Hope Against Hope

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Though we got some tough news this week about our estimated travel date, we continue to hope against hope that God will part the seas from here to Ethiopia for us to bring #McAffryA home!

Senator Lamar Alexander’s office has been working on our case doing everything they can to expedite our paperwork. Though they told us the official word was that nothing could be done, we completed the first step of our process weeks faster than expected. That was nothing short of an act of God.

We are continuing to move forward in this journey trusting that no matter what official agencies and governmental organizations are saying, that God is the one in charge of this process and it will all happen in His good time.

We have #McAffryA’s blanket ready, most of his wardrobe prepared, and now we just need to get his room set up. Finishing up our paperwork feels just like the last few weeks of pregnancy. We’ve signed up for training classes to learn about sensory disorders and parenting a traumatized child. I’m in full on nesting phase.

We have his pictures all over our house and the kids talk about him all the time. It feels like the most natural thing in the world for us to becoming a family of five like this.

Thank you to all who continue to ask about our adoption and who continue to pray with us. Please pray for God to split the seas so we can walk right through!

Brenda and Craig

Brenda and Craig came to East Tennessee for a vacation at Blackberry Farm in the Great Smoky Mountains, and they wanted to celebrate with some pictures at this iconic retreat. It was stunning as the leaves were changing and we had the mountain landscape as a backdrop. Couldn’t ask for anything more beautiful!

When I pulled up to Blackberry, I was greeted by the most amazing staff that included one of my former students from my days as a teacher. What a fun surprise. She drove me around the property pointing out some special spots where the Fall color was really showing, and she told me all about the Blackberry state of mind.

Craig carted us around in the golf cart and it was a joy to spend the hour with them hearing about their travels in France and beyond. There is something special about witnessing couples interact during their photo shoot, and it was apparent just how much these two adore each other.

Thank you Craig and Brenda for rearranging your fly fishing to get this photo shoot in! I hope you feel the Blackberry state of mind each time you see these pictures!

Makeup: Claire Balest

Sarah McAffry specializes in family, senior and commercial photography in the Knoxville, TN and surrounding East TN areas. Use the contact button above or email info@sarahmcaffry.com for booking inquiries.

Knoxville Habitat for Humanity

What an honor to be asked to come back to photograph another #blitzbuild for Knoxville Habitat for Humanity! With the help of 1,000 volunteers they are building 6 houses in 7 days! The blitz ends on April 17th so they’re close to finishing up these homes!  Over the past 30 years, they have built almost 500 houses in Knoxville alone.

I photographed the 2013 Blitz and seeing the owners who have made their houses a home over the past few years was a powerful thing. Many were outside mowing, planting flowers and gardens and the neighborhood kids were riding around on their bikes, enjoying the perfect Spring day.

You might think that Habitat for Humanity gives these homes away to people in need. But that is not the case. They sell these homes to the owners at no profit with zero percent loans to make them affordable. Each family contributes 500 hours of sweat equity before moving into their new home, so they are personally invested and they work side by side with the volunteers. The people in purple Habitat t-shirts are the home owners, and you’ll see them working hard in the photos!

Sarah McAffry specializes in commercial, senior, family, photography in the Knoxville, TN and surrounding East TN areas. Use the contact button above or email info@sarahmcaffry.com for booking inquiries.

Rennich Family

Spending time with the Rennich family was a reminder of why I want a big family. This family of seven has crazy schedules and admitted that life can sometimes be a little messy, but it’s so worth it for the love they share. Kim wanted one picture that reflects everyone’s activities and I love how it turned out. Such a fun personality picture!

Believe it or not, it was pouring outside during this shoot, but with seven schedules cleared, there was no chance of rescheduling. We stayed in the greenhouse at the Knoxville Botanical Gardens and it ended up being the perfect backdrop for their first pictures as a family of seven.

Sarah McAffry specializes in senior, family, and teen photography in the Knoxville, TN and surrounding East TN areas. Use the contact button above or email info@sarahmcaffry.com for booking inquiries.

Now Booking Family Mini Sessions on May 2. Contact the studio at 865-679-2287 for more details!

Ellie Bussey

Ellie Bussey is the most adorable girl! She came to the studio for the Becoming Sessions and had a fun, glamorous girl day getting her hair and makeup done before her photo shoot. She wore the perfect casual, springy outfit and a fancier, darker look with our favorite prop – the floppy hat!

This is such an important time in a girl’s life and we are thrilled to play a role in showing them just how beautiful they are. We love the smiles we see on their face when they walk out of the door and hope that they last long after the photo shoot!

Sarah McAffry specializes in senior, family, and teen photography in the Knoxville, TN and surrounding East TN areas. Use the contact button above or email info@sarahmcaffry.com for booking inquiries.

JUST TWO SPOTS LEFT FOR THE BECOMING SESSIONS ON SATURDAY, APRIL 18. MORE DETAILS HERE!