This may not be the first time you’ve heard of my dear friends, The Hodgerson 5. I’ve done two sessions with them. You can see those pictures and read more about their emotional journey to become parents here and here. This, however, was their first session as a family with mom and dad included. It went like many family sessions. It started out with mom stressed over outfits (she did great tho!) and running a bit late (picture her answering the door with wet hair). She spent time straightening her hair only for it to curl up in the sticky, hot Florida heat as soon as she stepped out the door. The kids were typical kids. They were over it after a few snaps. Who needs that many pictures anyway, right? But look what we captured! Them, as a FAMILY. Meltdowns and all! Adoption can be a beautiful thing. These kids were meant to be with Cory and Vanessa and have called them Mommy and Daddy from Day 1 in their new home. Yes, there are struggles…. some like all families and some only adoption families experience. They are doing an amazing job loving, teaching, and raising these three kids and I am honored that I get to capture that love. Cory sent me an email after he saw these pictures and I included quotes from that email on a couple of the pictures.
Here’s the ‘real’ part of a family photo shoot. Things don’t always go smoothly the entire shoot. I had to assure Vanessa that this is normal. This was her first family photo shoot experience after all.