Thrive Magazine is a resource for parents of children with special needs. I shot Dawn Grosvenor and her daughter Ashley for the cover a few weeks ago. It was an interesting challenge because while Dawn was excited about the opportunity to tell Ashley's story and talk about her non-profit HOPELights, she had some reservations about the shoot. As we worked our way through some different lighting and location setups, she was visibly loosening up and, by the end of it, her fears seemed to have faded away completely. Ashley (who's has been diagnosed PDD-NOS on the autism spectrum) was fun and playful throughout, taking direction like a pro. When the issue came out, Dawn even sent me a nice e mail saying she thought the images looked beautiful and that she feels proud of the end result. My many thanks to Dawn and her lovely daughter, Ashley. This was one of the most rewarding shoots I've yet been assigned.