Ashley and Jordan Meet Their Daughter - Children's Photography in Pittsburgh
I've been doing a lot of family and children's sessions lately (now that it finally stopped SNOWING!), so bear with me as I catch up to share a few favorites in the days ahead. I wanted to share this one now, however, because I'm so touched by it.
Ashley and Jordan recently adopted a beautiful baby girl. I have to admit that newborn sessions can be challenging because most newborns are unpredictable in their mood that day - but Kissel was different. She gently stared right through me for the entire session, and it made me feel "seen" in a way I can't explain. I think anyone that has the honor of meeting Kissel would recognize that she is here for something big. I was honored to take her first official portrait as her journey begins.
Here's what has me mopping up my heart: Not only is this a lovely portrait of what it must feel like to be a new parent - whether the baby is adopted or biological - but it's also a portrait of hope answered. There must be an absolute adoration that happens when you finally meet the little person that will change your life completely. The one who will teach YOU who you are. So I love this image for that reason because it kind of puts a finger on what I imagine a new parent can't quite put a finger on - the experience of love and responsibility on a scale beyond any other. It's a portrait of adoration, devotion, protection, honor. Love. All rolled into two words: Unconditional love. No, three words: ABSOLUTE unconditional love.
The other reason I'm touched by this image is because Ashley and Jordan had originally contacted me not quite a year ago to take some portraits of them together so they could have updated photos for their adoption agency. We went to Highland Park, where we returned yesterday for this family session. The last time we were there, Kissel hadn't arrived yet - but we took a moment and sent her a "message" saying that we knew she had already been chosen, and we couldn't wait to meet her.
And here she is, in the very spot we imagined her. Jane Kissel. An old soul with big plans.