Because few things are better than two dads in matching shirts holding matching babies #Family portraits#babies#disability#gay family#LGBTQ#new parents#photography October 4 2011 | Offbeat Editors offbeatbride New York City-based photographer Susannah Gill recently shared the most blissful family session with us on Two Bright Lights. As she explains: Alan and Brian have been married for years and have always dreamed of starting a family. They took matters into their own hands and found a surrogate in India. They were more than pleasantly surprised when they learned that she was pregnant with twins. The pair has recently returned to New York City from India with their son and daughter in tow — and now the family is complete. All photos by Susannah Gill Photography. Alan (who is hard of hearing) and Brian (who is Deaf) also own a Sign Language School in mid-town Manhattan — so Sela and Seth will grow up knowing two languages. Win! I am in love with this family and their magical green wonderland surroundings. … and a black and white shot, just in case you couldn't get enough. Home again, home again.. So THAT'S what utter happiness looks like! So… many… baby… TOES. I see. One's naturally into the camera. The other? Maybe not so much. I can never get enough of shots like this. You can see more from this session at Susannah Gill Photography's blog! Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo PREVIOUS Looking for work-from-home freelance gigs? IGNORE JOB BOARDS NEXT The pain that comes with unexpectedly losing your relationship with a child Show/Hide comments [ 33 ] sjhsdflkjsdf my uterus. Gorgeous. 30 agree Reply ^^^yeah that. 1 agrees Reply yep Reply Ditto. Reply What I said was, "My uterus just skipped a beat!" Lol. Glad I'm not the only one. 1 agrees Reply OMG I DIE. This is just the sweetest set of family pics I think I have ever seen. What sweet dads, and what perfect little babes. Love it! 2 agree Reply this is one of THE most wonderful things I have seen in a long time. The love is just palpable…what lucky children and what a gorgeous family! 2 agree Reply Goodness, I can feel the love from here. <3 1 agrees Reply Mfuckn hormones, ugh! Needed that cry! This is so beautiful! Literally, the sun just came out on my rainy, sucky morning because of this. Can't stop the tears! Things like this give me hope happiness is still achievable in such a negatively charged society like ours! 1 agrees Reply Thank you for the sweet tears on my cheek right now. 🙂 Reply That last picture is so precious! 1 agrees Reply zomg. i just died a little inside. from too much pure joy and excitement. Reply Loved the photo's, would really love to hear this adoption story! Reply I agree! I've asked if they'd be interested in sharing it… fingers crossed! 🙂 1 agrees Reply It's was a surrogacy situation, not an adoption – not quite the same thing. 🙂 1 agrees Reply Certainly not quite, but the non-bio dad may have still had to go through the adoption process in order to make sure his rights and responsibilities as a dad are protected and recognized in states that don't practice marriage equality (this is what my wife had to do with our daughter; NJ recognizes us both as her moms just based on our civil union, but that doesn't mean other states have to, sans a court-ordered adoption). Such a sweet family! What lucky little babies. The love is radiating from these amazing dads! Reply True – but I don't think that's what the original commenter was asking about. Reply Beautiful! <3 Reply So amazing!! My partner and I are in the process of finding an egg donor, and also looking for a gestational carrier. We can't wait to be parents! 5 agree Reply Love this!! As an expecting mama of twins, I want all of these photos taken with my babies when they come! Except I'm due in winter and it would be pretty cold outside for the babies. Still similar inside shots would work. Reply All the comments are amazing! Brian and Alan and the twins were so incredible to work with!! Im so appreciative of Off Beat Mama to post the images! 1 agrees Reply How beautiful – show these to any idiot who thinks it's 'unnatural' for non heterosexual people to be parents. 4 agree Reply I was going to say this. Who can dare try to deny children loving parents like this? A family is people. A family is love. THATS a family. 1 agrees Reply This made my heart so happy. These are beyond beautiful, baby in my belly concurs! Reply Oh bliss! Crying here! What a beautiful family Reply Sooo beautiful!! Takes me back to my first moments of parenthood…intangable and uncontrolled pure LOVE. Such perfect little babies:) Reply Alan and Brian are good friends of mine – what a wonderful surprise to see them featured on my favorite blog/website! They are awesome dads and the babies are doing great and are so adorable! 1 agrees Reply I guess I am the odd one out. I was sort of weirded out about the whole Indian surrogacy thing. Why did they have to go to India for this? I am hoping for the best, but I am wary of situations where there is such a large wealth and power difference. India is also the country where you can go to buy impoverished peoples organs. In the United States surrogacy is pretty regulated, I would hate for us to start going overseas to build a market for this kind of thing. Hopefully I am just being overly cautious and I wish this family the best. 4 agree Reply Hey Kat! I think that you're raising some interesting and valid points, but I wanted to mention that Brian and Alan are actually sharing their story with Offbeat Mama next Tuesday (12pm PST). They explain why they had to go to India to start their family — it's a pretty compelling tale. As always, there are at least two sides to every story, so I encourage you to read their story then. 🙂 1 agrees Reply I look forward to read their side of the story, for all I know about Google Babies (surrogacy in India) is not nice, nor respectful, nor good. 🙁 All the best to the family, nevertheless. Reply Isabel, the follow up was posted here in 2011: http://offbeatfamilies.com/2011/10/india-surrogacy Reply Amazing. Made my heart so happy. Wishing this beautiful family much happiness!!! Reply Yeah human rights , I love this story, good for you guys :):):):) Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Subscribe me to your mailing list No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. 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