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Adoption birth story | Hattie Elizabeth

Apr 21, 2016

When Kara talked to us about Hattie’s adoption birth story session, I was honored. It was a privilege to be invited into their home to tell this story for Hattie. Although we aren’t newborn photographers, we do photograph moments, emotions, and stories. So we decided to bend the rules for our friends!

Some days I’m overwhelmed by the blessing of my job. Troy and I are present in some of the biggest milestones in peoples’ lives, and it’s a responsibility we take seriously. I think of Chad and Amanda’s maternity pictures, my nephew’s birth, and countless weddings.

To tell Hattie’s adoption birth story holds similar emotions for us. What a privilege.

Adoption Birth Story:

Jon and Kara adopted Phoebe seven years ago. They’ve had an open adoption with her birth mom, Lauren, since that time. Lauren and her family are a part of Jon, Kara, and Phoebe’s life. Jon, Kara, and Phoebe are a part of their lives. They’ve chosen this path, and it’s so beautiful to watch from the outside.

Last fall, Lauren called Kara. She was pregnant and wanted Jon and Kara to adopt the baby– Phoebe’s birth sister. I can’t even…

Hattie Elizabeth was born on March 28.

We had the honor of photographing Jon, Kara, Phoebe, Hattie, Lauren, and her daughter, Mya, when Hattie was five days old.

We wanted to honor Jon and Kara and give them images that celebrated their family and their new addition. We wanted to honor Lauren and her love for her daughters, and we wanted to honor the girls by giving them pictures to cherish for a lifetime. Here’s their story of beauty, sacrifice, love, connection, joy, selflessness, and strength.
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  1. Kara Cavanagh says:

    So very thankful for our friends Troy and Traci! It is a great blessing that you have used to your talents to provide these priceless images for us! Thank you!

  2. Kristin says:

    I can’t even…this is tears-streaming-down-the-face and all kinds of beautiful. Thanks to ALL of you for sharing this beautiful story

  3. Lauren Anderson says:

    this is absolutely beautiful. so excited for you, Jon & Kara!!

  4. Hannah says:

    Tears of joy… What beautiful girls and what a beautiful story. May God continue to bless and sustain this blended family.

  5. Gail says:

    Love reside here. As i read this post again I am so thankful the Lord orchestrated this beautiful story with tears of joy streaming down my face. In awe of His grace.

  6. Sheri Hansen says:

    Such a wonderful story I love shown all around! Birth moms rock! Congrats Jon, Kara, and Phoebe in your precious daughter Hattie! ????????

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