I had the most amazing time photographing this Spectrum Inspired session last week in Newton. When Emmett’s mother applied for a session, she emphasized that she wanted the photos to be about the entire family. They are all so loving and connected, and I hope that they will treasure these images of them together doing what they love to do.
We hung out at one of Emmett’s favorite spots in the woods where he likes to collect and toss rocks. Emmett likes the feeling of the sand on his hands but not on his feet. Here is giving a kiss to his older sister, who he adores. Emmett didn’t want to wear shoes on this particular day. The family has two dogs and they are just as much a part of the family as their humans are. Emmett tried to pull his pants over his feet so they wouldn’t touch the ground. He climbed on top of his sister to so his feet would feel more comfortable. He loves getting squeezes from his mother. It can be difficult for children on the Autism spectrum to participate in traditional family portrait sessions. Engaging with the camera can feel like too much, the photo shoot isn’t part of the daily routine, and the sensory demands of the situation can lead to overload. I am so grateful that I have the opportunity to volunteer for Spectrum Inspired – their mission to document these children and families as they truly are, without the pressure of engaging with the photographer for traditional portraits, is beyond important. It was a gift to meet and document this beautiful family, and I hope these photos will be a gift to them.