Brace yourselves, I’m going to mention it again. I know, I know, I know.

Yup. Listen to Your Mother. It’s where I met Mary. I’d seen her week after week at the kiddo music class our children were in (Music Together rocks, just saying), but at that point, all I knew we had similar taste in clothing and sippy cups. And that her quiet, observant daughter was a special little girl. She didn’t say much, but her eyes said so much.

At Listen To Your Mother, she read the most heartfelt piece about motherhood. It delved into the details of their first adoption, a few years beforehand, their beloved daughter Arri. My feelings leaked out of my eyes as she conveyed the the roller coaster of emotions of those few days. In fact, I can’t recall a time where I’ve seen a human love and respect a stranger so completely. A vulnerable African girl was placing a child, HER child, in the arms of a woman she had never met and would likely never seen again. A woman she had nothing in common with except the profound love they shared for this tiny little human. This tiny human is now in kindergarten and was joined exactly a year ago by her little sister Etta.

You can hear her reading her story here.

This family of four invited me into their Saturday morning this summer and we used those images to create a display for their living room that included everyone in their growing family. This session was about half digital and half film (Portra 400 on Canon EOS-1N & Pentax 645N).

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Here’s what we were able to do in the living room with 11 of their favorite frames!

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