Storytelling, they say, is an important part of our lives. Stories can inform people of acts of kindness, courage, and determination. I have a story to share that reflects all three. Without a doubt, there are days in my business when I reflect and conclude…I love my job. It was December 2016, the Christmas holiday season, when I received a phone call from a young lady who wanted to buy a gift voucher. This Christmas gift idea would include her sister's family. As a photographer, offering gift vouchers for holidays and other special occasions is one of the services I gladly offer to my clients. Sharing the gift of photography is truly a gift that keeps on giving. The story continues with the gift voucher reaching her in plenty of time to be wrapped and find that perfect place under the Christmas tree.
Fast forward to the pre-consult meeting with Megan and Taylor. During this first meeting, I learned Megan and Taylor had adopted a little girl. They brought Madison home from the hospital at birth as a foster child. It took two years to complete the paperwork and I'm happy to report she is officially their daughter now and forever.
As if that wasn't enough great news. Yes, there's more to this great story. Megan was finally pregnant. They had tried for years without any luck. With the help of modern medicine, they were excitedly expecting a new bundle of joy. We were able to capture Megan's pregnancy and create the wonderful portrait that will always be a special memory for them.
Looking back, Megan's sister was so smart to give them a gift voucher for a family photo session to capture this beautiful moment in this young family's life. Megan and Taylor had never had any professional photos taken of Madison. Given they weren't sure they were going to adopt her one can understand their decision to wait. With the adoption process now complete, they were ready to have her photographed to celebrate her second birthday. I knew this session would be extra special with the permanent addition of Madison as a family member.
I was able to capture many fun images of Madison that showed off her cute little personality. The maternity photos of Megan's "baby bump" was icing on the cake for me and this adorable family. Combining a baby birthday photo, a family session AND a Mom-to-be session to celebrate this family's journey was a privilege for me. To capture all these milestones, we created fun Brag books with lots of the images of Madison for her new Grandparents. I end this story with a feeling of gratitude knowing that I was a part of capturing this family's precious moment in time.