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This Is Adoption | A Day in the Life of The Johnsons

Laguna Beach, California

With this project, I wanted to convey what a normal day in the life looks like for a family blessed by adoption. Thank you Tim and Niccole for opening your home and allowing me to document what it's like for you raising your two handsome boys. 

After hearing rave reviews from friends for months, the other night my wife and I finally got around to seeing the movie Lion and were blown away. (side note: Ashley literally cried throughout the entire movie. Literally.) For those of you who are unfamiliar with the movie, it tells the story of a seven year-old boy from rural India who gets separated from his family and finds himself nearly a thousand miles from home all alone in the big city. After a while of living on the streets, he is picked up in an orphanage before being adopted by an Australian couple who raises him as their own. Eventually, he tries to put together the puzzle of his past and find the family he left behind.

It's an absolute tear-jerker and a must-see. One thing I loved about it, though, was how effectively it portrays the context of his adoption. There's a long story both for him and his adopted parents that brought them together in that moment in history. The weaving together of their stories into one family history is something that moved me in ways I had not before considered. All parties involved were forever changed.

Inspired by the movie, I reached out to my friends Tim and Niccole Johnson--the proud parents of two awesome (and crazy adorable) adopted sons, Ollie and Thurston--to see if they would be willing to allow me to document a day in their life. My hope is that our neighbors here in Orange County, California can see first hand what the blessings of adoption mean to families like the Johnsons, right here in our neighborhood. 

For our "day in the life" session, the Johnsons went to the Laguna Niguel Skate Park, got dinner at their favorite spot at Whole Foods, stopped by their friend's skate shop before making their way home for the evening to read, put the kids to bed and wind down with some vinyl records. 

And no--they were not putting on a show here. They really are this cool. :)

Enjoy,

Danny