I make no secret that I love my job and know fully just how lucky I am to do what I love for a living. There are a lot of people who have helped me get to this point. I get to travel some, which though glamorous, is not always easy and often a necessary evil. My job, however, offers me some amazing experiences and interactions with people. This happens when I travel and while at my own studio. I cherish these moments as much as I do those who help create them.
This particular project, while in no way is a revenue generator for me, is the one thing I am most passionate about. It’s personal. It touches me at the core of my existence. Sensory Processing Disorder has been at the forefront of my family’s life, officially, for 6 years now. Dominic got the official diagnosis in Feb of 2006. The neat thing is that it delves into such a deeper sense of beauty. It speaks to the soul of ones being. It speaks to and displays innocence and purity. It gets to the root of humanitarianism. It takes this to such a deeper level.
As corny or cliche as it is, I am truly a believer in the journey. That is really what it’s all about. I can recall a time when I flew out to Seattle about two years ago to be a contributing photographer for the calendar. Ya know, a lot of times when you are doing something, you are so focused, that you may not realize fully the impact or scope. You may be too close to it to see it that way. However, at one point during the shoot, I took a second and it really hit me just what we were doing there. Just what we were accomplishing and the impact it would have. I started to well up. Like Jude Law says in “The Holiday,” I am weepa (insert British accent). It is truly amazing to be a part of something like that!
I was in the studio for a shoot for this project yesterday. Tricia brought her two daughters in, only one of which would be photographed for the shoot, as she had the SPD diagnosis. I had a lot of fun with her. What a cute little blonde hair girl with pig tails. She was always asking to see what I shot. I really did have fun with her and typically, when I am working with any kind of special needs child, I always allow them room and to take the lead, then gently nudge them to where they need to be or do. She was a very pleasant young girl and cute as a button. I think most of us parents of special needs kiddos, embrace our kids’ quirks. I find them cute and enjoyable and really what makes them, THEM. Its what makes them unique and this is what I often try to capture in the photos, not that perfect smile, etc.
Anyway, we wrapped the shoot up in about a half hour or so and I felt I got what I needed. I captured some really sweet candid moments, some cute shots and a good impact look or two. Tricia and I had some great conversation during the shoot and were really on the same page about a lot of issues, which is always nice to have that experience. So, as we were walking down the steps to leave the building, Shae and I were bringing up the rear. She reaches for my hand, kisses it and says we are best friends. What a precious moment that was. One that I will surely not forget.
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