Noted Child Psychologist David Krauss is famous for saying “I look for and develop strengths, resiliencies and resources” when working with young children to develop confidence. What kinds of things in your home can you use to show that your child is loved, cared for and included in your family? When your child sees your family portraits, it sends the message that they’re all of these things and more.
It’s important part of growing up to displaying these photos someplace in your home. Even when they don’t actually stop to look at the family portrait, they see it. They know that they are part of that family and it gives them a sense of belonging.
Professional licensed psychologist’s often point out that when a child is included in the photograph, they’re given a safe holding space that hits home deep down, building that child’s self-worth and building that child’s sense of inclusion. These are very important developmental aspects of every child’s positive growth.
I’ve worked with Special Needs kids (and their parents) in my professional career as a family portrait photographer. This, of course, demands talents beyond just being able to create a beautiful family portrait. Mom and I chat about what she wants and what her child needs. Modifying the way I treat these children isn’t much of a challenge when I know what upsets them and what motivates them. They’re kids and we almost always end up having fun (no bribes!) and crating images that they can take with them on their journey to becoming confident responsible adults.
I’m quite proud of my accomplishments with helping so many young folks gain their self-respect and sense of worth. One of my favorite memories of a session like this was when mom confided in me that ‘Nicky has NEVER smiled in a photo shoot like he’s smiling today! Thank you for treating him so nicely’. I’ll never forget that. AND we made some very beautiful portraits!!