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Compton Family Adoption

Family, Children, PortraitsAmanda MohinaniComment

She emailed me last minute to ask if I was available. As soon as I read the word adoption, I was all in.

Family Kansas Missouri Adoption Photographer
Family Kansas Missouri Adoption Photographer

Could I photograph the day these children became legally theirs? Yes. Could I be there to witness the moment when this family became a full unit? Yes. Would this 30 minutes be a vastly more emotional experience than I ever imagined? Yes.

Family Kansas Missouri Adoption Photographer
Family Kansas Missouri Adoption Photographer

I had no idea what to expect, but I knew that for those in the room… this day would never be forgotten.

Family Kansas Missouri Adoption Photographer
Family Kansas Missouri Adoption Photographer

Adoption is a messy beautiful thing.

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Family Kansas Missouri Adoption Photographer

Messy, because brokenness and pain and trauma come packaged together with hope and kindness and redemption.

Family Kansas Missouri Adoption Photographer
Family Kansas Missouri Adoption Photographer

Messy, because in order for one family to become whole, another must first be broken.

Family Kansas Missouri Adoption Photographer

But among all that messiness - hope glimmers.

Family Kansas Missouri Adoption Photographer

Hope for the future, hope for love, and hope because His plan is always perfect.

Family Kansas Missouri Adoption Photographer
Family Kansas Missouri Adoption Photographer

Jana and Dan, I can’t even begin to describe how much this meant to me. THANK YOU for including me, for trusting me, and for following the path God laid out for you. I have such a greater understanding of and appreciation for what family really means because of you. Praying God’s richest blessings for all seven of you in the days to come!

The Friend Family

Children, Family, PortraitsAmanda MohinaniComment

Every now and then, families gather.

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Lifestyle Family Photography

Whether for birthdays, holidays, anniversaries, or other lovely events, people take time out of their schedules to be with each other.

Lifestyle Family Photography
Lifestyle Family Photography

They fly, drive, walk, or even hitchhike to be with those they call family.

Lifestyle Family Photography
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Sometimes families get along perfectly; never fighting, never disagreeing, and always enjoying every moment in what seems like impossibly exhausting relationships.

Lifestyle Family Photography
Lifestyle Family Photography

But not every family is like that. (Thank goodness, right?)

Lifestyle Family Photography
Lifestyle Family Photography

Most families are just like the rest of us; choosing to love those we’re related to (or even not related to) for the sake of having people we belong with. So we claim them as our own.

Lifestyle Family Photography
Lifestyle Family Photography

We choose to love them despite differences, disagreements, and (maybe) not always enjoying every single moment together. (We can be honest about that, right?) :)

Lifestyle Family Photography

Because they’re our people. And that’s what family is for.

Lifestyle Family Photography

John and Victoria (and alllll the Friend fam), thank you SO much for deciding to capture the amazing gathering of all your people! It’s so fun to have everyone in one place and I absolutely loved getting to see and document the beautiful relationships you all have. I hope you’re soaking in all the time together! :)