Adlee | Newborn Photography | Columbus, OH

The first time Sara and I chatted about Adlee’s newborn photos, we were both in tears halfway through the conversation. Every newborn story is precious, dear, exciting and awesome. But this story reached down into the deepest parts of me. Enjoy my favorites from our time together.

Adoptions are incredibly special and close to my heart. I was at the airport when my aunt and uncle arrived home from China with my sweet baby cousin. It’s a moment I will never, ever forget. I met Sara & Tony’s new daughter when she was just 8 days old. With Sara and Tony’s permission, I’d like to share some of their story.

Sara & Tony started their journey to become parents in 2011 and went through many rounds of clomid, IUI and IVF without the success of getting pregnant. Unfortunately, they both have infertility issues that may never allow them to conceive. To say that the last three and half years have been a hardship would be an understatement.  However, their adoption of Adlee has been more amazing than they could ever imagine it to be. And I must add, parenting looks incredibly good on you two. And oh-so-natural.

They started the adoption process in January of 2014 with Choice Network out of Grandview, OH. Sara and Tony both raved about how much they loved this agency. I know how emotional and stressful the adoption process can be. I watched my family go through it.

The day came where Tony & Sara were selected to meet with a family. As it turned out, that family wasn’t meant to be “theirs”. Another no-go on their journey. On May 30th, they received another phone call for a potential match. A birth-mom, who had made the wonderful plan to place her child for adoption, had chosen them. They met her in person on May 31st and Sara felt an immediate connection.

http://megandanser.comWhen Choice Network contacted them with their match, they had two weeks to prepare for Adlee’s arrival. CAN YOU IMAGINE?!?! Two weeks!!!! Sara said that it was a crazy and emotional two weeks of prep. I’d be LOSING MY MIND! And actually, I kind of did. I may have texted Sara for an update more than their own family did. Possible? One thing they could cross off their to-do list right away was the nursery. They had been working on baby girl’s room all along. It was therapeutic for Sara. And a room she is extremely proud of. As she should be!! LOOK AT THAT COLOR! I love!!

Adlee was born on June 16th. And get this…June 16th was Sara and Tony’s due date from their first IVF transfer. Miracles DO HAPPEN friends!

Tony has daddy’s magic touch. I love how infants curl up on your chest when they sleep. It doesn’t last long…so do it often.

Sara, motherhood looks so, so good on you. These make me all teary. Again! These two are high on my list of faves.

To say that this little girl is loved, just isn’t saying enough. She is your miracle. And she is oh-so-perfect. I can’t thank you enough for trusting me with your precious girl’s first portraits. I hope you love them as much as I do. Congratulations Sara, Tony and Adlee! You make THE perfect family. xoxo



Dated : 4 years : Married : 5 years

SARA : Hometown : Greenville, OH : Favorite animal : elephants (tiny obsession!) Favorite food : Mediterranean : Described by Tony : giving, thoughtful, compassionate, loving, hard-working

TONY : Hometown : Yorkshire, OH : Favorite color : blue & green – it’s a tie! : Favorite Food : meatloaf : Described by Sara : thoughtful, affectionate, funny, dedicated, quiet

ADLEE : 3.5 weeks old : Nicknames : Ads, bean, peanut, lovebug : Future Occupation : Anything that shows off her 900 facial expressions! Or a nurse 🙂 : Described by mom and dad : happy, hilarious, independent, cuddly, sleepy!

First Thought the Moment You Saw Her : (in Sara’s words) What a perfect blessing we have been given from God above, she is our perfect angel!

Baby Item You Couldn’t Live Without : Video monitor! They really are amazing!




July 11, 2014 - 4:39 pm

Chrissy - Oh, I just love these!!! What a little darling! I love the color image of them all on the bed! Thank you, Sara and Tony, for being willing to share your beautiful story, and congrats on your sweet little miracle!

July 11, 2014 - 8:11 pm

Laura - So fun to hear their story – my cousin and his wife just went through a similar journey of one match falling through, and a second one coming along oh-so quickly! What a blessing for Adlee to have parents who have been waiting so patiently for her – and to have these images to show that love and excitement! 🙂

July 11, 2014 - 9:41 pm

JennyBZ - Oh Megan. I’m a mess over here. What a beautiful story of a BEAUTIFUL family. I just don’t have the words for how much I love this. Motherhood definitely looks good on Sara and you can just see how happy she is. That nursery is amazing! I still think the one you sneak peeked is my fave but love that second to last one w her big beautiful eyes open too!! Every single image is gorgeous and I’m sure will be cherished forever!!!! Beautiful beautiful job, sweet friend! xx

July 11, 2014 - 10:18 pm

Laura M - LOVE their story – thank you, so much, for sharing it in both words and image. What a beautiful family and a precious little girl! Beautiful work in showing off their joy!

July 12, 2014 - 8:27 am

Andi - These are absolutely beautiful, as is Adlee!! I love her name too! As B and I begin the IVF process after the long brutal TTC journey as well, this story gives me so much hope & hits close to home. What a beautiful and brave family for sharing their beautiful story with you. I’m so happy for them & I don’t even know them <3

July 12, 2014 - 12:07 pm

rachel - These are so, so beautiful! What a wonderful story, and what amazing images! That first one – STUNNING! And I LOVE all of the ones with all 3 of them! Congratulations to the new parents!!!

July 12, 2014 - 3:15 pm

Tammy - What an incredible story! I had goosebumps the entire time. The images are incredible and I’m sure Sara and Tony will treasure them for the rest of their lives. Amazing job Megan!

July 12, 2014 - 6:51 pm

Kamara Means (sara sister) - Beautiful pictures. I love your story of the journey has been added. Great job. Your talent is amazing.

July 12, 2014 - 6:56 pm

sara - I am so happy for you guys and the pictures are really worth a thousand words! Sara you are one of the most compassionate people I have every met and I just know this is one lucky little girl! I feel blessed to have met her today and wish you every bit of the happiness you deserve!!

July 12, 2014 - 9:03 pm

Bennie Allen - The word “tear” just about covers my reaction beginning to end!!! I just love how happy and in love all three of you look! My baby came up as I was reading and took my phone and started yelling BABY BABY! I think he likes her too 🙂

July 12, 2014 - 10:18 pm

Zach and Sarah - Ahh! I can’t even tell you how much I love every single one of these. Adoption is close to our hearts as well as my brother has adopted 2 kids. It is so brave to share the story, but it I love that you shared it, because it is beautiful. Guys, I can’t even pick a favorite, but the baby is beautiful, the family is beautiful, and that nursery is awesome. Congrats!

July 12, 2014 - 10:21 pm

Sara G - Thank you everyone for your sweet comments! To say the least, we are beyond blessed to share our story, our pictures, and a glimpse of our lives with you. If anything we have gone through can give hope to someone else, then that is what counts to us.

Andi: I don’t know you but I would be more than happy to connect with you should you need a sounding board or just someone who understands. Keep your head high and believe that good things will happen for you!! I will keep you in our prayers 🙂

Megan, again I can’t say enough. We are so in love with all that you did. Thank you again sweet friend!

July 12, 2014 - 11:20 pm

Mary Ann - Megan… These are truly wonderful and loving pictures. Impossible to read this post and not be filled with overflowing emotions. Thanks for sharing this sweet family story. God bless each one in the months to come.

July 13, 2014 - 6:41 pm

Sara - thank you everyone for the kind words! Megan did such a great job telling our story and capturing our love!! We couldn’t be happier with these pictures!! We hope our story will inspire someone and give them hope that miracles do occur everyday!

July 14, 2014 - 8:30 am

kim - Megan — beautiful and perfect images!! Thanks for sharing this beautiful family’s story with us! Congratulations to them! I hope they love every second!

July 14, 2014 - 8:57 am

maike rinaye - Awww. Love this story. Adoptions are blessings all the way around. Beautiful images, and SUPER adorable baby girl. What a sweet family.

July 14, 2014 - 11:47 am

shannon - my heart completely melted out of my chest when i saw that first image. i gasped out loud. breathtaking!! what a gorgeous babe, family and session!

July 14, 2014 - 12:30 pm

Dawn - These photos are incredible! You are so good at capturing newborn photos and these sweet special moments with family. That last image is my absolute favorite. Congrats to the new parents!

July 14, 2014 - 1:35 pm

Bobbi - Love every single one! Especially loving the series in the nursery with the blue wall. Gorgeous!

July 14, 2014 - 2:26 pm

Nicole F. - These photos and text to match are amazing. I loved each photo and every caption. Thanks for sharing. What a wonderful story!

July 15, 2014 - 3:47 pm

Maggie M - What a gorgeous baby girl (and name!). You can see exactly how much they all love each other already. Proof that our babies find us one way or another. Many congrats to the new family and high fives on the photos!

July 15, 2014 - 4:00 pm

stephanie - such a sweet sweet session!!! beautiful work friend!

July 15, 2014 - 9:30 pm

JaimieW - OMG!!! She is gorg!! I’m so happy for you and your hubby! She fits right in…you can tell she was meant to be yours!! Congrats!

July 16, 2014 - 12:24 am

Melissa Yocum - Ooh!! I love me some newborn baby goodness!! That first pic and the one of her stretching her arms up are my faves! Love these!!

July 18, 2014 - 3:49 am

Nicki - Oh I just love all of these! That black and white on the oouch and the ones in the beautiful nursery are my favs. You captured so much love in each and every image. You have given such a gift to this amazing new family. Awesome job Megan!

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