Let me introduce you to my son (I’m sure you’ll see my daughter on here soon enough). I call him my angel because he has blessed my life in countless ways. This first photo is one of my favorites, because it really shows his sweet soul.
The following is an excerpt from a post on my other blog:
There was something special about him from the beginning. I documented him-every time I felt, I grabbed my camera. As he got older, I would keep taking photos until I got his smile and his eyes. His amazing eyes that told me so much. Yet, because I am his mother, I didn’t realize he was far away. I kept documenting and soon noticed something was wrong.
Why didn’t he communicate with me? How come he didn’t try to play with me? Was it normal that he could do his own thing for hours? But he was so smart and loving! My son was diagnosed with autism. I worried and worried-what did this mean? What would he be like when he grew up? I soon discovered that I didn’t need to worry. I KNEW my son. I found him through my lens. I have photos of him smiling at me and looking deep into my soul. It was then that I knew I wanted to be a photographer to document life.
My passion for recording Max’s life continued. I photographed him as we worked through some new therapies. I took photos as he began learning at preschool, and as he soon learned to talk and express himself. Early intervention has helped him on his journey to become who he already was, who I already saw in his eyes. I will be forever grateful to the amazing teachers who have loved him and seen his soul and his potential.
This photo also shows who he is. He has the most infectious laugh that lights up a room! He captivates people’s attention out in public, because he is so interested to know how old they are and what kind of car they drive. He loves popsicles (as you can see from the popsicle stick in the photo) and Legos. It is pretty incredible what this kid can do with a box of Legos. This creation is nothing compared to what he is making now!
My angel has blessed my life because he inspired me as a photographer. He has helped me develop a vision for this blog. Simply put, I want to tell stories: stories of children and their families, through images and words. Since my family has been blessed by autism, I would love to work with other families in Utah that also have children on the autism spectrum. I would really love to photograph any child and family in Utah though, because each has their own unique experience and personality. Plans are in the works to share some incredible family stories soon!