Monday, April 21, 2014

You Were Loved from the Start

I'm not sure I've ever been so touched by a request for a photo shoot.  When the email came through, I immediately got teary.  After having just announced my new "Life as it Happens" sessions, a woman I met several years ago sent me a message on Facebook, asking if I would be willing to photograph the homecoming of their third child, a little boy who was being adopted from South Korea.  I was truly honored and said yes without hesitation.  Their other two children are beautiful, sweet girls who were adopted from China.  As it turns out, this adoption had been 5 years in the making with more ups and downs and delays and excitement and stumbling blocks: a true roller coaster ride. I was fortunate enough to be a part of a private page on Facebook, as well, that chronicled the family's journey in the past couple of months to South Korea to meet with their new little guy/little brother and their trip back when the adoption was finally final. What a joyful day that was!

On April 12th, I arrived at the airport, ready to go, two camera in hand with different lenses.  Family and friends gathered to await the arrival of Kerry, Dave and little Michael.  There was such an outpouring of support and love around this wonderful event! Slowly but surely the crowd grew and grew....

At long last, the big sisters arrived with their grandma!

After taking this next image, I had to walk away for a moment to get my emotions back in check.  An absolutely perfect drawing!

They'll be coming any minute!

They have arrived!!!

Mom and Dad are back with Michael!!!

Kisses from Mom.

The man of the hour followed by the first family photo!

Surrounded by so much love from family and friends.

Welcome home, Michael! What an amazing community of support and love you have surrounding you.  I am honored to have been a part of your Homecoming!  I look forward to watching you grow and seeing all the amazing moments you have in front of you with your family.  You were most definitely loved from the start!