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!


How cute is she? (and cooperative…)


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!)


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


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


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!

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If you are interested in booking a session with Mandi McDougall Photography, e-mail me at 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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  • 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! 🙂

  • 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.

  • DionneAugust 17, 2009 - 9:05 pm


  • 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 🙂

  • MykaFebruary 2, 2011 - 9:35 am

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