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What Photos Should You Use in Your Adoptive Family Profile?

Say cheese! If you’re working on compiling the photos for your adoptive family profile, it may be hard to know where to start. Should I include funny pictures? Do they want pictures of my vacation? We understand that questions like these may be whirling through your head, and we’re here to give a little bit of guidance and reassurance throughout an often stressful time.

Keep This in Mind

This is going to require more work than your average snapshot for your Instagram followers. You definitely want to grab the attention of your audience because this time, the audience is the future birthmother of your child! You are heading down an exciting journey, and we want to make sure that you are showing who you really are and what your life is truly like.

It’s true what they say: a picture really is worth a thousand words, so let’s make sure those thousand words really say something!

Bring in the Pros

The first picture a birthmother sees in your adoption profile should be taken by a professional photographer. Sadly, your friend with the newest iPhone isn’t going to cut it this time. So, look around in your area to see if there is a good photographer that hopefully won’t cost an arm and a leg.

You are going to want a lifestyle photographer that is talented in capturing the personality of his or her subjects. These types of photos, rather than portraits, offer a bit more life and personality into your profile.

Bring a few changes of clothes and make sure your hair and makeup is done before your shoot. When the shoot is over, look through the completed product to find the best photo to use for your cover photo of your adoption family profile.

Show What Life is Like

This profile is all about having a wide range of different pictures. That means including some candid shots in addition to the professionally-taken photographs. Birthmothers want to know what the parents of her child are really like and would like to see a glimpse into their household. This is the ultimate goal of your photography profile, and candid shots accomplish this the best.

Try to choose candid photos that tie back into the text of your application in some way. This means that if you mention you love going to baseball games, include a photo of you and your family in the stands. Or, if you enjoy going camping, a family picture of everyone having fun at the campsite is another good option.

Include Others


It takes a village to raise a child, and your future child is certainly no exception. There will most likely be visits from family members and close friends during your child’s upbringing, so it’s a good idea to include a few photos of them in your profile so the birthmother can get a sense of the people he or she will be interacting with. Don’t be afraid to include pets either, because they are an important part of your home as well.

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