So much that is on my heart about this session, but the words just aren’t coming out the way I want them to. No matter what, I want to capture a child the way the family sees them. The happiness. The REAL happiness that gets parents through the day. You know why? Because they will have it captured to be reminded of that beautiful smile when they need it most. After I left this sweet family at their last session I knew I had photographed something absolutely beautiful that would show mom & dad that Cade is growing, he is learning, he is thriving. Our children are gifts. Thankful I get to remind parents of that every single day.
From Ashley :
Sara has been capturing our precious Cade for three years now. She first met Cade when he was just 10 days old. His first year was picture perfect and we have the photos to prove it. At thirteen months, Cade stopped talking and started to do a few unusual things but as a new mom, I thought this was just a phase. During his eighteen month photo session, I noticed that it was harder for Sara to get Cade’s attention and he was still not talking. Three short months later, and after a visit with his pediatrician, we were at Vanderbilt being tested for an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Receiving his diagnosis was very hard but as with all things, it got easier with time.
Having a child with autism changes your life. It teaches you to appreciate the small things that most people would not even notice. You find yourself overwhelmed with joy by the smallest sounds your child makes or any time he imitates you without being prompted to do so. And every year when it is picture time, just as I do every Sunday before church or every time we go to a birthday party, I pray that Cade doesn’t feel overwhelmed and is able to really show people how wonderful he is. His picture session this year proves just how far he has come since his diagnosis. Sara captured Cade pointing, smiling, laughing, and giving me his undivided attention. For most parents, this is expected but for our family, this was huge. Cade never ceases to amaze me and I know he will continue to do so for many more days to come.
As for Sara, we are so very grateful that she photographs our family every year. She is so understanding and so very patient. I know that every family she captures has a story and ours just happens to be that we are blessed with a beautiful boy with autism. Autism affects 1 in 68 children and for boys, it is 1 in 42. Early intervention is key so if ever in doubt, ask your pediatrician.