I've been friends with Rachel since we were in elementary school, and over the years we used to talk on and on about what the future would be like. It's funny to be living that future we dreamed of back then, and though it's quite different than we ever could have predicted, it's also much more wonderful. It was an honor to photograph her and her husband as they wait for their first little one to arrive - he'll be just over two months younger than Leo, and it'll be so fun to both have little boys so close in age!
Leo is seven weeks old today, and I'm fiiiiinally getting around to sharing a few of his newborn photos. He's already changed so much (and has put on about 7 pounds, ha!). We are so in love with him, and he's the perfect addition to our family.
This family session, along with David and Janet's story about adopting their daughter Haylee, were recently featured on The Fount Collective. I was truly blessed to be able to work with this family and to play a very small part in celebrating their story of adoption. And because Janet tells their story so beautifully, I am going to stop talking and you can read her wonderful words for yourself below. :)
"David and I joke that we never do anything the easy way. God is often giving us opportunities to grow! Thus, when we started thinking about adoption, we expected it to be difficult. We were nervous and it honestly felt like an invasive process. At our first adoption meeting we went to, we left crying, feeling overwhelmed.
After about a year, we finally gathered the courage to go to another agency’s intro meeting and God transformed our fears into peace. It was clear that this was the path for our family. And, to our surprise, nothing in our few short years together has ever gone so smoothly!
We started the process in April 2016 and were matched with Haylee’s birth family in June. We met them face to face in August and hit it off. We relaxed as we all realized we were feeling the same way: nervous, excited and praying to make a good impression!
In September, our beautiful Haylee Kay was born. As soon as we saw her, I just started weeping. We could not believe she was ours. We were blessed to be in the room for her birth and be the first to hold her and feed her. She is a sweet, easy going girl and she brings so much joy to our lives.
But, Haylee was not the only gift we received. By her birth, our entire family grew. Haylee's birth family (parents, sisters, cousins, aunts, uncles, grandma, etc.) welcomed us into their lives, celebrated with us, and love Haylee deeply. We look forward to our relationship growing with them in the years to come.
We know every adoption story is different and feel so blessed by the way ours was written. We pray that our story brings hope to others looking into adopting!"
Jen is a super talented photographer based in Orange County, and it was an honor to photograph her with her husband and their boys in Laguna Beach this past winter. After rescheduling a couple times due to rain, we lucked out with the most gorgeous evening and wonderful warm weather. I fell totally in love with this location, and so wish San Diego's beaches had this amazing variety and light!
It's actually fairly uncommon that I photograph families with kids older than about six or so - and I have to say, there is no reason your family photos should stop just because your kids are in school or you don't have babies in the house anymore! Even though children don't change as quickly as they get older, each stage in your family's life is so worth preserving, and that beautiful love worth remembering.