"Let the beauty of what you love be what you do" - Rumi
My two worlds colliding.
In June, I had the awesome opportunity of photographing a surfing event for individuals with special needs. I couldn't help but think that finally my two passions in life were coming together. (For those that don't know, I am a behavior analyst/special educator, having worked in private and public schools for individuals with special needs, namely autism). I loved every bit of this day and the beautiful and inspiring faces and hearts in front of my camera.
The Heart of Surfing is an organization that offers individuals surfing lessons at the beach in Ocean City, NJ. Throughout the year, the organization offers other indoor and outdoor recreational activities. By the happy smiles on everyones' faces, it is easy to see that this weekly event brings so much joy to all involved. The East Coast Dog Surfing Association joined Heart of Surfing to add bring some surfing dogs into the mix!
I covered this event for Spectrum Inspired, "a global community that connects, supports and uplifts individuals and families touched by Autism Spectrum Disorders". Spectrum Inspired "uses Lifestyle Photography to document a diverse group of children on the spectrum and their families across the globe in effort to normalize and destigmatize ASD. It is our mission to give families a platform to voice their struggles, celebrate their victories and share their story; all the while, removing the stigma and stereotypes of what is thought to be representative of Autism and show the world just how broad and beautiful the spectrum is." Spectrum Inspired's mission is close to my heart and I am honored to be involved with their cause.
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The following are just a few (maybe more than a few) images from the day...