Category: special needs

In the field: Copperas Cove Photographer

Ahh…. there’s nothing like backlighting and a field to make my heart swoon.  It feels random to meet at a field, especially one like this that’s at the end of a subdivision that’s just waiting to get developed.   It doesn’t really feel magical when you’re stomping down twigs and sitting on thorns.  Then you see the images on the back of the camera- warm light, smiling faces, the texture of overgrown grass- and it clicks.  There’s the magic.

I had the pleasure of meeting this family of five over the weekend.  If you read the previous blog post, you’ve already met Anthony.  Now meet his sibligings, his hilarious older sister that cannot maintain a straight face and his serious younger brother with the cutest slight grin.  I’m impressed with the parents.  They had this amazing way of keeping control of the situation without making the atmosphere feel controlled.  I get parents that let anything go with their kids and I get parents that take control of the situation to the point where every smile is forced so it’s a breath of fresh air to meet parents like them.

Thanks for meeting me, S Family.  Enjoy your pictures!

I love this picture of B running through the field.  She was such a free spirit and this really captures that.

Anthony striking a pose like a rockstar.

Zach with his little grin.  He was a sweetheart.

I asked the boys about taking one with just the guys.  They were all for it.  I LOVE IT!

And, of course, the family portrait with everyone looking at the camera.  It would make a great Christmas card, wouldn’t it?

Katie Smith is a family photographer serving the Fort Hood area in Texas.
Her favorite candy bar is Twix.
Her favorite day of the year is Halloween.
When not photographing the world’s best families, she likes to watch movies while her cat Tofu sleeps on her feet.
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Meet Anthony: Autism Awareness Month

When I asked Anthony’s mom to tell me about her family, she went through a normal rundown of names and ages then tacked on that her middle child, Anthony, is high functioning autistic.  I appreciate her openness to share that with me ahead of time so I could be prepared to take a different approach at the session.  He really was a joy to photograph.  He loves Mario and was striking poses like all the characters.  Watching him and his siblings together was awesome, a chaotic fun that you can’t help but smile at.  I love knowing that as a photographer specializing in custom family portraits, I can meet and photograph kids like Anthony and give them the kind of attention they need to have a great portrait session.

When I heard that April is Autism Awareness Month and I wanted a special post for Anthony.  I asked his mom to write a little something about him and this is what she wrote:

“First of all, you should know that Anthony’s favorite color is blue and when given the choice he wants everything blue. He loves to jump. He would jump everywhere if he could. Jumping also fulfills that sensory need that he has, so if he’s frustrated or has worked really hard on something he likes to jump afterwards and when he wins a game, he always has to do a few victory jumps across the room.

He loves Star Wars, Legos, and Lego Star Wars! He is a star at video games. He can beat a new game within a week of getting it. He dreams big. He wants to work construction, be a fireman and police officer all at the same time. He wants (and needs) friends that can go with the flow, when he gets frustrated, you have to be able to take it in stride because it will quickly pass. Katie, you saw how he got upset and Zach -his little brother- quickly diffused the situation? Yes, it ended up in a big giggling dog pile of children, but it was exactly what he needed and it is what he needs from others. Don’t stare, don’t laugh, he knows, he’s very aware that he’s causing a scene, he just can’t control it. Just wait, it will pass, he will gain control. Be patient.

There was a time when we thought he would never talk or play like a typical child.  He’s made huge strides in the past 3 years, he’s not only verbal, but he’s in a regular Kindergarten classroom, working above grade level and being very successful. We’ve learned a lot from him. We have learned to be open and accepting of others and their differences and we have learned to find joy in the smallest things in everyday life.”

I hope everyone takes some time this month and think about a special person in your life that has autism.  Think about how amazing they are and how awesome their parents are.  Now remember your love for that person if you have the knee-jerk reaction of judging a child or the parent of a child that is acting out of the ordinary in public.  You never know the story behind their behavior and they too might be on the autism spectrum. Spread not just awareness about autism but love, understanding, and acceptance for those that have it.

Abigail: Inspiration Through Art session

It’s been a long time since I’ve gotten to do an Inspiration Through Art session.  In fact, last session was under the name of “The Littlest Heroes Project.”

This time I had the pleasure to meet Abigail, an 8 year old with a love for basketball, dolphins, and fast rides at Disney World.  She was diagnosed with congenital scoliosis with thoracic insufficiency at 18 months and will be undergoing her tenth(!) surgery this month.  As you can tell, it doesn’t hold her back and she was definitely showing the boys how it’s done on the basketball court at 4th of July Park.

Abigail & family- Thanks for choosing me to be your Inspiration Through Art photographer!  Enjoy your pictures!