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    Aug 1, 2015

    A Photographer Captured The Moment A Couple Met Their Adopted Baby For The First Time

    The photos of Sarah and David Olson meeting their new daughter for the first time have gone viral on Facebook.

    This is Sarah and David Olson from Minnesota. The couple had two sons, but neither pregnancy was easy.

    Sarah Olson

    After months of trying to conceive a third child, the couple began to explore adoption about a year ago.

    Sarah Olson

    "The more we discussed and prayed about it, the more we felt confirmed that adoption was how we were to complete our family," David Olson told BuzzFeed News.

    On July 21, the couple learned they had been chosen to adopt a baby girl in Florida. They immediately hopped on the earliest flight they could.

    Sarah Olson

    The Olsons brought along their friend Kristen Prosser, a professional photographer.

    Kristen Anne Photography

    Prosser documented their whole journey, from traveling to Florida to meeting their daughter, Tilly, for the first time.

    Kristen Anne Photography

    The photo series has since gone viral, with over 300,000 views on Facebook.

    Kristen Anne Photography

    David Olson said he and his wife felt "unbridled love" when they met Tilly. "As soon as we laid eyes on her, we knew this was our daughter," he said.

    Kristen Anne Photography

    "There was and is no different connection and love for our daughter as there is for our sons when we first laid eyes on them," Olson said. "That is the love we felt for this little baby. That is the power of adoption."

    Kristen Anne Photography

    The couple never expected their pictures to go viral, Olson said, but he said they are "so honored" to share their adoption journey.

    Kristen Anne Photography

    "We have had an outpouring of support and a remarkable amount of healing expressed because of these pictures and our story being shared," he said.

    Kristen Anne Photography

    Now, the Olsons hope their story can inspire others.

    Kristen Anne Photography

    Olson said he wants adoptive families to know that adoption is an "emotional journey," but worth it.

    Kristen Anne Photography

    "Be ready at all times to open your arms to a child that may be the one that joins his or her forever family," he said. "Whatever the rollercoaster or situation may be, it is completely worth it."

    He also wants to let the birth mothers of adopted children know how "honored, respected, and loved you are."

    Kristen Anne Photography

    "It is our hope that through these pictures and our story that birth mothers might find peace in their decision," he said.

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