Two years ago, this amazing family welcomed two adopted children from the Ukraine. This June, they returned to the beleaguered nation to bring home three new siblings.
Mom’s sister contacted me about a week before they were scheduled to fly back home to Sacramento, CA and asked if I could capture those first few moments with extended family at the airport.
Timelines were fluid, with the Ukrainian government not being incredibly reliable with their paperwork deadlines and Tuesday became Wednesday became Thursday night and I began biting my nails; I had to leave first thing on Friday morning myself for an out-of-town trip.
Fortunately, albeit at almost 11pm, the now family of 7 + grandma (who had come along for support) emerged from the security check-point and into the arms of eagerly waiting family members.
I was so privileged to be a part of this homecoming for such a big-hearted family.
I love capturing life milestones, in-the-moment, as they happen. Based in Sacramento, California, I cover the entire Sacramento region plus Lake Tahoe/Reno, San Francisco and the Bay Area.
© Michelle McDaid – Memories by Michelle Photography | Sacramento, CA adoption photographer | Photo documentaries of family and childhood | Live the Moment. The Dishes Can Wait.
This sweet girl has faced many challenges and a rough road in her eleven years, but May 28th was a very special day for Kayla–her adoption finalization!
Kayla and her mom share a special bond.
Her mom, Miriam, booked a Red Thread Session to celebrate and we met in Lancaster County Park, one of my favorite places to shoot. Kayla had never been before and loved exploring! Miriam and I had a hard time keeping up with her!
Her special friend Vanilla has been with her since she was a baby. So of course, he was included in the session!
As a mom of two girls who were adopted, I love seeing families come together through the blessing of adoption.
Akron OH Family Photographer | A STARK COUNTY ADOPTION FINALIZATION
A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of meeting this sweet family of 3 in Akron for their daughter’s adoption finalization ceremony. I asked them what their story is and this is what was said:
“We got an email on a Friday afternoon in November that there was a baby girl who had been born not quite a week prior, and whose birth mother wanted to meet us on Sunday. We hadn’t realized we had even been presented to a birth mother, but we didn’t get too excited because we had been presented half a dozen other times over the past three months our home study had been completed, and were not chosen to meet the birth parents. We went and met the birth mother on Sunday, along with three of her children. At that meeting, she told us she wanted us to parent her daughter and asked the social worker to take us to meet her daughter, who was in a cradle care home. The birth mother said that she wanted her daughter home with us as soon as possible, and asked if we could do the actual placement the next day, Monday. We said goodbye to the birth mother that day and followed the social worker to meet this baby. We were warmly welcomed by the cradle care family, and held the tiny baby girl (5lbs!) for the first time. We realized that we had no baby supplies and we both had to go to work the next day, so we said goodbye and raced to the baby supply store before it closed. We were there for the half hour before they closed trying to gather what we thought we might need for a baby the next day. On Monday, my husband went to his first day of his brand new job, and I went to the job that I had only had for two weeks. I asked for maternity leave and explained what had happened, and then that afternoon we went down for the placement. We came home with our daughter 24 hours after meeting her, and were instant parents! The rest is history!”
Isn’t that so crazy? I love their adoption story! Enjoy some photos of their adoption finalization ceremony and a few family photos following. I would love to photograph your own adoption story! I live and work in Tuscarawas County and I travel to Stark, Holmes and surrounding areas.
Thank you once again Red Thread Sessions for giving us this amazing community and organization to work with and give back to these families!
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