The Farris Family | Los Angeles Adoption Photography

Lacey contacted me about an adoption session and I was so excited to have the opportunity to work with this family. Not only did I get to photograph Banks, Lacey and their new baby girl, but Lacey’s family was visiting and I got to capture Lacey’s sister and family meeting Baby F for the first time! Here is a bit of the Farris’ story:

My husband and I were married in 2008 and decided to wait a few years before trying to expand our family. After 5 years we decided to try… and nothing happened. 15 months went by and we became pregnant. We were carrying a little girl, and at 20 weeks my water broke and I lost her.
We started trying again, but nothing happened again even with the help of infertility treatments. We heard about an expectant mother from an attorney that a friend adopted through… Banks was not sure he was ready to adopt… but said we would put our names in the hat, and if she picks us- then he will trust this is what God has for us.
Well, she picked us. She was due in September 2015. The week she went in to labor, she changed her mind though. We were devastated. All signs seems to lead to the fact that this was the plan, and we were following what God wanted us to do- but we felt we were left with nothing.
We decided to try again. We matched with another mother over Christmas 2015. She was due in April.
We worked really hard to get to know this family, and integrate them in to our own. April came, and so did the baby. Looking back to when Banks agreed to adoption was 9 months before our daughters birth. Its funny how God softens your heart to bring you to where you need to be.
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Family Fun

The best part of volunteering for Red Thread Sessions is meeting the family and hearing their story. They recently finalized the adoption of their son through foster care. He makes 5 kids at home (although only 4 joined us for photos). It turns out, the S family has some striking similarities to our family. It was fun to exchange anecdotes and ministry ideas in between clicking photos.

For the session, they decided on some family fun at a local park where they frequently go to play.

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When I showed up, one of their sons were working on a stop-motion project. Everyone was buzzing with the excitement of having a stranger in the house and getting ready for photos.

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A family game of tag broke out upon our arrival at the park.

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Then there was some, good, ole’ fashioned merry-go-round fun.

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And no playground trip would be complete without a good swing.

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Thanks for a fun morning! I’m sure our paths will cross again soon 🙂

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The Santacruz Family | Los Angeles Adoption Photography

Leo and Elizabeth got married in 2003 and knew they wanted a family, but wanted to be emotionally and financially stable before they started one.  After 5 years of marriage they were ready, but it did not work out the way they had planned.  After trying for 3 years, they learned that things don’t always happen when and the way you plan them.  Ultimately they believed that there must be reason for it, something that they didn’t know just yet.  One day Leo suggested the idea of adopting and they went for it.  They went to a Foster Care agency and learned so much about all the children just waiting to be loved.  It took them about a year to get certified and after waiting for almost 2 years for a match they were about to give up on adoption.  That’s when they were invited to a Matching Event for children open for adoption.  The event was for older children and they were looking for a child between 0 to 7 years old. They decided to give it a try. Most of the children were older or they were a part of a sibling group.  But about half way through the event everything changed, their Perfect Match arrived.  Rudy was a 2 year old boy.  When they got to spend time with him there was an instant connection.  There was only one issue, he was part of a sibling group of 3.  They were not ready to care for 3 children, so at the time they did not feel they had a chance with Rudy.  They left the event with some disappointment in their hearts.  To their surprise 3 weeks later they received an email from our social worker asking them if they were still interested in Rudy.  There was another family very interested in the 2 older boys and adopting Rudy was now a possibility for them. They said YES!  They were thrilled and then everything started to happen fast.  Rudy was supposed to come to their home for a visit during the Memorial Day long weekend, but due to some living arrangement issues, he ended up staying with them permanently.  Like every new parent, they have struggled, learned, and enjoyed every experience they’ve had throughout this past year.  Rudy has become a part of them and they cannot imagine it any other way.  Now they know why they had to wait this long to be parents.  Rudy was meant to come their lives and finally make them a family.

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