Photo courtesy of Justin Hackworth.

Lyndsey Fagerlund has always had an eye for photography, but it wasn't until a day out with family in Seattle, kids included, she started to think about making it her career. She spent much of the day taking snapshots of the kids and found out from family her work was really good. 

Now, as a local photographer, she shoots everything from weddings to fashion, and she specializes in shooting portraits of children with autism. 

"I was a teacher for five years or so and had a lot of kids in my class who have autism," she says. "I was drawn to them and wanted to do more to help them, but I had to manage the classroom." When her son Max was born, she didn't know he had autism at first, but did notice he was withdrawn and quiet. Fagerlund engaged with Max through photography. "I took pictures of him and got him to look at the camera," she says. "My goal now is photographing more kids with autism to get pictures families will really love."

She admits, it can be harder to photograph kids with autism, but she's up to the challenge. "It's definitely a different skill set," she says. "It can be hard, but you have to be really understanding and relaxed."

Fagerlund aims for authenticity in her photography. She prefers to get photos of her clients in natural settings instead of a studio. "Photography has been so easy to pick up lately, and a lot of people are just learning how to pose families and becoming photographers," she says. "I feel that my personality sets me apart. I really love getting to know people and finding out who they are and getting their personalities on camera."

For more info, visit familyphotographyutah.net. Fagerlund is offering 10 percent off any service to Salt Lake magazine readers.