Celina + Vincent || Rexburg Wedding Videography

Celina and Vincent’s Rexburg wedding reception and ring ceremony was so much fun to film! From the Latin American music to the beautiful dresses, the delicious food to the little (and big) kids dancing, this reception was quite the blast. After that night I decided every and any kind of wedding celebration needs to have dancing! How else do you have so much fun?

View the highlights from this night at the La Hacienda event center in Rexburg, Idaho.

Hanna + Andrew || ‘First Look’ Temple Bridals

The moments a photographer lives for are the ones that make them cry!! There wasn’t a dry eye during Hanna and Andrew’s First Look, right before we documented their Twin Falls, Idaho temple bridals.

Since we were twelve, Hanna has been such a dear friend to me. And I am so glad she found a guy as great as Andrew! It’s truly freaky (in the best way possible) how amazing they are for each other. Together, they make the best team.

I am so excited for their wedding on Saturday and to have this part in celebrating their marriage! Enjoy their first look images and feel free to share.

Also – it’s totally okay to cry.

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 Lifestyle Maternity Session of pregnant couple in downtown Park City, UT by Idaho Lifestyle photographer Whitney Majors Photography
 Lifestyle Maternity Session of pregnant couple in downtown Park City, UT by Idaho Lifestyle photographer Whitney Majors Photography
 Lifestyle Maternity Session of pregnant couple in downtown Park City, UT by Idaho Lifestyle photographer Whitney Majors Photography
 Lifestyle Maternity Session of pregnant couple in downtown Park City, UT by Idaho Lifestyle photographer Whitney Majors Photography
 Lifestyle Maternity Session of pregnant couple in downtown Park City, UT by Idaho Lifestyle photographer Whitney Majors Photography
 Lifestyle Maternity Session of pregnant couple in downtown Park City, UT by Idaho Lifestyle photographer Whitney Majors Photography

Krysta + Paul || Park City Lifestyle Maternity Session

We were in downtown Park City, UT for this lifestyle maternity session with Paul and Krysta. They wore the perfect Adidas attire and man, did they look good! It was so fun to hear about little Cillian, see his ultrasound and catch up with these great friends. Despite the occasional grumblings, (ahem ahem..Paul) I think they had a lovely time. No doubt I did.

Let me tell you how Krysta and I met. We met each other in college at BYU-Idaho in 2013 while in a community choir called ‘From the Heart.’ We were both sopranos. And Krysta had an amazing singing voice. If it didn’t look so cheesy in a blog post – I’d put praise hands right here. I remember sitting next to her on a carpool to a performance and looking at her stunning engagement ring while listening to her and Paul’s proposal story. #dreamy

Fast forward a couple years and we’re target shooting with our gun-loving husbands, I’m asking for web and graphic design help because Krysta has skillls, and we’re taking scenic adventures with our friend Britte. I value our friendship so much. And I’m thrilled our babes will be just months apart! Krysta and Paul will make amazing parents.

Congratulations on your baby boy, guys. I cannot wait to meet him!

Follow along with Krysta on Instagram:

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 Lifestyle Maternity Session of pregnant couple in downtown Park City, UT by Idaho Lifestyle photographer Whitney Majors Photography
 Lifestyle Maternity Session of pregnant couple in downtown Park City, UT by Idaho Lifestyle photographer Whitney Majors Photography
 Lifestyle Maternity Session of pregnant couple in downtown Park City, UT by Idaho Lifestyle photographer Whitney Majors Photography
 Lifestyle Maternity Session of pregnant couple in downtown Park City, UT by Idaho Lifestyle photographer Whitney Majors Photography
 Lifestyle Maternity Session of pregnant couple in downtown Park City, UT by Idaho Lifestyle photographer Whitney Majors Photography
 Lifestyle Maternity Session of pregnant couple in downtown Park City, UT by Idaho Lifestyle photographer Whitney Majors Photography
 Lifestyle Maternity Session of pregnant couple in downtown Park City, UT by Idaho Lifestyle photographer Whitney Majors Photography
 Lifestyle Maternity Session of pregnant couple in downtown Park City, UT by Idaho Lifestyle photographer Whitney Majors Photography
 Lifestyle Maternity Session of pregnant couple in downtown Park City, UT by Idaho Lifestyle photographer Whitney Majors Photography

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Krysta + Paul’s Maternity Lifestyle Session video

“To My Little One” Adoption.org

This Winter, I have been a little absent from The Adoption Project scene! This is because I wanted to increase my video skill set. So I interned with Adoption.com’s marketing team.

The result of that internship is in this video.

I planned, directed, filmed and edited my heart out. Why? To inform women with unplanned pregnancies that there are people who will sincerely listen and help to make the best choice for both mom and baby (whether that be to parent or place for adoption).

This was not created without support from the Elevati team (including my manager, video specialist, fellow interns and many employees), volunteer actors, family and countless others. 

I hope you enjoy. Please watch in HD and please, please share! 

The Adoption Project Photobook

The Adoption Project Photobook

Last month I created a photobook of my experiences thus far in The Adoption Project. And today I want to share it with you!

It outlines an introduction, my parents’ international adoption process, the beginnings of the project, my take on the stories of- The Smiths, Sarah, and The Martins, brief quotes, what I’ve learned, some Vietnamese artifacts from my siblings and a brief statement about where I plan to take The Adoption Project.

The physical copy of the {first} printed photobook has been donated to the BYU-Idaho Photography Department and can be viewed among their other past student work on a shelf in the photo lab. It is my hope that other photographers in the department see it and become inspired to create documentaries like this.

In other news, I have been officially hired as an intern with adoption.com. This is a dream come true for me as I’ll be doing very similar things to what I have been doing with The Adoption Project {i.e. interviewing birthmothers and adoptive families + creating films and ads based on their experiences}. I am slightly nervous as I am with all new opportunities that arise – but I am more excited than anything. It’s going to be a grand adventure. I can’t wait to meet the most inspiring people, learn more about adoption and practice my craft as a storyteller, photographer and filmmaker.

I plan to continue The Adoption Project as I learn and grow in the adoption community so keep your eyes and ears out!

I would love to hear some feedback on the photobook or anything in general about this ongoing series. Thank you once more for your continued support. The Adoption Project would not have been made possible without some of the specific help of those mentioned on the last page of this photobook! Thank you and thank you and I love you.

Whitney

Love

Photo Credit: Lana Strathearn Photo Credit: Lana Strathearn

I’ve had some health and family priorities that have required my full attention so I have missed a few posts. Needless to say I have one last post that might sum up all the thoughts I’ve had. It being the start of the holiday season – my love for my family and service has been strengthened a great deal. I know there is nothing more important than our own testimonies than family in this life. Family can be made up of those born to the same two parents, adopted by those other than their birth parents, individuals who are joined by a marriage, or not. Family really is what you make it. Once you have found those special souls to love and be apart of your family – they are yours. No greater bonds can be had than with our family, besides that with our Heavely Father.

The Adoption Project has not only taught me specifically about adoption in all its aspects. It’s taught me a great deal about love.

Love exceeds blood. Love exceeds race. It triumphs over all mistakes and heartache and  sorrow. Love can mend hearts.

Love is most definitely an action more than it is a feeling. Love can teach us when we give it and receive it. Love can create miracles and save lives.

It is love that creates our families. It is love that motivates good works, especially in our homes.

My hope is that you have learned something about love and Heavenly Father’s plan of Happiness while viewing The Adoption Project. I pray as I continue this project that more families can find their loved ones and strengthen the family bonds they have.

Thank you once again for your constant support in The Adoption Project. I’d love to hear what thoughts you have about adoption in general or what you’ve learned about love through your experiences.

I am in the process of creating a photo book that will be viewable to the public soon. Visit back to see it!

The Birthmother Series

Photo Credit: Lana Strathearn Photo Credit: Lana Strathearn

Due to the whirlwind that was yesterday, our daily November post was not made.

So here it is now. Please forgive!

A social documentary photographer named Hillary Jones created an on-going series called The Birthmother Series. On her website, Hillary states that the project is “intended to change the societal views of what it means to be a birthmother.” This series, among a few others, is one that inspired The Adoption Project. We hope to change the societal views of adoption in general, including placing for adoption, adoptees and adoptive parents and so much more.

The Birthmother Series can be seen here or at http://hillarymjones.com/the-birthmother-series#0. Please let us know your thoughts on this series!

The Archibald Project

Photo Credit: Whitney Majors Photo Credit: Whitney Majors

Another organization worth checking out today is called The Archibald Project. This is an orphan care non-profit organization that is changing the world through storytelling via photographs, videos and articles on the children in orphanages, as well as the parents who adopt them!

If you’re really desiring to be inspired and uplifted, this is a great resource, especially for anyone hoping to adopt or simply interested in being more involved in the adoption and orphan care community. They are continually sharing the stories of many children and families in orphan care and the adoption process. But they additionally introduce other organizations who equally fight to find homes and families for children!

This is yet another great organization that inspires on the daily in sharing stories of adoption. Let us know what you think of their work found on their website at http://www.thearchibaldproject.com/.

Lana

Photo Credit: Lana Strathearn Photo Credit: Lana Strathearn

This is Lana. You may have seen her name and photographs if you have been following our posts. Lana is a literal ray of bright, glorious sunshine. She’s more passionate about documenting beautiful, truthful, intriguing people and experiences, than anyone I know.

Lana offered to help with The Adoption Project in photographing for some of the shoots we had with our featured adoption advocates and for the Senior Showcase I presented at. There’s been few things more special to me in this project than getting to share stories, thoughts, advice and similar dreams / ambitions with her. Without the support from Lana, The Adoption Project might not be be what it is { she might deny this – but don’t listen to her! }.

There have been so many others that have helped behind-the-scenes on The Adoption Project. Sometimes it is simply the support from God and loved ones that keep us motivated in journeys that can be challenging. This can be just as true in the adoption process. Who are the people in your life that help you stay on course? What experiences have you had that make you grateful for the people around you?