What... (i.e. camp, dance class, birthday party)
        
 
Pick a NYMetroParents Region: All Regions   Manhattan    Brooklyn    Queens    Westchester    Rockland   Fairfield    Nassau    Suffolk  

Resources

   

5 TIPS FOR GETTING GREAT PHOTOS OF KIDS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS

     Home  >  Articles  > News & Tips: Special Needs
by Kaitlin Ahern

Related: how to take photos of kids, photography tips for parents, photographing kids with special needs,


A professional photographer who has a son on the autism spectrum and specializes in photographing kids offers parents five tips on how to capture great photos of their own children.

 

Tristan

Tristan (pictured), St. Ours says, can often be seen looking down at his hands. St. Ours strives to capture the  ittle gestures like this, which show
"the spirit of the child."

Kerry St. Ours is a Long Island-based professional photographer who prefers to train her lens on little ones. St. Ours photographs all types of children, including her two kids, 9-year-old Natalie and 4-year-old Tristan. But her experience with her son Tristan, who is on the autism spectrum, has opened her eyes to the unique beauty of kids with special needs. “I’ve met so many children with special needs that I’ve fallen in love with,” says St. Ours, who has a background in early childhood education. “They’re innocent, they’re funny, they’re sweet. They’re just a joy to photograph.”

While she enjoys her work, St. Ours admits that photographing special kids can be challenging. With her son Tristan, St. Ours says her biggest struggles are getting him to make eye contact and stay focused. “Sometimes if I want to photograph him playing, my son will be more interested in the camera itself and I lose the moment,” she explains, adding, “I think any parent has challenges photographing their own children because they know you and they know how to press your buttons.”

For parents who aren’t professional photographers, St. Ours offers the following tips for capturing great shots of their kids, whether they have special needs or not:

 

1. Patience, patience, patience.

2. Make it fun. Be prepared with a bag of “tricks,” like bubbles and toys, and put your child's favorite music on. Try to make the photo session as informal as possible.

3. Don’t make it a big ordeal. Remember, it’s just a picture, not life or death. If your child sees you get frustrated, she's going to associate photographs with Mommy or Daddy getting frustrated, and that’s going to ruin your future chances for pictures.

4. Have realistic expectations. You know your child better than anybody, and you know what he will or won’t do. If you know your child is going to become frustrated if you ask him to sit down and look at camera, try for a different shot. Know that you can get great photos of your child playing, relaxing, and even sleeping.

5. Learn from your experiences. You’ll learn over time what does and doesn’t work when photographing your child. Eventually you’ll develop a rhythm and learn how to make photographing a pleasant experience for both of you. And even if a session doesn’t go as planned, try to end on a positive note.

 

St. Ours photographed three very special kids for NYMetroParents’ Special Parent magazine, including twins Christian and Gaven Perez of Long Island, who are on the autism spectrum, and Ashley Johnson of Queens, who has cerebral palsy. View the photo spread here.

 

To see more samples of St. Ours’s work and get information on booking a session, visit kerrystours.com.

 


Get Your FREE Indoor Activity eGuide!

More News & Tips: Special Needs Articles

Marion K. Salomon and Associates Joins HASC Center
Bounce! Trampoline Sports Offers Sensory Bounce Time
South Setauket Center Helps All Children Feel ‘Loved to Pieces’
Variety Child Learning Center Opens Second Location
Tips for Eating Gluten-Free at Every Restaurant

Be a good fellow parent and share this with a friend who would be interested
Email Friend

Local News & Tips: Special Needs Sponsors

White Plains Family YMCA
250 Mamaroneck Ave.
White Plains, NY
914-949-8030
TOGETHER we will make a difference by nurturing th...

GymCats Gymnastics and Birthday Party Center
1 Odell Plaza at Equalize Fitness
Yonkers, NY
914-965-7676
Our goal at GymCats is to build a physical and men...

Chelsea Piers Connecticut
Stamford, CT
203-989-1000
Fairfield County's most comprehensive sports progr...

Pump It Up Long Island
225 Community Drive
Great Neck, NY
516-466-7867
Hosting a birthday party at Pump It Up is great fo...

ER-DOX/ Pedia-Nyte
365 Broadway
Amityville, New York
631-841-4102
ER-DOX offers a choice for those patients who are ...
See Our News & Tips: Special Needs Directory

local zones

Nassau

Nassau cont.

Suffolk

Suffolk cont.

Westchester

Westchester cont.

Fairfield

Rockland

Rockland cont.

Queens

Queens cont.

Brooklyn

Brooklyn cont.

Manhattan

Copyright 2014 NY Metro Parents Magazine Site Design: THE VOICE