We recently witnessed a miracle – family pictures without drama. Beginning at 18 months, the prospect of family photos sent shivers up my spine. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so here is a rare behind-the-scenes glimpse of the ordeal of family pictures. To be honest, these photos don’t do it justice.
Photo studios posed numerous problems for Luke. The constant glaring lights and flashing were very overwhelming and made Luke very afraid. He just wanted to get up and run away, but there was nowhere to escape. There was also the issue of being confined. Staying in one place for any length of time was very challenging for Luke.
So, we tried different methods to make it less intimidating for him. Sometimes, we would let him roam around and just snag photographs whenever he wandered into the shot. Other times, we tried going outside for our sessions.
On the worst days, Luke was belligerent.
On the best days he was aloof . . .
. . . and most days he was a little bit of both. In time, Luke’s perseverance motivated Faith to join his cause. Sometimes you just have to laugh to keep your sanity.
Then. . . suddenly there was eye contact and smiling for the camera.
I got my first pictures of both my children together in the past two years.
Family pictures actually became FUN!
Thank you so much to Stacy at Just to See You Smile, for always being so patient with Luke, and working diligently with us to capture beautiful pictures, no matter how challenging it was. Thank you to my wonderful team of therapists at Breaking Barriers, who have given so much of themselves to bring Luke this far and continue to do so, and thank you God, for the small miracles we continue to see everyday.