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What Happened When I Let My 4 Year Old With Autism Use My Camera

Last year around this time I put together a post of the pictures Mareto had been taking with my fancy DSLR camera. Every time I dump the photos from my camera to my computer I enjoy going through to find his little treasures. Sometimes I remember him taking specific pictures, but usually they’re all a surprise. It’s a sweet glimpse into life from his perspective… I love seeing what he thinks is important, interesting, valuable, and worthy of a picture.

I’m so thankful I decided early on in my children’s lives to say yes whenever possible. Saying yes has given them the space to explore their world and exercise their creativity. Here are some of the latest photos from my sweet four year old…


Mommy getting his sister ready for school.



VMI cadets marching in an afternoon parade.


Visiting Daddy at the office.



Sunbeam on the rug.


Sister riding next to him in the car.



Examining the threads of the carpet.


Stunning shot of his sister in the morning light.



He caught mommy cleaning up crafts.


His favorite smile.



He loves watching ceiling fans go around and around.


What every true artist needs… a self portrait (with Mr. Rogers in the background.)

***all of the above photos were taken by Mareto with no assistance. ***


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