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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!

Warm Winter Sun

Children, Personal, PortraitsAmanda MohinaniComment

We have south facing windows in our living room.

Kansas City Family Photographer
Kansas City Family Photographer

In the summer, the sun shines outside the windows and sends its warm rays to our front porch.

Kansas City Family Photographer
Kansas City Family Photographer

In the winter, the sun sneaks further inside to our living room and onto our rug - much to the delight of our sunbathing puppy.

Kansas City Family Photographer

It highlights the dog hair that I have yet to vacuum, and creates wondrous little pockets of warmth for us to enjoy when the outside temperature remains frigid.

Kansas City Family Photographer
Kansas City Family Photographer

It reminds me that sometimes the warmest parts of my living room are right next to the deepest shadows.

Kansas City Family Photographer

Which is probably a metaphor for something important, but I’m too busy snuggling up next to my puppy to figure that out. ;) Happy February!