Picture the scene; a beautiful hazy autumn day on Hindhead common, the wild ponies are grazing, the birds are singing and I am about to meet the extended Manning family for a photoshoot.
We decided to meet in the morning to hopefully avoid too many people as it's such a beautiful spot. So I was quite surprised to arrive and find the car park overflowing; turns out we were about to do a shoot in the middle of a very large organised run! Thankfully they were going in the opposite direction so off we went with the knowledge that we had a little time on our hands.
I have done a few larger family groups in the past, but I knew in advance that this one may be a little different; six adults, four kids & two dogs is definitely different, add into the mix that two of the children are autistic, and on the day we had one little girl who was feeling under the weather. I wondered how this shoot was going to pan out; Turns out, it was a hoot!
As I hadn't worked with autistic children before, I did a bit of research and the two things that stuck with me were 'patience' and, well 'patience'. I understood that sometimes it may take a little longer to process requests so I took that on board but I needn’t have worried, they were superstars! The highlight of my day was definitely when the little girl gave me a high five and repeated the words back to me; considering she doesn't communicate with words often, I took that as a huge positive!
We managed to get a couple of really lovely natural group shots which was the one thing I think we all wanted from the shoot; and we even got a smile from our poorly little girl. After that, it was high energy the whole way, I may or may not have had a nap afterwards.
I hope I have made this look easy ;)
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