I'm so excited to announce that I have joined up to work with Spectrum Inspired - I've been a keen follower of the work they do for a long while now; and feel lucky and excited by the opportunity to get involved.
Spectrum Inspired is a global community that connects, supports and uplifts individuals and families touched by Autism Spectrum Disorders. In order to educate the general public, our team uses Lifestyle Photography to document a diverse group of children on the spectrum and their families across the globe in effort to normalize and destigmatize ASD. It is our mission to give families a platform to voice their struggles, celebrate their victories and share their story; all the while, removing the stigma and stereotypes of what is thought to be representative of Autism and show the world just how broad and beautiful the spectrum is.
Initially, I think I stumbled on their work through one of their photographers' instagram images. I loved the style of the family photography and clicked a few links to see more - the images were beautiful, clean and simple. There was a natural rawness to them and something so open and honest about the families involved. It was only when reading further that I became aware that they were taken to support and promote awareness for families with members on the spectrum.
The team of lifestyle photographers that work with Spectrum Inspired do so free of charge, which is also what I will be doing for them. These free sessions are avaliable to any familiy which has a child touched by ASD; in order to apply for a session you need to head over to their site, fill in an application and tell your story. Once this is done, they will help arrange the session - who knows, I could be shooting for your family soon!
I absolutely love family photography, and the reasons why mirror the goals of Spectrum Inspired; capturing the real spirit of your family, to freeze a moment in time… and give you priceless images that you will cherish forever.
To check out Spectrum Inspired, apply for a session, buy their magazine or make a donation, visit their website - Spectruminspired.org