Over the last year I’ve had the privilege of working with Owen Kent.
He is quite possibly one of the kindest and most gifted artists that I’ve been able to collaborate with. Owen is a cinematographer with a passion for thoughtful and powerful storytelling…especially adoption storytelling. It truly is his gift.
For his senior project at BYU-Idaho, Owen created a film series on open adoption from all sides of the adoption triad–adoptive parents, a birth mom in her 20’s who is also an adoptee in a closed adoption, and a young adoptee who has always had open adoption relationships.
My husband and I were the adoptive couple.
This should be one of the best relationships, or one of the relationships you work the hardest at. // Josh Redfern, Adoptive Dad, Open Adoption Advocate & Director of Social Work at Adoption.org
Sage, Norah’s birth mother was the birth mom in the series.
We have to be so brutally honest as birth mothers about who we are and who we think we are and what’s best for this child. Adoption is so complicated and hard and it’s painful but it’s so beautiful and amazing at the same time. // Sage, adoptee in a closed adoption and birth mother in an open adoption
And one of my kids’ favorite friends, Eliza Jane was the young adoptee.
It’s really cool to have two sets of parents that love me equally. Not all kids have two sets of parents. // Eliza Jane, young adoptee in an open adoption
I hope you’ll take some time to watch and share all of these films. If you’re moved by Owen’s work, I hope you’ll drop him a message and share your thoughts with him.
A special thank you to Owen Kent and Cassidy Hilton for the tender way they interacted with my family and loved ones about sensitive topics, helped us share from an authentic place, and especially for cleaning up an incredible amount of baby vomit on one of the shoots. Love you guys forever for that! ;)