Hi, I'm Aimee Goldhardt, thanks for stopping in.

I have been taking pictures of my family and friends for as long as I can remember. I have always known this was more than a hobby for me, however, it wasn't until recently that I decided to begin taking photographs professionally in the Central and Northeastern Ohio areas.

I have a passion for taking senior pictures, family photos and portraits of children and young adults with disabilities.

Every picture tells a story.... let me help you tell yours.

Local photographer obtains accreditation with Special Kids Photography of America

Ask any photographer about taking pictures of children. It can be an extremely challenging task. Now, think of compounding this frustration by adding autism or cerebral palsy to the formula. This is an assignment that many photographers would rather not undertake. Realizing this, parents of children with special needs often do not even attempt to have professional portraits made of their disabled offspring. Other parents express their frustration, because they are forever hoping for—but not getting—a picture that will bring out the true “spirit” of their very special son or daughter.

Aimee Goldhardt has recently completed training offered by Special Kids Photography of America (SKPA), a nationwide nonprofit organization that ultimately benefits families of children with special needs. This unique instruction helps make the photographer’s interaction with the child easier and the parents a lot happier with the results.

Unique techniques are used to achieve excellent results. Take lighting, for instance. Natural lighting is recommended for children with certain disorders, because a photoflash may trigger a seizure or frighten a child. When photographers realize this, they can avoid unfortunate incidents.

In other cases, some children may be sensitive to touch or react adversely to subtle sounds. Training teaches a photographer what to expect during a photographic session, but more importantly, what not to expect. “One of the main keys to success,” says Karen Dórame, SKPA’s executive director, “is effective communication between the photographer, the parent and to whatever extent possible, the child. The all-important pre-session interview with the photographer and parent helps everyone get a clearer idea of what to expect and the type of approach needed to work with the child.”

Aimee Goldhardt has completed the SKPA Accreditation Clinic and is now combining this new skill base with previous photographic experience to provide solid skills and compassionate service to families with disabled or seriously ill children. Contact Aimee at aimeegoldhardtphotos@gmail.com.

Information about SKPA and the related publication, Photographing Children with Special Needs, may be obtained by visiting www.specialkidsphotography.com.



“Happy to help our new friend get her Special Kids Photography accreditation this weekend. Since most kids with special needs cannot pose or sit in a studio, Aimee bings her talents to the kids and photographs them in their favorite environment, free from pressure, stress and sensory overloads. (Less stress for the parents too). Aimee caters to the kids, asking about their interests and fears to make sure the session is enjoyable. Would highly recommend if you have a special kiddo.”