About a year ago I spoke with a mom in my town who had a 20 year old son with severe autism. This mother did not have any professional photographs of her son, and as a mom, that broke my heart. As moms I think we can all relate to wanting to freeze time, to have our kids fit in those little clothes and tiny shoes just a little longer, and one of the ways we hold onto those moments (and later appreciate, when we are not up to our elbows in cheerios and diapers!) is through photographs.
I didn’t know a lot of details about autism but it occurred to me that for children on the spectrum, having a stranger hiding behind an odd-looking object that made noise and asking you to smile could certainly trigger a bad reaction. I decided at that point to create a program within my studio, consisting of communication with parents and careful planning, to photograph children on the Autism Spectrum. I have been working with Autism Speaks to create such a program and am very proud of it!
To kick off this new venture through chaos loved, I volunteered last weekend at the Autism Speaks Walk in Colt State Park, Bristol RI. It was a beautiful day and as the families and friends rallied around to support this important cause, there was an undeniable feeling in the air of hope and love.
Here are a few photos from the day. Enjoy!