the post in which I will show no restraint.

Daphne and I have been friends for 17 years. We won’t go into how old that makes me feel…this post isn’t about that. 😉 I’ve known her, and her heart, for what seems like my entire life so it didn’t come as much of a surprise when she called me up last year and announced she would be starting the international adoption process. She waited an entire year for her son and faced numerous roadblocks along the way. But in the end her journey took her to Ethiopia where she celebrated baby Ben’s “Gotcha Day” on November 18th – exactly one year from the day that his birth mother placed him in the orphanage.

Daphne and Ben arrived home two weeks ago on the evening before my son Ephraim’s first birthday party. It pained my soul not to make the two hour trip to the airport and welcome them home. Hauling my hooligans into town yesterday for our first meeting and what I’m sure is the first of many photoshoots was the next best thing though. Words can’t even describe what I saw in Ben – he’s such an animated, snuggly, smart, active, smiley little guy. You would never know that he spent the first year of his life in an Ethiopian orphanage. He’s simply amazing.

So without further adieu…meet baby Ben…

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Inquisitive doesn’t even begin to describe this little stinkerbug!

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And he’s got the “give-me-my-mama” pout down pat…

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Speaking of his mama, there’s no question that he knows who his “person” is (to use Grey’s Anatomy speak). I had to make Daphne hide so he wouldn’t keep going after her. Even after she was on the entire other side of the building he kept taking off to find her every time he picked up something new…

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And he found her everytime!

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A quick outfit change and we were at it again…

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I know! I know! He’s undeniably delicious!

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And see that light in his eyes?

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It totally matches the one in his mama’s heart.

(stayed tuned tomorrow for mama and baby Ben together!)

Daphne Erin!!! These are so amazing! I LOVE them all!!! I am really speechless. Thank you, thank you!!

Kim Harms Oh my goodness!! He is adorable! I looked at her blog, what a wonderful story!

Daphne I can’t stop looking at these pictures and crying like a fool. Thank you so much!

Marla What a wonderful, sweet story!! These are wonderful shots, Erin, love ’em!

Rebecca LOVE every shot! Can’t wait for tomorrow. :)

megan (the babysitter) how sweet!!! he is absolutely adorable

Buffy Those are SO amazing! You really captured his little personality! I hope everyone sees what a great job you do and wants you to take pictures of their little ones!

marian i’ve been following her story too and again these photos are some of the most amazing ones i’ve ever seen – you’ve outdone yourself – and ones that I know Daphne will cherish forever. what a precious precious baby.

Caitlin Whoaaaaa this kid is model material!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

What a sweetie!!!!!!!!

Ashley BB I am a friend of Daphne’s from college. LOVE the pics!!! They are precious!!! I just want to eat him up. Love that you called him delicious! :)

Debbie Lee Tears in my eyes, hand over my mouth… Precious Erin. Everything about these photos, the story, and the people is precious.

Gina He is gorgeous and you can see his joy through your pictures Erin. Can’t wait to see him and his mama tomorrow. What a story, I am in tears.

Sharon Rauch Wow! You are a wonderful photographer –I love the pictures and can’t wait to meet Ben. By the way, your kids are beautiful! Hi to Brent–it’s been a long time.

Bianca ‘wow’ is all I can say…simply wow!

Lyndsay he’s so incredibly beautiful, just amazing and congrats to his momma!!

Melissa These pictures just make me want to meet him! He is the most adorable, most photogenic baby ever! His outfits are pretty amazing as well. (Maybe he’s the next BabyGap model) What a beautiful story. I think you have truly captured his happy baby spirit and it’s SO obvious that he absolutely loves his momma.

Nicki Wow, he is absolutely beautiful!
So happy for your friend…amazing story!

Nicki Wow, he is absolutely beautiful!
So happy for your friend…amazing story!

Nicki Wow, he is absolutely beautiful!
So happy for your friend…amazing story!

Mary V OMG he is soooo darling. beautiful pictures as usual Erin. what a great story!

Amy Aaaaaaaack! Oh My Gosh–that is TOO much! I am SO happy for Daphne. Great, beautiful pics, as always dear friend.

Samantha He is so, so gorgeous and sweet Daphne. One more reason for the Clarks to move to ‘Bammers!

tara pollard pakosta he is the most beautiful boy! wow. i LOVE his outfits!!!!! how awesome for you to be able to capture him like this for her!
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jeramy great pictures….and a great story!

Shawna Wow he is gorgeous!! These might just be my most favorite photos you have ever captured! Amazing job!

Amy Pensyl Absolutely stunning, Erin. You are amazing! I read Daphne’s story, and it is soooo touching. It tugs at my heart as both of my babies are adopted as well. What a beautiful thing adoption is!! Thanks so much for sharing.

jen those have to be some of the cutest pics I’ve seen! He has modeling in his future. His outfits are amazing, love,love the jacket in the first set! Great job Erin!

Sharon Sossaman I read their story and cried, then collected myself, and clicked over here… and started all over again!
Amazing!

Heather I’ve been following Daphne’s story for a while now. I can tell that Ben is awesome and beautiful and a complete joy and it is shown in your photos!! I don’t know what I love that better, that funky plaid jacket or that great red outfit!! What a fun day for you and your friend!!!

Heather I’ve been following Daphne’s story for a while now. I can tell that Ben is awesome and beautiful and a complete joy and it is shown in your photos!! I don’t know what I love that better, that funky plaid jacket or that great red outfit!! What a fun day for you and your friend!!!

Joey These are the most striking pictures I have ever seen. First of all, Ben is an absolute doll. Then, that plaid jacket with those red converse sneakers…awesome combination. I bet Daphne is one happy mama!

j.j. oh he is so gorgeous.

Kim Dampier He is just gorgeous and your work is spectacular as always! From a mama who is in the process of an adoption herself, I’m just in tears!! Awesome…just awesome! Those two are so lucky to have each other!

Kim

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