Photo by Adam Finkle

At first, Lyndsey Fagerlund didn’t know her son Max had autism but says he was always quiet and withdrawn, and then one day she pointed her lens toward him and something magic happened.

“I took pictures of him and got him to look at the camera,” she says.

Now, like most professional photographers, Fagerlund has shot everything from weddings to fashion and specializes in kids—but unlike other shutterbugs, she prides herself on working with kids who have autism. “My goal now is photographing more kids with autism to get pictures families will really love,” she says.

Fagerlund admits difficulties in social interaction can make it harder to photograph kids with autism, but she’s up to the challenge. “It’s definitely a different skill set,” she says. “You have to be really understanding and relaxed.”

She aims for authenticity in her photography, preferring to shoot subjects 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.”

Along with snapping photos, Fagerlund teaches at the Winner School as a reading specialist. She blogs her photographs at lyndseyfagerlund.com. And, of course, she still shoots photos of Max.

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