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

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!

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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…

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???

MOTHERS DAY is coming… are you ready?  Let’s celebrate them all!

MOTHERS DAY is coming… are you ready? Let’s celebrate them all!

Are you one of the organised ones that can think of awesome presents months in advance or are you the person that leaves it to the last moment?

Whichever you are, I can help…. because I am running photo sessions to celebrate:

MOTHERS DAY – 31st MARCH 2019

 

Whether it is for:

YOUR MUM

(or dad, if from a single parent family.. it’s a celebration remember)

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YOUR WIFE/GIRLFRIEND/BABY MUMMA TO BE

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YOUR NAN, GRANDMA

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YOUR DAUGHTER AND HER FAMILY

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Family of 5 photography

OR EVEN JUST OF THE CHILDREN

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Beautiful girl photography

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I have sessions available…

This day is about celebrating all mums, regardless of the age of their children, and all the amazing thing they do for us.

Whether you would like a voucher to be given on the day so that you can come at a later day as a family…

 

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…or booking it prior to Mothers Day so that you can give the gift on the actual day..

 

 

 

I have something for you.Family photography, Photo sessions, Horsham Park, Location Photography

 

 

 

Sessions available before MOTHERS DAY are on:

SATURDAY 23rd MARCH

Sessions available after MOTHERS DAY are on:

SATURDAY 6TH APRIL

THE SESSIONS:

£49

for

30 minutes

and will include

3 digital images

They will be run in Southwater and must be booked & paid for in advance

There will be opportunities to purchase extra digital images for £15 each

£95 for 15 images

£150 for all edited digital images

Wall Art will also be available to purchase and will include a 10% discount to celebrate our mums!

TO BOOK A SESSION PLEASE COMPLETE THE BOOKING FORM BELOW

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Happy New Year…

Happy New Year…

christmas photos, Sussex, billingshurstI hope you have had a wonderful Christmas and that the New Year brings you great happiness.christmas mini sessions, Sussex, Billingshurst, Horsham

The end of 2016 was a very busy and exciting one for me but I have been unable to share any photos as many of them were gifts for friends and families.
I had lots of babies in the studio along with their families which is always fun because the big brothers and sister don’t always want their photos taken, so ideas don’t always go to plan….Family photo session, newborn photography, Billingshurst, Horsham

but what comes out of the session are the more natural shots which actually capture the true expressions of the children.

baby photo sessions, family photo session, Sussex, Billingshurstantique pram, Billingshurst, Newborn

Birthday party photo session, Princess Party, Sussex, Billingshurst, Girls birthday partiesI was also extra excited because one of the babies being photographed was my nieces little boy, who was an absolute dream and slept for his whole session.


nephew, newborn baby photo session, Billingshurst, HorshamNewborn Photography
 

I cannot wait to get stuck into 2017 and the adventure that it brings….Family photography, Photo sessions, Horsham Park, Location Photography

 

 

 

Soul Sisters Craft Fayre

What a busy month its been.  Everyone seems to be super organised and getting their photo session booked so that they’ll have some beautiful Christmas presents.

I, however, am hoping to buy a few gifts this weekend when I’m attending the Soul Sisters Event at The Haven Centre in Crawley Down.  I will be running mini photo sessions but there will also be gift stalls, dancers, father christmas, entertainment for the children and much more.  All stalls are held by local female businesses so come along and share your support and grab some presents on the way…