this just in: the christenberrys are hands-down one of the most fantastic families i’ve ever had the privilege of working with. (also in: i hope none of you readers are bothered by my continual use of prepositions at the ends of my sentences. or my lack of capital letters, for that matter.)
our paths first crossed about a year and a half ago when i was asked to shoot the photographs for an adoption and foster care spotlight at our church. we started talking way back then about setting up a time to do a real session, but because they were waiting on the arrival of their seventh child, poppi, from china, we decided to hold off until she was home and had had time to settle in with her family. as things always seem to go in the world of international adoption, the months of the calendar continued to tick by with no real action until finally the christenberrys were cleared to bring poppi home. and as the lord would have it, they brought kai home as well.
with eight children, the weeks get away from you quickly and we found ourselves up against a time crunch because wilson and boyd were leaving for college soon (that night and the next morning, to be exact).
i asked kim how she was doing with having the boys leaving again for school, and she replied with a laugh, you wouldn’t think so with six kids still here, but it really gets kind of boring when they’re gone.
i’ve never spent time in their home, but i have a tough time imagining that things could ever be anything less than bustling and exciting. take this, for example: with three deaf children in the home, my instructions to talk amongst yourselves for a second brought about a delightful flurry of happy signing. these are most certainly some of my favorite candid shots ever.
but this next bunch tops the cake. i love these people!
christenberrys, it was such a delight for me to spend the evening shooting with your family. every piece of you helps complete the whole, and the interactions between you serve to touch the lives of those around you. my heart was so full from my time with your family – thank you!