And why do you need one?

Did you see my recent announcement? The one that says I am scaling down my photography to a very particular niche?

Photographing individuals with special needs and disabilities, and all that comes with it, is what I do best.

I’ve been doing a lot of networking for my business and meeting lots of people lately. Often, the greeting goes like this:

“Nice to meet you, Marcie. What do you do?”

“I’m a special needs portrait photographer.”

“Oh. I didn’t know that was a thing.”

Quite frankly, neither did I, until I realized it is exactly what I’ve been doing!

Several years ago, I photographed a family whose daughter had Rett Syndrome. She used a wheelchair and needed support to sit up. She was nonverbal. She was slow to respond to directions and requests for eye contact or a smile. She was such a sweetheart. We made it work. We got beautiful photos! 

“This,” my friend said, “is what you should be doing. You should be photographing people with special needs.”

A light bulb immediately went off- yes! Doing this type of work feels natural to me! But why?

I thought about all I have to offer. Why do I specifically photograph people with disabilities? Why do I feel so strongly about it? Why do I want to share it.

Photographing people with special needs brings together so many of the skills I’ve developed over the years, and it can make a substantial impact on them and their families.


Who am I to be your photographer?

What do I do that is unique?

Where do we hold our photo session?

When do we schedule our photo shoot?

Why is Special Needs Portraiture my niche?

What do I get out of it?

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