I’d have to say, this was one of my favorite portrait sessions yet. Capable Kids, a non-profit organization in the Rio Grande Valley, is dedicated to planning events and activities for special needs kids and their families. They organized their first Prom for special needs teens and young adults and I volunteered to be the portrait photographer for this event.
It is not surprising that the Prom was a huge success! All the planning and hard work by my daughter (President of Capable Kids) and the team of organizers and sponsors made this a very special evening for these young people. You could see it in their faces as I photographed them — they felt beautiful. I took the approach to provide very basic direction and let each of them decide how they wanted to pose. I wanted the final portrait to be an extension of their personalities. Here’s a small sample of the portraits from this memorable evening, which still makes me a little teary-eyed.
MawApril 25, 2016 at 1:40 pm
Loved it! Good for you & Melanie. Makes me very proud (sniff…….) I’m sure your dear uncle Johnny was on your mind when you were doing these wonderful portraits.
EvaApril 25, 2016 at 4:45 pm
Priceless! None seemed too shy, and some were very cheeky with their poses :). Kudos to Melanie and her group for organizing this celebration. And to you for giving them this lasting memory.
niCkApril 26, 2016 at 2:29 am
Stunning! Wonderful effort Melanie & so movingly captured Carol.
Pablo MillerApril 26, 2016 at 7:32 am
Wonderful. You two have created a such a beautiful experience and memory for them, and a priceless injection of love and self-worth. Thank you.
Edna PenaApril 27, 2016 at 12:41 am
Thank you CarolW, for the gift of sharing your super lovable, wonderfully generous, amazingly talented daughter, Melanie!! The children of the Rio Grande Valley, in Deep South Texas, are so fortunate to have her in their lives. Till we have the pleasure of your company again, be blessed!