National Adoption Month, Family Portrait Martinsburg, WV
I am a volunteer photographer for Heart Gallery here in West Virginia. It's a group that puts together a website and traveling exhibits of children in West Virginia's foster care system that are waiting to find their families. The goal is to help adults think about becoming adoptive parents. A few weeks ago Mission West Virginia, the organization that oversees the galleries, contacted me to see if I would be interested in contributing to a display consisting of portraits of families who have adopted from foster care, along with their adoption stories. The photos will be shown at the November Adoption Day celebration in Charleston, WV, and hopefully throughout the state. Mission West Virginia's goal is to showcase the many happy families that have been created through foster care adoption, showcasing a diverse variety of families from all over the state.
The Trotter clan is one of those happy families. It was my pleasure to meet the ten Trotters and play at Poor House Farm in Martinsburg, WV (even if there was a wedding blocking us off from the main house!) The two youngest were twin two-year old girls FULL of personality. The eldest was headed off to Washington State for college the next morning. They were all naturals in front of the camera and were super warm and sweet. Thanks for letting me photograph your beautiful family, Trotters!