“When you judge someone based on a diagnosis you miss out on their Abilities, Beauty & Uniqueness – anonymous”.
As a special education teacher of over ten years I have learned the importance of patience, understanding and accepting everyone for who they are and embracing their originality.
As I started out my journey as a portrait photographer I found that not all families enjoy the photographic experience. For many families that have children with special needs, I have learned that they veer away from professional photography. Often parents feel stressed because of the unpredictable circumstances that arise during photo sessions.
Recently, I have had the opportunity to work with a beautiful family that has a son with Autism. Prior to our session the mother expressed that where her son was lively and full of smiles it was difficult to capture photos due to his on the go personality. Following our session, the mother shared that at first, she was skeptical, as she has had little success in the past. She informed me that she had seen my portfolio and knew I was very talented. But was hesitant because her son and pictures do not mix. To the mother’s surprise she quickly found that I was able to create a comfortable and natural environment for her family to interact. As a result, I was able to capture, unique and beautiful pictures that truly showed the essence of their family.
As an educator and photographer, I am aware that all families are different and have varied needs. It is my mission to provide authentic moments to all families through the use of collaboration, carefully planned location choice and built in breaks. In addition, I work closely with all families to determine if additional visuals are needed, such as social stories, cue cards or schedules.
It is my goal to embrace your families individualized needs and capture naturally beautiful moments that will be cherished for many years to come. I look forward to collaborating with you and your family on your next portrait session.
BE THE TYPE OF PERSON THAT MAKES
EVERYONE YOU COME ACROSS FEEL PERFECTLY OKAY WITH BEING EXACTLY WHO THEY ARE.
Professional Photo sessions include up to 1 hour (up to 5 people or immediate family), location of choice within designated radius, access to online digital gallery for viewing, printing & digital printing rights to sessions photos.