Hi blog readers! I hope your week is off to a great start!
I recently had an awesome experience photographing the Robins and Brackett families as part of the Spectrum Inspired volunteer event held at the lovely Venue at the Grove in Phoenix. It was an event with roughly 40 volunteer photographers at 20 photo spots. I was fortunate enough to be paired with the sweet and amazing Jamie Costlow, and working as a team helped us get some great shots for the families assigned to us.
I loved interacting with the kids and drawing smiles from them and hearing the stories from the parents touched my heart. Although having a child on the spectrum can be hard, the bond between the family members was obvious. The two families I had the pleasure of working with were so sweet and appreciative of their photo session.
I was in awe of the love and feeling of community present at the event - from the coordinators, to the photographers, to the families - there was such a feeling of celebration. Everyone showed up with lots of spirit and enthusiasm, and the venue looked amazing as well. I was glad to have been there for all the excitement and happy to share some photos with you here. Enjoy, and have a blessed day.
From their website - https://spectruminspired.org:
“SPECTRUM INSPIRED is a global community that connects, supports and uplifts individuals and families touched by Autism Spectrum Disorders. In order to educate the general public, our team uses Lifestyle Photography to document a diverse group of children on the spectrum and their families across the globe in effort to normalize and destigmatize ASD. It is our mission to give families a platform to voice their struggles, celebrate their victories and share their story; all the while, removing the stigma and stereotypes of what is thought to be representative of Autism and show the world just how broad and beautiful the spectrum is.”
“If you are a family or person touched by autism and looking for support and community, we urge you to tap into some of the services we currently offer. We offer a private Facebook support group, articles in our magazine chalk full of knowledge from experts, doctors and teachers, comfort in reading the stories on our blog of other families just like yours, and the opportunity for YOUR STORY to be told.”