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Just Hanging Out with Sarah

Working with a child with special needs is a unique and rewarding experience. I spent an afternoon with Sarah recently. Though she loves taking phone selfies with her siblings, she is less enthusiastic about posing in front of a camera. My goal with this session was to capture candid and real moments of Sarah doing some of her favorite activities. The best way to do this was to spend the afternoon just "hanging out" and  let Sarah be Sarah.

My 70-200mm lens was a blessing that afternoon as it allowed me to sit back in the corner of the room and give Sarah the space she needed to feel comfortable. Sarah loves vacuums, and she spent most of the afternoon meticulously taking apart every piece of the vacuum and putting it back together. It was fascinating to see how she knew every detail of the design of the vacuum.

As Sarah became more comfortable with my presence, she gave me more attention and the occasional eye contact. Her eyes truly sparkle. When working with someone on the spectrum, those rare moments of eye contact are such a privilege and blessing. Sarah seemed to enjoy the attention, and we were definite friends by the end of the afternoon.

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Melisa Mathura at the Railway Museum

Joel and I had a wonderful time at the Southeastern Railway Museum with model Melisa Mathura. Melisa joined us for a shoot to promote our upcoming photo sessions at the museum. The museum is an amazing place with old locomotives, vintage suitcases and furniture, and relics of by-gone railway days. We started our shoot in a lounge car, where the vintage touches and low lights created a sultry mood.

As we made our way around museum, we learned that Melisa is from Wisconsin. She's been living in the Atlanta area for the last two years. On top of being a model, she's also a student at Georgia Gwinnett College. Melisa was such a joy - very funny - and she even offered to carry lighting equipment! She was a confident model who gave us a ton of looks! To book Melisa, you can find her on Instagram.

Some of our favorite photos of the day were the last ones. A bright yellow train provided a vibrant and dramatic backdrop. We truly captured that old-timey vibe with the addition of our own vintage suitcase. This blue suitcase once belonged to woman who used it to immigrate from Cuba in the 60s. Quite a lot of history in a seemingly innocuous blue box!

Our photo sessions at the Southeastern Railway Museum will run from February through April. Contact us today to book your spot.