You can tell a lot about a family by following them around for an hour or two, watching them interact. I was blown away by all the love between these three. Such a tight-knit bond between them. Lighthearted, fun Dad and loving, nurturing Mom. I can’t think of much more a kid could ask for.

I remember talking to Adrienne a few years ago about their adoption. They were approved but they were waiting…..waiting for their daughter. She was somewhere in the foster care system – still unknown to each other.

I was so honored to be there the morning of the culmination of this long journey and in many ways, the beginning of another one. This day was years in the making. Family members flew in, friends battled rush hour traffic and in the midst of the chaos and the waiting there was an atmosphere of support, joy and expectation. It was beautiful – but then again, adoption is beautiful. Every adoption is born out of loss, but in that loss there is redemption, there is a new beginning and there is hope.

(To read a letter that Adrienne wrote Finley before meeting her, click HERE. WARNING: Tissues needed)

The sad truth is that often photographers have next to no pictures of themselves! So Melissa Babasin Photography and I teamed up and decided to help each other out. Family picture swap. A week later she had to put up with me and my gang. Now I finally have beautiful pictures of my kids that I am in.

Melissa and I have actually known each other since High School. I remember many days of Art class with her. Fast forward 15 years and here we both are, with young families and photography businesses. Sometimes life goes full circle like that.

Melissa thank you for trusting me with capturing your beautiful, silly bunch!

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Kylie is going into her Senior year of High School. She is smart, passionate, goofy, talented and (clearly) gorgeous. I loved that we were able to capture her in her element, playing and singing. This girl has a pair of chords on her!  So much is on her horizon as she enters her last year of High School and plans of this next chapter of her life begin to unfold.

Many blessings on everything ahead, your future is truly bright!

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When you imagine the stereotypical 13-year-old, do you picture awkwardness or insecurity? Well, Olivia is exactly the opposite. This kid is awesome. Quirky, smart, creative, hilarious and confident. She marches to the beat of her own drum. I read a psychology article recently about what makes someone cool. The core of it? Not caring about what others think. If that is true, this is one cool girl. Her mom (another very cool chick) has decided to make 13 a rite of passage for her daughters. This photo shoot came with the freedom to wear dangle earnings and her own Facebook account, among some other perks. 13 is a milestone and it ought to be celebrated.

Miss Livie, may this new chapter of your life be filled with joy, wonder and excitement as you grow every day into the woman you were created to be!

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