Yesterday I had the honor to photograph Gavin, pictured here with his mom, Cindy, and his canine companion, Rusty. This image is probably not the one that I will use for Gavin’s Stories of Autism submission, but it represents everything that these photo shoots mean to me. My goal is capture the child as they are right now and to share a little window into their life. My hope (and the purpose behind the Stories of Autism organization) is to create a greater awareness of the challenges that these families face, and to celebrate the uniqueness of the children as well. This image shows the constant support that Gavin has from his mother, his communication through RPM (Rapid Prompting Method), and his ever faithful service dog by his side. I love that a photograph can communicate all of that, along with the obvious comfort they find in each other.
I will be photographing a few more children with autism in January and February, and blogging their stories in April for Autism Awareness Month. If you’re interested in participating, please send an e-mail to me (firstname.lastname@example.org), and I’ll pass on more information. Until the new Stories of Autism gallery goes live in April, you can look at past images at Stories of Autism.