Today is the day!
Happy Fathers Day to all the dads I photographed for this Fathers Day exhibit. I’m packing everything up now to go down to the Congregational Church of South Glastonbury and set up to share with all the members of my church then the community. Please join me from 2:00 till 4:00 to view and read the stories about these families.
You will truly be inspired and maybe shed a tear or too..
Finn is another classmate of my grand daughter Gianna. He is a sweet and beautiful boy and I see him often when I drop Gianna off at school. I love the idea she has these little friends to be with at school. Finn has such loving parents and I knew I wanted to capture Scott and Finn in action. We met at the river and they brought a bucket of rocks so he had plenty to throw in the river.
“Finn is such a positive influence on our entire family. We have truly learned so much from him. We have learned to look at things in a different perspective and to slow down and enjoy every little victory. We cherish the ability to share his joy in one of his favorite activities such as running through the waves at the beach, jumping on a trampoline, or being tickled in one of his pillow nests.
Being a father of a special needs child is blessing. Finn enables me to be my very best. In life we cannot chose the challenges we face but we can choose to face those challenges with hope and optimism.
Finn has been a blessing to us and I am proud and honored to be his father.” Scott Magner
I’ve known Brian Ambrose for many years because we are both professional photographers. I only met his son Tyler last year and I knew I wanted to photograph the two together for this exhibit. Brian is a single dad raising an adult son who has many challenges but watching him interact with Tyler with such love and compassion and a little rough housing, is truly inspiring. Thank you Brian for agreeing to be on the other side of the camera and to be a part of the Fathers Who Inspire exhibit, today from 2:00 till 4:00.
You are an awesome dad and I know Tyler loves you.
“When Tyler was born, he was a very happy and healthy boy. At about six months old, Tyler had his first seizure. He was hospitalized and diagnosed with seizure disorder. This disorder caused brain damage at a very early age. For the first few years of his life, Tyler would undergo steroid shots twice a day, physical and occupational therapy. It wasn’t until about five years old that Tyler was diagnosed with Autism. Despite his condition, Tyler lives a very full life.
Tyler is 27 years old and is so full of life and energy. He keeps me on my toes and has taught me so much. I am proud to be his dad and lucky to be his best buddy.” Brian Ambrose
After the session, I even got to massage Tyler with his special blue rubber gloves. Actually, I had no choice since Tyler put the gloves on my hands and messed up my hair:) Oh well, all in a days work!
Hunter, is a classmate of my grand daughter Gianna and one day many months ago, I found out Hunter was listening to his parents talk about his friends at school and he wrote Gianna’s name down. Hunter is non verbal but can communicate in many other ways. I was in awe at his ability to do that. I guess Gianna made a strong impression on him:) Watching Terry and Hunters Mom, Andrea interact with him, the love they shower him, I felt an instant friendship. Terry, thank you for being a part of this exhibit and I look forward to photographing Andrea with Hunter for a Mothers Who Inspire exhibit in the future.
I’m so excited to share all the beautiful portraits I created of these amazing Fathers and their beautiful children. I unwrapped all the prints last night and it like Christmas morning, as I looked all of them over. To view it all together, brings tears to my eyes because of all the hard work and long hours that it took to complete it. I’m so proud and honored to know all these fine people and I hope you can join me on Sunday, June 19th from 2:00 till 4:00 (Open to the Public) for The Fathers Who Inspire exhibit.
“He started to walk after a year but we noticed that he wasn’t talking and his spine did not seem straight. The doctor confirmed that he had scoliosis and after meeting with other professionals we received the diagnosis that Hunter fell into the Autism spectrum. This was a shocker to us but Andrea started reading everything about Autism and I felt it was my duty to make sure Hunter had as normal a childhood as possible. Hunter soon taught me that his childhood would not be like others because this kid is far from normal! Although he is non-verbal, he developed an extensive written vocabulary by the age of two and could easily communicate his needs to us. Always happy, he grew out of his scoliosis without the need of a brace or surgery. He went into pre-school and quickly showed the only difference between himself and all the other children was his way of communication. He has lots of friends and continuously amazes me.
I can’t believe I get the privilege to be his dad. Boy I hope I don’t screw this up because the skies the limit for this young citizen of the world.
I love my little man!” Terry Holmes
thank you for all your support!
I have a love/hate relationship with Facebook but that’s how I reconnected with Guy, whom was a close friend with my brother, Scott, back in high school. I kept seeing happy and fun photos of him and his children online, his 2 beautiful daughters and his sweet son Nico. Because of these photos I knew I wanted to ask Guy if he would be interested in being in the Fathers Who Inspire exhibit. Please join me on Sunday, from 2:00 till 4:00 at the Congregational Church in South Glastonbury to honor Guy and all the other amazing Fathers.
“As Nico’s condition worsened, Diane and I decided to get him tested one more time. At the age of 15, Nico, our entire family and myself discovered he had an extremely rare condition called
MECP2 Gene Duplicate Disorder.
We take a lot of things for granted and it’s hard to picture how difficult our lives would be if we didn’t have the things we have. Nico is a daily reminder of how lucky we are to have the abilities that we have. I thank God everyday day for keeping him alive a day more on this planet. Nico has taught me how to live a life full of sacrifices, love and to stay strong at all times. I am blessed to have him as a son for he has shown me the true meaning of life and how precious it is.
Nico makes this world a better place and I am, who I am today because of him.” Guy Piccolo
We will be collecting donations at the event for our new non profit
Rob Bedini is definitely a Father Who Inspires and Sarah Bedini is one amazing Mother who definitely inspires all of us . Many of my friends have been following the progress of our girl Taylor since last year when she went thorough 5 different surgeries to help her calm her seizures. We continue to pray for Taylor and both of her parents to continue to fight this fight so she can regain her life back. Please join me to honor Rob and the other Dads who strive to be the best that they can be for their children and themselves.
“With Tuberous Sclerosis Complex, things can change at the drop of a dime, for better or for worse. We’ve had our share of times where things haven’t gone as planned but we never give up hope. Taylor’s laugh, smile, and love keep us moving forward and remind us that everything is going to be ok. It’s sometimes hard for me to grasp how someone so young, that has been through so much, can be so happy and full of joy. Taylor’s strength, resilience, determination, and incredible spirt inspire me every hour of every day.”
Thank you Tom, for agreeing to be a part of this years Fathers Who Inspire exhibit. Please join me to honor Tom and the other Dads on June 19th from 2:00 till 4:00 and the best part is, you get to meet most of the children/young adults too! I had the honor to photograph Matthew and his mom, Melissa for the Mothers Who Inspire exhibit last year. He is such a sweet little guy and to watch the two swing on their swing set was pure joy! When I was watching Matthew look at his crazy father with such excitement, it just warms the heart and makes you smile.
“Matt is one heck of a little man, with all of his challenges he continues to thrive as best as he can. On a daily basis he enjoys spending time with his teachers and his sisters Hannah, Sydney and our dog Shadow.
Menkes Disease has robbed him from being your typical little boy, he can’t walk, run, talk or do much of what a typical nine year old should be doing, which as his Dad, makes it a daily struggle between hope and despair.
Hard to write without getting emotional so I will stop here and wish all a Happy Father’s Day!” Tom Young
Donations will be collected at the event for our new non profit
The Fathers Who Inspire exhibit is almost here and I can’t wait to share all the beautiful portraits of all the dads with their children. I met Jake and Tyler a few years ago when I photographed them with their mom, Heather for The Mothers Who Inspire exhibit in 2014. They were sweet boys then and they are just as sweet today. Mike is a dad that does so much for his family and for others in the special needs community. He runs the Glastonbury SEPTA, it is a PTA within the Glastonbury, CT school district bringing together people who are interested in supporting and collaborating on special education issues and children with special needs. It’s a great group and I learn so much every time I attend a meeting.
I hope you can join me to celebrate Mike and the other fathers and meet all their beautiful children.
“Raising two children with special needs is not an easy journey and the road changes all of the time.
Having Jake and Tyler has taught me to accept what I can’t control, yet accept the unexpected. Although it is not easy, they have taught me to rise to the occasion, as they must do each day.
We may not have control over everything in our lives, but we can and will try to help others in the community along the way.” Mike DeFosses
The Fathers Who Inspire exhibit is less then a week away. Join me on Fathers Day, June 19th from 2:00 till 4:00 to honor 13 Dads who dedicate their lives to raising their children with special needs with love, honor and some humor thrown into the mix. Bella’s Dad, Wilson will make you laugh and cry at the same time because he says it like it is when it comes to living with a child on the Autism spectrum. I met Bella and her mom Rebecca over 2 years ago in 2014 when I photographed the first Mothers Who Inspire exhibit. It was a joy to see the positive changes in Bella during the portrait session this time.
Come and meet these inspiring fathers and their amazing children.
It will be a Fathers Day you won’t forget!
“Bella is our precious gift from God. She amazes us every day with her silly humor, terrible singing and personal growth. Bella doesn’t have any capacity to be mean or to have a bad thought about anything or anyone. She has taught us patience, tolerance, love and hope. I hope she marries someone with great healthcare insurance. She’s the best!!” Wilson Vega
Donations will be collected for
at the exhibit.
Thank you for your support!