Adoptive Mother Connects with Daughter Through Creative Cosplay Portrait Series

In 2012, photographer Kelly Lewis and her husband adopted younger Alice Lewis into their household. Between Alice’s dream of turning into a mannequin/actress, Kelly’s ardour for images, and all the household’s love of cosplay, the trio shortly discovered the mutual floor that may forge a deep bond between Alice and her adoptive mother and father.

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Alice Lewis in a Mother/Daughter Portrait with Kelly Lewis (Photo by Kelly Is Nice Photography)

These mutual fascinations have became a enjoyable and widespread portrait undertaking referred to as ‘Malice of Alice’ by which Alice clothes up, will get into character, and poses for her mom’s lens.

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Alice as Joan of Arc (Photo by Kelly Is Nice Photography)

The time spent doing this not solely supplies an exquisite artistic outlet for Kelly and Alice, it’s additionally been an necessary bonding expertise. However creating these pictures and sharing them with the world hasn’t all the time been straightforward.

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Alice as Joan of Arc (Photo by Kelly Is Nice Photography)

As the pictures of Alice made their method throughout the Net, trolls got here out from beneath their bridges to pounce on the point out of her adoption. The feedback on this Fb submit are a tragic instance.

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Alice as Joan of Arc (Photo by Kelly Is Nice Photography)

However for each Alice and Kelly, it’s not about exploiting the truth that she’s adopted so as to add an additional ‘feels’ issue into the pictures.

As an alternative, creating and sharing these pictures with the world is a means for each Alice and Kelly to actively share the constructive experiences of adopting a toddler, particularly an older one like Alice, with the world.

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Kelly and Alice in an Addams Household Portrait (Photo by Kelly Is Nice Photography)

As Kelly explains on her household’s weblog:

“The plenty are offended on the point out of Alice’s adoption, however it’s one thing she’s pleased with. If you’ve had six mom figures earlier than the age of seven it’s a reasonably large deal whenever you get adopted right into a perpetually residence. It’s life altering in the absolute best approach.

Alice loves sharing her story in order that others may get impressed to undertake a toddler, an older one at that […] It’s a part of her id and I by no means need her to be ashamed of it. It’s related to the portraits we create collectively as a result of it’s what we do to bond. We didn’t have a pure maternal hyperlink – we created one one of the simplest ways we knew how and it’s stronger that I might have ever imagined.”

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Alice as Punk Rock Girl (Photo by Kelly Is Nice Photography)

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Alice as Punk Rock Girl (Photo by Kelly Is Nice Photography)

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Alice as Lisbeth Salander (Photo by Kelly Is Nice Photography)

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Alice as Lisbeth Salander (Photo by Kelly Is Nice Photography)

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Alice as Lisbeth Salander (Photo by Kelly Is Nice Photography)

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Alice as Wonder Woman (Photo by Kelly Is Nice Photography)

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Alice as Little Miss Muffet (Photo by Kelly Is Nice Photography)

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Alice as Little Miss Muffet (Photo by Kelly Is Nice Photography)

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Alice as Margot Tenenbaum (Photo by Kelly Is Nice Photography)

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Alice as Margot Tenenbaum (featuring London Windsor as Richie) (Photo by Kelly Is Nice Photography)

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Alice as Margot Tenenbaum (Photo by Kelly Is Nice Photography)

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Alice as Coraline (Photo by Kelly Is Nice Photography)

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Alice as Coraline (Photo by Kelly Is Nice Photography)

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Alice as India Stoker (Photo by Kelly Is Nice Photography)

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Alice as India Stoker (Photo by Kelly Is Nice Photography)

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Alice as India Stoker (Photo by Kelly Is Nice Photography)

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Alice as India Stoker (Photo by Kelly Is Nice Photography)

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Alice as Fairy (Photo by Kelly Is Nice Photography)

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Alice as Stephen King’s Carrie White (Photo by Kelly Is Nice Photography)

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Alice in Wonderland (Photo by Kelly Is Nice Photography)

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Alice in Wonderland (Photo by Kelly Is Nice Photography)

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Alice in Wonderland (Photo by Kelly Is Nice Photography)

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Alice as Dolly (Photo by Kelly Is Nice Photography)

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Alice as Angel (Photo by Kelly Is Nice Photography)

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Alice as Edward Scissorhands (Photo by Kelly Is Nice Photography)

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Alice as Marie Antoinette (Photo by Kelly Is Nice Photography)

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Alice as Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz (Photo by Kelly Is Nice Photography)

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Alice as Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz (Photo by Kelly Is Nice Photography)

To keep up with Alice’s story, be sure to follow her on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Tumblr. And you can see more of Kelly’s work on her website, or by following her social accounts on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

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