A beautiful Beginning: Savannah Grace’s Birth Story.

Jenny and I have been social media friends for quite a few years. On occasion she comes down and joins me for yoga or when I’m in Columbus we meet up for a meal or to hang out. Forever, she’s been complimenting my family and my parenting and I’m always like, WHEN YOU MAKIN THE BABIESSS?? She kept putting off year after year and then I got the good ole snapshot of a positive preg test. So exciting!! Even more awesome when she told me it was a girl, what she had dreamed of having first. With Jenny’s beauty (inside and out), I knew that her little girl was destined to be perfection. Since she planned to have the baby in the slow season, she’s a photog too, she asked me to come up to shoot the birth. I told her it would have to be the perfect situation to make it work and I was happy to, even though I don’t travel for births anymore.

Ironically on Feb 3rd, I text her saying, “You’re having a baby THIS MONTH!!” because she was due at the end of February. Not 12 hours later, at 3am, I was getting back in bed for the 5th time already that night (thanks Ari.) and she wrote me, “I think my water broke.” My response, “You think? Orr It did.” Ha! Still in her 36th week, I was shocked to hear this! The baby was measuring well ahead so that was less of a fear with early labor. She went on in to OSU med center, already 5cm dilated and feeling like she was about to deliver on the sidewalk! After texting me the rest of the night, I got up and got us all ready by 8am. My mom would have my Bigs and my aunt graciously offered to cancel all her plans to watch the babies up there. Since Jenny was already far enough along, I was hoping I wouldn’t be up there all day since I had consultations that evening in Cincy. Into hour one of two of the drive, after multiple jams of one lane traffic ughhhhhh, “She’s ready to go, will push shortly!” Stars kept aligning and my aunt was able to meet me at the hospital entrance and trade cars, and JJ texted me detailed directions to get to her room since I’d never been there and that campus is massive. Oh, and because Jenny had an epidural, thankfully she was able to stall her pushing another 30 min for me to get to her. Good news for her because “laboring down” like that only drops the baby to a lower stage, giving her less pushing time. So I made it in time to run in and pee, let a lady bug land on me knee as a sure sign Jenny’s Dad was close by, and get behind her hospital bed in position to shoot. Not even a half an hr later, because she was a power house of a pusher, a not so preemie at all, 7.5lb 19.75″ baby Savannah Grace was born! “Savvy G” already has a fan club and is adored by many. They are both so natural, everything will continue to go smoothly. Being a photographer, you quickly learn all the tricks to soothe and entertain children of all ages. Jenny, you’ve been a mom for years, just to everyone else’s kids! It’ll be so much easier with your own! Looking forward to all the adorable pictures of her to come!

Love, Melanie.

Janet - February 10, 2016 - 11:07 pm

Beautiful!! Just beautiful! Savannah, such a gift!! Love you guys!! Congrats!!

Mary Ann - February 8, 2016 - 10:43 pm

Oh Jenny! This day is written in your heart and etched in your mind and never does a mother forget seeing her baby for the first time, but these pictures take you through the overwhelming emotions of childbirth. You did a great job, lady! And your Savannah is gorgeous and perfect! Congratulations to you and JJ. Can’t wait to meet her!

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Megan D - February 8, 2016 - 9:02 pm

Ohhh em geeeeee!!!!! The tears!!! jenny you did an amazing job!! I have so many favorites I can’t even begin to pick one. I’m so happy for you guys and I can’t wait to squeeze this little lady. So so many hugs to you and JJ. xoxoxoxoxoxooxoxoxoxo

JennyBZ - February 8, 2016 - 7:34 pm

I can’t. I just can’t find words. I can’t stop watching. I can’t stop crying. I cannot explain how happy I am that everything worked out and you were able to make it and capture these amazing memories for us. I will truly cherish these images forever. I can’t thank you enough. You are amazing. Love love love you!! xx

Mandy - February 8, 2016 - 5:38 pm

I’m a bawling mess over here!! This is so perfect!! You captured so much love and happiness, Melanie! You did such a great job! Thank you for this beautiful memory to always have and cherish!! Jenny and jj– I am so incredibly happy for you guys! Savannah has my heart forever– she is perfection. Love you all!


Happy Birthday baby girl! More coming soon!:)



Love, Melanie

Chrissy Lobberecht (Combs) - February 6, 2016 - 1:42 am

Congratulations to you both and the entire family!! Such a beautiful healthy baby girl!! Jenny you are going to be such a fun and awesome mommy!! May God watch over you all!!

Amanda Cox - February 6, 2016 - 12:38 am

That picture of Aunt M and Gramma seeing little miss is priceless. Congratulations on your beautiful little lady. You are a family! Xx

Megan D - February 5, 2016 - 11:36 pm

That second photo!!! The tears!!!! I’m so happy for you and JJ, Jenny!! You two have just experienced the BEST day of your lives!!! She’s incredibly adorable. I can’t wait to snuggle her! Big hugs and love! Amazing photographs Mel!!

Claire - February 5, 2016 - 10:58 pm

Wow! Your hearts must be so full! What a perfect little angel!!! I love the B&W of momma and daddy laughing with the little one, my other favorite is that first momma/baby hug. So stinking sweet!
Thanks for sharing!
Congratulations Zink Family!!!

Welcome Ezra Victor. {Just Born}

Almost exactly 2 yrs ago, I watched Garrett coach Natalie through the long and tough birth of Anae. This time, I didn’t get to see Ezra’s birth. Why? Ohhhh because he was nearly born in the car ride to the hospital, not long after her water broke. I couldn’t believe it!! She told me earlier that day she was hoping something would happen over the weekend. Surprisingly I got a text at 5:30pm saying her water broke and so they were heading to the hospital, a 45 min drive. I waited an hr and asked if she was checked in triage yet and the response… “BABY HERE!!” Uhhh, WHAT?! Polar opposite birth stories. Ezra is a little peanut, which isn’t shocking with how petite Natalie is! Great to see all of you! Congrats!! You have a beautiful family.

Welcome Ezra Victor | Born 1.29.16 | 6.9lbs | 19.5″


She said, “Put the baby back in there, Daddy.” Someone isn’t ready to lose all the attention. 😉


Love, Melanie.

welcome everleigh stella {just born}

Congratulations to Cassie & Jim on the birth of their precious daughter!

Welcome Everleigh Stella| Born January 20, 2016, 1:25am | 6.11lbs

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LaDawn - January 23, 2016 - 2:53 pm

BEAUTIFUL!! We are so happy for you.
May God continue to bless your lives!!
FYI….Expecting my first grandchild around February 21.
Also a little girl. SOOOOO excited!
LaDawn Ziser