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Tuesday's Child Jasmine ready for her closeup

Jasmine has her picture taken for the Adoption Rhode Island Heart Gallery. (WJAR)

Eleven-year-old Jasmine and photographer Keith Jochem are committed to creating a great portrait that tells a story and that lets her personality shine through.

She's learning how to relax and smile naturally.

"It was like very odd because I had to be a model," said Jasmine.

As Jochem studies who Jasmine is, his wife brings out the fun in her.

With patience, he discovers the essence of Jasmine in the final pictures. She's not a little girl anymore.

"She was reaching out to you at an important time in her life," Jochem said.

Many children in state care have never had their pictures taken by a professional photographer. That's why local photographers donate their time and talent.

The picture will go into the Adoption Rhode Island Heart Gallery, a traveling gallery of foster children. And just maybe, someone will see it and consider one thing.

"That they could adopt me," Jasmine said.

If you'd like to know more about Jasmine, call Adoption Rhode Island at 401-865-6000.

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