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Salmons Family | Shoaff Park | Fort Wayne, Indiana

May 6, 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 Salmons Family. This family was seriously so cute and filled with personality. Addison was such a little sweetheart so filled with energy and life. Carson was hilarious, telling me stories, and telling his mom what he was making her for mothers day and Breslin who cracked me up with his blue hair and had the sweetest smile. They were yet another family that took the cutest candid photos when I asked them to tickle mom and dad, even though all three kids instantly went for mom while dad just got to watch, until we pointed out no one was tickling dad. These three loved tickling their parents but they really loved climbing the tree, the promise of the park after, and telling me about school and what they did that morning. Seriously I work with the cutest and sweetest families and this is just another one I can add to my list!

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