taking pictures of autistic child | chagrin falls, ohio family photographer

Looking back at this family photo session in Chagrin Falls, Ohio puts a big smile on my face. The moment I walked in this families house, I felt so much warmth and love which instantly put me at ease and eager to get started.

Christine reached out to me in the fall to schedule a family session. She was a bit worried about moving forward mostly because her son has autism. She told me all she wants is "one good family picture". If some one reading is not too familiar with autism-it is characterized by social-interaction difficulties, communication challenges and a tendency to engage in repetitive behaviors and many instances difficulty making eye contact. I approached this family as I would every other family. We simply had a good time and captured real, authentic and full of love images. I can say we have way more than "one good family picture"! 

Although I am no expert. but I'd like to share what worked for me when I took pictures of a boy who has autism and hope to ease some worry and apprehension to other photographers.

  • Don't make it a big deal! Use your camera a lot, show him/her pictures if they want, let them touch the camera, be friendly but not pushy and go with the flow! 
  • Sing! If the child responds well to music, everyone sing. It takes the tension away and makes the session more fun!
  • Photograph them doing something they love! John loved playing with the leaves, the mulch and being on the playground set. I was able to capture some great photos of him doing what he loves!
  • Explain what you're doing. Even though they are not looking at you, they are listening! Ease their fears by telling them what's happening.
  • Be patient. Every child is beautiful and has an amazing story to tell.
  • Consider the environment. The mom thought staying in their yard was the best idea and she was right. It's familiar and everyone felt more comfortable.

I was truly honored to photograph this wonderful family and I hope to capture more beautiful memories for them in the future. Thank you again for entrusting me as your family photographer. 

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Agnes Szlapka Studios is based in Cleveland Height, Ohio. Agnes Szlapka is a fine art and lifestyle photographer capturing artistic and emotionally moving photographs. Specializing in family photography, maternity photography, kids photography and lifestyle newborn photography

family of four-winter pictures on a snowy day | cleveland, ohio lifestyle portrait photographer

In Cleveland you can bet that snow can fall as early as mid-Ocotber but not this year! This was the first snow of the year in mid-November. Family pictures look great against the snowy backdrop. The beautiful simple white color makes everyone stand out and look ahhhmazing! I love it plus its a natural reflector which photographers love! The only catch is you have to be brave enough to stand a little chill. So far, we've been having a unusually warm winter so no worries there! 

This adorable family was such a pleasure to meet. Kelly found me on Facebook via a friend. I love to hear peoples stories of how they came across my work. I couldn't get enough of the cute big brother and little sister, they were so sweet to each other and full of happy giggles. I personally love the first image the most. It's the most authentic and true to this family-so joyful and full of love. I think we captured some beautiful photos which I'm sure will be treasured for a lifetime. It was so nice to meet you guys and hope to do this again! 

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Agnes Szlapka Studios is based in Cleveland Height, Ohio. Agnes Szlapka is a fine art and lifestyle photographer capturing artistic and emotionally moving photographs. Specializing in family photography, maternity photography, kids photography and lifestyle newborn photography

family of three-beachwood | cleveland ohio kids lifestyle photographer

A continuation from the previous family photography session post but a slightly different setting. This photo session took place in a small local park in Beachwood, Ohio. The fall colors were already in full swing giving us gorgeous warm and vibrant tones. I really love the morning light in these fall photos. Since this shoot took place around eight in the morning, we were fortunate enough to catch the sunrise and it was spectacular! Although I do most of my sessions before sunset, I am very eager to do more early morning sessions as well because they are just as beautiful! 

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Agnes Szlapka Studios is based in Cleveland Height, Ohio. Agnes Szlapka is a fine art and lifestyle photographer capturing artistic and emotionally moving photographs. Specializing in family photography, maternity photography, kids photography and lifestyle newborn photography

mommy and me portraits | cleveland, ohio lifestyle motherhood photographer

Motherhood photography is becoming a growing request amongst mothers. Mommy and me portraits are precious in so many ways! I hope to offer this new portrait session to many Cleveland, Ohio area moms! 

Motherhood. Nothing prepares you enough for this awesome yet extremely demanding job. I will always remember when I looked into my kids eyes for the first time, their first cry. Adoring their little tiny hands while they are nursing. Those late nights seem like eternity but knowing from my firstborn, they quickly pass. The early mornings, I was never an early bird till now! Their full of pure happiness giggles. The cries. The way they look at you with complete trust. Oh and when they finally fall asleep at the end of the day, the way they look so peaceful and angelic. And there are so, so many moments in between. Let me capture memories for you to have forever. 

Contact me to schedule your motherhood portrait session and preserve some of these unforgettable moments! 

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Agnes Szlapka Studios is based in Cleveland Height, Ohio. Agnes Szlapka is a fine art and lifestyle photographer capturing artistic and emotionally moving photographs. Specializing in family photography, maternity photography, kids photography and lifestyle newborn photography

family of five-big sister + twin siblings | cleveland, ohio child photographer

It was my second time capturing beautiful family photography for this lovely bunch! We met at the Cleveland Museum of Art on a gorgeous sunny fall day. Can you spot the twins in the family? These kids were so much fun to photograph and since they were already familiar with me, it made them so much more comfortable! They were practically running this photo session-full of awesome ideas and photo opportunities! We were able to get some amazing family photos along with beautiful portraits of the kids! Last year when I met this family, our family session took place in a local park and my oh my have they grown! I am so honored to be their family photographer once again and hope to see these smiley faces again next year! Thanks guys! 

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Agnes Szlapka Studios is based in Cleveland Height, Ohio. Agnes Szlapka is a fine art and lifestyle photographer capturing artistic and emotionally moving photographs. Specializing in family photography, maternity photography, kids photography and lifestyle newborn photography