New Life for Old Photos

I was cleaning out my closet and found boxes and boxes of photos and negatives! Do you still have a ton of them packed away somewhere? After an hour or so of reliving memories from different parts of my life, I realized, I really need to do something with these. I’m not talking about putting […]

NOTES FROM THE PHOTO JOURNAL: School Photo Make-Up Day

At the end of the school year I got to (yes- I GOT to, because it’s my favorite thing to do) photograph students at a local special education program. My son Harry’s school, actually. I photographed most of the students at The Education Cooperative last Fall, but some new students have joined this collaborative program […]

PHOTOGRAPHER’S FOCUS: SPECIAL NEEDS

I wish I had a nice photo of my child. This was the topic of conversation in a support group for parents of adult children with autism. The mom leading the group just happens to follow me on Facebook, and she really likes my work. She was more than happy to make a referral to the […]

PHOTOGRAPHER’S FOCUS: SPECIAL NEEDS

I wish I had a nice photo of my child. This was the topic of conversation in a support group for parents of adult children with autism. The mom leading the group just happens to follow me on Facebook, and she really likes my work. She was more than happy to make a referral to […]

NOTES FROM THE PHOTO JOURNAL: School Photo Make-Up Day

At the end of the school year I got to (yes- I GOT to, because it’s my favorite thing to do) photograph students at a local special education program. My son Harry’s school, actually. I photographed most of the students at The Education Cooperative last Fall, but some new students have joined this collaborative program […]

Day Camp for Kids of All Ages with Disabilities

Last Friday I spent the day at Camp Arrowhead with Harrison today, because we did not have a PCA available to go with him for feeding and toileting assistance.  I sat in an air conditioned supply room, eating a pb&j sandwich (because that’s the best brown bag lunch for camp!) and getting work done, so […]

Mitzvah Planning for the Special Needs Family: Part 2

It’s taken me a full week to recover. Physically exhausting, mentally exhausting, emotionally exhausting, and I wouldn’t change a thing.  It was a perfect mitzvah! My son, who is nonverbal, uses a wheelchair, communicates through devices with labor-intensive responses due to poor fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination, and has seizures that interrupt his moments […]

Mitzvah Planning for the Special Needs Family

I finally had my meltdown. Bar Mitzvah is a month away, and I am totally on track with the planning. Invitations went out, responses are slowly trickling in. I might have gotten the last tent in Massachusetts for this particular date. Excellent food choices. DJ, photographer, videographer are all set to go, and they all […]

Special Needs Portraits are a Gift

It’s been a rough start to 2022, for sure. COVID. Natural disasters and crazy cold weather all over the country. Losing Betty White and Sidney Poitier. Enough already! On top of that, we have a stomach bug in the house. Ugh. It’s bad enough for a typical kid; imagine what it’s like for a boy […]

Wrapping Up a Big 2021 for Sunschein Photography

And what a year it was! My dad has always advised me to work for myself, go into business, be my own boss. In fact, I recently edited Dad’s memoir (he’s 91!) and one comment in particular, talking about his own father, sounded very familiar: He also said to me, quite often, “Mike, when it […]