Elias’ Adoption in Photos – Seoul, Korea

The email came in at precisely 2:03am. Why I checked my phone, I couldn’t tell you. But I was thrilled at what I saw. Amanda had seen some adoption photos I’d done recently of a little boy named Davis, and was coming to meet her own son Elias in a couple of weeks. She poured her heart out in that first email, telling me all about her son and the time they had been waiting. She asked if I would be available to cover their meeting time, and I was thrilled again to cover the making of another family in Seoul.

We met a little early, and were quickly informed by the Holt staff that due to renovations, we would need to move to another building for the meetings. We moved into a much smaller room, where we only had around 2 square-meters of space for ourselves. That wasn’t going to stop these loving parents, and active young man from having the time of their lives, though.

The first thing we discovered about Elias that day was his love for food and drink, and for sharing it with everyone around him. He would bring snacks to everyone in our circle, and even peeled a tangerine for his foster father. Although he loved his food, he would respect his foster mother’s words each and every time if she asked him not to touch it. The pinnacle of this was when his she granted him a bag of crisps. The happy dance that ensued was greeted with guffaws of laughter.

That was the next thing we discovered about Elias, he loves to dance. When the songs stopped, he would run over to the smart phone playing them, hit play again, and begin his routine. Everyone was filled with joy at his capers. He loved the attention and elicited it with skill from his parents Amanda and Reid, and everyone else around. When he discovered that notes were being made about him on a piece of paper, he found a pen and added his own. When he was caught, he handed the pen straight over and went on playing with his parents.

All too soon, the time was over. Elias obediently donned his jacket and scarf, and proceeded to call the elevator. That was it, he was on his way. Thank you again, Amanda and Reid, for allowing me to document your day. All the best with the lovely young man you have taken into your family.

Adoption Photographer Seoul

Adoption Photographer Seoul

Adoption Photographer Seoul

Adoption Photographer Seoul

Adoption Photographer Seoul

Adoption Photographer Seoul

Adoption Photographer Seoul

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Adoption Photographer Korea

Adoption Photographer Korea

Adoption Photographer Korea

Adoption Photographer Korea

Adoption Photographer Korea

Adoption Photographer Korea

Adoption Photographer Korea

Adoption Photographer Korea

Adoption Photographer Korea

 

Adoption First Meeting – Davis

I love travel photography, and couples photography, and food photography (even the part after the photography…). But, adoption photography is still my favourite of all the things I’m blessed to do in this business. These stories sing to me in a way that no others do, and I am truly grateful for each and every family that allows me into their lives during these moments. With the change of adoption laws, and the lengthening of the process, it has been some time since I have been able to post, but I am thrilled today to be able to share the story of a young boy named Davis.

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I was woken up at 7:59 by the beeping of my phone. Obviously, I’d forgotten to silence it before going to bed, and it’s modern version of “you’ve got mail” begged me over to check that mail. The moment I opened it, I sat straight up. It had been so long since I had an enquiry for adoption photography, and I wasn’t expecting it at all. 67 days, 88 emails, 3 shoots, and countless hours of editing, meeting and several high-fives with a two year old later, I am finally able to share this with you.

I first met Lori and Steve shortly after their arrival in Seoul, and despite the jetlag, they were palpably excited to be here and meeting their son, Davis. With the process taking approximately 2 years now, Lori and Steve had been through a lot, and had a lot of stories for me over a cup of tea. We talked of the adoption, among other things, including our mutual love for travel and culture before parting ways for the evening. I had made friends, and met wonderful parents that night.

We met again at Holt Children’s Services the following morning for their first meeting, and while we waited a little boy in a blue hooded jacket and a scarf wrapped up to his eyes walked straight up to Steve and stared him in the face before getting in the lift. Even through all the layers, his eyes stared up and we knew exactly who was behind that scarf. It would be 35 minutes later that those same eyes would peer between the gap in the door to see the loving smiles of both his parents for the first time.

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A few tentative smiles, high fives, and hand holdings were allowed at first. But Davis soon warmed whole-heartedly to his new parents. And when he did, the tentative touches, little smiles, and searches for reassurance quickly became loving hugs, kisses, and playing in the laps of Lori and Steve. We quickly discovered his love for a very large soft ball, and throwing it all over the room – including at the camera, which he found to be utterly hillarious. His desire to play with his new parents really came through when he pulled their hands over to play the keyboard with him.

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Seoul Adoption Photographer

Seoul Adoption Photographer

Seoul Adoption Photographer

Seoul Adoption Photographer

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Korea Adoption Photographer

Korea Adoption Photographer

Korea Adoption Photography

Korea Adoption Photography

Korea Adoption Photography

Korea Adoption Photography

Three hours later we parted ways. The first meeting was over.

 

Adoption Photographer – First Meeting – Teague’s New Family

It has been far too long since I blogged about the joy that is adoption and being an adoption photographer, and far too long since this amazing couple picked up their son. Now that my feet are safely back on the ground, it is time to share this incredible story from Seoul, Korea with you. This is Wade and Holly’s adoption first meeting with their son Teague.

Holly and Wade travelled to Seoul to sign the final forms and collect the newest member of their family, Teague. An adoption in your home country is an overwhelming experience, but add to that a foreign country and you have another experience all together. To me, this is enough to make Holly and Wade amazing parents, but there was one more addition to this puzzle. Teague was diagnosed with bilateral ptosis, droopy eyelids. His new parents were aware of this and took it on board without question, saying they would continue the adoption, arrange the correction and give Teague his new home regardless. The rest is history, and the love is apparent in the photographs below.

This session and this family truly humbled me as a photographer and as a human being. Congratulations Teague, Holly and Wade.

Korea Adoption Photographer

Korea Adoption Photographer

Korea Adoption Photographer

Korea Adoption Photographer

Korea Adoption Photographer

Korea Adoption Photographer

Korea Adoption Photographer

Korea Adoption Photography

Korea Adoption Photography

Korea Adoption Photography

Korea Adoption Photography

Korea Adoption Photography

Korea Adoption Photography

Korea Adoption Photography

 

Jae’s Adoption – Family Photographer Seoul

I recently had the privilege of photographing the welcoming of a new member to Kala and Gary’s family in Seoul. This was to be my first adoption photography session, and needless to say I had almost as many butterflies in my stomach as the lovely parents-to-be that I was about to meet. The concept of adoption photography is such a new one, but days like these should be remembered.

Gary and Kala are such loving parents, and you could see from the moment they met that Jae was going to be a welcome member of their family. After almost two years of waiting, all of their hopes, dreams and wishes culminated into one day, and I was so happy to be a part of it. This emotional rollercoaster took us through laughter, tears, fear, and anticipation – all in the space of an hour. I wish them all the best with their new family.

If you are adopting a child in Korea, please get in touch using the contact link above. I would love to be a part of one of the most important days of your life.

Seoul Adoption Photographer

Seoul Adoption Photographer

Seoul Adoption Photographer

Seoul Adoption Photographer

Seoul Adoption Photographer

Seoul Adoption Photographer

Seoul Adoption Photography

Seoul Adoption Photography

Seoul Adoption Photography

Seoul Adoption Photography

Seoul Adoption Photography

Seoul Adoption Photography

Seoul Adoption Photography