April is Autism Awareness Month.  And we are celebrating with our 3rd Annual Focus on Autism Portraits!

If you have a child living with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) we would like to give you a portrait session and 11×14 wall portrait of your child.  If you would like to participate in our program- it’s easy!  Just sign up.   Then we’ll contact you by phone to talk a little about the session, plan your clothing, and schedule your time.

***** We are now taking names for a waiting list **** Sign up below and we’ll let you know if a session becomes availiable.

Just Sign Up Here:   Focus on Autism

When:  Saturday, April 27th, 2013

Where:  The Greenway, near the Village of Providence

What:  Complimentary portrait session & 11×14 Wall Portrait

We are offering a complimentary 11×14 from the session & no obligation to purchase, but other images will be available to order on-line at Spoiled Rotten Photo prices. This year, all proceeds are being donated to a sweet family that of a child that is living with ASD and Cancer.  Jacob Perez participated in our Focus on Autism session in 2011, and is currently in treatment at St. Jude.

From Jacob’s mom:  Jacob is a high functioning autistic boy who was diagnosed on September 23rd, 2010, at the age of 7, with a brain tumor that has continued to grow despite two surgeries and other treatments. This ongoing battle has left him further handicapped from trying to save his life. Recently, right before his 10th birthday, scans showed Jacob’s tumor had progressed from 3 cm to 10 cm in a course of 2 months after 30 treatments of radiation therapy at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. As a family, this news is shattering. The thought that our child might lose this battle like so many before him tears a parent apart.  We are asking for one chance to take Jacob and his brother, Ethan, to the beach for some fun family memories. We need help in doing this as our family lost our only source of income over a year ago during this 3 year battle.   The only thank you I can give you is my most heartfelt appreciation. Without the love of a community, people like us fall by the wayside and get lost along our path.

  Here is one of the photos of Jacob from 2011.  I hope that he is well enough to participate this year.

 

A little History:

If any of you are on my Facebook page, or read this blog post you know about our sweet girl who lives with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder). In 2006, I photographed a school that had several preschoolers on the autism spectrum.  Caroline was still a toddler and we had no clue that she was on the spectrum.  To be honest, I did not really know what autism was.   Our preschool photography company, Spoiled Rotten Photography,  is not your ordinary school picture company- we work tirelessly to get wonderful portraits of each and EVERY child.  One child came to be photographed and his shadow (or aide) was with him.  We worked and worked with him… and I remember feeling relieved when we finally got one shot of him smiling.    What I didn’t realize until his mother called me… it was the first picture they had ever gotten with their son smiling.    WOW!

Caroline had her good friend and ASD classmate over for a play-date.  His mother told me that they had not had a professional photo of their son since he was 3 (he is now 7) because “photographers just don’t know what to do with him.”    There are many other events in between 2006-2013 that have inspired me to have a day, just for kids like mine, where the photography staff understands ASD, and will work to capture the beautiful spirit that lives in each and every one of our kids.

See here for a blog post about 2011’s ASD portrait day, and here for 2012.

If you do not live in the Huntsville, AL area…. there maybe a photographer in your area offering sessions!   See info below.

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North Alabama Area:

Click HERE to be put on the waiting list

Other Areas (info on Sessions in AL, CO, GA, MS & TX): Click Here

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One Response to Complimentary Portraits for Children living with Autism Specturem Disorder (ASD)

  1. melissatash says:

    Hey Wendy- we will be photographing in the morning. Once you sign up, someone will call you to discus your session and schedule your appointment time.

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