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Fall Colors Delight ~ Minnesota Special Needs Photographer

Awhile back I posted my photography link on an Autism Facebook wall to try to spread the word that I am fortunate to have the background working with children with special needs and also can now say I am a photographer:)  The mother of this family found me from that post on an Autism wall and saved it as a bookmark on her computer as her previous photo sessions had not been successful with their little boy.  I let them choose a location that they were comfortable with and their little boy would feel comfortable with.  We met at a beautiful park in Prior Lake, MN.  When I first met B, he was shy, didn’t want to talk but when talking about his favorite characters I got a few little smiles.  We started the session with family photos, as that usually allows the children to feel comfortable with mom and dad and to warm up to me a little bit.  As time went on we needed lots of movement breaks and we played flying airplanes a little as well as throwing some leaves around to get in some movement.  With children who need to move more, I will often use laying on their belly position as it provides them more input and keeps them calmer for some more posed photos with siblings or individual.  I used a rocking chair for individual photos to provide some movement for B and gave him plenty of time to move in-between photos.  Instead of telling the children to look at me I usually say that my camera is a monkey or animal and have them look for the animal.  B did amazing as did his sister who you can tell has a heart of gold for her brother.  The siblings would get the giggles together and make silly faces at each other and you could tell love each other so much. I am so fortunate to have the opportunity to meet this family.

To the Family…you have a beautiful family inside and out and I am thankful for the opportunity to hopefully have helped ease your stress level for the photo session.  I hope that I was able to  capture some pictures demonstrating the tremendous joy your family has for one another.

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