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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Joshua Tree Adoption Session

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Southern California wedding photographer Ashley Durham (of Randy + Ashley) met up with with Meredith, Andy and their SEVEN beautiful children: Kate, Annie, Summer, Gracie, Nick, Cruz + Cai out in Joshua Tree, near 29 Palms USMC base. This family is INCREDIBLE – so kind and generous, the children are all talented, smart, athletic and just as kind and amazing as their parents. It was amazing to spend a couple of hours with them, talking about all the places they’ve lived with Andy’s career in the Marine Corps, their kids, our kids, life in the high desert and of course – the reason why we were brought together: Cruz + Cai!

Cruz + Cai were both adopted from China in the last couple of years; in fact, Cai just came home a month ago! Meredith had reached out to Ashley about documenting their first official family photos before they even left for China, and it’s been blessed to witness the whole transition from a family of eight to a family of nine over the last few months. Adoption is something so near and dear to Randy + Ashley’s hearts (Ashley is adopted, and they have plans to adopt in the future) – so it’s been an honor to be part of this process with their family.

So, here are a few shots from this weekend’s Joshua Tree family session with Andy + Meredith + their beautiful kids!

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Leah’s home! | Orlando Adoption Family Photographer

“We have always had the desire to adopt a child and began discussing the idea early last year (2015). At the beginning of December 2015, we picked an agency and decided to begin the process of domestic infant adoption. Just a few weeks after our home study was completed, we were matched with a birth mother who was due March 6th, 2016. Our perfect angel was born on February 27th, just four weeks after we were matched. The process was much quicker than we ever anticipated, and we are so happy to have our baby girl home and are cherishing every moment with her.

Donny, Carlie, & Leah”

These three could not be more perfect for each other. Donny and Carlie are the epitome of love and watching them with their new daughter was such a joy. They were total naturals and showered sweet Leah with SO much love. I can’t wait to see what the future has in store for this sweet family and I hope to capture their journey for many years to come. XOXO
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My name is Kristin and I am first a wife to an amazingly supportive husband and a mother to two wildly beautiful little girls. I am a lifestyle family and birth photographer based in Orlando, Florida but available for travel as well!
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