Special Needs ~ Special Photography
By Melissa on October 21st, 2011
April 1st, 2008 I can honestly say was one of my worst days and one of my most happiest. It was truly a bitter sweet day.
April 1, 2008 my first daughter was born, and when I walked into the hospital I thought things could go two ways. One I could have a great delivery and fall deeply in love with my healthy, beautiful baby girl, or I could have a great delivery and have a baby whom I wasn’t sure I would love, who would be different, who would be whisked away for observation, not giving me any time to fall in love with her.
Nither of those things happened. I did have a great delivery, and when I laid eyes on my piece of heaven I knew she had downs, I knew she had that extra chromosome. I didn’t need any doctor to tell me, I didn’t need her to have a blood test. We knew! And she was beautiful, really beautiful. This day was life changing. She was whisked away, and I did everything to sit by her side. I didn’t need the time to help me fall in love with her. I need to see her to memorize every inch of her. Her button nose, her blonde hair, her tiny fingers, her red lips…
This day Nevaeh was born. My perfect angel.
I began my journey wanting to photograph her every move. I am sure like every parent. But I photographed the good, bad, the happy, the sad. I look back and realize these memories I captured are every part of us as she is. With out these she would never know how amazing and strong she is. How we all are.
I knew this is a gift I could share. So I started The Tiny Light Foundation. I began photographing children with all kinds of special needs, Autism, Down Syndrome, Trisomy 18, leukemia, Congenital heart disease, PontiCerebellar Hypoplasia Type 3. Each one of these children has touched me in so many ways. The strength and desire to live is simply unexplainable. And these sessions are by far the most rewarding, memorable, and my favorite types of sessions.
I am happy to be able to have this experience behind me. And to be able to offer my services to children and families who may require extra time, extra understanding, extra patience. There is no extra fee, or cost. There is only you walking away from the session feeling great, feeling like you were treated like a normal family. Cause you are, in our crazy world, a normal family.
Please contact me if your session requires a little extra support.