It's been quiet here for a while, as I have been on maternity leave. We adopted our youngest son and brought him home from Ghana after quite a lengthy battle to bring our family under one roof. It was fitting for me to ease my way back in to a short fall season with a Red Thread Session. I volunteer with Red Thread Sessions to provide photography for families who have recently adopted, and it's such a an honor to introduce a new family through photographs.
Not only did we photograph these two lovely ladies in a way you might expect from a PLP family session, but we also did something special. Part of their personal adoption story included a special connection to DC comic book characters. A few years ago now, a friend donated a very large poster collection to Brian and I to aid in our fundraising efforts- a large portion of which was DC comic book characters. We got bogged down in paperwork and never sold them. As soon as I read their story, I knew that the person who donated the posters would be honored by them being used as a background for their portraits- a story-telling element and something really unique. This person has a huge heart for adoption and is an adult-adoptee. They gave the OK for us to use them in this way and I set to trying to find a way to create something.
My favorite part of the session was when this lovely young lady asked me, "Can I hold my mom's hand and look at her? She just makes me so happy!"
This photograph also really touched me. You can see this new mother's heart through her facial expressions of tenderness, protection, and satisfaction. This daughter is so dear to her. Likewise, her daughter's face is so joyful. She simply could not stop smiling when she was close to her mother. It was so beautiful.