The Adoption Photographer

storyteller + adoptive momma + guide

I’m Jenni Engel, an adoption photographer with the unique privilege of documenting the true stories of grief and joy for adoptive families in Indianapolis and all over Indiana. 

my heart for adoption

my goal is to capture

beauty + pain

grief + joy

happiness + frustration

Our adoption journey.

When my husband and I first began our journey to adopt our daughter, I realized the importance of documenting every moment, but I struggled to find photographers that specialized in adoption photography. 

While traditional family photographers focus on smiles and happiness, adoption doesn’t always look like that. There’s pain and there’s grief. 

But there is oh, so much beauty and joy in the midst of it all! 

As an adoption photographer, my goal is to capture images that accurately portray the full story of adoption in all its raw beauty. 

finding beauty in the midst of the hard.

As an adoptive mom, I understand the contradictory emotions that come with adoption. And I am certainly not shy about discussing the hard (my life has been full of hard!), but I believe in finding the beauty in the midst of the hard.

I create a safe space for you to stop worrying about taking pictures in those special moments when you first meet, make it official, or casually spend time with your child. Instead, you can simply focus on bonding with them, relax, and be present in the moment. 

Trust me: it goes by so quickly, that it’s often hard to remember all of those little moments. These images will give you the chance to relive the day over and over again. 

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the ordinary

My job isn't just to take photos of you. My job is to understand your story and artistically document your family’s beauty. That means you don't have to do any of the work. Your job is to simply be who you are and go with a moment. I will capture the emotions you experience as it's happening. 

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