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Photographing Children with Special Needs Class – SA

April 29 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm PDT
3309b S. Bristol Street
Santa Ana, CA 92704 United States

In 2000 Karen Dórame founded the nonprofit organization, Special Kids Photography in response to pleas from parents of children with special needs who had never been able to acquire an acceptable professional photograph of their child.  For the past 19 years, Dorame has been working to provide unique specialized education to photographers in order to make their photo sessions with special kids a lot easier.  As a result, the parents are more grateful than words can express.

During this four-hour workshop, Karen will provide attendees with unique photographic approach and communication skills to aid in photo sessions with children who have special needs. Volunteer models (children who have special needs) are invited to participate.  All ticket sale proceeds go directly to Special Kids PhotographyTM

Workshop Curriculum:

  • Specific and unique photographic approaches to major disabilities such as Down syndrome, autism, cerebral palsy, ADHD, blindness, hearing impairment, and others
  • Importance of a pre-session interview
  • How to deal with tubes, trachs and other medical devices
  • What to do about wheelchairs
  • Lighting considerations
  • Hand-hold the camera or use a tripod?
  • Use of attention-getters and props
  • What to expect (and what not to expect)
  • Getting eye contact (or not)
  • Learn the lingo used by the disabled community
  • Plan the session for indoors or outdoors?
  • Drapes and backgrounds
  • Questions and answers

Registration Information:

The workshop fee is $49 per person.  In order to register, please email your name to myskpa@gmail.com.

Workshop Facilitator Bio: 

Karen Dórame is the executive director of Special Kids Photography of America and author of Photographing Children with Special Needs. She has been a platform speaker at Imaging USA and at PPA regional conventions in Atlanta and New Orleans and well as facilitator at numerous workshops located throughout America, London and Brazil. Karen has authored: Photographing Children with Special Needs, published by Amherst Media, Mastering Infrared Photography, 101 Mistakes Photographers Should Never Make and The Photographer’s Guide to Making Money.  Karen’s previous experience: Public Information Officer for Orange County Health Care Agency, Bachelor of Science degree in Communications, BYU.

Date: April 29
Time: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Address: 3309b S. Bristol Street
Santa Ana, CA 92704 United States
Organizer Name: Samys Photo School Santa Ana