This could be one of my all time favorite photo shoots. Jessi Stringham captured the essence of the children and the images are amazing! I was a bit surprised to see that I don't have them posted here on this site. I will have to take care of that in the next few weeks. I could also do an entire post about Jessi because she is truly a one of a kind woman and thankfully a dear friend.
This photo shoot might have been the beginning of my love for the "outtake" pictures. The pictures of the real us: wiggly, giggly, and trying to survive. Many Christmas cards have been filled with our outakes, not to mention ward directories, etc.
Now, you might wonder where the 7th person is. Well, we were done with our family. We had six beautiful children, everyone was potty trained and in school. I had a few hours in the day to myself. it was an amazing experience. Then less than a month after these images were taken Brick was born.
Now our adoption stories are NOT typical. We didn't have long waiting periods and each of our children found us. So when we got the call about Brick these family pictures were suddenly part of our past rather than our present. (I might also add that I have since considered procrastination to be a vital part of our annual Christmas card photo, just in case).
Jessi came back shortly after Brick was born to snap these quick and wonderful photos of our now 7 children. Delight, protectiveness, shock, love, and peace all quickly became part of what our lives had just become. Of course all this narrative is simplified and highly condensed. Miracles are not easily wrapped up into simple paragraphs. Thankfully they can be swaddled and rocked in the early morning hours.