Susan & I met over 7 years ago on a message board designed for people trying to start a family in the traditional way (that’s the rose-colored way of saying an infertility message board 🙂 ). But we really got to know each other – and several other women – through our participation in a message board for military spouses (remember, this was way before blogs became popular). I guess you could say we were (and still are) an online version of Army Wives. 😉
Anyway, I won’t go way into detail…but Susan and I went through a lot to become moms. And as it turned out, neither of us achieved that goal in the traditional way. Last year, as we were finalizing Iliya’s adoption and bringing him home from Russia, Susan & her husband were setting out on their own adoption journey to eventually bring their little boy, Artem, home from Russia.
The path to parenthood has been a crazy, fun ride for both of us. And when she asked if I would be willing to take a break from “normal life” to come shoot their family pictures, I was honored and I jumped at the chance!! As I alluded to in my last post, I ended up shooting photos for three different families and absolutely had a blast! It was also a lot of fun to hang out with Susan, Randy, and Artem for a couple days. Artem is a precious little boy – so animated and really hilarious!
Here are the pictures from their photo shoot. I had so many to choose from…and I couldn’t just pick a couple to share with you.
So without any further ado, I present to you…Susan, Randy, and Artem:
Thanks again, Susan & Randy, for your hospitality and for lining up such great people to work with! 🙂