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Photographing children with special needs

Photographing children with special needs

Care is needed when photographing children with special needs

Here is a lovely review a friend wrote recently:

The background story.

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

This was too much for, lets call him Peter, so his siblings have their memorable school photos but he doesn’t because the environment wasn’t suitable for him.

Photographing a school photography session for a child with special needs.

This is why last year, for the for first time they came to Claire Wilders Photography in Southwater, near Horsham.  For a bespoke school photo session. Peter came in and took his time to settle in slowly.  The session was then taken as his speed.  He was a little star and had his photos taken with his siblings and together they got some lovely photos of them ALL together.  It took a bit longer than the “allotted time” but that’s okay because it’s about creating a memory for the family and they deserve to have that photo, just like everyone else.

Family Photography Horsham, Photographing children with special needs

So now they have that “normal” school photo.. like everyone else.

BUT…what is normal?

Is Peter not normal because he doesn’t like his photo being taken or is he completely normal because he doesn’t like his photo being take?   He just has extra needs. Every person on this page has had completely different needs because no child is the same.. even twins!

Family Photography Horsham, children with special needs

MOST children HATE having their photo taken..

Children, like Peter that have special needs may find having their photo taken a struggle because it’s too noisy and too intrusive.  Others hate sitting down too long BUT don’t most children?  Things children don’t like about photo sessions include having to look at the camera, hating their outfit or not liking a stranger making them do this and do that.  Some just hate having to be near their brothers and sisters!

 

Children with special needs, School Photography Horsham

But this doesn’t mean they can’t have their photos taken.  It’s about adapting to the children.

This could include; playing with their toys, running around the woods or reading a book. Helping them to settle in, in whatever way they need. The session can be at your house, the park, their sports lesson, wherever they feel comfortable. (It also doesn’t cost you more if it’s in the local area)Party Photo Session Horsham, Family Photography Horsham

Any photographer will tell you kids photo sessions are very rarely a dream because children are not little robots.. BUT you will have some gorgeous photos at the end of it, showing their personality!

Mini Family Photo Sessions in Horsham.

Mini sessions are great because these only take around 20 minutes so families aren’t expected to “perform” for ages. Outdoor Mini Family Photography Sessions allow your children to burn up some energy on the walk to the location.  It’s also possible have a quick play and relax before the camera comes out.

Please do get in touch or feel free to head here to have a look at the Families Photography Page.

Children with special needs Horsham, Photographing children with special needs

None of the children on this page are models.

It’s about capturing emotions and personal moments.  Whatever they are; cuddles, splashing in a puddle, wearing a princess outfit.

Together we will decide the best environment to capture the perfect photos of your family.

Family Photography Horsham

UPDATE…

Peter asked his mum if I can take his photos again this year because it’s much calmer for him and he prefers this to the crazy school environment.

If you wish to keep up to date with future offers and information you can also like my Facebook page by clicking Claire Wilders Photography 

 

An abundance of bluebells in Sussex…

Bluebell Sessions

Spring is on its way!!  Therefore, it won’t be long until the bluebells arrive and that means it’s time to book your session…

As bluebells only last a few weeks there will be limited dates available so if you are interested in capturing some memories of your family it’s best to book as soon as possible.  Sessions will last about 45 minutes and location will be confirmed closer to the time, once I know the most beautiful area to use.  At the moment possible locations include Barns Green, Horsham, Crawley or Billingshurst.

 

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An abundance of bluebells in Sussex…

Bluebells sessions are filling up…available in the Horsham area

Blue bell mini photo session, barns green, sussex

The beautiful spring bluebells have finally arrived…

Now is the ideal time for some beautiful family photos in amongst the gorgeous spring blue bells. Sessions available first thing in the morning or late in the afternoon

£30 for a 30 minute session which include three 7×5 inch prints.  Extra images are available to purchase.  For this mini session there will be no minimum price spend for individual prints. Your images will then be added to a private gallery for you to view and there will be 20% discount off the package prices.

Available dates:

Saturday 30th April 2016

Saturday 14th May 2016

For More Information or To Secure Your Slot

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An abundance of bluebells in Sussex…

Spring Family Mini Session, Sussex – LIMITED OFFER

Blue bell mini photo session, barns green, sussex

The beautiful spring bluebells have finally arrived…

Now is the ideal time for some beautiful family photos in amongst the gorgeous spring blue bells. Sessions available first thing in the morning or late in the afternoon

£30 for a 30 minute session which include three 7x5inch prints.

Available dates:

Saturday 30th April 2016

Saturday 14th May 2016

For More Information or To Secure Your Slot

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