In 2016, I took a weekend in November and dedicated it to capturing family photos of families with children who have special needs. I photographed 12 families, and 17 children with special needs and it was honestly one of the highlights of my year. I took that weekend because I feel that every family deserves to have family photos and families who have special needs children are no exception. I know there are photographers out there who refuse to work with those kids and as someone with an education degree and someone who loves all kids, I felt called to make sure that every family gets the family photos they deserve. Knowing that a special needs child can sometimes create a financial burden, I decided to make this happen for free. And after my weekend in 2016, I decided it was going to be something I did every year. Unfortunately 2017 booked up extremely quickly and I wasn't able to dedicate a weekend, so I knew I had to make it happen this year. So I planned ahead and had the pleasure of photographing 9 families, and 12 special needs children.
Since every family deserves photos, they also deserve the full Messy experience which includes their own personal blog post. These families are just as important to me as my paying clients, so everyone meet the amazing Minth Family. I actually meet the Minth family last fall at the Respect 360 awards when their daughter was awarded a scholarship. I took photos at the event and had the pleasure of talking to Taylor and her mom a little bit about her award and how she ended up nominated. Fast forward 6 months and I am shooting their family photos. The Minth family includes two gorgeous daughters. Their youngest daughter Baylee has Chromosome Translocation and literally radiates with personality and happiness. Their oldest daughter Taylor is about to graduate high school, and off to achieve big things. In all honesty these two girls were seriously the sweetest thing together, just wait until you see their pictures. They love each other and care for each other in the deepest way that Im pretty sure most siblings don't even know. These two together could seriously bring tears to your eyes. Taylor is so loving and gentle and Baylee totally loves and admires her sister completely. Outside of these two the rest of the family is equally as sweet, and caring. I literally could of photographed them all day. I also wish I could put every single photo I took in this blog post because I loved all of them. I seriously hope I have the pleasure of photographing this family again!