Raleigh NC Adoption Photographer
In honor of World Adoption Day, on November 9th, we celebrated the Watkins family. It was truly a honor to photograph them. As a Red Thread Sessions photographer here in Raleigh, NC; I get the opportunity to meet local adoptive families and I love every minute of it.
Not only have the Watkins’ increased their family by one adorable little girl, we celebrated their new beginning here in Raleigh, NC all the way from San Diego, CA. I am proud to serve families who have chosen to adopt. It is one way that I can bless others and celebrate the blessing they’ve received as well.
Below, the family has graciously shared a small portion of their adoption story. Much love!
We were blessed through the open adoption process this past September, when our selfless and courageous birth mother selected us from so many other couples and families to raise our beautiful “daughter to be.” For the next two months, we got to watch our baby grow and see her in ultrasounds and hear her heartbeat. Our birthmother knew how important it was for us to share these special moments with her as we prepared for the big day in November. Our daughter was induced so we were able to easily be a part of the labor and delivery. It was so amazing to be with our birth mother and watch our daughter be born. I was even able to cut the cord. Our birthmother’s brave decision allowed us to experience every part of bringing a child into this world. We continue to maintain a relationship so that our daughter will always know that this decision was made with love and concern for her well-being. We are forever grateful that she chose life and adoption instead of so many other alternatives. Our story is filled with many ups and downs, a lot of emotion, but so much joy. It was a stressful but incredible process and we were excited when our adoption was finalized legally this past October. We are so thankful for Red Thread Sessions and their network of photographers who allow adopting families the opportunity to capture special memories with our beautiful children that we can treasure for a lifetime.
Nicole Hanner is a portrait and lifestyle photographer in Raleigh, North Carolina. Specializing in newborn, child and family photography in Cary, Apex, Holly Springs and Morrisville, NC.