Category Archives: Celebrating Adoption

Randall {celebrating adoption}

Jaykob is such a loved kid; he spent the session giving his Dad a hard time (his dad is not a huge fan of pictures and Jaykob kept joking I should take a picture of his Dad all by himself), being loved on and tickled by his mom, and sharing the musing of a 11…

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  • Sharon RandallJuly 10, 2011 - 9:58 am

    Thank you Mandi for the laughs and for taking such great pictures!

  • Kim PitnerJuly 10, 2011 - 10:05 am

    Love the pictures Sharon…… They are great… I love the one of Josh and Jaykob looking at the rocks… how very cool…

  • Heather MalecJuly 10, 2011 - 10:26 am

    Beautiful pictures of a fabulous family!! πŸ™‚ Hard to pick a favorite Sharon they are all great!!

  • NatalieJuly 10, 2011 - 12:49 pm

    Those turned out great. Congratulations

  • anna PhillipsJuly 10, 2011 - 1:55 pm

    I love the pictures. They are so true to life. You captured the essence of their smiles.

  • WilliamJuly 10, 2011 - 3:29 pm

    Congratulations and great photographs.

  • TerraJuly 10, 2011 - 10:04 pm

    OMG!!!!!!!!!!! I love these I want some.

  • Josh RandallJuly 11, 2011 - 9:20 am

    Thanks again mandi for the laughs and GREAT pic’s!!! I think we found our new family photographer πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  • nicoleJuly 11, 2011 - 9:26 am

    beautiful pictures! You can see the love shining right through the lens! God bless you all <3

  • MaggieJuly 11, 2011 - 10:51 am

    OMG i love love love the picture your such a happy family anyone looking at the photo can see it ,

  • Peggy PhillipsJuly 11, 2011 - 11:05 am

    Sharon,Josh,and Jaykob,
    What wonderful pics of your family.What a Blessing, Your dad and I really enjoyed looking at them. Love you all. I wish Mandi was close to us so she could do some family pics.

  • barbaraJuly 11, 2011 - 11:30 am

    One of the best photos I have seen in a long time. It captures the true love of this family for each other.

  • Billie BazzellJuly 11, 2011 - 11:47 am

    Great pics bro. As always you and family are having a great time regardless of where or what you are doing. Hoping to make it out your way sometime soon.

  • EdJuly 11, 2011 - 11:48 am

    Just so happy for you all, to finally get what you all worked so hard for, through the many ups and downs. One Happy family and great pictures πŸ™‚

  • Ceci ManoJuly 11, 2011 - 1:10 pm

    Wow! What great pictures of the three of you! They really reflect what a family is all about.

  • FrancesJuly 11, 2011 - 2:18 pm

    All the pics are fantastic. I really like the one with you all laying on your bellies.

  • Marcella NanceJuly 11, 2011 - 3:21 pm

    Congratulations Josh, Sharon, and JAYKOB!!! I’m soooo freaking happy for ya’ll!!! Miss you n love you bunches!!!

  • LoriJuly 11, 2011 - 4:58 pm

    Thank you for sharing your Family Photos they are Fabulous. My Fav. one is of you with your arms around Jaycob.

  • maryJuly 11, 2011 - 5:49 pm

    WOW!!!!!! Great pics y’all….I love love love them all…but I can’t decide which is my fav…has to be one of the two with all 3 of you! So much love in these pics….what a wonderful thing <3

  • Darlene StephensJuly 11, 2011 - 6:29 pm

    These pic look soooooo AMAZING!!!!!! love em….u guys look so happy. Congratz Sharon : )

  • KELLIEJuly 11, 2011 - 8:58 pm

    great pictures Sharon glad to see such a loving family enjoying themselfs together. Many more happy memories to you and your family.

  • Carol WarrenJuly 11, 2011 - 8:58 pm

    What great pictures I love them all .Congrats to your legally formed new family. Nothing Can ever change that now. Jaykob You are one special and Very lucky boy to be in this family.

  • Jen GrobergJuly 12, 2011 - 1:26 pm

    These pictures are so fantastic! I love having an opportunity to see a happy ending – it’s not everyday that I get to see that in my job.

  • mandiraeJuly 25, 2011 - 6:50 pm

    I love this family!

Sneak Peek: The Starr Family {CELEBRATING ADOPTION}

Spending time with great families is a perk of my job. I love seeing their genuine interactions, the unique personalities that come out, especially when kids are in their own atmosphere at home. And these guys were no exception. Darcie and Dan, you have awesome kids. They are sweet, friendly and adorable to boot! When…

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  • sabrinaSeptember 26, 2010 - 6:57 pm

    love the pictures

  • Jen McConnellSeptember 26, 2010 - 7:53 pm

    They are the sweetest kids ever…

  • DarleneSeptember 26, 2010 - 7:57 pm

    Your pictures are really wonderful- they really seem to capture the “real” family- very fun-loving & happy! Great job!

  • CrisatSeptember 27, 2010 - 10:29 am

    Great Pics!

  • RekaSeptember 27, 2010 - 7:57 pm

    I love these!!!! Amazing!!!

  • MarySeptember 27, 2010 - 7:59 pm

    These are beautiful!!

  • mariaSeptember 28, 2010 - 9:36 pm

    these pictures are gorgeous. They are a beautiful family!!!

  • NatalieSeptember 30, 2010 - 12:50 pm

    Great pictures! You captured the family amazing!

  • rshills1@comcast.netOctober 1, 2010 - 6:50 pm

    Love the pictures!

  • Jan FullenOctober 2, 2010 - 3:39 pm

    Great Pics!!!

Sneak Peek: The Fulkerson Family {CELEBRATING ADOPTION}

What is better than a perfect new location? An adorable family, with two of the cutest boys, that I get to photograph in that awesome new location. Heather and her husband are the lucky parents of Michael and Matthew, the two cuties in the pictures below! Aren’t they a picture-book perfect family? I love this…

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  • JenniferOctober 20, 2009 - 10:49 pm

    Heather and Derek! These are wonderful! What a beautiful family you have. I love the b & w one of the kids at your feet – so adorable! How do you pick????

  • Colleen TruvaOctober 21, 2009 - 7:04 am

    Great photos! My two favorites are the one of the whole family with the beautiful fall colors in the background and the one of Michael- it captures his personality (smiley, happy, but a twinkle of mischief in his eyes).

  • LizOctober 21, 2009 - 7:28 am

    What amazing photos! I can’t believe how big the boys are…time goes way too fast!

  • BeckyOctober 21, 2009 - 8:08 am

    Thank you for sharing the pictures with me. You are truly a beautiful family inside and out! What fun to see pictures of Michael and Matthew now that they are a little bit bigger!!

  • DmitriOctober 21, 2009 - 8:22 am

    Great stuff!!! Love those boys and their parents!

  • AlysiaOctober 21, 2009 - 8:25 am

    Heather, these pictures are gorgeous. Thanks for sending me the preview. The setting is beautiful. The boys are so adorable in them.

  • Dana TyackOctober 21, 2009 - 8:51 am

    Oh my!! What great pictures! Where are you?? It looks so beautiful!! I want to climb in the picture and go for a walk! πŸ™‚

  • JASON SEARSOctober 21, 2009 - 8:51 am

    Would you consider adopting me? I may end up marring your next photo shoot but would really love to have you both as parents and besides, Mathew & Michael need a big brother like me! :/

  • Shelley HendersonOctober 21, 2009 - 9:13 am

    Amazing! Gorgeous family! These unique shots are absolutely priceless. Couldn’t pick a fav – love them all!

  • Chris HendersonOctober 21, 2009 - 9:23 am

    Great pictures! You guys have a beautiful family!

  • JessiOctober 21, 2009 - 10:37 am

    Beautiful pictures and very natural interactions – really captures your beautiful family! Thanks for sharing!

  • Cathy WorrellOctober 21, 2009 - 11:08 am

    I saw your posting on FB and came to look at the pictures. What a beautiful family! As you know adoption is very special to me and my family! πŸ™‚

    Thank you again Amanda for your beautiful work and what you do to help celebrate adoption!!



  • MalindaOctober 21, 2009 - 5:05 pm

    What a beautiful family. Where is the picture of Derek in a bucket of leaves?

  • Myrna HennessyOctober 21, 2009 - 9:06 pm

    Great pictures!!! You have a beautiful family!! You are so blessed.

  • LisaOctober 22, 2009 - 8:03 pm

    Beautiful in pictures…….beautiful in Spirit. What a darling family. Luv you guys!

Sneak Peek: The Murphy Family {CELEBRATING ADOPTION}

On Saturday I had the pleasure of hanging out with one of the coolest families I’ve met to date through Celebrating Adoption. Meet the Murphy family, parents Christall and Jason, and darling daughters, Grace and Ava. Ava is from Ethiopia, and has been home for just a few weeks. When Christall first contacted me, I…

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  • KristinOctober 5, 2009 - 6:38 pm

    Love the pumpkin patch shot!

  • Lori FoxOctober 5, 2009 - 7:52 pm

    Very nice pictures…love them all! Cute kids!

  • MelanieOctober 5, 2009 - 7:54 pm

    I love these pictures, I love that you have the fall seen included, I also love the way you added apples to this for Ava. Lovely!!

  • JulieOctober 5, 2009 - 8:05 pm

    Love the pictures! I especially love the family photo where you are holding hands and facing the camera. Beautiful pictures!!!

  • DorothyOctober 5, 2009 - 9:30 pm

    I love this family! I’ve known Christall since she was a little girl and Ava could not have been blessed with a better family. Thank you so much for capturing their love.

  • YasminOctober 5, 2009 - 11:06 pm

    We had the pleasure of meeting Crystall and Ava in Ethiopia! I’m am glad to see them doing well. What a beautiful family:)

  • LaurieOctober 6, 2009 - 2:54 am

    These are fabulous pictures….they really capture the happiness the whole family shares with Ava. Too many to say which one is my favorite:)

  • MelanieOctober 6, 2009 - 7:30 am

    Those pictures are awesome, I love outdoor nature shots. Beautiful, thanks for sharing.

  • Nikki DoyleOctober 8, 2009 - 12:45 pm

    Love the last photo…and great idea for location for someone who loves apples!

  • lisaOctober 21, 2009 - 8:58 am

    These pictures capture their family and how much fun they have with each other, perfectly! Great work Mandi.

Sneak Peek: The Worrell Family {CELEBRATING ADOPTION}

Have I mentioned lately how much I adore Celebrating Adoption sessions? This family was no exception. They brought little Camie home from China two years ago, and little Elijah only TWO WEEKS AGO! I swear, you would have never known that he’s only been home two weeks by watching them interact. He is as much…

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  • Beth GoreAugust 16, 2009 - 7:15 pm

    I’m an adoptive mother of 5 amazing cuties of 3 different races. I’m always blessed to see all the beautiful ways a family is created.

    To the family … you must be soo proud of your beautiful family! They’re just perfect.

    To the photographer … you truly have a gift. I especially love the one of Elijah crouching down. Keep up the great work.

    Beth Gore, PhD

  • Barbara AndersonAugust 16, 2009 - 7:16 pm

    Beautiful children, beautiful pictures!! Nice to find a photographer with a heart for adoptive families.

  • JohnAugust 16, 2009 - 7:23 pm

    Great pictures. I especially liked the ones of Elijah.

  • Kim GaudiosiAugust 16, 2009 - 7:29 pm

    I love the photos!!!!

  • marciaAugust 16, 2009 - 8:06 pm

    What wonderful portraits and a great way to celebrate Elijah’s adoption!

  • Penny RichardsosnAugust 16, 2009 - 8:28 pm

    Beautiful pictures. You can see the joy in Elijah’s face since arriving home and just how perfectly he blends with his family. Thanks for sharing.

  • Michele AllenAugust 16, 2009 - 9:16 pm

    Love them! Only question is where are mom and dad???

  • MarjorieAugust 16, 2009 - 9:58 pm

    I love these pictures! It’s so awesome to see all the different ways God brings a family together.

  • sherri mcinnisAugust 17, 2009 - 4:10 am

    What great photos and great memories! You will treasure these forever!

  • BridgetAugust 17, 2009 - 5:23 am

    Your family is SO beautiful! I miss you guys!

  • CharlotteAugust 17, 2009 - 6:53 am

    I love the pics!!! Such beautiful work and great looking kids of course! πŸ™‚

  • TrudiAugust 17, 2009 - 7:26 am

    Great Photo’s. Love them all, but where is Mom and Dad?

  • LouiseAugust 17, 2009 - 9:08 am

    What a beautiful family! Thank you for letting us share in your joy.

  • Tim StowellAugust 17, 2009 - 9:24 am

    Very nice photography. Too bad we’re on opposite coasts.
    Thanks for the idea of getting this done for our family.

  • Gale MizeAugust 17, 2009 - 9:27 am

    OMW!!! They are adorable!

  • kimAugust 17, 2009 - 10:12 am

    These pictures are great. Your children are beautiful!!!

  • Donna MooreAugust 17, 2009 - 10:22 am

    Simply breathtaking photos of these adorable children!

  • JessicaAugust 17, 2009 - 10:28 am

    These are so great!!! too cute!

  • Lori TyroneAugust 17, 2009 - 12:41 pm

    My hubby and I are in line to adopt one of these precious children from China, it is so encouraging to see other families created this way. What beautiful children and kudos to this and other wonderful photographers for recognizing the need of low cost memory making for $$ strapped adoptive parents!! God bless. Lori

  • Nancy LangfordAugust 17, 2009 - 3:15 pm

    beautiful… just beautiful!

  • KarlaAugust 17, 2009 - 4:18 pm

    What beautiful children! Brings a smile to my face! I love the joy in Jacob’s face as he interacts with his siblings.

  • Sharyl RapavyAugust 17, 2009 - 6:17 pm

    Oh my, the pictures are just gorgeous!!! I love the casual, natural expressions captured!

  • AmyAugust 17, 2009 - 6:52 pm

    I love the real-ness of the photos! I would love to get my kids in for a photo-op!OOH< and my birthday is next month, so i think i need to talk to my husband!!!

  • AishaAugust 17, 2009 - 8:06 pm

    Cecil & Cathy, What gems you have! Your family is gorgeous and I am so happy that you are all home now.

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  • CarolynAugust 18, 2009 - 1:24 am

    They are so ADORABLE! And the photography is so beautiful! If I ever have children, I definitely want to adopt …

  • Michele LinAugust 18, 2009 - 1:26 pm

    Love your photos. Beautiful photography and beautiful children. Can’t wait to meet Elijah.

  • Lavonne DideonAugust 18, 2009 - 3:07 pm

    Ok, the pictures are just precious – knowing both these kids (actually all 3) – these pictures captured their personalities perfectly.
    May have to do this with my Asian Blessings πŸ™‚

  • MykaFebruary 2, 2011 - 9:35 am

    After meeting this family last Saturday I see the personalities shine through in these wonderful pictures!!