Should I Hire An Adoption Photographer? | Miami Adoption Photographer

When I speak to parents who are adopting, hiring a photographer has rarely been a top priority. But after the fact, they realize how important it actually was. Unfortunately, it’s too late. They can’t go back and redo the day. Some people might think it’s enough to let a court clerk or your best friend’s sister take a few iPhone pics. But is a phone good enough to capture this amazing day? Adoption day is a day of extreme emotion. It’s a beautiful day that you’ve probably waited a long time to get to and it will fly by so quickly. It will be one of the most important and meaningful days of your family’s life. This is the beginning of your child’s history into your family. It’s a day he or she will ask about in the future. What will you have to show for it? Based out of Hallandale, Florida, I have been to several South Florida adoptions where my clients are the only ones in the courthouse who hired a photographer. I wonder if it’s that photography didn’t matter or if they just didn’t know. This is why I wrote this post.

Men crying at their adoption in Miami Courthouse
Judge Cindy Lederman smiling during an adoption in Miami Children’s Courthouse

Let’s run through this day for a minute. Whether you’re adopting in a courthouse or meeting your child for the first time in a hospital or airport, emotions are probably at their highest. On that day everyone is rushing to put on their perfectly planned outfits. They’re inhaling breakfast or lunch to get to their destination on time. Once you’re there, your lawyer needs to talk to you and explain the process. If you’re in court, bailiffs, lawyers, and case managers are all pulling you in deferent directions as you welcome your support team who will be cheering you on. If you’re in the hospital, you have the grief of baby’s birth mom and you have to balance that with the extreme excitement you’re simultaneously feeling.

Dad picking up newborn bb

At a court adoption you’ll be smiling ear to ear as words and paperwork are flying all around and you hope to remember it all. When it’s finally your turn to enter the room, the judge greets you with a huge smile. She’s ready to bang that gabble and bring together a new family. But she has a lot of questions to document why you will be a great family for your child. Your friends sit with excitement and if you’re lucky the judge will ask a few of them why they feel you are a great home for your baby. They start sharing stories and out come the tears. Tissues are passed around as you are filled with gratitude. You were chosen to walk this path. Whether you struggled with infertility or decided early on that you wanted to adopt, being here brings a sense of peace that this is exactly where you should be. You realize now that every single struggle worth it and your entire life has brought you the pieces to complete this puzzle. 

At a hospital adoption, you wait in excitement as the time comes to finally hold your baby. This may or may not be a moment where birth mom wants to document but giving her the option may help her heal in the months to come.

My daughter’s adoption day outside of Miami Children’s Courthouse in 2017.  Photograph by Alex Rodriguez

My daughter’s adoption day outside of Miami Children’s Courthouse in 2017.

Photograph by Alex Rodriguez

Now, I’ll ask you this question. Will a court clerk or a friend’s Iphone be able to capture this for you in such a way that you will really feel what went on that day? Will a few iPhone pictures be enough to help you remember every detail of this day? And then what? Will you keep them on the cloud to see them a couple of times and then forget about them? There are better ways to document this day. There are better ways to remember it.

Below are a couple of examples of my own adoption. One is obviously an Iphone pic from one of my friends and the other is an image from the professional photographer there that day. I’d love to hear what you prefer.

This was taken at my first adoption with a phone. Lighting was dark, image is blurry, and it doesn’t capture the joy that was there that day.

This was taken at my first adoption with a phone. Lighting was dark, image is blurry, and it doesn’t capture the joy that was there that day.

Taken at my first adoption by a professional photographer.  Photograph by Ben Velazquez

Taken at my first adoption by a professional photographer.

Photograph by Ben Velazquez

What can a professional photographer do for you? They will be able to capture moments you didn’t think were important. They will give you and your friends the freedom of soaking up every second of this emotional day. They will create a beautiful album that you and your family will enjoy forever. And hiring an adoption photographer takes it a step further. As an adoption photographer, I know what moments are most precious and what just can’t be missed. I know how close I can get to you while you’re in the courtroom or in the hospital room as you hold your baby for the first time.

I will capture every emotion and every detail you’ve worked so hard to coordinate.  Those special t-shirts you had made or that onesie that has that bible verse that got you through this time, will be front and center. Your family and friends’ reactions are just as important. They are your village. Capturing the emotions of everyone in the courtroom is something I fully understand. As a mom who adopted two little girls from foster care, I understand the joy that fills the courtroom on that day. Don’t let the day pass without thinking of such an important detail. Adoption day is just one day and you will not be able to genuinely recreate it. Adoption day photography should not be last on your list. It should be one of the first things you decide on. It is important. If you’re adopting in Miami or anywhere in South Florida and need a photographer who understands the ins and outs of adoptions, I’m your girl. I want to make sure you have this important day documented in a clear, beautiful, and special way so you and your family can enjoy it forever. Click here to send me a message if you have any questions or are ready to get started. I’m familiar with the courthouses in Miami-Dade and Broward counties and can capture your day beautifully. I look forward to photographing your special day.

After waiting for a child, parents made a onesie with a special bible verse.
Our support. Friends and family came to celebrate our daughter’s adoption day with us at Miami Children’s Courthouse.  Photograph by Ben Velazquez

Our support. Friends and family came to celebrate our daughter’s adoption day with us at Miami Children’s Courthouse.

Photograph by Ben Velazquez

My daughter, excited at her adoption day in Miami Children’s Courthouse  Photography by Alex Rodriguez

My daughter, excited at her adoption day in Miami Children’s Courthouse

Photography by Alex Rodriguez

Janeris Marte

Fun-loving photographer who loves kids