The Little Miracle From Ethiopia | Central Illinois Adoption Photographer

I met this family on a frigid, windy fall day. The cold weather didn’t stop the smiles from their sweet little boy, Micai. His story is incredible and I was honored to capture these pictures for them. His mom tells his story:

“Micai was born in Ethiopia. He was abandoned & found around 4 days old by some trees. He was taken to the hospital to be treated most likely for dehydration but received poor care which resulted in some severe scaring and 1/2 of one of his thumbs being amputated due to infection. He was eventually transferred to an orphanage to be adopted. At the orphanage, he suffered from both pneumonia and the measles. When we received his referral, he was 5 months old & weighed under 9 lbs. He is our miracle & God has sustained him every step. We know that although he was abandoned, he was never alone as The Lord was constantly directing his path to us…his forever family. Micai came home at 11 months. He is now 17 months, weighs 23 lbs., & is working on walking. The Lord continues to use him to teach us so much. He has a brother, Kasen (1) and sister, Kenzi (7) who love him very much! We are so privileged & stand in awe that The Lord chose our family for Micai. May he be a mighty warrior for Jesus!”

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Sweet Baby J…Philadelphia Adoption Photography

Last March, I was contacted by N, the soon-to-be mother of sweet baby J, to inquire about a Red Thread session. We scheduled her new baby session on what turned out to be a sleety, rainy, cold day, and I recall well the slippery drive into Philadelphia that morning. After parking and unloading my gear, I had the great pleasure of meeting this adorable new baby. N, J, and I had a wonderful session, capturing so many beautiful images that I know she cherishes. After the session, N requested that I wait to share any of the images with her, or with anyone, until her adoption was finalized.

So I waited…and waited…and waited….and then a few weeks after our session, I received an email from N that I had been dreading. The adoption was being contested and was at risk for not being finalized. The prospect of this sweet child being separated from his mother broke my heart. I held onto the treasured images from J’s new baby session, and each morning woke hoping that this would be the day when I could finally share them with her.

Months passed. Spring faded into Summer. My own family fell into our summer ritual of  living outside…swimming, grilling our meals, picnicking on cooler evenings. One evening after a particularly long day at the pool, I checked email to find a note from N. Finally, after months, her adoption was final. Baby J would remain with her, where he belonged, forever.

So, now nearly a year after the red thread connecting N and J brought them together, I am delighted to share some of the images from this sweet session. Thank you, N, for letting me share parts of your story. I’m so happy that we met, and still feel grateful for the opportunity to capture these early moments for you. Meet the M Family.



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Carrie is a lifestyle portrait and wedding photographer, based in Philadelphia, PA. With a touch of whimsy and an ample dose of care, she creates images that you will treasure for a lifetime.


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Baby Macie: Phoenix Birth-Adoption Story

In my typical birth sessions, I have just one story to tell.  The entire day revolves around the anticipation, delivery and arrival of a new family member.  On September 17th, in Phoenix, AZ, a new family member was being born, yes, but there were two stories…two very different stories.  One held hope and excitement.  The other held sadness mingled with fear and, yet, hope all the more.  Two moms.  Two families. Two women bound together by one little girl.

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It was my honor to document this day.  I pray these photographs not only become cherished heirlooms to the adoptive parents, Kristen and John, but a healing medium for Dawn…a BRAVE, STRONG, COURAGEOUS {birth} mother.  And to Macie, I hope you can see just how much your mothers love you.





MacieBirthRTS25If you would like to read Kristen’s {adoptive mommy} birth story, visit HERE!

<3 Courtney, Inloveness Birth Photography, Phoenix AZ


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