After being accepted as a Spectrum Inspired photographer, I wanted to get started right away. Having worked as a special education teacher prior to choosing to stay home with my children, the idea of helping families capture the beauty of their children on the spectrum and tell their stories is one that I believe in and love so much. I thought about how I wanted to share more information about the organization with my clients and friends, and I ended up asking my fellow SI photographer friend, Stephanie, if I could photograph her son, Joshua, for my first session. She agreed, and I went into the session just hoping to capture Stephanie, her husband, Kurt, and their son, Joshua, just being themselves and enjoying an evening together at home. I wanted to show their normal, and the beauty of their happy and sweet little boy.
Joshua is a four year old boy with autism, who will become a big brother in a few months. As his family prepares to welcome a second child, I thought now would be a great time to document him, and the beauty all of those that know him see when they look at him. Before the session, I was curious to know a little about him, and when asked more about their journey with their four year old son with autism, Stephanie answered briefly, honestly, and beautifully.
"Our boy is just truly amazing, there is an amazing song by the band For King and Country called 'Priceless' and it couldn't be a more perfect description of how we see our boy. To us he is absolutely perfect! He inspires us, challenges us and our love grows strong for him every single day!"
I had never heard of the song, but after looking up the lyrics, I thought sharing a few words of the song along with the images would be the best way to show how I saw Joshua through my lens - I think he is pretty perfect, too.
"Irreplaceable, unmistakable, incomparable, Darling, it's beautiful, I see it all in you (oh so priceless)."
"No matter what you've heard, this is what your worth
More than all the money or the diamonds and pearls
Oh, this is who you are.
Yeah, this is who you are."
Thank you, Stephanie, Kurt and Joshua, for allowing me to photograph you and sharing a little of your story with me. I loved meeting sweet Joshua, and hearing about and seeing all of his strengths, talents and skills warmed my heart. I can't wait to see you all again soon!
I am so excited to announce that I am now offering Spectrum Inspired sessions for families with children on the spectrum for 30% off. Please contact me for me details.