Stories of Autism | Chicago Naperville Special Needs Photographer | Naperville Children's Photographer

Photographing children with special needs is a passion of mine.  Photographing children with autism spectrum disorders is a joy.  Yes, having my own son with Asperger’s Syndrome may make me a bit biased, but I’m going to let you in on a little secret.  There is something profoundly pure and joyful about some of these kids.  Their enthusiasm is unmatched.  Yes there are struggles, and yes, there are those lost in their bodies.  But that is not all kids on the spectrum.  There are many out there like my son, like little Moira here, who are happy, social children.  I am blessed to have such a pure light in my life, and I know Moira’s family feels the same.

I was honored to be contacted by Stories of Autism to photograph little Moira to be part of their work. Stories of Autism is dedicated to heightening autism awareness through the exhibition of its portraits and stories of children and adults on the autism spectrum. The project strives to achieve this through independent exhibitions of its work and by partnering with other organizations whose goals align with this mission. Photographers all over the country took place in photographing children with autism this month, and the galleries are being compiled and should be released at the end of May.  Little Moira here will be there….if I can figure out which picture to submit!

Moiria here is three and a half years old and diagnosed with classic autism and ADHD.  She was having a very good day when I arrived and immediately started saying, “pictures?  pictures?  pictures!” Mom had been prepping her for our session.  While she doesn’t verbally communicate in typical fashion she loved to make animal sounds and pretended to be a bird for most of our time.  She was a ball of energy who never staid put for long… until mom pulled out some bubbles.  She was a blast to work with, and I’m so glad I got to meet her.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  1. Katherine on April 28, 2011 at 12:01 am

    I love how you really captured her personality! The ones with the bubbles are my favorites. She’s a beautiful little girl, and I love all her energy that comes through!

  2. Katie Lou on April 28, 2011 at 1:41 am

    She is adorable, and her big brown eyes are beautiful!

  3. Kristin Rachelle on April 28, 2011 at 3:58 am

    She is gorgeous!! I love all of the different captures of her. Beautiful!

  4. Sarah Albert on April 28, 2011 at 4:55 am

    Beautiful little girl! Her smile and enthusiasm is contagious. 🙂

  5. Katherine Durham on April 28, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    These are so lovely! You captured her beautifully!

  6. Evelyn on April 28, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    These are just beautiful!! I don’t think she could be any more adorable!! I just love her big brown eyes!

  7. Kimberly S on April 28, 2011 at 2:59 pm

    Beautiful images! You have captured so much personality and joy. Her eyes are so soulful. Great work.

  8. Aimee Buxton on April 28, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    These are wonderful! She is so beautiful. Great job on really capturing HER!

  9. Anette on April 28, 2011 at 3:52 pm

    I love these!! She’s just gorgeous and has the most soulful eyes. Her expressions say so much too and I can see how much she enjoyed the session…you are truly awesome at doing these sessions!! The second to last one is my absolutely favorite one…i just love everything about it!!

  10. Cindy on April 28, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    What a beautiful gift you have to capture this little girl’s personality so well! You can really see how well she enjoyed her session!

  11. Jen Snyder on April 28, 2011 at 5:58 pm

    What a beautiful girl! I just love how you captured her personality. (especially #6, it really captivates me)

  12. Jaidean on May 1, 2011 at 10:09 pm

    Beautiful little girl! These are all great!

  13. Tony on May 4, 2011 at 10:15 pm

    What an amazing outreach. What a special momento for the parents as well. You have quite the gift!

  14. Rosalind on May 7, 2011 at 5:52 am

    These are gorgeous! I love all of them but the one with the bubbles and her hands up to her face is my favourite.

  15. Melissa on May 11, 2011 at 3:27 am

    These are beautiful! I especially love that first one, but I can see where it would be hard to choose which one to submit. Fantastic job on these!

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