NYC Family of Four | Adoption Day Photography | Debbie Allan Photography

Last week I had the honor of meeting Leon, Joshua, Eric and Reaves in downtown Manhattan.  June 9th 2016 was adoption day.  It was my first Red Thread Session.  We met shortly before entering the Family Court in a delightful neighborhood park, across the street from the court house.  It gave us the perfect opportunity to get to know each other a little.  The boys were bursting with excitement and the love this family share was overflowing.   Here is their story in their own words:
Leon and Joshua welcomed Eric into their home in July of 2013 when he was just a few days old. One year later, they welcomed his brother Reaves into their home in July 2014 when he was a few days old.  Eric and Reaves are full brothers and have been able to grow up together in a loving home.
On June 9th 2016, their adoption was finalized at the New York County Family Court in Manhattan.  Eric wore a bow-tie with two of his favorite characters: “Orange Fish” [Nemo] and “Blue Fish” [Dory]; Reaves wore a bow-tie with his favorite character: Elmo.

Prior to the adoption becoming official

Eric's dance moves

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Entering the courtroom

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Its official. Photo opportunity with the judge.

Heading home to celebrate

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Kansas City Adoption

One of my favorite parts of a newborn session is all of  the down time during feedings. That pause gives us a chance to talk, and for me to hear their adoption story! Building that connection is so special, and I’m always honored to then try to capture that joy in their photographs. This couple brought their baby boy home when he was about 3 weeks old, and 6 weeks later I had the pleasure of meeting them at the court house for their finalization!

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Photos by Faces You Love Photography, a portrait studio in Kansas City specializing in the first year of life.

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Los Angeles Adoption Photography | Celebrating Coming Home

Earlier this week I had the pleasure of working with the Flores family. I could not be more thrilled with all the adoption sessions I’ve done lately! The Flores family adopted Z from China and they just brought her home at the beginning of this year. Here’s a little bit of their story: We decided to grow our family through adoption. After much consideration we decided to adopt our daughter from China and in 2013, we officially started the adoption process. We waited and waited and filled out lots and lots of paperwork and on November 4, 2015 at 1:59pm my phone rang with our daughters referral. I will never forget that day. That is the day we saw our daughter! I called my husband and he quickly came over and we saw the picture of the most beautiful little girl, our daughter! We said yes and her file was locked. After a little more paperwork we were on a plane for China on January 13, 2016. We were able to tour Beijing and see the beautiful country and culture where our sweet girl was born. On the 17th we arrived in the city where our daughter is from and spent our last night as a family of 2. I will never forget walking in to the hotel room and seeing the crib there next to the bed. It was an amazing feeling. This was really happening!! The next day Zoey was placed in our arms. After a little more paperwork and traveling to two other cities we finally flew home on the 30th we arrived at LAX as a family of three. After all the waiting and paperwork we wouldn’t change any of it. Our daughter is perfect and is the daughter we were always meant to have.

I met up with the Flores family at Griffith Park Observatory and wandered around checking out all the stairs (Zoey’s favorite!) and seeing the views of Los Angeles. Here are some of my favorites from our time together.

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