An Adoption Story: Samuel and Benjamin

Ben and Sammy were brought home to their forever family from China this past June. They are from different provinces of China and have their own individual upbringings through foster homes and foster families, but brought together to be brothers for life. I think it is so special they had each other to help make the transition a little easier.

When they arrived in the United States they did not speak any English, but I would have never known because when I arrived to their home 5 months later, they were speaking very clear English. They are homeschooled with their other brothers and sister and they seem to be right at home. Ben and Sammy were very energetic right from the start and I could tell they love being silly with their family. You will be able to see from the images below that they are loving life and having fun.

I’m thankful to have been connected with this family. At the beginning of 2015 I decided I wanted to help adoptive families by blessing them with family photos, but I wasn’t sure how to go about offering that. Then towards the end of January I got an email asking about doing ‘gotcha day’ pictures for these boys. While we didn’t do pictures right when they came home, it was clear waiting until these boys were more comfortable was the best plan. I actually  think it allowed me to capture their family dynamic and who they really are. Let me also point out how neat it is that these took place during National Adoption Month.

Ben and Sammy’s mom told me they are always looking at the old family photo hanging on the wall (they are not in it) and she can’t wait to get a new one up that includes them. I can’t wait for these boys to see their new family picture hanging on the wall and for it to be a reminder of the love our Heavenly Father has for each of them every time they look at it.

What a blessing it was for to meet this amazing family and hear their story. If you know of any newly adoptive families that could use some family photos, please send them my way.



Hudson, Ohio Painting Party: Corks and Canvas

Painting parties are all the rage these days and for a good reason; they are a ton of fun! My friend, Holly, has the most impressive place to host painting parties and she is a phenomenal teacher. Her garage/barn provides a rustic and eclectic feel and you can always add your own decorations to accommodate whatever party you may be hosting there. From bridal showers, kids birthday parties, date nights, to you name it, Holly will go the extra mile to ensure your party is a success. This Fall she is starting something new by offering open paint nights, where you can grab a friend or two and come out to paint for $25 a person. Check out her Corks and Canvas Facebook page to contact her and find out more details. c&c-089-lowres2c&c-133-lowresc&c-020-lowresc&c-101-lowres1c&c-087-lowresc&c-126-lowresc&c-131-lowresc&c-080-lowresc&c-084-lowresc&c-109-lowresc&c-112-lowres

Lake Forest Country Club: Jennifer’s 40th Birthday Surprise

What a pleasure it was to photograph this special 40th birthday party. Jennifer knew a party was being planned by her husband Mark, but some of it was a surprise to her. I think the moment she walked into a room full of close family and friends singing, “Happy Birthday” was a memory she won’t forget.  Jennifer has been battling cancer for a couple years, but the celebration of her life was something incredibly special.  She spoke about her faith in God in such a confident and assured way and friends and family attested to her faith in everything they had to say about her. It was very clear to me that she is a light to those around her and I pray that God continuous to fill her with a tremendous amount of peace, joy and hope. Happy Belated 40th Birthday, Jennifer!