One of the things I absolutely love about my job is having the ability to experience my little clients growth each year through my photos. This is one of the families that I’ve had the honor of photographing a couple times each year, for quite a few years. In fact, I was there for the birth of two of these beautiful children. Their most recent session was this past Fall, and I always enjoy seeing their beautiful smiling faces.
One thing that can be beneficial in keeping the same photographer from year to year, is that it can be helpful for the photographer to get to know your kids in order to get the most out of each photo session. This can be especially true with a special needs child. My buddy Zafer is autistic, and I’ve been photographing him for many years. Having known him since birth, I’m able to understand how to make him most comfortable at each session. I’m really pleased with the photos I captured of him this week that show his beautiful personality. We do fist bumps a lot because I’ve found that helps to get him to look at me and he enjoys it. I also have no issue with letting him to play on his IPAD during a session. It brings him joy and I just love the photos below of him smiling from ear to ear while he watches it. And if he needs a break, that is no problem and I can spend some time photographing his sweet sisters while he rests.
It’s important to let your photographer know if you have any special concerns or needs during a photo session so that those needs can be met, no matter what those needs may be.
I believe strongly that EVERY family can have beautiful family portraits. The biggest concern I hear is that parents are concerned that their child, for whatever reason, won’t stand still and pose at a photo session. I promise you…it will be fine. There are ways to make it work. I expect very little in the way of standing still and posing at a photo session anyway. The only real goal is to capture photographs of your family as they are now, and nothing is more beautiful than that.