Red Thread Sessions was started in 2011 by two custom photographers in Texas and Maryland, both whom added to their families through adoption. Feeling the need in their communities to celebrate the beauty of adoption through photography, Red Thread Sessions was born. Soon after, many other photographers throughout the U.S. felt moved to donate their time as well. In 2016 the original founders of Red Thread Sessions passed on administrative duties to two new photographers, one in California and one in Washington. It is their goal to continuing to grow Red Thread Sessions’ tradition of celebrating adoption through photography.
Red Thread Sessions not only captures family portraits of new families, it also capture the precious, happy, confusing, exciting, exhausting, traumatic, life-changing time that is so often brief and fleeting in the life of an adoptive family.
Sarah Mariel is a portrait photographer located in Pasadena, California and has owned her business, Sarah Mariel Photography, for over six years now. She is also a wife and mother. She has three little ones, two biological and one adopted. Sarah and her husband adopted their youngest daughter from Congo in 2010 when she was only four months old. A few years ago Sarah significantly cut back on weddings to focus on portraits and the idea of doing adoption photography was presented to her and she couldn’t believe she hadn’t considered offering that before! During some research on adoption photography she found Red Thread Sessions and joined immediately. She is so excited to have this opportunity to work more with this amazing organization and can’t wait to see how it continues to grow.
Erika Roa is mother and military spouse currently living in a small town in Western Washington. She owns and operates Little Fish Photo as a lifestyle and documentary family photographer. She and her husband have a beautiful little boy and another child due in November. Erika happened to stumble upon Red Thread Sessions while she was working to open her business in 2012 and was immediately touched by their mission. She is thrilled to be able to work with this organization in a more hands-on capacity and am looking forward to helping Red Thread grow as an organization and as a community.