Category: special needs

Their Story: Harker Heights Family Photographer

Their Story: Harker Heights Family Photographer

Recently, I was honored to take part in the First Annual Stories of Autism Awareness Weekend.  Well, technically we were to take part of the weekend but thunderstorms that morning caused us to reschedule two weeks later.  It was a gorgeous Saturday when I finally got to meet S and C and their mom.  We took a short walk around Triad Park, took some pictures, and chatted it up before everyone’s stomachs were growling.  Since it was morning, we were able to wrap it up before breakfast time was over.  S got to have pancakes and I grabbed some Bojangles on the way home.  There’s no way to start a day better than a good session and a yummy breakfast!

Thank you for participating in the Stories of Autism project!  I hope you enjoy your pictures!

Not-So-Random Acts of Kindness: Fort Hood Family Photographer

Not-So-Random Acts of Kindness: Fort Hood Family Photographer

Over at I Heart Faces, the theme for the week is “random acts of kindness.”  They mentioned Littlest Heroes Project and asked about the ways photographers, professional and hobbiests, have used their talents to help people in need.

I was thrilled to see the [organization name removed for search engine purposes] given a shout out in the post.  I’m so proud to be a part of this organization that gives sessions to children with special needs.   I joined the organization this year in honor of two special little boys:

Jordan, my five year old brother with Down Syndrome

and Bryson, my almost four year old nephew, born with congentital heart defects.
Moody Bryson

Through the Littlest Heroes Project, I’ve met two wonderful kids and their families:


Littlest Heroes Project- Lucas

I also volunteer my services with  [organization name removed for search engine purposes].   [organization name removed for search engine purposes] offers military families facing deployment two photo sessions.  One session takes place before or during the deployment and sends an album overseas to the deployed military member.  The other session -the real tear jerker- is the homecoming session.  It should be no surprise why this organization means so much to me.  As an army wife, I’ve supported my husband through two year-long deployments to Iraq.  The first deployment ending shortly before our first son’s arrival.  The second deployment beginning just before his first birthday (pictured below).

(photo by Stephanie Ziemitz)

Before I joined  [organization name removed], I volunteered to shoot one military homecoming and even though I was up way past my bedtime, I’m so thankful to have done it.  It’s simply amazing getting to see a family reunited.

After I settled in NC, I was able to officially join  [organization name removed].  Since the Triad doesn’t have a lot of military, I was excited to get my first email.  Then meeting another military wife was like meeting a long lost sister.  There’s an understanding there that the civilian world doesn’t understand.

Next week, I’ll meet another military family.  This time it’ll be the whole family enjoying Dad’s midtour leave here in Kernersville.  They’re flying in from their base overseas so I hope they get time to relax and unwind before the session.  I can’t wait to meet them.

 I’m so thankful for what both charities do and the experiences they’ve given to me.   I hope the families I’ve met feel the same way.

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Operation Love Reunited

A Little Hero: Child Photographer

A Little Hero: Child Photographer

Thanks to the Littlest Heroes Project, I got to meet L and his family at Old Salem for some family portraits.   I loved these brothers.  Big brother H was too funny.  He wiggled his way into almost every picture and loved to talk.  And L was a charmer.  He had a lip tremble that could break your heart and his smile was amazing. 

G Family, it was great meeting you!  Enjoy your photos.

 The Littlest Heroes Project is a special organization of photographers that provide sessions for children with special needs such as cerebral palsy, down syndrome, and congenital heart defects.  For more information about this organization, please visit

Katie Smith is an on location photographer specializing in family and child portraits. She serves North Carolina’s Triad- Winston Salem, Greensboro, High Point, and Kernersville.  All content of this blog is copyright 2010 by Katie Smith Photography.  It is illegal to copy these photos.