss one awesome memory with her baby (See, I am passionate about being a Momma too, it is my favorite role!) But I am so so so passionate about photography.
“Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have caught on film is captured forever... it remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything.” -Aaron Siskind
With photography you get moments that mean everything captured forever. When everything changes, that moment will always be the same. I just love that I am able to keep memories alive for so many people.
This video below is my Nicu baby. I call him MY nicu baby because I LOVE this family. I do admit that I take ownership with my clients because I work hard to build
**PLEASE pay attention to the second to last pic, haha, it's like he was saying "YESSSSS, she's done!" haha. ENJOY!!!
Most of you know this already. But I'll tell you anyways. I'm a Mom, to my sweet boy Kreuz (pronounced Cruise). My heart is full. It belongs to a wild child who keeps me on the edge of my toes every second of the past 16 months of his existence. Actually if we want to be technical, it started pretty much the moment I became preggo with him. He is crazy. He is every bit BOY that he could possibly be. My husband played soccer his whole life & I thought FOR SURE he would want him to carry it on. BUT, he insists we are putting him in a contact sport as soon as he is old enough! Hehe. I love him with my whole heart but MAN, he is a lot of work. He keeps me sane & insane. He is a hitter, a bitter & a tender heart bear who kisses his momma & THEN HUGS too, the moment I tell him no. Yep, my heart goes pitter freaking patter every time. He doesn't allow me to do much of anything during the days except give him my 100% attention. Which I am fine with, because he will never be this age again. Someday I am going to miss it. So yes, I eat every second up. I will have my cake & eat it too. So if there is ever a day where it takes me a while to reply to a text, or an e-mail or a phone call, just remember I am a Mom first & a photographer second & this momma is probably busy making memories. :)
You will NEVER get them back this little. Ever. Document it.
I have recently LOVED doing in home newborn sessions. I attended the Amy Cook Newborn Workshop in early December & since then I can't get enough. Here are some of my recent BOY newbies!! EVERYONE is having BOYS!!! I know of 3 little ladies coming up in my future sessions. 2 little identical twins who happen to be one of my best friends babies & my new niece! & One surprise baby on the way! If you are interested in having an in home newborn session, here is some of the information about it. It typically is a 1-3 hour session in YOUR HOME. I KNOW what it is like to be recovering from having a child. It isn't easy. I come to you, I do the work. You just rest & watch me work my magic with your beautiful new babe. Newborn sessions are slow paced and stress-free to allow babies to nurse, sleep and feel absolutely at peace. That is when it all happens, when they are perfectly content! It's best to do newborn sessions when the baby is 12 days old or younger. I bring almost everything you need however I am not opposed to anything you would like to use for your shoot! I can do posed shots or more lifestyle shots, whichever you prefer! Enjoy!
Ready, let's DO THIS. I'm in LOVE with Winter. While others GRIPE, I enjoy it. It's so beautiful (until you look at the roads of course!). I LOVE it SO much that I want to do a giveaway. Whoever refers the MOST FANS to my Facebook Photography Page (THEY MUST COMMENT ON MY WALL as to who referred them!) wins a Free Mini Session SNOW SHOOT for this coming SUNDAY (closes 5pm on Saturday). I'm SOOOO excited!!! I mean what is not to love about the gorgeousness of it all. Thanks Fans! And GO.