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Introducing Red Thread Sessions

Several fellow photographers and I have been working tirelessly on a new organization that I am so super-proud to help “found” and be a part of.

Red Thread Sessions is a group of volunteer photographers that have graciously agreed to donate their time to offer complimentary photography sessions to adoptive families. The idea for RTS was born in 2011 by myself and a fellow photographer, Nicole Bradley. With both of us being adoptive mommas and photographers, we really felt the need in our communities to celebrate the beauty of adoption through photography. Over the past year, so many ideas, thoughts and emails have gone back and forth, and there have been countless hours worth of work involved. We brought on two more photographers to help as well – Jenna Stoll and Amy Vecchio, both also touched personally by adoption. We know the need to create new portraits for adoptive families is great, but we also all understand the importance of capturing the precious, happy, confusing, exciting, exhausting, traumatic, life-changing time that is so often brief and fleeting in the life of an adoptive family. And with so many fellow photographers expressing an interest in adoption photography, we are so thrilled to introduce Red Thread Sessions!


The name “Red Thread Sessions” comes from the commonly-used Ancient Chinese Proverb that is well-known in the adoption community. It symbolizes the bond that all adoptive children have with their adoptive parents, even before they meet. An invisible “red thread” connects them to the people they are destined to meet. Although this Proverb truly relates to all people, it has a particularly strong connection to adoptive families and seemed like the perfect name for our organization.

A Red Thread Session is a complimentary photography session held during an adoptive family’s homecoming or shortly after they have become an adoptive family. Participating photographers have agreed to celebrate adoption by completely waiving their session fee and offering edited proofs from these sessions at no cost to the families. Red Thread Session photographers offer three different types of sessions:

  1. a family portrait session within the first 3 months of a finalized adoption to capture family portraits of the new family,
  2. a homecoming session where the volunteering photographer meets the adoptive family at the airport upon arrival home to capture the first moments as a new family
  3. a birth photography session to capture the birth of the adoptive child in an open adoption

We are excited to offer so many options to adoptive families – adoption means different things to families and we wanted to make sure that all needs for photography are met! But, we need your help! Red Thread Sessions will only be successful if people know about it! We need as many photographers and adoptive families to hear about Red Thread Sessions as possible so that these adoption sessions can be offered and experienced in every city, all over the US. Will you please help by telling other photographers and families about our new organization? You can blog about RTS, grab our button (with the code at the bottom) to display on your blog, and Facebook about it by linking to our Facebook Page.


We are especially in need of volunteer photographers right now – there won’t be any Red Thread Sessions if we don’t have volunteer photographers! If you are an adoptive family looking to receive a Red Thread Session, please tell your local photographers about RTS and ask them to consider joining us! Or if you are a photographer, please head over to our website and find out if Red Thread Sessions might be a good fit for you. Photographers choose how many Red Thread Sessions they want to photograph each year and are only asked to waive their session fee and offer a set of proofs to adoptive families. Please visit our website for more details using the button at the bottom of this post.

Thank you for helping us spread the word about Red Thread Sessions – passing this information on to others will allow more photographers to use their gifts and talents to help new adoptive families celebrate through photography!