All Photos Have a Story
This is the first picture Chris and I took together in 2004.
I had just graduated Waverly-Shell Rock High School and he had just finished up his sophomore
year at Wartburg College.
I remember framing it for him for our first Christmas together.
It must have won him over because we've been together ever since!
All of our photos have a story.
But aside from our wedding, and lots of weddings we've been to, we don't have a lot of just US.
Well, except for the typical self-portraits snapped on one of our cell phones.
And as we're going through the home study process, I've been getting a little worried.
What are the photos we're going to show potential birth parents?
In that pro file will be dozens of photos.
Of Chris and Shelley being "Chris and Shelley."
I want those photos to be ones that tell a story.
That tell who we are.
That show how much we love each other.
I reached out to one of my favorite photographers, Kerri.
Seriously, this gal's got talent...
In my message I explained what I was looking for, and that I wanted these photos to be special.
Special because these are the rst photos birth parents will see of us.
These are the photos a birth parent will see and ask, "Do I want my baby to be a part of this family?"
I explained to Kerri that our budget was pretty much non-existent because of the expenses with
the adoption process.
But I didn't have to wait long to hear back from her.
I got a voicemail.
Do you know what she said?
"I would be honored."
[cue: tears falling]
We are so excited to work with Kerri next month.
Photos are something I didn't want to worry about.
But I was.
And now I know I don't have to.
Because Kerri's got some real talent.
But you know what?
She's got a bigger heart.