Meet Lydia, a 6 year old powerhouse of a girl who happens to live with severe cerebral palsy. She has two older brothers to keep up with. There’s no wonder that Colorado Parent Magazine picked Lydia and her wonderful family to be on their front page of the Special Parent issue. You can have a disability, but it doesn’t have to define you. You are your own person, with your own interest and with your own place in this world. Your disability has little to do with that.
As a special needs photographer I have photographed many children with various of disabilities. Anywhere from mental disorders to physical disability. My approach is always the same. Treat them like I would with any other child. I would not want to be defined by my disability and I highly doubt they do. Kids are smart, they pick up on things like that very early. Lydia was no different. She has her own thing going on. As with any other child, it’s just a matter of finding that tickle spot and you get that perfect smile!
Her two older brothers are football enthusiasts. They love playing catch with each other, and Lydia loves watching. Even better when she is included. You see, Lydia is like any other child, special needs or not. She wants to be with her family and be included. Just because she’s in a wheelchair doesn’t mean she has to be sidelined.
I know Colorado Parent Magazine picked me for being an experienced special needs photographer. Experience is important, as a parent of a child with disability or any other medical needs, you want them to be shown the respect they deserve. To be treated like any other child. Have the same opportunity as any other child. At the same time, you want to have your family dynamic captured. And to have your story told, the way it should.