Funny story I wrote this blog a few weeks ago but forgot to save it and something happened to make it disappear, good thing I'm not a good blogger so it's not like I lost some literary gold.
At the beginning of November I photographed a wedding (you can see that here) and the maid of honor was a lady named Sara. About a week after the wedding I got a message from Sara asking if I would be interested in photographing her children's adoption proceedings at the Scott County Courthouse. My first thought was heck yeah, I mean this is a happy event and I had already met the kids and they were great so it was a no brainer.
I had kinda thought it would be a regular work day for the courthouse employees and that this would just be Sara and her children with a few family members and lawyers. I was wrong (i know I was surprised I was wrong too). It turns out this day happened to be National Adoption Day and there were 50+ families there all getting their adoptions finalized.
I knew when I said yes to photographing their adoption that I wanted it to be very documentary in the style of photography but thats a dumb thing to say because I don't know how it could be anything else. I really wanted to make sure that the photos I made told a story and that the kids could look back on it when their older and remember that day.
When I arrived Trenton and Landon were both holding court in the lobby of the courthouse and why not it was their day, but I'm guessing they hold court whenever they get a chance.
We headed up to the second hmm maybe third floor and waited amongst the dozens of other families who were all there for the same reason. I was amazed at how many people there were there just trying to make their family legal. But this is more than paperwork this is the apex of all of the tears and fears throughout the process, I can't imagine the frustration that must go along with the adoption process.
After what seemed like a short time we were headed into the court room. When I say we I mean Sara and her 3 children plus about 20 family members! I was shocked to see how may people came to support their friend and family member and I would venture to say that the Clasen family was one of the largest family on this adoption day.
Once in the courtroom it was down to business getting sworn in and making sure everyone was there that needed to be. Landon found himself a buddy to hang with in the courtroom.
Luckily Landon had some Goldfishes with him because all the law stuff can make a guy hungry.
Once it was over everyone got to get up behind the bench and check things out. They also got to bang the gavel a few time. I'll admit I was a little jealous of that.
Then it was time to celebrate! This is one of my favorites ( well theres a lot of them) not because it's perfect (because it's not) but because it's real. I didn't tell them to do this I was just lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time to capture this real moment.
This photo just about sums up how much support this family had on this day and I'll say again how impressed I was that they had so many people there who cared.
This was a really fun shoot to do and I hope to do something like this again it the future. I know how important of a day this was for the Clasen family and I truly felt honored to be a part of it. Adopting a child or 3 is such a nobel thing to do and I wish Sara, Trenton, Landon and Cora the best of luck in the future.
Here's a few more photos from the day.