Tuscarawas & Stark County OH Red Thread Adoption Photographer | NE Ohio

There is an ancient Chinese proverb that says, “An invisible red thread connects those who are destined to meet, regardless of time, place or circumstances. The thread may stretch or tangle, but will never break.”

I feel like not many people are aware of this program available to new parents who are adopting or the fact that there are 100’s of photographers nationwide who offer their services, love and time for this organization.


This is taken from Red Thread Session’s website:

About Red Thread Sessions

Red Thread Sessions was started in 2011 by two custom photographers in Texas and Maryland, both whom added to their families through adoption. Feeling the need in their communities to celebrate the beauty of adoption through photography, Red Thread Sessions was born. Soon after, many other photographers throughout the U.S. felt moved to donate their time as well. Red Thread sessions not only captures family portraits of new families, it also capture the precious, happy, confusing, exciting, exhausting, traumatic, life-changing time that is so often brief and fleeting in the life of an adoptive family.

Why “Red Thread” Sessions?

The Ancient Chinese Proverb is a commonly-used saying within the adoption community. It symbolizes the bond that all adoptive children have with their adoptive parents, even before they meet. An invisible “red thread” connects them to the people they are destined to meet. Although this Proverb truly relates to all people, it has a particularly strong connection to adoptive families and seemed like the perfect name for this organization.


 I wanted to also take a few moments and explain why I became a Red Thread Photographer. Even though my husband and I have never adopted, it’s always been something deep on my heart and I find myself drawn to families who’ve adopted. When I was a little girl, my Barbie dolls always had at least 1 family who adopted. I imagine this originally came from my Aunt and Uncle adopting all of their babies, 4 in all, and from all different backgrounds and reasons. I love each and every one of their stories. I also have friends who were adopted and other friends who have adopted or are planning to adopt. I love the heart behind it. The love. The instant bond that makes you a family. It doesn’t matter how you became a family. Just that you ARE. And that right there is why I became a Red Thread Session Photographer. My extended family is made up of all kinds from all over. Some were born into. Some were adopted. Some have been from a divorced family and their father or mother married into our family and we gained cousins and Aunt’s and Uncle’s. I have half siblings and it doesn’t make a difference how I feel about them. Family is family no matter how they arrived. ❤

All that being said, these sessions are free (travel fee’s may apply) and are limited to how many I can accept each year!! In order to comply with the Red Thread guidelines, the adoption session needs to be completed within 3 months of the child coming home (barring any unusual situations where health complications prohibit that from happening). If you are planning to adopt in 2015, or know of someone else who is, and want to reserve a time for one of these sessions please contact me. I offer a free session, your choice of 5 digital images selected from your finished proof gallery and a set of 4×6 proof images with a 15% discount on any optional print/product purchases. Or you can choose one of my full sessions at a 50% discount. View investment information here regarding baby’s first year plans as well as maternity and family session information. Please make sure you’ve viewed my portrait galleries prior to contacting me so that you know your style meshes well with my own. 🙂 Contact me for your own shoot by emailing me at info@brandiwilliamsonphotography.com or by clicking here for my contact tab.Dover New Philadelphia Canton Akron Green Massillon Ohio Red Thread Adoption Photographer | Tuscarawas County and Stark County OH | www.brandiwilliamsonphotography.com(Note: Not all clients in above photos are from Red Thread Adoption Sessions)

© Brandi Williamson Photography | baby, family and adoption photographer serving Dover (44622) New Philadelphia (44663) OH and surrounding areas in Tuscarawas County, Stark County, Holmes County and Northeast Ohio | To book your session contact me via my website’s contact page to reserve your appointment!

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Dover New Philadelphia OH baby photographer | finn’s 7 month studio session

Hello Finn! We meet again. I look forward to this baby boy’s milestone sessions every few months. His Momma shares my love of simplicity and keeping the focus solely on baby. ❤ I mean, who can improve on his sweetness?! 🙂 To prove it to you, you can go here to view his newborn session. We did do an adorable photo to incorporate his big brother’s love of baseball in Finn’s newborn portraits. We plan on trying something with them again for his 9 month shoot to show how much he’s grown! ❤ I do love showing baby’s growth and recreating photos in that way. I’m looking forward to it and it’s a great keepsake for parents to have.

If you’d like to view more baby’s first year photos click here. View investment information here regarding baby’s first year plans as well as maternity and family session information. Contact me for your own shoot by emailing me at info@brandiwilliamsonphotography.com or by clicking here for my contact tab. You can subscribe to email updates as well to be notified of upcoming specials, events and BWP news.

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Dover New Philadelphia OH children’s photographer | Easter Mini Sessions

Who’s ready for those adorable little chicks to chirp chirp chirp back into my studio? This year I am playing it safe for both the kids and the bunnies and opting out of bunny pictures. I will have chicks again and will enforce washing hands before you leave in addition to signing a safety/health waiver. Legalities! Gotta love them! 😉 We can also do photos without the chicks if you would prefer.

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Cost is listed above and there is a $25 non-refundable retainer required to book (retainer is deducted from total cost). Payments accepted are credit card (I can invoice you online), check (made out to Brandi Williamson Photography, mailing address is PO Box 301, Midvale OH 44653) or cash. No gift certificates please. Easter Mini Sessions are intended for up to 3 children (siblings please). $10 extra per child. Cousins and extended family can book back to back sessions. These are not intended for family sessions.

Saturday March 7th will be using the turquoise backdrop:
11AM | 11:30AM | 12PM | 12:30PM | 1PM | LUNCH | 2PM | 2:30PM | 3PM | 3:30PM | 4PM

Saturday March 14th will be using the cream colored backdrop:
11AM | 11:30AM | 12PM | 12:30PM | 1PM | LUNCH | 2PM | 2:30PM | 3PM | 3:30PM | 4PM

If you want to schedule a weekday (between 11AM – 2PM) between these dates I will have the chicks available then as well. These will be on select days and scheduled in-between other sessions as well.

I’m looking forward to another fantastic year of fun Easter sessions!!! Don’t forget, refer a **brand new** client to me and you can both receive a $20 credit (I will allow using this for Easter Mini Sessions this year too!!)

© Brandi Williamson Photography | child and children’s photographer serving Dover (44622) New Philadelphia (44663) OH and surrounding areas in Tuscarawas County, Stark County and Northeast Ohio | To book your session contact me via my website’s contact page to reserve your appointment!

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Akron OH children’s photographer | quick 2 year milestone session + a big brother

Ahhhhh 2 year olds. ❤ Their sessions are either tons of fun and full of giggles… or the opposite. 😉 In Cali’s instance, it was giggles that won out. 🙂 Her Mom and I knew we had to work fast with this one so it was a short and sweet milestone session. And then of course big brother had to stand in front of my camera too. 😛 I love his toothy grin!!

Go here to view more milestone sessions. View investment information here regarding milestone sessions. Contact me for your own shoot by using my contact tab or emailing me at info@brandiwilliamsonphotography.com.

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Mineral City OH newborn baby & family photographer | 5 days new Juliana

This adorable baby girl’s Daddy works with my husband (okay, my husband sorta works for her Dad but shhhhhh don’t tell my husband that 😉 LOL). Not only that, but her parents are also friends. That makes the best kind of client. They came from Mineral City to visit my studio back in December. They even bought me lunch. Win win for me! Oh and Juliana’s father is also a Dennison cop… so the boys had better watch out when she grows up! 🙂

Interested in viewing other newborn sessions like this one? View more of my newborn photos here. It’s never too early to schedule your own newborn session!! If you are pregnant then NOW is the best time to reserve your spot on my calender. View investment information here regarding newborn baby sessions and baby’s first year plans as well as maternity session information. Contact me for your own shoot by emailing me at info@brandiwilliamsonphotography.com or by clicking here.Mineral City Ohio newborn baby and family photographer 44656 | Dover New Philadelphia OH photographer | © Brandi Williamson Photography | www.brandiwilliamsonphotography.com | newborn baby girlMineral City Ohio newborn baby and family photographer 44656 | Dover New Philadelphia OH photographer | © Brandi Williamson Photography | www.brandiwilliamsonphotography.com | newborn baby girlMineral City Ohio newborn baby and family photographer 44656 | Dover New Philadelphia OH photographer | © Brandi Williamson Photography | www.brandiwilliamsonphotography.com | newborn baby girlMineral City Ohio newborn baby and family photographer 44656 | Dover New Philadelphia OH photographer | © Brandi Williamson Photography | www.brandiwilliamsonphotography.com | newborn baby girlMineral City Ohio newborn baby and family photographer 44656 | Dover New Philadelphia OH photographer | © Brandi Williamson Photography | www.brandiwilliamsonphotography.com | newborn baby girlMineral City Ohio newborn baby and family photographer 44656 | Dover New Philadelphia OH photographer | © Brandi Williamson Photography | www.brandiwilliamsonphotography.com | newborn baby girlMineral City Ohio newborn baby and family photographer 44656 | Dover New Philadelphia OH photographer | © Brandi Williamson Photography | www.brandiwilliamsonphotography.com | newborn baby girlMineral City Ohio newborn baby and family photographer 44656 | Dover New Philadelphia OH photographer | © Brandi Williamson Photography | www.brandiwilliamsonphotography.com | newborn baby girlMineral City Ohio newborn baby and family photographer 44656 | Dover New Philadelphia OH photographer | © Brandi Williamson Photography | www.brandiwilliamsonphotography.com | newborn baby girlMineral City Ohio newborn baby and family photographer 44656 | Dover New Philadelphia OH photographer | © Brandi Williamson Photography | www.brandiwilliamsonphotography.com | newborn baby girlMineral City Ohio newborn baby and family photographer 44656 | Dover New Philadelphia OH photographer | © Brandi Williamson Photography | www.brandiwilliamsonphotography.com | newborn baby girlMineral City Ohio newborn baby and family photographer 44656 | Dover New Philadelphia OH photographer | © Brandi Williamson Photography | www.brandiwilliamsonphotography.com | newborn baby girlMineral City Ohio newborn baby and family photographer 44656 | Dover New Philadelphia OH photographer | © Brandi Williamson Photography | www.brandiwilliamsonphotography.com | newborn baby girl

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Carrollton Ohio first birthday photographer | isaiah’s sprinkle smash cake session

Isaiah recently saved me and this adorable sprinkle smash cake from Sugarfuse. Due to sickness, I had a cancellation so his Mom booked this last minute cake smash mini session in my Tuscarawas County OH studio. 🙂 I’m so glad I was able to meet him! Such a little sweetheart! He was a little wary of really digging in, but Mom gave him a taste of the frosting and then he was more apt to at least scoop the frosting and sprinkles off of the cake. 🙂

Go here to view more first birthday smash cake photo sessions. View investment information here regarding smash cake and milestone sessions. Contact me for your own shoot by using my contact tab or emailing me at info@brandiwilliamsonphotography.com.Carrollton Ohio smash cake birthday photographer 44615 | sprinkle smash cake | Dover New Philadelphia OH photographer | cake by Sugarfuse | www.brandiwilliamsonphotography.comCarrollton Ohio smash cake birthday photographer 44615 | sprinkle smash cake | Dover New Philadelphia OH photographer | cake by Sugarfuse | www.brandiwilliamsonphotography.comCarrollton Ohio smash cake birthday photographer 44615 | sprinkle smash cake | Dover New Philadelphia OH photographer | cake by Sugarfuse | www.brandiwilliamsonphotography.comCarrollton Ohio smash cake birthday photographer 44615 | sprinkle smash cake | Dover New Philadelphia OH photographer | cake by Sugarfuse | www.brandiwilliamsonphotography.comCarrollton Ohio smash cake birthday photographer 44615 | sprinkle smash cake | Dover New Philadelphia OH photographer | cake by Sugarfuse | www.brandiwilliamsonphotography.comCarrollton Ohio smash cake birthday photographer 44615 | sprinkle smash cake | Dover New Philadelphia OH photographer | cake by Sugarfuse | www.brandiwilliamsonphotography.comCarrollton Ohio smash cake birthday photographer 44615 | sprinkle smash cake | Dover New Philadelphia OH photographer | cake by Sugarfuse | www.brandiwilliamsonphotography.comCarrollton Ohio smash cake birthday photographer 44615 | sprinkle smash cake | Dover New Philadelphia OH photographer | cake by Sugarfuse | www.brandiwilliamsonphotography.comCarrollton Ohio smash cake birthday photographer 44615 | sprinkle smash cake | Dover New Philadelphia OH photographer | cake by Sugarfuse | www.brandiwilliamsonphotography.com

If you’d like to schedule your own smash cake mini session see contact info below.Carrollton Ohio smash cake birthday photographer 44615 | sprinkle smash cake | Dover New Philadelphia OH photographer | cake by Sugarfuse | www.brandiwilliamsonphotography.com

© Brandi Williamson Photography photographer serving Carrollton (44615) Dover (44622) New Philadelphia (44663) OH and surrounding areas in Tuscarawas County and Northeast Ohio | To book your session contact me via my website’s contact page to reserve your appointment!

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Dover New Philadelphia OH Photographer | Project 52 | imagination

Oh my word!!! This is a FUN theme!!! You’re for sure going to want to check out ALL of our blogs this week!!! 🙂

I really hadn’t messed around with this type of Photoshopping images so this took some playing and learning on my part. I love that it really pushed me out of my comfort zone!!

The first image I attempted was my oldest daughter, Emma, and her books. She LOVES to read so we wanted to document her in this stage. Her composite was fairly simple. I took a shot of the books stacked up and then I photographed her sitting on a stool and I combined the 2 with some behind the scenes Photoshop magic. 😉 She is so excited about her finished photo that she’s asked if I could print it as a poster for her bedroom. How fun!

New Philadelphia Ohio childrens photographer 44663 | © Brandi Williamson Photography | www.brandiwilliamsonphotography.com | Project 52: ImaginationLiam’s photo was quite a lot more difficult. First off, he’s 3 and he’s very much not a fan of my camera. He refused to wear the clothes I chose for him. And we ended up changing up the entire idea and instead went with whatever he decided to do. Isn’t that the typical life with a toddler? LOL I do love the end result though!! Don’t you? He giggles every time that he sees it too and says “Oh I’m small Liam! Look Mommy! That dolphin’s gonna gobble my fishie! Stay awayyyyyy shark! Oh no!” And then all of that is typically followed by “Let’s go! I want a bubble bath please!!!” Love this little boy and his fun imagination!!New Philadelphia Ohio childrens photographer 44663 | © Brandi Williamson Photography | www.brandiwilliamsonphotography.com | Project 52: ImaginationIzzy Grace’s chalkboard image was the last one we got around to finishing. She and I discussed what we wanted to do at the beginning of the week but things kept happening and we would put it off another day for one reason or another. (Kind of like the same reason I have yet to call the Preschool up again to set up another date for a tour for Liam?! OOPS!). Isabella’s photo was a lot of fun to execute!! I knew that I didn’t want a generic chalkboard stock image in the background. I wanted it to be HER drawing. So she set to work on that this morning. Then immediately following a studio session on Saturday morning, I told her we would photograph her “flying”. And of course we needed to add in her beloved Duffy Bear who goes everywhere else with her. It’s only natural he would go on a flying adventure through her chalkboard drawing wonderland too!!! 😛Dover Ohio 44622 New Philadelphia Ohio childrens photographer 44663 | © Brandi Williamson Photography | www.brandiwilliamsonphotography.com | Project 52: Imagination

Next in line for our blog circle is the talented LeAnn Rehm Photography. Seriously, you do not want to miss this so please click her link to view! 🙂 Her photo is so much fun!!

To view past week’s of our Finding Me: Project 52 click here.

© Brandi Williamson Photography photographer serving Dover (44622) New Philadelphia (44663) OH and surrounding areas in Tuscarawas County and Northeast Ohio | To book your session contact me via my website’s contact page to reserve your appointment!

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Bolivar Ohio newborn & baby photographer | Dover OH | 4 days new ariana

This beautiful baby girl and her parents traveled from Bolivar and visited my Midvale Ohio studio back in December for her newborn photo session.

7 lbs 7 oz and 19 inches of snuggly perfection at 4 days new ❤

When you’re done peeking at Ariana’s gallery, maybe you’ll want to view her parent’s maternity session. 🙂

To view more newborn sessions click here. It’s never too early to schedule your own newborn session!! If you are pregnant then NOW is the best time to reserve your spot on my calender. View investment information here regarding newborn baby sessions and baby’s first year plans as well as maternity session information. Contact me for your own shoot by emailing me at info@brandiwilliamsonphotography.com or by clicking here.

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© Brandi Williamson Photography newborn baby and family photographer serving Bolivar (44612) Dover (44622) New Philadelphia (44663) OH and surrounding areas in Tuscarawas County, Stark County and Northeast Ohio | To book your session contact me via my website’s contact page to reserve your appointment!

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Tuscarawas County Ohio baby + child photographer | Dover New Philadelphia OH | Mack + Hudson

We all know that 6 month baby sessions are high on my favorite things to photograph list. 🙂 Add in a sweet 3 year old brother and it’s a big win in my book! 🙂 Meet Mack (3 years old) and Hudson (6 months old). These adorable brothers recently moved to Ohio from Virgina along with their big sister and Mom & Dad. I get to see big sister again in just a few short weeks for her 6 year old studio session and Hudson’s 9 month milestone as well. 😀

I cannot get over Hudson’s flyaway hair-do! Can he be any more precious?! And Mack & his tie? I die. ❤

Fun tidbit: Mack has had his photo taken with the same tie for every milestone session beginning with his newborn shoot. The photographer they used in Virginia can be found here. She is pretty amazing. And that makes me feel even more special and happy that these little one’s Momma chose *ME* as their new Ohio photographer. ❤ Thank you Natisha!Dover New Philadelphia Tuscarawas County Ohio baby and toddler photographer 44663 44622 | © Brandi Williamson Photography | www.brandiwilliamsonphotography.comDover New Philadelphia Tuscarawas County Ohio baby and toddler photographer 44663 44622 | © Brandi Williamson Photography | www.brandiwilliamsonphotography.comDover New Philadelphia Tuscarawas County Ohio baby and toddler photographer 44663 44622 | © Brandi Williamson Photography | www.brandiwilliamsonphotography.comDover New Philadelphia Tuscarawas County Ohio baby and toddler photographer 44663 44622 | © Brandi Williamson Photography | www.brandiwilliamsonphotography.comDover New Philadelphia Tuscarawas County Ohio baby and toddler photographer 44663 44622 | © Brandi Williamson Photography | www.brandiwilliamsonphotography.comDover New Philadelphia Tuscarawas County Ohio baby and toddler photographer 44663 44622 | © Brandi Williamson Photography | www.brandiwilliamsonphotography.comDover New Philadelphia Tuscarawas County Ohio baby and toddler photographer 44663 44622 | © Brandi Williamson Photography | www.brandiwilliamsonphotography.comDover New Philadelphia Tuscarawas County Ohio baby and toddler photographer 44663 44622 | © Brandi Williamson Photography | www.brandiwilliamsonphotography.comDover New Philadelphia Tuscarawas County Ohio baby and toddler photographer 44663 44622 | © Brandi Williamson Photography | www.brandiwilliamsonphotography.comDover New Philadelphia Tuscarawas County Ohio baby and toddler photographer 44663 44622 | © Brandi Williamson Photography | www.brandiwilliamsonphotography.comDover New Philadelphia Tuscarawas County Ohio baby and toddler photographer 44663 44622 | © Brandi Williamson Photography | www.brandiwilliamsonphotography.comDover New Philadelphia Tuscarawas County Ohio baby and toddler photographer 44663 44622 | © Brandi Williamson Photography | www.brandiwilliamsonphotography.com

© Brandi Williamson Photography 6 month baby and 3 year old child photographer serving Strasburg (44680) Dover (44622) New Philadelphia (44663) OH and surrounding areas in Tuscarawas County, Stark County and Northeast Ohio | To book your session contact me via my website’s contact page to reserve your appointment!

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Dover New Philadelphia OH Photographer | Project 52 | selfie!

week 5 | selfie

It arrived. The week I was dreading. This week’s Finding Me: Project 52 theme is “YOU: selfie”. Don’t get me wrong, I love cell phone selfies. I take selfies with my kids or husband (does that count?), selfies with coffee, selfies with sunshine, selfies with new hair color or a cute style and whatever other random selfie mood might take over. But to take a selfie with my big girl camera… AND post it to my blog for everyone to see?! That’s different for some reason. It just IS! Thoughts ran through my mind…. “Be careful with the angle! Don’t show your double chin!” “Should I put more make-up on?” “Um I’m still holding my coffee cup….” “What about those dark circles and my scars?! Maybe I should edit those out…”

In the end I left all of it. I didn’t add anymore make-up than what I normally wear on a typical day. I left my dark circles because they tell a story of my life right now. Yes I have sleepless nights. I work late. I have 3 kids. I still have nightmares of my past. I have nightmares of what my mind makes up and the “what if….” takes over. Sometimes I just want to sit with my husband on the couch and mindlessly stare at the TV late into the night. Then I wake up early to start the day and get the kids dressed, fed and out the door to school. I left my scars because they tell a story of my past and what has helped shape me into who I am today. Do I feel beautiful? No. Do I feel like I look how I want to look? Absolutely not. Am I okay with all of this? Yes. I am more than okay with it. I am happy. I am blessed. I am loved. And that is beautiful. That is me.

Don’t forget this is our Finding Me: Project 52 blog circle. Visit Sarah Jastre Photography and see her take on this week’s theme. Please click through all of our links and leave us some love by liking and commenting on our posts, especially this week as it turns out selfie week was a difficult one for ALL of us to go through with. In discussing this week’s theme with each-other, we laughed, we cringed, we lifted each-other up, we cried, we criticized our bodies and we boosted each-other’s confidence. Why is it that we can so easily see the beauty in someone else but not ourselves? We, as a society, need to work on this. Let’s begin today.

To view past week’s of our Finding Me: Project 52 click here.New Philadelphia OH Photographer 44663 Project 52© Brandi Williamson Photography photographer serving Dover (44622) New Philadelphia (44663) OH and surrounding areas in Tuscarawas County and Northeast Ohio | To book your session contact me via my website’s contact page to reserve your appointment!

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