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 year old’s vivid imagination. I love hanging out with families that are laid back, happy to just spend time together and share a little of their relationship with me.

Sharon, what a wonderful love and joy your family shares!

Be sure to leave some love for Sharon and her family (add a comment below) to help them win a free 8×10!

If you are interested in booking a session with Mandi McDougall Photography, e-mail me at info@mandimcdougallphotography.com. If you are a friend of Sharon and her family and mention that when you book, you receive a $50 print credit.

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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 I first walked in the door, Grant lead up upstairs to show off his room and his Batman costume. Then Laci had to show me her room, her ballet figurine collection, and of course, Miss Mya’s room.

Starr Family, thanks for sharing your day with me, and congrats on your newest addition, she is a DOLL!

Be sure to leave some love for the Starr Family (add a comment below) to help them win a free 8×10!

If you are interested in booking a session with Mandi McDougall Photography, e-mail me at info@mandimcdougallphotography.com. If you are a friend of the Starr Family’s and mention that when you book, you receive a $20 print credit.

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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!

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Aren’t they a picture-book perfect family?

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I love this one!

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This is Michael, in the .02 seconds that he held still and actually looked at my camera :)

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And this cutie is Matthew. Look at those eyes!

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I love this shot…no typical smiling kids shots in our session, we have real brotherly interactions!

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If you are interested in booking a session with Mandi McDougall Photography, e-mail me at info@mandimcdougallphotography.com. If you are a friend of Vanessa and mention that when you book, you both receive a $20 print credit.

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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 was excited. And then a while later she shared a story with me, about how much Ava LOVES apples, and could we possibly incorporate them into our photo session. Could I say heck yes fast enough? I love capturing the real stories behind families. So I did a little research, found Lattin’s Cider Mill, and we had an instant amazing day for our photo session.

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Meet Miss Ava. This little girl is as precious as they come!

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I asked her, do you like red or green apples better? The resounding answer, was RED!!

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And she’s a total ham! If I was taking a picture, she was making a face for me!

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Isn’t she beautiful?

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What a lovely family! I had so much fun hanging out with Grace and Ava all over the cider mill/farm.

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Momma and Ava…

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and Daddy and Grace!

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These sisters have such a wonderful connection already. Ava doesn’t like Grace to get more than a few feet away from her, and Grace just loves loving on her new sister. After we took the “nice shot” I called Grace over and had her tell Ava a little secret (I made up a silly non-sense sentence) and these girls laughed and laughed!

Christall, thank you so much for choosing me to capture this special time in your family’s life. I had so much fun with your family, and your girls are both just awesome!

Be sure and add a comment below to help the Murphy’s win a free 8×10!

If you are interested in booking a session with Mandi McDougall Photography, e-mail me at info@mandimcdougallphotography.com. If you are a friend of the Murphy’s and mention that when you book, you both receive a $20 print credit.

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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 a part of their family as anyone. I can only hope that when my husband and I adopt someday in the future, we are blessed with such adorable, easy-transitioning children!

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How cute is she? (and cooperative…)

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And what about this one? Can you say happy, and fits right in?! (now this one, he was a champion camera-avoider…anywhere I was, his face would not look! I worked hard for these pictures!)

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Here are Camie and Elijah with big brother Jacob. He was the one who kept them laughing!

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I love this one…he’s up to something…mischevious!

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I ADORE this picture. Camie, you are going to keep your parents on their toes when you are a teenager!

Cathy and family, thank you so much for allowing me to capture your growing, precious family! Meeting families like yours makes me want to adopt NOW!

Be sure and add a comment below to help The Worrell Family win a free 8×10!

If you are interested in booking a session with Mandi McDougall Photography, e-mail me at info@mandimcdougallphotography.com. If you are a friend of the Worrell’s and mention that when you book, you both receive a $20 print credit.

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