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What is a Red Thread Session?

A Red Thread Session is a discounted photography session held during your homecoming or shortly after you have become an adoptive family. Participating photographers have agreed to donate their time and talent by completely waiving their session fee, retainer, or deposit. Each photographer is required to provide a viewing gallery of your images within four weeks. Product pricing and ordering policies are determined by each individual photographer. Travel fees and additional subject fees may still apply, please make sure to ask your participating photographer for details.

How do I qualify for a Red Thread Session?

If you have added to your family through adoption within the last 3 months, you qualify for a Red Thread Session! You may be asked to show proof of your adoption date given the charitable nature of a Red Thread Session. Each family qualifies for only one Red Thread Session per adoption and must sign a Red Thread Session model release.

What types of Red Thread Sessions are available?

There are 3 types of Red Thread Sessions available:

  1. a family portrait session within the first 3 months of your finalized adoption to capture family portraits of your new family,
  2. a documentary session includes but is not limited to documentary portrait sessions, courtroom sessions, and airport homecoming sessions.
  3. a birth photography session to capture the birth of the adoptive child in an open adoption.

How do I schedule my Red Thread Session?
Please contact Red Thread Sessions via the “Find A Photographer” tab to receive a list of participating photographers in your area. After that, please contact a participating photographer to discuss scheduling details. It is important that you contact a participating photographer as early as possible, preferably before your adoption is final, to allow for as much scheduling time as possible. Because photographers are donating 100% of their time for this organization, they may need to limit the number of Red Thread sessions they accept each year.

All of our participating photographers have different photographic & artistic styles. Some choose to work with only natural light while others work with studio light. Some photographers prefer lifestyle photography, others prefer posing subjects and some even work with a mix of lifestyle and posed images. Red Thread Session photographers are a mix of family, baby, child, event and birth photographers and come from all walks of life. When choosing which photographer to contact for your Red Thread Session, keep in mind what type of Red Thread Session you would like to schedule. The list of participating photographers will denote which types of sessions each photographer is willing to donate.

For additional information, please see our Frequently Asked Questions page.