Ripon Family Photos Ripon CA Bay Area CA family and child photographer

A couple of weeks ago I blogged about a family who was celebrating their adoption of a set of siblings.  Well, as luck would have it, about a week after booking their session, I got a call from a woman who had a very similar situation.  Their oldest son was one they had adopted awhile back, and they were in the process of adopting a group of 3 siblings they were fostering.  And then they had one more who came along naturally.  So, they were ready to celebrate the finalization of their adoptions and their official family of 7 with a big family photo session.  As I was talking to her on the phone, I just couldn’t believe the similarities in these 2 stories.  Well, it turns out that these two families are best friends and had gone through the fostering/adopting process at about the same time.  So awesome!

So, we set up their session and met at Stouffer Park in Ripon a few weeks later.  We got another gorgeous fall day…something we were a little worried about with the rain we had been getting earlier in the week (back when were were getting rain…but anyway…back to the session).  The trees held on to their gorgeous leaves for us to get some great color.  The family showed up looking adorable and ready!  Again, when you are planning on photographing a family with 5 kids ages 5 and under, it’s a little nerve-wracking as you never know how it’s going to go.  But they were great!  We ended up shooting for over an hour at 2 locations and they hung tight!  Long photo shoots are generally not a young child’s cup of tea, but they were fine!  We got some fantastic shots and they were just the cutest kids.  One of them just has a permanent smile on his face.  All day.  So sweet.jen Smith Photography Ripon CA family photographer 01jen Smith Photography Ripon CA family photographer 02jen Smith Photography Ripon CA family photographer 05jen Smith Photography Ripon CA family photographer 04jen Smith Photography Ripon CA family photographer 07

You know how they say it takes a village. And I definitely feel that way with even just my 2 boys.  But these two families are each other’s village (plus family…the aunt and the mother of the first adoptive family tagged along on this shoot to help and they were SUCH  a good help!)  They have a great support system and have this large family thing figured out!  🙂

Thank you, Fernandes family, for letting me capture these photos of your family.  Loved it!jen Smith Photography Ripon CA family photographer 03

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