(c) Kelli Higgins Photography

Mother takes “newborn” photos of adopted 13-year-old son!

While some children have many pictures taken of them when they enter the world, this is not true for all kids. This was especially not true for Latrell Higgins.

According to Today.com, Kelli and Daniel Higgins adopted Latrell and his sister Chanya two years ago.  The kids were 10 and 5 when the family received the call from social services looking for a place for the kids. The Higgins family opened their home to Latrell and Chanya even though they already had five children and were expecting their sixth.

Recently the family found out that Latrell wished that he had newborn pictures of himself. Kelli Higgins, a photographer, set out to change that. That night, she posted on her photography facebook page:

So today the Higgins family were sitting around the dinner table talking about anything and everything and the subject of newborn photography came up… my 13 year old adopted son announced that he wished he had newborn Photos of himself! My funny 12 year old daughter thought it would be brilliant if we “recreated” the shoot with our now 13 year old son! We all started laughing at the idea of Latrell in all those cute newborn poses…. so tomorrow that is exactly what we are going to do!! Lol!!!!

The next day she posted the results with the caption: “Here’s my sweet not so little Newborn! His name is Latrell and weighs 112lbs ;)”

(c) Kelli Higgins Photography
Kelli Higgins Photography

It’s only been a few weeks, but now the picture has gone viral.  Reading through the comments that have been flooding her Facebook page shows that this story has touched so many people – parents who have adopted, children who are adopted, and those who love children.  Some families who were going to adopt newborns are considering the option of adopting an older child because of this picture.

Kelli views this as a way of showing that older children also need to be adopted and loved:

I am completely humbled this morning after realizing my “newborn shoot” with my adopted son Latrell has been shared so many times! I have been reading all the comments by people who don’t know Latrell and myself and I’ve been laughing and crying all at the same time. I feel this has been such a fun way to spread the word about adopting older children and that they really are just “big babies” needing a mothers love. We are never too old to desire love and security and parents!! Thank you all for your sweet loving messages and comments and thank you for sharing my photo.  Love Kelli

  • Rosalie Cuellar-Hatcher

    I must admit the article title caused skepticism. I just thought it was a weird idea. My mind changed upon reading the article and seeing the photos. They are actually very cute! I love the photo of his feet. Beautifully done!

  • This is so brilliant, made my day.

  • This is awesome!

  • Great article, tears and lots of smiles looking at the pictures.

  • Katie

    So sweet! I am 19 and after a very tumultuous childhood finally have a “real” family…it is so true that older kids want that as well, just as much as newborns. And we appreciate it more when we know what it’s like to be without. God bless this couple for providing that to so many kids.

  • Sharie Leonard

    So clever. I bet Latrell feels so much better! And it sounds like he has adjusted so well to the family and his new life. Praise God!

  • Marydon

    Adorable & loving memories for him to carry forever. You are very special parents

  • not4oblunder

    What REALLY makes me so mad is I have tried to adopt and they will not let me because my husband is disabled and on an advantage program. I do not get why that has anything to do with it, I have all the facilities for the disabled and have been taking care of all that needs to be taken care of for years and have no problem with it. I have even asked to adopt or foster disabled children and they still will not do it because of this advantage program he is on. We have so much love to share with children and we have raised 4 of our own With two married and making a good living and love us very much. I also still have two at home 20 yr and 18 yr and they are the love and light of our lives. All we want to do is help some children and they are begging and we have even gone to all the classes as well then they told us no, Does anyone know how I can beat this to foster or adopt?

  • I’m an adoptive Mama, sister, and sister-in-law. This is so beautiful! Our daughter was a newborn when she came to our home, but my brother and two of my husband’s adopted siblings were not. What a neat thing it would be to have “newborn” pics of all of them! :)

  • stubber

    What a beautiful way to make him feel loved!

  • Reese

    aww so sweet!

  • Jill

    I have 5 adopted children and I absolutely LOVED this. I remember early on, missing the rituals that birth children would get like, VISTS to meet the new ‘baby’, meals for the family while they adjusted to a new family member. There are a lot of small things that lost during the adoption process. Thanks for raising awareness.

  • beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Mel

    This reminds me of being newly born in Christ…it would be wonderful to also mark that moment with “newborn” pictures. Very sweet, thanks for sharing!

  • Geoff

    How on earth is there not a single comment from someone who feels this is weird?

  • ClumpOfCells

    @Geoff – I was scrolling down looking for the same thing. Thanks for letting me know I’m not the only one creeped out by those photos!