Photographing children with special needs…. or do they all have special needs?

I thought I would write this quick blog after a friend wrote a lovely review about me.

 

Her son has Autism and Tourette’s so found it too overwhelming to have photos taken at school because the environment was too noisy and he didn’t like having his photo taken in front of other people.

This was too much so for my friends son (lets call him Peter) so unfortunately there would while his siblings have their photos on the wall Peters won’t be because the environment wasn’t suitable for his needs.

This is why last year, for the for first time they came to me, at my home studio. It was just me and them. I took my time and let Peter settled in. I let him have his photos taken with his siblings at his own speed and we managed to get capture some lovely photos of them all together. It took a bit longer than my “allotted time” but that’s okay because I am creating a memory for this family and I want them to have that photo, just like everyone else does.

So now they have that “normal” school photo.. like everyone else.Family studio photo sessions in Horsham

BUT this got me thinking.. what is normal?

Is this “normal”? Is Peter not normal because he doesn’t like his photo being taken or is he completely normal but just has extra special needs. In my experience no-one is normal and every photo on the page has had completely different needs because no child is the same.. even twins aren’t the same!

I PROMISE you MOST children HATE having their photo taken.. some like Peter have special needs so find it a struggle because it’s too noisy and too intrusive but others hate sitting down too long, some hate looking at the camera, others hate the “horrible smart clothes they have to wear, or hate a stranger making them do this or do that, some just hate having to be near their brothers and sisters!

school photo sessions in Horsham

Most children HATE having their photo taken so this is why I will take it at your child’s speed.

If they need to say hi to my dog or play with their toys, run around the woods or lay down reading a book then that is fine. I will help them to settle in, in whatever way they need. I can even come to your house, the park, to their sports lesson, wherever they feel comfortable (it also doesn’t cost you any more if it’s in the local area)Princess photo sessions in Southwater

Any photographer will tell you kids photo sessions are very rarely a dream because children are children and not little robots..

I run mini sessions because these only take around 20 minutes so you family isn’t expected to “perform” for ages. I also run autumn mini which means on the walk to the location your children can burn up some energy and play plus get to know me before the camera comes out.

SO if your child is just a child ANY type of child and you wish to finally get some photos taken please do get in touch.

Peter asked his mum if I can take his photos again this year because its much calmer for him and he prefers this to the crazy school environment.Newborn baby photo session in Sussex

The photos I have added show some of the children that I have photographed and NOT one came in sat down like a perfect little angel and had their photo taken without a murmur because they’re children not models. And you want photos of your child’s personality whatever that is… When we first chat I will gather information about your child so that we can set up the perfect environment to capture the best photos of your family.

Next we can start talking about adults that do or don’t like their photo being taken… I know I prefer to be behind the camera rather than in front of it… what about you???

Family photo sessions… dealing with your child’s personal needs…

I thought I would write this quick blog after a friend wrote a lovely review about me.

 

Her son has Autism and Tourette’s so found it too overwhelming to have photos taken at school because the environment was too noisy and he didn’t like having his photo taken in front of other people.

This was too much for my friends son (lets call him Peter) so unfortunately there would no school photos of him but there would be of his siblings because the environment wasn’t suitable for his needs.

This is why last year, for the for first time they came to me, at my home studio. It was just me and them. I took my time and let Peter settle in. I let him have his photos taken with his brothers and sisters at his own speed and we managed to get capture some lovely photos of them all together.  It took a bit longer than my “allotted time” but that’s okay because I am creating a memory for this family and I want them to have that photo, just like everyone else does.

So now they have their “normal” school photo.. like everyone else.Family studio photo sessions in Horsham

BUT this got me thinking.. what is normal?

Is this “normal”? Is Peter not normal because he doesn’t like his photo being taken or is he completely normal but just has extra needs. In my experience no-one is normal and every photo on the page has had completely different needs because no child is the same.. even twins aren’t the same!

I PROMISE you MOST children HATE having their photo taken.. some like Peter have special needs so find it a struggle because it’s too noisy and too intrusive but others hate sitting down for too long, some hate looking at the camera, others hate the “horrible smart clothes they have to wear, or hate a stranger making them do this or do that, some just hate having to be near their brothers and sisters!

school photo sessions in Horsham

Because most children don’t like having their photo taken this is why I will take it at your child’s speed.

If they need to say hi to my dog or play with their toys, run around the woods or lay down reading a book then that is fine. I will help them to settle in, in whatever way will help them.  I can even come to your house, the park or to their sports lesson, wherever they feel comfortable (it also doesn’t cost you any more if it’s in the local area)Princess photo sessions in Southwater

Any photographer will tell you kids photo sessions are very rarely a dream because children are children and not little robots..and it’s their personality that you want to shine through

I run mini sessions because these only take around 20 minutes so you family isn’t expected to “perform” for ages. I also run autumn mini which means on the walk to the location your children can burn up some energy and play, plus get to know me before the camera comes out.

SO, if your child is just a child, ANY type of child and you wish to finally get some photos taken please do get in touch.

Peter asked his mum if I can take his photos again this year because its much calmer for him and he prefers this to the crazy school environment.Newborn baby photo session in Sussex

The photos I have added show some of the children that I have photographed and NOT one came in sat down like a perfect little angel and had their photo taken without a murmur because they’re children not models. And you want photos of your child’s personality whatever that is… When we first chat I will gather information about your child so that we can set up the perfect environment to capture the best photos of your family.

Next we can start talking about adults that do or don’t like their photo being taken… I know I prefer to be behind the camera rather than in front of it… what about you???