April 2 is “LIGHT IT UP BLUE” day! I hope everyone can share their support for Autism by placing a blue light in your lamp or porch (this is what I do) today!! Autism rates have increased and are now 1 in 68 U.S. Children. Here is a link to a website that has been really helpful to myself and many others, I am sure….http://www.autismspeaks.org/
My daughter was diagnosed at 2 years of age. As with any disability or disease, when you get the news, it is quite devastating. However, I realized very quickly that early intervention was the key to help my daughter learn to live with Autism. It also educated myself as to how I could best help her and gave me the support I needed to understand what she might be going through. I often felt like I was the ONLY one but in reality that was definitely not the case. It has been an emotional rollercoaster for the past 13 years but I love her for who she is and am so proud of who she is becoming. She has to work 2x harder than any of us and has to deal with struggles in school as well as bullying. She has come such a long way.
As a parent, in today’s society, I ask you to PLEASE educate your typically developing children about Autism. Teach them that disabilities are not always “visible”. Everyone knows a child that has Down Syndrome. It is very difficult to see Autism. Teach them that every child is different and deserves to be treated with respect. They only want to feel included but don’t always know how to do that. For my daughter, having friends that accept her for who she is, is far and few between. That is really hard for me to say but it is the truth. She does not get invited to sleepovers, birthday parties or just girl time very often at all. My heart always aches when I think of that but it is the truth. For those girls that have been a part of my daughter’s life, I thank God and the parents for teaching their children to accept and include her.
It is my hopes that one day Autism will no longer be in our vocabulary along with Cancer but until that happens, I pray that parents and schools will do their jobs and teach the children that we are all different but “WE ALL HAVE PERFECT WINGS” (that is my most favorite song and saying).
To capture a “slice” of this lil’ girl’s life and the Mother-Daughter relationship these two have is the best part of my job. This picture should remind all of us to cherish EVERY moment. The emotion of joy in their faces just makes me smile. As some of you know, having a child with a disability or any special needs is not always joyful. In fact, it is just plain awful at times. You find out very quickly that your life is about to be filled with tons of sacrifices, emotional and physical roller coasters, the stress placed on your marriage and family, the lack of understanding why this happened to you since you never signed up for it and many, many other challenges.
However, there are so many wonderful things that happen when you parent a child with special needs. Speaking from experience, my daughter has taught me so many things in the past 14 years. I may not ever understand what she is going through but I will never give up trying to give her what she needs to be successful. She has such huge dreams in that mind of hers. She shows me unconditional love EVERYDAY!! She amazes me EVERYDAY!! Although she makes me want to cry and pull out my hair sometimes (what teenage girl doesn’t), she also makes me smile lots! She teaches me to never take things for granted. She will look outside and just gasp at the beauty of the sky or the moon and say, “MOM, HURRY COME LOOK”. We don’t stop to look at those things, half the time. The typical milestones all children experience at some point in their lives is means for a BIG celebration when it is a child with special needs. She just has to work 2x as hard to achieve them.
I am definitely a stronger, more understanding person because of her even though at times I want to throw in the towel. She deserves everything a typical child does. She deserves love, acceptance and respect which she will ALWAYS get from me!!
Who is ready for Spring? I know I am!! Spring Mini Sessions are a great way to save a little money. Think about giving your Mom a wonderful gift for Mother’s Day of a photography session and 5 digital files that she will treasure for a lifetime. This is also a great time to update those family photos that you have been meaning to have done for quite some time.
Time slots will fill up fast so be sure to make your appointment today!
The BIGGEST compliment a business can have is to be referred by it’s clients. As a way to show my sincere appreciation to my past clients, I am instituting a Referral Program to thank you for helping A Slice of Life Photography thrive in today’s market. Without your help in letting your friends and family know about your experience with me, I couldn’t be successful. One of the things that I hold dear to my heart is being a people pleaser. Being a photographer not only allows me to please people with beautiful art of their loved one’s, it also allows me to form some very wonderful relationships with clients. Check out my new program below and see how you can earn $50.00 in print credit or even a free session.
*a referral is a person that has booked and completed a session with me.
Refer any friend or family to me and you will receive a $50.00 print credit. These print credits can be collected/banked up to a maximum of $100.00.
3 referrals* = a free portrait session with me + any print credits you might have stored up
5 referrals* = a free portrait session + $100.00 in print credit + any print credits you might have stored up
Newborn sessions: 0-21 days old
Refer any newborn to me and you receive $50.00 in print credit. These print credits can be collected/banked up to a maximum of $100.00
3 Newborn referrals* = a free portrait session of your choice + any print credits you might have stored up
5 Newborn referrals* = a free portrait session + $200.00 print credit + any print credits you might stored up
This lil’ guy was so much fun to photograph! He had me pretty worried at first as I tried EVERYTHING to get him to warm up to me. I have never had a child not warm up and I would have been heartbroken had I not been able to make him comfortable enough for me to take photos. I sound like a broken record sometimes but I have the BEST job ever!!