I had the truly amazing experience of a newborn workshop last week! I have oodles of un-edited images to work through, but this was one of my favorites and I wanted to share. It’s been 3 months since my last newborn session because of our adoption trip, and boy oh boy (or girl!) am I craving another! If you haven’t seen the work of the uber-talented Keri Myers, you should – you are really missing out! She is based in Seattle and does workshops all over the U.S. It was fantastic to be able to learn from one of the best AND I also had the pleasure of meeting several other great photographers as well! I have already purchased a few new newborn goodies and cannot wait for my next session in September!
I had the honor of surprising our very dear friends, the Weldons, at the airport when they came home from China with their new baby girl on Wednesday. They didn’t know that their family would be there waiting for them, and of course didn’t know I would be there either! After just doing this myself, I knew how sweet the reunion would be, especially with their 2 sons. Lots of tears were shed. The utter joy and relief you feel after the journey of adoption and then traveling for over 24 hours … wow, there is just nothing like it … to finally be able to bring your new baby home … truly one of the most amazing moments in life. And for me, to be able to witness this reunion for their family, was absolutely priceless. I am definitely not an “event photographer” but I think the emotion in these images totally speak for themselves.
Their daughter, Emery Lin, was born just one day before our Sunshine, in the same province, and taken to the same orphanage. She was also born with the same special need as Sunshine – cleft lip & palate. To say these girls and our families are forever bonded is an understatement for sure … we have become each other’s extended families for life. I’d love it if you would join me in congratulating the Weldons! Please welcome home the newest American citizen – Emery Lin Weldon!
The images above are just a few (or a lot) of my favorites … please visit flickr for the whole set!
Weldon’s Homecoming, a set on Flickr.
This is also the perfect opportunity to tell you about a new organization that I am really proud to be helping to start – Red Thread Sessions! RTS is a non-profit group of volunteer photographers that donate their time & talent to offer adoption photography to new adoptive families. Adoption and photography are two things that are very close to my heart, and they just go hand-in-hand perfectly. Homecoming photography, like in the blog post, is just one of the types of photography available to adoptive families. RTS is still in its infancy, but please help me spread the word! We need volunteer photographers and also need the word to get out to adoptive families! I have linked the website below and please go “like” RTS on Facebook!
Seriously, is he not the cutest little guy?! I had so much fun seeing him again and I just love our results! Little man was a bit more moody than usual – but that is a-ok with me because he is so stinkin’ adorable! Those baby blues in combination with his red hair … oh he is just perfect! It’s hard to believe he is celebrating his first birthday … I’ve had the pleasure of photographing his first year and am a little sad that it’s over! He is growing into such a handsome little guy though – it’s been so fun to watch him change!
I had such a fun time with this little guy! He couldn’t have been MORE perfect for the camera – he seriously rocked his one-year session! Mama chose Swan Harbor Farm for our location because it’s where the said their “I do’s” … love that! We also had the most perfect weather anyone could have asked for! I have had the pleasure of photographing Mr. K. for his newborn and 6-month portraits too and I *would* have photographed his mama’s maternity session as well … but he decided to make his debut a little too early.
I have loved getting to know his family over this past year – they have been so delightful to work with and I am so happy to be a part of their lives!
Mel, her daughter, and I met at Sherwood Gardens yesterday morning to celebrate little lady’s 5th birthday! I still can’t believe that several years have passed since the first time I photographed her! She just gets more beautiful each time I see her – especially with those crystal clear blue eyes, beach blonde hair and glowing tan – wow what a natural beauty!
And of course, it’s always such a treat to work with Mel of Mel’s Crocheted Creations also! She is a great friend and I just adore all of her handmade one-of-a-kind crocheted accessories! If you haven’t seen me write about her and *still* haven’t visited her site, you are totally missing out!
Thanks Mel and Miss Gloria for another super-fun, extra-girly session! Can’t wait to show you the rest! And PS – I posted that first image on my Facebook page in color but I think it’s more stunning in black & white … thoughts?