When Whitney reserved her session, she had not yet held her baby girl. She had not yet met her baby girl. Her daughter, Aliona, was across the world in Russia waiting for her.
Whitney and Doug saw Aliona’s picture online and knew immediately that she was meant to be their daughter. Though paperwork went through on time, the new laws in Russia pertaining to US Adoptions were making the finalization challenging. After a lot of stress, they brought beautiful Aliona home last month. Aliona was one of the last children to leave Russia to be adopted by an American Family. Read more of Aliona’s adoption story online here.
I was deeply honored to capture a moment of their family vacation while they visited Maui. We met on a beautiful morning at Baldwin Beach park. Like any three year old, Aliona loved the water, the sand, and the dog that was being walked. I enjoyed watching this lovely mom and dad interact with the new light in their life – their little girl.
As I sat down to edit this session, I kept humming Across the Universe by the Beatles. And I think the last verse is pretty perfect. Aliona is home with her new family and their story as a family is just beginning.
Sounds of laughter, shades of life
Are ringing through my opened ears
Inciting and inviting me.
Limitless undying love, which
Shines around me like a million suns,
It calls me on and on across the universe
Mariah Milan is a Maui Photographer specializing in capturing Maui Family Vacation Photography and Beautiful Maui Wedding Photography. Call her today at 808-359-8187 or Reserve your Maui photography Session online HERE.