Stunning photos capture the true love behind adoption

We see, read and hear a great deal about the pure joy of becoming a mother.

And rightly so – it’s one of the most amazing life processes a woman can experience.

But most often, the depiction of motherhood is that of a woman giving birth.

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We see an abundance of beautiful images of natural births, cesareans, water births, even births that have taken place in the car!

But rarely are we able to gain an insight into the exhilaration and excitement a new mother feels when she adopts her long-awaited baby.

Which is why photographer Kristen Ann jumped at the chance to capture the moment her best friend laid eyes on her beautiful baby girl, Tilly Pearl.

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“I have always wanted to photograph the first meeting of an adopted baby,” Kristen wrote on her Facebook page.

“This week, I got to be a part of this incredible moment with one of my best friends!

“She found out Tuesday afternoon about this baby.

“Early Wednesday morning, we flew to Florida. Wednesday afternoon, the baby was official theirs and in the arms of their new mom and dad!

“It was one of the most special moments of my life, I was so privileged to watch this all unfold. What a perfect example of unconditional and sacrificial love.

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