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Columbus, GA Photographer | Family Documentary | Ker-Fox Photography | Adoption from Foster Care

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Columbus, GA Photographer | Family Documentary | Ker-Fox Photography | Adoption from Foster Care

If you follow my work you may have seen this little darling's baby brother's birth story a few months ago. Well, now it's her turn for her birth story of sorts. I was asked along to document the day she forever became a Hollifield. The day she was adopted out of the foster care system and legally born into this family. A birth story as important as any I've ever told. 

The hustle and bustle, coupled with anxiety and excitement filled their home that morning. While at times frantic, I was blown away at the well oiled machine that was their household. Each person had a job to do, and lent helping hands where needed. To me this is a testament to the quality parenting Stephanie and AJ are providing these precious kiddos.

You see, they don't just talk about doing things to make the world a better place. They don't just talk about making other people's lives better. They actually live out loud, loving each other like Christ asks. They live it. They live His love daily in the way they love each other, and they live it by being shining examples of giving these adopted babes a life far better than the one they were born into.

Haley, you were blissfully unaware of the anxiety, worry, and fears that enveloped your mom and dad leading up to this moment. And rightfully so. You played with the microphone, and bounced on your daddy's knee. One day, soon, you will understand the love that surrounds you, not just by your family, but by all who are blessed to know your story! 

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Columbus, GA Birth Photographer | Ker-Fox Photography | Spurgeon

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Columbus, GA Birth Photographer | Ker-Fox Photography | Spurgeon

Completely not intentional that I have two back to back, multi-racial birth/adoption related stories to share. But brace yourselves for big brother by 9 months to steal the show when he smother's his new brother in kisses.

Brianne and Marc had a rough road to conceiving, they had tried for quite some time, but always knew adoption was part of their bigger plan, regardless of conceiving biologically. Baby Zeke came into their lives, and took the world's heart by storm. His big brown eyes, and a smile that lights up a room... not to mention the hugs he gave as he got older. 

I'm not sure if Brianne remembers this or not, but shortly after they adopted Zeke, they were at my house shooting his now famous Milk Bath session. Disappointedly, Brianne said she felt crampy, and was frustrated at the thought of her impending upcoming cycle. And I very stupidly (as I never would want to cause emotional pain on the subject) said, "Maybe it's implantation cramps!". Well little did either of us know, but she was in fact pregnant. Sweet baby Spurgeon was crashing his big bro's Milk Bath session!

I've never met two people more on fire for the Lord than these two. I mean they live it, they don't just talk the talk. I can't imagine two greater parents, for these two precious boys. The Lord knew what he was doing when He knit these lives together. Their family, their testimony will live out for years to come... as they show the world what God's love looks like. 

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Columbus, GA Birth Photography | Ker-Fox Photography | Silas: Family Centered Cesarean

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Columbus, GA Birth Photography | Ker-Fox Photography | Silas: Family Centered Cesarean

It is with great anticipation that I FINALLY get to share this birth. And the reason I finally have permission could not be any sweeter! The Hollifields have been waiting to finalize the adoption of their second youngest, a mere 4 months older than her younger brother. Baby H, or should I finally say, precious Haley... officially OFFICIAL TODAY. I spent the morning at the courthouse to documenting the occasion, and it couldn't have been any sweeter! But consider this her official "Birth" announcement as well! Welcome to your forever family sweet Haley! The Lord could not have found a more perfect home for you, you are loved and blessed beyond measure!

So where do I even start with this birth?! Stephanie had hoped for her VBAC victory with this birth, her 3rd delivery. Unfortunately it wasn't in the cards for her, and in hindsight sweet Silas came earth-side the safest way possible given the thinness of her uterus. And boy, did he come into this world surrounded by love, and a head full of luscious hair! 

Stephanie did however get the next best option which was a family centered c-section. I applaud St. Francis and their practitioners, specially Dr. Strozier, for giving these families such wonderful, and healing options. The drape was lowered, dad was able to cut the cord, and baby went straight to mom's chest for some legit skin to skin time. Mom and baby stayed together nearly the entire time she was in the OR. It's amazing the difference these small gestures make for these families. The inclusion, the bonding, the instantaneous relationships that are built! These little things, make all the difference in the world.

Join me in congratulating this amazing family on their TWO newest additions!

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Columbus GA Photographer | Family Photojournalism | Ker-Fox Photography | Progressive Family Dinner

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Columbus GA Photographer | Family Photojournalism | Ker-Fox Photography | Progressive Family Dinner

Just before Christmas I was asked to film and photograph a progressive family dinner. Admittedly I did not know what that was. But as soon as Jenny told me, I knew it was going to be a blast to document. And it was, but whew, it was also a challenge. 4 houses, 4 meals, in 4 hours. Did I mention there were 23 people, from one of the most amazingly blended, adoptive families I've ever met. Anytime I get to hang out with this crew is an honor. I'm so thankful they asked me along to document and share in this special time so close to Christmas.

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