I’m a baby photographer and a mother. Looking back at my childhood, I can see signs of both. When my youngest sister Marisa was born, I was 11 years old. I was still scared of the dark, but those moments when I would rock her to sleep in a dark bedroom, I felt fearless. I was the oldest, and I felt a kind of fierce protection for my brothers and sisters. Those were the first stirrings of the mama bear in me.
When Marisa was a baby, my 10-year-old sister Sarah and I used to dress her up in cute little summer outfits, prop her up under an umbrella, and put a sun hat on her head. We would pretend the tan carpet in our bedroom was the sand of a beautiful coastal beach, and we’d take dozens of pictures of her with an old slim 110 camera. I went into my teenage years with a Polaroid camera (and a lot of that 90’s teen drama), and we took hundreds of pictures. My friends’ pictures were taped to everything – my notebooks, my locker, my bedroom walls. In college I decided to take a darkroom film class, and I loved the dim light, the chemicals, and watching the images appear by magic on paper. My sister Sarah had her first child around that time, and I took dozens of pictures of my 1-year-old niece for my class final project. Taking pictures of her felt like a faint echo of my childhood.
Today I have four children (and counting!). I want to hold onto the joy, the laughter, the chubby cheeks and fine baby hair. I want them to be able to look back and know what their childhoods were like, full of love and innocence and possibilities. I want to watch and remember the CHANGE. I love how they are growing up from pink-faced giggling chubby babies, and growing into their distinct personalities. I want to remember the seriousness and the look in their eyes where I can see new ideas taking shape. I want to remember them running into my arms for ferocious bear hugs. I want to remember their smiles and tinkling giggles and roaring laughter. And so I photograph.
My husband and I have four children – two boys and two girls. Our boys are starting 1st and 2nd grade this year. We enjoy camping, Little League, going to drive-in movies, and visiting the zoo.
I have a bachelor’s degree in Clinical Laboratory Science from Wright State University. I have held a certification as a Medical Technologist and worked in a hospital laboratory since 2006.
Family and Baby Photographer
I started my photography business in 2009 and began photographing newborns, babies and families. I attended Soul Baby Workshop, a newborn posing and safety training by Uppercase Photography in 2011. In 2015, I attended the Off-Call Conference, a three-day workshop for birth photographers.
Placenta Encapsulation Specialist
I offer placenta encapsulation through my other business, Leah Jent Placenta Encapsulation. I trained with The Placenta Mentor Robin Baker in 2016. Robin is a placenta encapsulation specialist, as well as a birth photographer and doula in Temecula, California. I learned the Raw Method of placenta encapsulation, as well as how to prepare placenta tincture, pieces for smoothies, healing salve and placenta keepsakes. In order to ensure safety for myself and my clients, I also took a bloodborne pathogens course, which covered topics such as personal protective equipment, proper handling of biological materials, and cleaning of the workspace; this training course was specific for doulas and placenta encapsulation specialists. I also completed training for food safety, and I have a Food Handlers’ Certificate specific for the state of Ohio.