It was such an honor to get a call from Molly a few months ago asking if there was a chance I'd be interested in photographing her soon to be son's adoption. Of course, I said yes! I'm a complete sucker for raw emotion, good or bad. Or so I thought.
Molly and I talked the night before going over what may or may not happen and we were both prepared to take anything as it would come. There were two things I didn't quite expect.
I'll be brief about the first unexpected thing, we sat through two or three divorce cases before the adoption case. Something struck deep emotion and I kind of had enough tears that I was passed a tissue. Christmas, divorce and kids all made me sad yet happy to hug my husband when I got home.
The second thing. just before the judge entered the courtroom I was told that she wouldn't allow me to photograph anything until after the adoption. I wasn't quite sure why since the courtroom was cleared when the adoption case was called. So it was just family and the social worker and Molly & Mark's now son, is actually 19. But she is the judge, and I follow the rules when it comes to the law. So while they were being sworn in, talked about their road to adoption, I sat and listened to their wonderful story (I wished I was photographing!). I wasn't able to see or capture Malacai's face when he teared up and said how he was excited, thankful and blessed to be a Loder, I almost dared to snap a photo of Molly's hand on Malacai's back but I was terrified of being called out or thrown out, so I sat and waited.
Until finally I could get some photos. (I think the judge is more used to posed pictures.)
Congratulations Loder Family! You are all very blessed!