I’ve had the pleasure of photographing this beautiful little girl since she was just a few days old.  It is an honor to document a family as they grow; it one of my favorite things about being a portrait photographer and is at the heart of why I do what I do.

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At 2 Miss Emma loves dancing, playing with jewelry, making monkey noises and playing with her mommy and daddy.

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Can you see how much she adores him?

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I don’t quite know how to start this post, other than by diving right in…we are adopting!

If you know me well, you probably already know that as we have been in the process for over two years, however I’ve never officially announced it here.  With the nearing arrival of our kids (yes, TWO!), I wanted to share a little of our story with you!

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Josue and I have always talked about adoption…even before we were married.  It has been something near to my heart for many years, and I always knew I would someday adopt.  I’m not sure exactly why I’ve always carried that with me; it is likely due to a combination of factors.  I’ve watched close friends and family walk through the adoption process, spent time volunteering overseas in broken communities, and even had the opportunity to teach ESL to an 11 year old boy from Ethiopia for the first year he was at his new home in the States.

But more than all of that, it has been a personal conviction.  Josue and I often talk about how thankful we are for all we have been given…tangible and intangible.  We have been blessed with wonderful, loving and supportive families, good jobs, and amazing church communities every place we have lived.

When Jesus tells the parable of the faithful servant in Luke 12, he ends the story saying that to him whom much has been given, much will be required.  We have been given so much.  And we want to give out of the overflow of blessings we have been given.  In our case, that is a home and a family.

The decision to adopt from El Salvador was easy as that is Josue’s home country.  We visit his family there yearly and carry a special place in our hearts for the many children there in need of a loving family and safe place to call home.  El Salvador is among the more difficult countries to adopt from, and the process has been long.  There have been stacks of paperwork, hours of reading, signing, notarizing, certifying and double-checking documents.  There have been heartfelt prayers for provision, and gratitude every step of the way.

We are now in the last part of the adoption process in which we await approval from El Salvador, then a match with our children.  This part could happen as quickly as this fall, but it could also take another 1 or 2 years.

I am so thankful for you guys, the amazing people who have been part of my business and thus part of my life helping make this dream possible!  If you want to continue to follow our adoption story, you can read more details and updates over on our adoption blog!

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photos by the amazing Sweet Root Village

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I had the opportunity to photograph these beautiful baby girls a few months ago when they were in town to visit family.  These little peanuts were born all the way over in Indonesia where their parents serve as missionaries, so instead of a newborn shoot, we got to do a 3 month shoot.  They were sweet, cuddly and wonderfully alert which made for a fun session!

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For their albums, we actually ordered them a duplicate of their newborn album so that each little miss will have her own when she grows up.  And since grandma is beyond smitten, we also ordered her a mini-album (shown in images) of her own!

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A few weeks ago I got the opportunity to photograph the adorable, wild and rambunctious Buitrago boys in their very own home!  They ran and jumped, wrestled and yelled and did all the things little boys are supposed to do.

These handsome boys happen to be the sons of my dear friend and amazing make-up artist, Ana B.  If you glance a my website and see mamas looking beautiful in their photos, it is all thanks to Ana who does the hair and make-up styling for all of my portrait sessions!

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  • Ana Buitrago - Thank you so much for these beautiful photographs! The hardest part is figuring out which ones to print. I love them all!

    You’re amazing!

A visit home is always so good for my soul.  My parents recently moved to a house in the country, about 25 minutes outside of Lexington where I grew up.  And though their house is new to our family, it already feels like home.  Waking up to beautiful sunrises over green pastures filled with horses, and tall green trees feels like home.  Kentucky, at her best.

Our days were filled with backyard playing, mule driving, cousin visiting, grill outs, back porch pool time, and many peaceful moments with family watching the sun rise and set over the horizon.

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I’ve been trying to make more of an effort to get out my “big” camera to shoot our life as it happens, and I’m already loving the results.

On another note, tell me those aren’t the most adorable blue eyes on my little nephew?  I’m smitten.

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These two girls have the sweetest bond as cousins.  I love how much they mean to each other already.  Elise asks me daily to see photos or to facetime with her cousin Peyton.alexandria va lifestyle photographerpin this

Mule-driving is another favorite activity on the land.  For you city-folk, this is a “mule”.  It is not a live animal in this case, but in fact a rugged, farm-use vehicle something like a golf cart.

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These visits full of family, food and laughter always feel a little too short, and alas my heart is still so happy to have them.  Until next time, Kentucky!

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