NWAE’s In-Depth Profiles

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Northwest Adoption Exchange has started producing in-depth profiles, and we’ll be highlighting them on our Facebook page from time to time. We’d love to share them here, but once a child is adopted, they’re removed from the NWAE site and we want to respect the children’s privacy. You can visit NWAE.org to check out the latest profiles, some of which feature portraits made by our awesome volunteers!

Want to get involved? We’re always looking for volunteers and donations beyond photography. If you’re interested in donating food for events, clothing options or your make-up skills, please contact us on the Volunteer page.

Wanted: Volunteer Photographers in Pierce County and Beyond!

We’ve been thrilled with the numbers of volunteers who have joined our first two waves of recruiting. Now we’re looking to expand. At this point, we are not looking for anymore photographers in King County. There’s a great need in Pierce County, however. Keep in mind that some of these portrait sessions may happen during normal business hours.

We’re also hoping to recruit more photographers in Eastern Washington—especially around the Spokane area.

Are you interested or know somebody who might be? Head over to the Volunteer page!

Tom convinces a child to have his portrait made.


NWAE Kids’ Fest

Northwest Adoption Exchange hosted its biannual Kids’ Fest in Tacoma on Dec. 3, bringing together children in foster care to casually interact with parents interested in adopting. The event featured games, prizes, crafts and a photo booth—which Adopt-A-Child Photography ran.

Matt, Tom, Jackie and Kai worked to photograph children, some of whom had no photo on the NWAE website, to improve the children’s profiles. After Kai photographed them in the studio space set up, Jackie and Tom photographed the children outside in different settings. Matt set up the backdrop and lights, and worked throughout the day to provide prints to the children.

Fall 2016 Training

The volunteers from Adopt-A-Child Photography gathered at Jennifer Loomis’ studio for training on Nov. 2. The session brought together the first team with new volunteers to network and learn more about Northwest Adoption Exchange from its Director Tyler Helbach.

One eye-opening example showed the potential impact of upgrading a child’s profile with professional photos. After adding new photos from AACP, this happened to one child’s page:

  • His page views more than doubled
  • People spent 20% more time on his profile, indicating that they felt more engaged
  • Five families with home studies have inquired about him since the photos were added six weeks ago (In the previous six weeks he only had one)

Quinn Russell Brown and Matt Lawrence also shared their personal experiences while photographing children in foster care.

And Playback Theater Northwest once again reenacted real-life scenarios to discuss potential pitfalls and ethics while working on-site.

Interested in joining the team? We’re looking for photographers, donors and other volunteers. Check out the Volunteer page for more information!

Benefits for photographers

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Rosanne Olson teaches Adopt-A-Child Photographers about light.

Our photographers are special. They volunteer their time so that these children can have an amazing portrait taken. What is in it for them? Good karma and presentations once or twice a year from masters of photography in Seattle. In May,  we were invited into the studio of Rosanne Olson (www.rosanneolson.com) to learn about location lighting to help them while photographing children in foster care.

Last fall, we had Robert Hood, the multimedia producer for The Fred Hutch newsroom. He came to Jennifer Loomis’ studio (www.jenniferloomis.com) and spent two hours with our photographers talking about easy lighting techniques that he has learned after years being a photojournalist and multimedia producer.

Robert Hood, from the Fred Hutch, teaches Adopt-A-Child Photographers aabout some lighting techniques he uses as a photojournalist n Jennifer Loomis' studio.

Robert Hood, from the Fred Hutch, teaches Adopt-A-Child Photographers about some lighting techniques he uses as a photojournalist in Jennifer Loomis’ studio.


Adopt-A-Child Photography is in our second year and we are in need of support for our second training. If you or your organization would like to donate time or resources such as food and drink to our training, please contact jennifer at jenniferloomis.com