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  • Hello!!

    Thanks for stopping by. As a wedding photographer I am surrounded by love in both my professional & personal life. The love I have for my family is what inspires me. I come to this special place to share my heart for adoption, family & photography.

    A few things about myself...
    ~I have 4 beautiful children. They all came into our family via adoption.
    ~I hit the husband lottery.
    ~I'm from North Dakota. No that's not the state with the president's faces.
    ~I love the Lord.
    ~Someday I will learn how to garden.
    ~I drive a minivan...yes, I am that cool.
    ~I absolutely love being a wedding photographer and cry at almost every wedding I shoot.

    I look forward to hearing from you!

    ~Brittany J.

When will we move past this?

A question I ask myself regularly. Somedays it seems we have made it to the other side of the extreme behaviors associated with the grief & trauma our boys have experienced and other days it still seems like we have a long way to go. Today it still seems like we have a long way to go. When we set out to adopt our big boys (9 &10) from Ethiopia I read every adoption book, blog & article I could get my hands on. At the age of 25 & 29 we committed to jumping in head first to the unknown of raising older children with tragic pasts. I read about other’s experiences with adopting older children and would a lot of times wind up reading about the many struggles that can come with it. I chose to overlook a lot of those resources because of course it would be different with my children, after all I was going to be a way better, more loving parent than the ones in those stories. Well I think you know where this is headed, I quickly realized no amount of love, concern or attention would “fix” my boys. I use the word “fix” because I used to think that’s what it was about, fixing the bad behavior and helping them be their best self. I have since learned through many tears, frustrating moments & late nights pleading with God that it isn’t about changing them or even myself but allowing God to heal the wounds, letting God come into the darkest places of our hearts. There is no method of parenting that will completely change any child. There is grace & there is hope. Those are the truths I cling to in the dark of night when I feel overwhelmed at the responsibility God has given me to parent these beautiful children. I am learning to embrace the messy parts of our life. I am learning to show grace to the child who constantly break my heart with hurtful looks and words. I am learning to control my knee jerk reactions to the behaviors that seem to never end. But most importantly I am learning to accept the love that God constantly shows me, I am starting to realize I cannot show genuine love & grace to my children until I realize how much my own life has been a reflection of God’s constant pursuit to know me and love me. One thing I always tell my children is that I am still learning. I want to be the best mother to them and realize I fail regularly. I hope to always be in a position of growth & discovery. God has blessed us with 4 incredible children and 4 extended families we hold very dear to our hearts. The fact that I am entrusted to raise & guide these small humans is sometimes daunting but I am learning to take it a day at a time, a word of affirmation at a time, a hug at a time & a kissed boo-boo at a time.

XO Brittany

Since every post is better with pictures here we are in Seattle a couple of weeks ago.:)

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Dawn Wright - October 18, 2014 - 5:37 pm

Amen!! This healing is a lifelong process. It is hard and hard work. The trauma is real….and the heartache is real. Connectional parenting is great! But it is time consuming and goes against our “natural reaction”. It is dying to self and putting on the armor of God while loving while remembering those hidden hurts deep beneath their smiles.

Thank you for sharing!!

Steph & Tyler: Hudson, WI Wedding

There are so many words I could use to describe this couple & their wedding day but joyful fits best. Everything about Steph & Tyler’s wedding was genuine, loving, positive & full of joy. After shooting their engagement session in ND a few months ago I could barely wait for their day to arrive. ¬†Guests came from all over the country to help them celebrate which I think speaks volumes of who they are as people and as a couple. Having been together for many years they have so many loved ones cheering them on as they begin their next journey as husband & wife. I had never been to Hudson, WI before and fell in love with it’s charming downtown and waterfront views. I hope the images below show what an amazing love Steph & Tyler share.

S&T~ You are seriously the best. Can you move to Arizona so we can hang out all the time? You two are the real deal & can’t wait to watch you rock this whole marriage thing!

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Janel & Jeffrey: Maternity Session

Last year I took Janel & Jeffrey’s engagement and wedding pictures. It was an absolute honor to have them ask me to document yet another exciting chapter in their love story, becoming parents! Having been together for years they wasted no time starting a family. I may be a little biased but becoming a mom (x4) has been the most amazing experience, I am ecstatic for this beautiful couple to experience it!

J & J~ I always love my time with you. Your excitement over this sweet guy was a blessing to witness! You will make wonderful parents. XO

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Whitney & Thomas: Santa Cruz, CA Wedding

Every time a couple asks me to document their wedding day it is a complete honor. When they invest in having me travel to their destination wedding it is truly humbling. The past 5 weekends I have shot 5 weddings in 4 states. It has been so insanely busy but so fun!! I love my couples & have met incredible people at each of their weddings. Whitney & Thomas were married at a gorgeous resort Thomas would visit every year with his family growing up. When he was young he proclaimed to his parents that he would one day be married at that special spot where so many wonderful family memories were made. He fulfilled that promise when he married the love of his life, Whitney a few weekends ago. What an amazing wedding it was. Their wedding was a reflection of their fun, outgoing personalities and I think it’s safe to say that everyone in attendance had the time of their life!

W & T~ I loved spending your wedding day with you two! You are blessed by the amazing family that surrounds & supports you. I can’t wait to see what the future holds & as you mentioned during toasts Whitney, “lots of pretty babies!!!”:)XO Brittany

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In the image below you can see the villas where Thomas’ family would stay while visiting Seascape Resort as a child.

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Sarah & Kris: Fargo, ND Wedding

It was a perfect summer day with a beautiful blue sky, you couldn’t ask for anything more on your wedding day. Sarah & Kris were married in a stunning cathedral in Fargo,ND. Both Sarah & Kris attended NDSU so going back to where it all started to tie the knot only seemed right. Family & friends traveled to their college town to help them celebrate the beginning of their future as husband & wife. What an incredible celebration it was!

S & K~ Thank you for asking me to capture those sweet moments of your day. Everything from your letter exchange to your first dance was beautiful to witness. Wishing you many blessings!

XO Brittany

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