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Nathan’s Adoption Day

A year ago, I never knew things like this even existed. Sure, I knew about adoption, but I had no clue about how involved the process was to do it. And even when we got certified and were all ready to adopt, I still hadn’t heard about that final court hearing and what an awesome moment it is in your life!

Adoptions aren’t always the same. Ours was through an attorney and we had a bit of a warning (albeit it only a few weeks) that Eli was on his way. For Ben and Alisha, they got a call one day from their agency to say there was a baby boy in Tucson that needed a home, were they interested?

Can you imagine one day your phone ringing and then a few hours later you are in a city 90 minutes away holding a baby that is suddenly your responsibility?

It’s such an amazing thing. It’s been so much fun seeing the couples from our adoption class get placed with babies. I was blessed to photograph Nathan in his first few weeks and last Thursday it was an honor to be there with the entire family to celebrate the last step in making him officially Ben and Alisha’s little boy.

This court hearing is in front of a judge who officially recognizes and finalizes the adoption. It’s such a blast because the entire family can come in, you grab pictures with the judge and it’s just a huge moment in this little guy’s life. Someday he’ll be able to see these photos and all the people who were there to love him and support him from the very beginning.

So happy for Ben, Alisha and Nathan….I know you guys are moving soon and I wish you all the best of luck! Thanks so much for letting me tag along to take some photos.

Alisha, Ben & Nathan | Adoption

You may remember baby Nathan, a little guy I photographed last October. He was adopted by some friends from our adoption class last summer and it was so amazing to meet this little guy.

And now look at him! Seven months old and adorable as heck! Are you kidding me?

Yesterday was the official court date for this family where Nathan’s adoption would be finalized on paper and he would be Ben and Alisha’s forever. He was already their baby really, nothing would stop that, but when you go through the adoption process, that last step takes about 4-6 months from when you actually bring your child home. We just went through the same deal with Eli about a month ago. It’s a real sense of closure once you are done with the hearing!

I was honored to be able to take a few photos of these three before the court appointment, and then hang out with them and their family for the hearing itself and then after! Congrats again you guys!

Here’s just a quickie sneak peek from yesterday.