There is an ancient Chinese proverb that says, “An invisible red thread connects those who are destined to meet, regardless of time, place or circumstances. The thread may stretch or tangle, but will never break.”
A few months ago I found out about an organization called Red Thread Sessions. They are an organization that partners photographers with families to help celebrate adoptions through photography. I was thrilled when I was accepted as a volunteer photographer with this fantastic organization – what a wonderful way to be able to give back.
This summer I was contacted by a family from Pennsylvania who was in the process of adopting their second son from Korea – a 21 month old little boy. They were planning to fly into Dulles International Airport and wanted to know if I would be willing to be there to help capture the day for them. Mom and Auntie would be traveling to Korea to pick up Little Brother. Dad and three year old Big Brother would be driving down from their home in Pennsylvania to meet them upon arrival at Dulles Airport – along with grandparents, cousins and a few friends of course!
What an amazing experience to be a part of. I was a nervous wreck waiting for them to land and get through customs – I can’t imagine how hard it was for their actual family!! But I did what I do best with nervous energy – I took pictures, lots of them. And I had a couple of great helpers too. Big Brother and his little friend (a fellow adoptee who lives in Northern Virginia) had a ball ‘taking pictures’ of everyone with an old camera they were playing with. My favorite was when his little friend kept saying “Everyone get together, Everyone get together”, and everyone did! I need to hire that kid!
But the reunion was certainly the highlight of the day. To see a Mama reunited with her three old after a week on the other side of the world, a father meet his son for the first time and two sweet brothers meet and seem to bond almost instantly… If I hadn’t been so busy taking pictures I would have sat down and cried tears of pure joy for this beautiful family.
Thank you so much for allowing me to be a small part of your most amazing day.
PS I would love to hear your feedback! If 15 of the H Family’s friends and family make comments on this blog post and 15 become new fans on the studio facebook page (the same person can do both if they would like – just leave a comment on the FB page that you are a new fan!) I will gift the family an extra 5×7 print as a thank you gift (and if we get to 30 each they will get an extra special bonus!). Thanks for visiting my blog ♥ Renee
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