Photographing Children with Special Needs

Photographing families with special needs has truly been a blessing and I have learnt some very helpful lessons that have changed the way I prepare for all my phootgraphy sessions. I hope these few tips shared below will help you to have the same wonderful experiences I have had capturing children and their families with special needs.

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TIPS FOR PHOTOGRAPHING

CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS

1. Get to know your client’s special needs before the session

It is really important that you get to know and understand your client’s special needs before your session. An initial consulation gives you an opportunity to get to know your client and find out more about them and their family.

 

2. Use a reward system to connect and encourage children with special needs

A reward system works with all children and particularly children with special needs. It is important to mention this to the parents in your initial consultation. Rewards gives you an extra toll to use while photographing children.  These rewards can vary with each child so it is essential that the choice of reward is discussed with the parent.

You may find that the agreed reward might even come out during the session if you find you are battling to connect with the child. A reward that you ca use to play and interact with gain the trust of a child.

 

 3. Allow extra time for children with special needs

All family sessions can become challenging due to many different aspects. Sometimes it can just depend on the mood of the child. With special needs, it helpful to have allocated extra time. It helps to slow down as a photographer and allow the child to get to know you. Giving the child a few extra breaks is also very helpful. You want to document the child being themselves. These are the images your clients are truly going to cherish.

 

4. It is helpful for mum and dad to understand the session flow

Parents are usually quite nervous about a photo session especially parents with children with special needs. This really helps with understanding the process and enjoying the shoot.

 

5. Know when to end the session

Family sessions with special needs run the same as any other family session. However, you will come across a photo session where nothing is working. You can try every trick up your sleeve, be as prepared as possible but sometimes it can all appear impossible. You cannot force a child to have photos taken.

Sometimes, it is best to just reschedule and try again. It happens. Another day is a different day. It does not mean that it is doomed to fail. It just means, today is not the right day. You will be glad you did not push.

 

6. Choosing the best location for a child with special needs

Look for a location based on the child’s special needs. If your little client has sensory issues, then a quiet location would be best. Look for a place that is safe and has space for a child to explore.

Consider the child’s personality. If your little client is shy, don’t go for a busy park but maybe a private, quiet space where the child can relax and enjoy.

 

 

 

 

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Two-week-old babies are great for newborn sessions. They are still super sleepy, easy to pose in traditional newborn poses. This is why many people that teach newborn photography use it as the date to gauge when a baby is too old for newborn pictures

Children develop neck strength at different rates but between 12 and 16 weeks is usually about right for a photo shoot. This is such a lovely age, still tiny babies but full of personality.Amazing maternity, baby, infant and cake smash portraits in the best studio in Scotland. Edinburgh and Murrayfield maternity, newborn and cake smash portrait photographer.Award-winning family photographer, specialising in newborn, maternity & family photograph.Edinburgh based baby cake smash photographer Nicky Mclean will captures those special moments that families treasure for a lifetime.

Edinburgh’s most loved maternity and newborn baby photography studio based in Murrayfield, Edinburgh. See why families come back year after year.

Maternity and Newborn photographer Edinburgh. Nicky Mclean Photography specialise in creating beautiful images from bump to baby & beyond! Relaxed newborn baby photography. Professional Edinburgh Newborn Photographer. Family and newborn photographer serving Edinburgh and Glasgow area.

Corrigan Coats

I adventure to Haddington, Scotland

with Katie creator of Corrigan Coats.

A fun morning out with my wonderful friend, Katie, creator of the much loved brand Corrigan Coats. Katie invited me on her mission to Haddington to join up with Lil who owns dolilthings refillery. Two unstoppable brands striving for sustainability and being part of the solution to look after our beautiful planet.

am very grateful to have had a sneak peak into the growing of Corrigan Coats. This beautiful brand continues to wow everybody who is lucky enough to own one of Katie’s beautiful designs.

Corrigan Coats is a brand you need to know about. How wonderful it is to be part of this great adventure.

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Corrigan Coats

Corrigan Coats create timeless, luxurious yet practical garments in small batches. We want to shed new light on Harris Tweed, a functional and beautiful material to work with and wear.

Designed for every day, sheltering you from the elements and keeping you visible in low light. Our garments are naturally hard-wearing and water-resistant. Our coats are knee-length and hooded with retro-reflective piping for style and safety, wherever your day takes you.

We Craft our products with respect and we create them to last. Rooted in the natural durability and heritage of Harris Tweed®, our products are created to be cherished and worn for many years. Combined with reflective fabrics for safety, we are creating garments with heritage and modern practicality built-in.

https://www.corrigancoats.co.uk

Dolilthings

LIL stands for Lower Impact Living, a lifestyle that reflects your choice to maximise your positive impacts on the planet.

It’s not reducing your annual plastic waste to one Mason jar full or knitting your own yogurt!

It’s a realistic, can-do approach for everyone to make a difference by taking one Lil step at a time. It’s about understanding how your individual choices add up to a collective result, how we and the world around us are connected and how we can contribute to a fairer and healthier environment where we all thrive.

It is definitely about celebrating positive change (we LOVE a party!).

Lil CIC is a social enterprise set up to promote this lifestyle. As a Community Interest Company we are asset locked like a charity so no profits or assets can be passed to any shareholders/ business owners. Every penny goes in to our mission.

Our Lil community has prevented more than 1 million bits of plastic since we established in 2018.

https://www.dolilthings.org

All that said, a newborn photoshoot is still worth the effort. The 3 hours you’ll spend having your newborn photoshoot will give you a lifetime of joy and pleasure. Every time you look at those photos on the wall you’ll remember just how teeny tiny your baby was and how much love you have for that child.

Two-week-old babies are great for newborn sessions. They are still super sleepy, easy to pose in traditional newborn poses. This is why many people that teach newborn photography use it as the date to gauge when a baby is too old for newborn pictures

Children develop neck strength at different rates but between 12 and 16 weeks is usually about right for a photo shoot. This is such a lovely age, still tiny babies but full of personality.Amazing maternity, baby, infant and cake smash portraits in the best studio in Scotland. Edinburgh and Murrayfield maternity, newborn and cake smash portrait photographer.Award-winning family photographer, specialising in newborn, maternity & family photograph.Edinburgh based baby cake smash photographer Nicky Mclean will captures those special moments that families treasure for a lifetime.

Edinburgh’s most loved maternity and newborn baby photography studio based in Murrayfield, Edinburgh. See why families come back year after year.

Maternity and Newborn photographer Edinburgh. Nicky Mclean Photography specialise in creating beautiful images from bump to baby & beyond! Relaxed newborn baby photography. Professional Edinburgh Newborn Photographer. Family and newborn photographer serving Edinburgh and Glasgow area.

Rainbow Smiles

Rainbow Smiles Children's Charity
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Rainbow Smiles

 

“Children may not remember all the hard work and support that was required to raise them properly but they will always reflect on how happy they were while growing up. Children deserve to grow up knowing they were worth it and that they mattered enough for people to care.”

Nicky Mclean

Nicky Mclean Photography is more than just capturing a pretty picture. We are very aware on how important it is to capture the best memories for our wonderful clients and their families.

On the other hand, we are also very aware of the dismal reality of children in this world who do not have a happy time growing up. We thrive on sharing part of our success with the amazing charity organisations that are committed to improving the lives of children and their families in our community. We are always looking for effective ways to be part of the bigger picture; being part of the solution.

Raising Smiles

Raising Smiles is a charity that has been setup to provide smiles and happiness to children that are in hospital or hospices throughout the UK.

www.raising-smiles.org

Phone: 0800 772 0824  /  Email: [email protected]

Registered Charity: United Kingdom Charity No. 1180029