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Gonzalez Family | Shoaff Park | Fort Wayne, Indiana

May 5, 2018

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 Gonzalez Family. Honestly one of the cutest families I have ever seen, especially their kids. Seriously this family is adorable. Elise spent the whole session picking me flowers and when she left she told me I was beautiful, which seriously made my day. Ethan spent the whole session smiling so he could have a gummy bear, which made me wish I was in front of the camera so I could have a gummy bear. Ethan and Elise also made the cutest candid photo when I asked them to tickle mom and dad. Seriously this family was so cute and so sweet and I so enjoyed working with them, and hope to have the pleasure again!






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