Roxborough Portrait Session: Nick & Mary

A couple months ago I got a call from Mary asking if I would be interested in photographing her and her grandson, Nick.  Nick is a 21 year old autistic gentleman and about to graduate from his school, and Mary is not only his grandmother but also his primary caretaker.  Upon my arrival Nick was at first apprehensive, especially of my camera and lenses, but he quickly warmed up.  He showed me his room, his favorite books, video games, and even the medal he earned in the Special Olympics.  I photographed them for just an hour before Nick was “done”.  It’s hard work, ya know! (Something I don’t tell my clients!)

They live just a few blocks from me and I’m happy to have met them.  Here’s how our time together unfolded…




  • Kristen Driscoll Alfonso - June 6, 2014 - 12:21 AM

    <3 so sweet. ReplyCancel

  • Tammy Strausser Pugliese - June 6, 2014 - 1:47 AM

    Very touching. Great job Danette. ReplyCancel

  • Tanner Benson - June 6, 2014 - 1:53 AM

    Wow. These are amazing. ReplyCancel

  • Lona Kozik - June 6, 2014 - 6:34 AM

    I love these, Danette! I especially like the photo of Nick and the lawn mower.

  • Marie Graczyk Shuman - June 6, 2014 - 10:46 AM

    Wonderful Danette. You captured the love between them. You are amazing. ReplyCancel

  • Aneta Jovanovska - June 6, 2014 - 11:05 AM

    Beautiful photos! ReplyCancel

  • Jan Daily - June 19, 2014 - 4:03 PM

    Great job! They are two of my favorite people!!ReplyCancel

  • Joan Adibi - June 20, 2014 - 1:52 AM

    What a documentation of a sweet and powerful love between Nana and grandson. They are two of my most favorite people. I admire what hurdles Mary and Nick have had had to surmount. You have captured it!ReplyCancel

  • Nancy Patterson - June 21, 2014 - 8:28 AM

    Beautiful! It’s so Mary and Nick….brought me to tearsReplyCancel

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