On the heels of his 17th birthday, Anthony and I got to hang at the beach for his session. Like most teenage boys, Anthony is super laid back -but energetic at the same time!- and made my job extremely easy. All he wanted to make sure we captured were a few images showing off his personality, and what he’s currently into. We started at his condo on the 27th floor and made our way downstairs for fun in the sand. Take a peek at what our day was like below. Click on the first image to open up a full sized gallery.
And then there were three. Well… six if you include their two pups and the kitty! It’s been a big year for the Hilt’s and I’ve loved being able to document their ride. You may recall their beautiful wedding (some peeks in the wedding section under “portfolio”) as well as their park maternity session.
Baby Matthew made his arrival a few weeks before we all expected, but was perfect as could be. This sweet little peanut was 5 days new when I got my hands on him, and slept throughout most of his session with just a quick nurse and diaper break in between. While I believe any time is a good time to photograph your children, it’s important to take newborn pictures as early as possible. I recommend before their 10th day in order to achieve those serene sleepy poses. After this time, babies begin to stretch out their little arms and legs, making them harder to mold into those squishy positions most parents want.
I’ll leave you with a peek into new baby yumminess below. Just click on the first image to start a slideshow.
Having a son myself, I always enjoy mother/son(s) sessions with older kids because I know that will be me one day. It’s like a small glimpse into a few years from now!
This family was so incredibly sweet and you could tell just how much love there was. Weather was gorgeous! Sunny but breezy. Just how I like it!
Take a peek at this session below. Click the first photo to open up a slideshow and see the full image.
In my last posted a spoke a little on why autism is a cause I care so deeply for. Three years ago Autism was something I had heard of and seen ribbons for however, that all changed when one of my sons best friends got diagnosed. They say your friends are the family you choose, and that’s exactly how I feel about Caleb and his family. Upon hearing his diagnosis I knew the first thing I needed to do was educate myself as much as possible. His mom was my biggest teacher -still is!- and would always share with me what he was doing in his therapies and school. The milestones, the ups, the downs, and how we could more effectively interact with him. She is a total warrior mom and her passion for her son is downright contagious. I found myself always wanting to know more.
So being that today is Autism Awareness Day, I wanted to share a couple of facts with you all:
The Dan Marino Foundation lists these common characteristics of individuals with autism:
While these statistics and characteristics give you a general idea of what autism is and looks like, they are just that. Statistics and characteristics. Autism does not define a person, it’s something they have, and if I’ve learned anything from interacting with these kids it’s that they are just like any other child. Sure there may be sensory issues, speech delays, or an occasional tantrum, but at the end of the day they’re kids. They want to have fun, they want to be loved, and they want their voices heard whether it’s verbally or through the help of a device like a PECS board or ipad. It’s up to us to spread knowledge and tolerance awareness. For example, you may see a 6 year old throwing a “tantrum” at the grocery store, when in reality they’re experiencing a sensory overload. Personally, I believe autism awareness includes adding a little bit of compassion to our everyday lives in general, because you never know what someone is truly going through. A little extra kindness in this world would do us all good!
I look forward to seeing greater advancements in autism research, and eventually a cure. As far as my photography goes, I promise to keep educating myself so I may continue to provide a fun and stress free option for families of special needs children, because portraits ARE possible!