Thursday, July 9, 2009

Baby Portrait Session :: Celebrating Adoption

Well, he's not exactly a baby anymore~ at nineteen months he's a full-fledge on-the-move, I'm-all-boy toddler! But these little ones grow up so fast that I'm all for calling them babies as long as possible. Today's session was part of my Celebrating Adoption series~ a gift to good friends of our family who officially adopted this sweet little guy nearly one year ago. He joined their family just a few days after birth and has been a delight to his big sister, family and friends. Adoption is close to the heart of our family too, because our youngest child (ahem, the 'baby') joined our family in this same special way.

It has been a while since I have photographed someone between the ages of one and two. Let's just say he had a fantastic time this morning running, climbing the steps (over and over and over), and popping bubbles while we were waiting for that magical moment when he would stop and sit for a minute, or ten seconds... but, he didn't... (he's a boy, and I have two of them~ what was I expecting??) So there are plenty of action shots, which I love to see anyway. My absolute favorite images came at the end of the session when his daddy arrived, and you can just see this little guy's face light up and know that genetics don't make a family~ love does.

If you know someone who has recently adopted a child,
please have them contact me for more information on this special portrait session offer.

1 comment:

  1. Marci,
    These pictures are just adorable. After working with you and Caryn on Mon. and seeing these pictures along with hers, I have to say that God has truly blessed you with a special gift to photograph and capture the individuality of each person in your pictures. It is very obvious how much joy this brings into your life as you serve others with this gift. Keep up the great work! Mary


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