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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 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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Columbus, GA Photographer | Family Photojournalism | Ker-Fox Photography | My Big Boy

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Columbus, GA Photographer | Family Photojournalism | Ker-Fox Photography | My Big Boy

As I embrace this break from birth, I'm going to be spending more time with my family. And that means, ready or not, you will be inundated with our personal photos and lives. And my hope its to delve deeper into family photojournalism sessions for new and existing clients. 

Enjoy this short clip of Superman, I mean Alden, getting his hair cut by the talented and beautiful Chalet, of 501 Salon Experience in Uptown Columbus. We love you Chalet, thanks for doing his wild curls justice!

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columbus ga photographer | family photojournalism | my girl turns 5!

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columbus ga photographer | family photojournalism | my girl turns 5!

Every year on her birthday we would take Finns out to Callaway Gardens to enjoy the day and of course for me to take photos of her with the Fall leaves. Well this year baby brother kind of hijacked those plans when he came down with a rockin' case of croup (Side note, this is also why he is dressed like a Lost Boy from Peter Pan, and has crustiness on his face and shirt!) And then it dawned on me, derp! We now have our own slice of heaven with acres to roam, and tons of gorgeous Fall colors! So me and the kids went adventuring and I brought my camera along for the fun. 

May we remember to linger longer, no matter the day.

Finns has turned 5. Each birthday gets harder, yet I become more proud of these little buggers with each passing year. I braced myself as I went in to put her down for bed the night before. My last time tucking in my 4 year old. My last time kissing my toddler on the cheek. For the next morning she would no longer fit in the toddler age range. She's a kid now.

I wept. And the big girl that she is... she let me. She understood. I held her and told her about my tears, that they weren't sad tears, they were happy tears. I told her about the day she was born. She loved me explaining about my water breaking and daddy's reaction. I told her how much she has made my life better, and made me better. I told her how unbelievably proud I am of who she's growing up to be. I held her longer, I lingered at her door longer. Never have I wanted to stop time like I did that night. But ever the wise one, she told me... Mommy, I have to grow up. And oh how right she is, because I cannot wait to see who she becomes! I have a feeling this is the lifecycle of birthday eve's for the remainder of my life. May we remember to linger longer, no matter the day.

Thank you Lord for this precious girl I get to call mine. Thank you for giving her the most kind, generous, and tender heart. Thank you for making her brave, strong, and determined. Thank you for giving her a heart that longs to know You and love You. Thank you Lord for making her ours.

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