I’ve been going through an artist’s struggle the past couple of years.  And if you’re any kind of creative (you should be, we all are!), you know what I mean.  I’ve been going through that constant cycle of “This is awesome.  This is tricky.  This is crap.  I am crap.  This might be ok.  This is awesome.”  And so it goes, round and round, each new cycle teaching me something more about my craft, my creativity, my darkness, my need to create.  There’s this really great quote from Ira Glass that you can watch/listen to here that describes that artists struggle to a T for me.  And so I keep on trucking.  Every time I feel like my art is crap, I know growth is right around the corner.  And I keep wading through the crap until I get to that feeling of “This is awesome!” once again.  Because the artist’s journey is never over.  There is always more story to be told.  And I’m determined to be the author of that story.

The Lewis Family is a very special family in my life.  They are, by and large, just like any other average American family, trying to live the dream.  But they have something that sets them slightly apart from many families, and that is that they are all choosing to be a Forever Family, together.  I think that is something incredible and amazing.  This session came up for me when I was deep in my funk.  Not feeling the flow of my art.  But when I found out that they were finalizing their adoption, I couldn’t think of anything more joyful to capture.  This family, for me, embodies grace, joy, patience and gratefulness.  I think there is something very profound about intentionally choosing to be a parent, intentionally choosing to love unconditionally.  It truly touches my soul, and I feel so grateful myself to have them in my life.  We were able to meet for a very quick session before they headed out to the courthouse to finalize the adoption, and make these amazing kids officially a LEWIS!  It was truly an honor to be a part of this day with them, and to be able to capture memories that I know will stay with them for the rest of their lives.

Here’s an overview of our short, but extremely joyful morning together.  One of my favorite parts was when they first got there, and Michael RAN into my arms and hugged me, and I could feel his excitement and joy exuding from his little body.  I don’t know if my heart could have withstood any more joy and gratefulness than I felt in this morning.  Thank you Lewis Family for sharing it with me, and allowing me to tell this part of your story…

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A new forever family jumping for joy! Congratulations, Lewis Family!