Maegan Dougherty Photography » NJ Birth and Family Photographer

Coming Home – New Jersey Adoption Photographer

I’ll never forget being at the park with my boys and reading the message on the screen of my phone. After two years of waiting, my friend and her husband were able to bring their daughter home, and my friend was asking if I could join her family at the airport to photograph her daughter’s arrival.

I remember that drive to the airport, feeling like the luckiest person in the world because I get to photograph days like this, when a child joins a family. I remember thinking this will be one of the most significant events I will ever photograph. This little girl waited years for her forever home and now was traveling to the other side of the world with her dad whom she had just met. To see her mom, who when they met a year before promised her they would see each other again. And to meet the brothers she knew only from pictures. Through tears I watched her smile after coming off the plane holding on to her daddy. I saw her recognizing and reuniting with her mom. And  I felt so blessed and so happy for them as I saw the joy and warmth of the whole family as she and her brothers met for the first time.

Our world is filled with such beautiful people and with so much love.

HomecomingHomecomingHomecomingHomecomingHomecomingHomecomingUpdate: I am blown away by the wonderful response to these photos. Thank for you the beautiful comments and for all the positive energy and love you are sending to this family and to me!

I invite you to browse around my website and Facebook page (don’t forget to like it!) to see other amazing families being themselves and loving each other. Capturing the essence of families is my passion, and I’m so grateful for all who have welcomed me into their homes and lives.

Much love,


Diane M. - April 13, 2015 - 5:59 am


Nicole Zumaeta - April 13, 2015 - 12:50 pm

Fabulous!!!!! Congratulations to this beautiful family!!!! You caught each special moment beautifully!!!

Madi Thomas - April 13, 2015 - 3:14 pm

Beautiful family

Alyssa Rauch Rebosio - April 13, 2015 - 7:36 pm

Awesome pictures. What a beautiful family!

Sharon Zuidema Spoelstra - November 25, 2015 - 4:20 pm

Absolutely beautiful!!

Faith Algera Tanis - November 25, 2015 - 5:04 pm

Amazing pictures