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Hi ...

A little about me: I am completely in love with my sweet husband (Jeff), our beautiful daughter (London), our dogs (Jack and Morgan), and our life.  My other loves (in no particular order): family, spending time with great friends, warm socks, hot baths, traveling, camping, campfires, the great outdoors, autumn, being out on the lake, fishing (when we're catching something), 80s music, my girl's sweet and contagious smile, wine, my own caesar salads, laughing and then laughing some more. I am genuine. I am sentimental, often to the point of total sappiness. I am passionate about photography and have been for over 30 years (wow, maybe that dates me a little). 

It is my hope to not only share with you some of the work that I'm doing and show off my awesome clients, but also to let you into my life just a little.  It's hard for me to find time to work on personal things when there is real work to be done, but I'm going to try ... really, I am.

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I had a session the end of last year with a pretty remarkable little boy and his equally remarkable parents. Ben was 5. Ben’s mom says he was diagnosed with severe autism and probable mental retardation at the age of two. He was non-verbal, highly aggressive, socially withdrawn, had no eye contact, and was consumed with abnormal self-stimulatory behavior. Let me tell you I saw none of this behavior in little Ben. He was such a joy to photograph.

See, when Ben’s parents realized that none of the treatment he was receiving was helping, they decided to take matters into their own hands. After much research, they designed their own home behavioral program. Juli, Ben’s mom, has just written and released (out this month) a book entitled The Eye of the Hurricane: One Family’s Victory over Autism. Juli writes, “Today, Benjamin’s future is very bright. He is an academically and socially precocious kindergartener who is loving, curious and inquisitive.” And is he ever smart! He says he wants to be a doctor when he grows up. [EDIT: I just spoke with Juli by email and she said, “BTW, Ben now tells EVERYONE he is going to be a photographer instead of a doctor. He’s been saying that for 9 months or so and I think he means it. A photographer was here from the Tennessean last week photographing Ben and he told him that too. When the guy asked Ben why, he said, ‘Because I want to take all kinds of pictures of kids I’ve never seen before!'”] How’s that for cool?

So, I was very excited to hear that they wanted to use one of the photos from our session for the cover of the book. Here is the book cover and a couple of my other favorites from the session:

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Does this look like an aggressive, socially withdrawn child to you? How about that eye contact?

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Ben and his parents, Juli and Gordon.

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Juli Liske, the author.

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If you’d like more information about their book and their story, their “victory over autism,” please visit http://spiritbuilding.com/Liske/liske.html.

- Kristin Bednarz - This is such an amazing story! I'm intrigued and had no idea your subject has autism till I went and soaked up your text. Wonderful way of getting in there and getting that intimacy, Jenn. Wonderful! Oh, and your logo is way cool too. (smiles) ++

- Lauri - Oh, that story just sent chills up my spine...how wonderful that they found what works for him and he can be who he's meant to be! Your photos of him are so wonderful too.++

- Matt - I have to say - why WOULDN'T they want to use one of these photos. They are gorgeous ++ you did a great job! I'm with Kristin - I would have had no idea that he had autism either. Great work!!

- Amy - Jen, You should be so proud of yourself! The session you had with Ben must have left an impression on him & you can tell he liked you and had a good time:) May your cup run over.

- Scarlett - Awww. Congrats on your publishing, but isn't it great to use your gifts to bless others? I recently did a video for two autistic little girls who had lost their father, and it was such an honor to be able to create this for the family. When you get a moment, you should check it out on my blog: http://captivatingstudios.blogspot.com/2006/09/beauty-of-life-and-family.html ++

- Davina - What a wonderful project to have the opportunity to be a part of! The images you've captured are just wonderful! I love it when I get to be part of something bigger than my small circle. I love that you are reaching out in such a wonderful way!

- Leann - Oh wow, I'm absolutely in tears -- you've had such an impact on this little guy's life! I think I'll check out the book next time I'm in a book store, it sounds like something that would be really a useful read.

- Sandra Lemin - That is a incredible story and Images! It really touched me. ++ Sandra

- Bumatay - That's an amazing story! Those are cool pictures for Ben too. Thanks for sharing - I feel good to be a photographer!

- Rudy - Wow! I absolutely love your portraiture!+

- Eileen Chiverton - Beautiful Ben, with recovery beaming from every look, with his special parents - what a joy to see, what an inspiration to all those families struggling with autism every day. The pictures capture a child in the height of happiness and health, they capture the love he has within him given to him by his sweet Mom and Dad. Well done to you all and God Bless.

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