Saturday, February 25, 2012

Portrait Artist Marla Michele Must of ~Enchanted Photography~ by Marla Michele and 
Kay Bratt, child advocate and best selling author of "Silent Tears; A Journey Of Hope In A Chinese Orphanage" are joining forces to create a dynamic treasure for families who's lives have been touched in a myriad of ways by the journey of adoption.

Illuminating real-life stories, our book will be an unforgettable photographic expression of the life changing and inspiring journey adoption is for families all over the world. Adoption is not always a fairy tale story. This compelling project will give you a snapshot of tears, trauma, laughter and joys of the unforgettable gift of building and redefining a family. Open casting calls for the project are in the works. If you are an adoptee or a sibling of an adoptee from China, Russia, or another country and would like to be a part of this project, or if you are the parent of an adoptee from China or another country and would like to enter your children in the project to have portraits created and to share a small part of their stories with the world, please contact Marla at for details. (Sharing your story to is to your discretion and completely optional).

All participating models will have a photo included in the book, and some models will also have aspects of their stories highlighted. Written pieces will be submitted to and edited by Kay Bratt, and will include memories of Forever Family Day and/or other special moments/family tradittions that should be captured in print for others to appreciate. (The sharing of the stories, however, is optional and up to the discretion of the family).
A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the books and from the sale of select images will be donated to An Orphan's Wish.

Contact for inquiries/to place your name on the list for casting calls. Be sure to leave your contact information and your location. Casting calls will be determined based on the location of the majority of the ~ Prepare To Be Enchanted!

Inquiries for this project:
~Enchanted Photography~ by Marla Michele LLC 
Frank Street Gallery in downtown Birmingham, Michigan
Fourth Street Studio in downtown Royal Oak, Michigan

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Our Adoption Timeline:

Begin Home Study:
August 10, 2009
Liu Chun Tian
Referral Photos:
August 19, 2009
Letter Of Intent:
August 24, 2009
September 2, 2009
(in 9 days)
Home Study Completed:
October 5, 2009
I-800A Sent:
October 6. 2009
Immigration Approval:
November 19, 2009
(in 45 days)
Dossier To China:
December 18, 2009
Log In Date:
December 31, 2009
(in 13 days)
~Happy New Year~
Letter Of Approval:
(in 74 days)
I-800 Sent:
I-800 Approval:
Cabled 4-7-2010
Article 5
Picked Up 5-4-2010
Travel Approval:
Leaving On A Jet Plane:
June 12, 2010
Forever Family Day:
American Citizenship:
July 4th, 2010