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