There’s a longstanding annual tradition in my family of spending a week together at the beach. A whole week away from the routines and obligations of our every day lives where we get to enjoy slow mornings, big meals, and time in the sun. I’m always thankful to get so much time in one of my favorite places with my favorite people.
It’s sometimes hard for me to find a balance between picking up my camera on vacation and putting it down. I can feel torn between capturing the moments and being present for them. I don’t want everyone else’s memories of me to include a camera in front of my face. So I tried to make an effort this year to play more, to converse more, to enjoy more.
This is a short recap of our vacation. But let’s be honest… this is really just a summary of my nephew’s week at the beach with cameo appearances from the rest of the family.
It is an honor to be asked to photograph a family; to be welcomed in to the intimate space of hugs and kisses between parents and their littles. In one quick hour I learn their nicknames for one another and discover what bribes work best for eliciting smiles from the kiddos. What I hope to preserve for each family is a record of a season of their lives. A series of images they can revisit in the years to come that remind them of the good places they have been.
The Johnsons have given me the greatest compliment by asking me back a second time to capture their family. I hope these pictures always remind you of the joy found in the gift of your boys!
The excitement over this sweet girl is hard to contain. And I’m thrilled for these friends to now be a family of three. Welcome Maylin!
He’s learning how to stand and he’s not too sure about eating cake. His head is full of hair and his smile will melt your heart. Happiest of birthdays to this special boy!
People often ask me what I most enjoy photographing. And my answer is always ‘children’. They are free to be fully themselves in a way that adults rarely are.
This family is a perfect example of the joy children bring in front of the camera. I asked these handsome boys to throw leaves at me and that was all it took to get them to laugh and run and let their little souls spill forth.
On the first day of Christmas, the Johnsons gave to me… 7 faces smiling, 6 fellas laughing, 5 kids in ties, 4 toothy grins, 3 group hugs, 2 lovebirds, and one mama full of style and grace. Merry Christmas Johnson family!
I love to see the way a mother loves her daughter.
The Warrens have recently returned to North Carolina – just in time to welcome their newest little bundle. Welcome to the family Daniel!
The world is full of amazing families. And sometimes, being a photographer gives me the opportunity to get to know another one!
Complete. Finished. Official. Final.
The adoption process does not end with the birth of your baby. And it does not end when you bring that baby home. The legal process does not come to an end until a finalization hearing, which typically happens in the six to eight months after the baby is home. It’s the official end to the paperwork and the home visits. It’s the day the state officially recognizes what you’ve known since the moment you met your son or daughter – they are a part of your family.
Finalization is the end of the road to adoption. And I imagine it’s the day you breathe a sigh of relief. It is finished.
Rejoicing in your finalization Isaiah!