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The Smith Family | Spring

Portraits, Family, ChildrenAmanda MohinaniComment

Every family has a story.

Kansas City Lifestyle Family Photographer
Kansas City Lifestyle Family Photographer

Sometimes, when it’s your own story, it’s hard to see it until someone else captures it for you.

Kansas City Lifestyle Family Photographer
Kansas City Lifestyle Family Photographer

You may not notice the little ways you smile at your husband. (Some of us even scowl - oops! #honesty)

Kansas City Lifestyle Family Photographer
Kansas City Lifestyle Family Photographer

You may not notice the way your daughter throws her head back when she belly laughs.

Kansas City Lifestyle Family Photographer
Kansas City Lifestyle Family Photographer

You may not notice how close they stay by each other when they roam a giant field.

Kansas City Lifestyle Family Photographer
Kansas City Lifestyle Family Photographer

And you may not notice how beautiful and real your family is - midst all the imperfections you see on a daily basis.

Kansas City Lifestyle Family Photographer

But it’s yours. And that makes your story beautiful.

Kansas City Lifestyle Family Photographer

Heather and Eric, oh my goodness look at those colors shine! We could NOT have picked a better day to do your spring photos, and we could not have invited the sun to show up in a more lovely way. Thanks for sharing your family with me and letting me tell your story! Enjoy!! :)

Compton Family Adoption

Family, Children, PortraitsAmanda Mohinani1 Comment

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!