We have a semi-open adoption with our girls’ birth moms, which means that we signed a contract to share photos of the girls with their birth moms at specified intervals.
All year, I try my hardest to capture photos of my girls’ everyday lives, their special occasions, their vacations, their time with friends, their time with family.
All year, I see for two people.
I see my daughter running on the beach, not only as myself, but for her.
I watch a birthday celebration through my own eyes, and at the same time, try to take photos for her.
I enjoy watching her peddle her bike in the beautiful sunset light, and wistfully realize I can’t capture it exactly right. I savor it for two.
As my deadlines approach, I go through all of the photos, deciding what photos I would want to see most if photos were all I got to see.
I add captions, explaining “this is her best friend” or “this is what we did for her birthday” or “this perfectly describes her personality.”
I write a letter that may or may not be read.
And then I click “submit.”
This week marks three years of moments that I have gotten to see firsthand.
I am the photographer—not the person viewing the photos through a computer or a printed album. This privilege is never lost on me.
As I click “submit,” I pray for the woman on the other end of the photograph.
And then I step away from the computer, back to my girls, and resume seeing for two.