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    Tiny Touch Photography is one of Baltimore and Washington DC's premier photography studios, specializing in maternity, newborns and children.

    Photographer Angela McLaughlin specializes in creating fine art portraiture while giving clients a custom boutique experience that they deserve. It's her mission to capture the amazing 'firsts' that happen day to day so that parents can always cherish and remember the moments that fade away so quickly.

    Angela and her husband Nathan live in Bowie, MD with their 4 kids...Connor-9, Haley-7, Tyler-5, and Caleb-2. They enjoy doing things as a family like biking, canoeing, camping, swimming, and traveling.

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30 Faces of Autism – Day 21 | Chesapeake Beach Photography | Autism Awareness

His shirt says it all…“I’ll move mountains someday”. I completely and whole-heartedly believe this is true. Children with autism may learn differently, but it’s up to the parents, caregivers and teachers to unlock the secret of how their brain works and really strive to understand them. Teach them in a way that makes sense to them. Reach them in a way that impacts them. Accept them for who they are. Realize that not everything they do is because they have autism…sometimes they are just being a 2-year-old boy.

Lucas Miller is 2 years old, and the youngest child participating in 30 Faces of Autism. He has two 12-year-old sisters named Yessica and Peace and a 4-year-old brother named Xavien. He was diagnosed with autism when he was 21 months old.

His favorite toys are cars and trains. He’s really good at putting puzzles together and matching things. His favorite food is pizza, but he doesn’t like vegetables very much. He’s not a fan of trying new foods. He’s not so good at putting his shoes on, and not a fan of art time. He has a slide in his house that he loves playing on.

He prefers to be outside able to roam free 100% of the time. He likes to go to the park and loves being around his extended family, play basketball and go to the petting zoo. His frustration leads to behaviors such as biting and head banging and which we are actively working to reduce/eliminate. He does well transitioning between activities without a set schedule at all times.

Lucas has very quickly adapted to having up to 40 hours of direct intervention per week. He recognizes people that he knows, greets them and shows affection. He is showing great cognitive progress and does more problem solving every day.

One of Lucas’ greatest struggles has been his ability to tell us what he needs and wants. He tries really hard to do the things he is asked and you can see that he wants to speak. PECs (Picture Exchange Communication) have helped tremendously, but the frustration from his inability to communicate effectively is still shown.

Lucas has come such a long way since his diagnosis a year ago. He engages in play with his brother and other children, loves to laugh, and is very light hearted and mischievous at times. As long as he keeps moving forward the sky is the limit.

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30 Faces of Autism – Day 20 | Southern Maryland Child Photography | Autism Awareness

When we found out Caleb had autism my biggest source of comfort, and encouragement was Erin, Shane’s mom…even if it was 12am. She was there to check in on me, give me advice, pray for us and just offer a shoulder to cry on or vent to. She introduced us to The Autism Project, which has changed our lives. Possibly most importantly, she told me over and over to take things one day at a time and to not let anyone tell us that Caleb wouldn’t be able to do something. It’s very easy to start down a path of focusing on what they can’t do, or won’t do and put limits on them. These amazing children don’t have limits. Focus on what they can do, and encourage them to try something new. Get to know when to fight for them, when to protect them, and when to push.

Shane is 15 years old and in the 9th grade. He has 3 older siblings Samantha, Seth, and Stephanie who adore him, and a large community of family and friends who have loved him, supported him and helped him succeed thus far. He was diagnosed with autism when he was 6 years old.

Shane was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma when he was 12 days old. He was admitted to Children’s Hospital in November of 2000 and spent 5 weeks sedated while undergoing chemotherapy and radiation. He was the first baby at Children’s Hospital to receive chemotherapy while in the NICU. After 7 weeks of therapy, Shane was released on Christmas Eve. He is a cancer survivor 15 years strong!

Shane did everything late. He didn’t sit up until he was almost 10 months old. He never crawled but instead laid himself down and rolled where he needed to go. He walked finally at 16 months. Shane has also always had a cognitive delay. He tests at about 1/2 of his age in most academic subjects. Thus was given a dual diagnosis of mental retardation and autism.

His parents have encouraged him to try new things, and have made sure to never put him a box with his abilities. They focus on what he can do rather than what he was never going to be able to do. None of Shane’s limitations have stopped him. He has won multiple medals in the Special Olympics, is learning to play the piano, participates in high school athletics, and loves anything involving the water, especially the water park.

Shane loves computers, video games and singing. PE is his favorite subject, and his favorite food is cheeseburgers. He loves going to the library and wants to work in his mom’s office when he grows up. He’s really good at memorizing words, sounds, music, and movies & TV shows. His favorite memory has been tubing on the lake.

Shane brings much joy to the people around him. His laugh is contagious, his smile is infectious and his overall attitude about life is inspirational. Shane wakes up every day and says, “it’s a blue day”. Which in his world means that it’s a brand new day. He doesn’t hold grudges, he doesn’t hate and greets everyone with a hearty handshake (or a bear hug if he knows you) and a “nice to meet you”. He has changed the lives of our family. Shane’s never give up attitude, friendliness and positive outlook on life in general inspires us to be better people.

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30 Faces of Autism – Day 19 | DC Child Photographer | Autism Awareness

Autism is a spectrum disorder, referred to as ‘ASD’. This means there are individuals that are ‘higher functioning’, ‘lower functioning’ and ‘somewhere in the middle’. There is not an epidemic, rather with more information there is a greater push to screen and recognize these children earlier in life so they can receive early intervention. The spectrum has also become wider. In 1980 when autism first appeared on the DSM (diagnostic manual) an individual had to meet 6 out of 6 criteria for diagnoses. As of 1994 an individual just had to meet 8 out of 16 criteria. There are 1 in 88 children with autism diagnosed currently. It’s speculated that there is also 1 in 88 adults living with autism, whether they are diagnosed it or not. Prior to 1980 there was no concrete screening for autism. Children with autism in these times were often misdiagnosed as having anxiety, OCD, depression, Bipolar, mental retardation, and other neurological disorders.

Brayden is 7 years old and in the 1st grade. He has a little brother, Grasyon who’s 6 years old and a cat named Bailey who is 12. Brayden was diagnosed with autism when he was 2 years, 4 months old.

Brayden likes to watch movies and music on YouTube. He knows his way around YouTube and can find the same shows over and over again in different languages. His favorite movies are anything Disney or Pixar.

His favorite memory is going to Florida to visit his family. His favorite foods are meat, fries, chips & ketchup. His least favorite foods are vegetables and pasta. He loves swimming, going to the beach and the park, and he’s taught himself how to pump his feet to swing.

Brayden is non-verbal and struggles at reading, writing and coloring. He loves to be hugged and kissed. His favorite restaurants are Chick Fil A and Chevy’s.

Autism is not contagious, there is no ‘look’, and children with autism will not outgrow it. Being a parent to a child with autism can be very stressful. Parents with children on the spectrum were not blessed with these children because they are strong…they are strong because they were blessed with these children.

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30 Faces of Autism – Day 18 | Annapolis Outdoor Photography | Autism Awareness

Autism affects every child differently but they all want the same thing — to be loved and included, to feel useful, and to be proud of what they can do on their own. Look past what they can’t do and see what they can do. They don’t want to feel like they aren’t good enough, or like they need fixing. Their successes may not look the same as the child next door, but that doesn’t make it any less of a success. They need support, unconditional love, and encouragement that they can reach their dreams. The possibilities of what these children can do are limitless.

Brianna is 15 years old and is in 9th grade. She has a big brother named Weston who is 18 years old. She was diagnosed with autism when she was 3.

Brianna loves music, her favorite is 80s rock and loves to dance to the songs on Just Dance. She is extremely cheerful and enjoys being a cheerleader for the football and basketball teams at her school. In her free time she likes playing her iPad, watching Netflix, going to the movies, and playing with Lego Friends. She can express her needs and have simple conversations, but she can’t explain how she feels about things or why she does or likes things. She can memorize facts easily, but struggles to apply what she knows.

Brianna had no functional speech when she was diagnosed at 3 years old. As a parent it was hard for her mom to watch other kids learn to speak effortlessly and think back to the hours they spent teaching Brianna simple things like yes and no. Her parents are constantly thrilled when they are able to have conversations with her. They are still working on language skills like sharing her opinion, explaining her thoughts, ect. Because they are abstract, they are hard for her.

She taught herself to read and was reading fluently by age 4. This has helped her learn many other things. She has a great disposition. She is almost always smiling and cheerful. Her favorite place to go is Niagara Falls in Canada, and her favorite memory is taking a trip to Sheffield Recording Studio.

Like all parents, Brianna’s parents want her to do well in school and be successful in life. For them, the definitions of success are different than most parents. She likely won’t learn to drive, go to college, or live independently…but she will be able to hold a job, spend time with friends, and participate in activities that she enjoys.

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Liz PopeApril 19, 2016 - 6:45 am

Beautiful story about a beautiful girl just one of the many out there.

30 Faces of Autism – Day 17 | Annapolis Family Photography | Autism Awareness

Approximately 40% of children with autism do not speak. Some go on to speak later in childhood, and many others remain non-verbal. Just because an individual can’t speak doesn’t mean they have nothing to say. Communication is a basic need for all individuals. Being able to connect with someone, express feelings, and make decisions. Children with autism have this same basic communication need as everyone else. This just means we have to work harder to find ways to communicate that work. Individuals who are non-verbal do communicate…clapping, crying, rocking, pointing, typing, ect. are all ways of communicating. How amazing would it be if everyone made a point to allow non-verbal individuals to express themselves in the way they know how, and have the person they are communicating with get down to their level and communicate back to them in a way they can understand.

Eduardo “Jr” is 7 years old and in the 2nd grade. He has a big sister named Emily who is 12 years old. Jr. was diagnosed with autism when he was 3.

Jr. loves to run around and play, wrestle with his dad, cuddle with his mom, make Lego sets, marble mazes and watch shows on his iPad. His favorite shows are Nickelodeon’s iCarly, Victorious and Sam & Cat.

When Jr. was younger he didn’t speak a word. He was doing everything else he was supposed to except talk. His speech right now is not where it should be developmentally, but he communicates much better. He still is unable to tell someone if he’s sick or hurting, and cannot have a conversation with someone else. Sometimes someone who doesn’t know Jr. will ask him a question and he won’t answer. They then look at his parents as to say “why is he being rude and not answering my question.” He looks like a normal boy, because he is…because autism doesn’t have a look. Each time it has to be explained that he has autism and cannot communicate.

He is very smart, smarter than people give him credit for sometimes. He knows what’s going on around him even if he can’t speak. He loves playing with Legos. He will watch Lego building videos on YouTube, and when he gets the set in his hands he will start building it with his mom. His mom will start building it from the instructions but he has it memorized from the video already and is building it on his own. His memory is amazing and he surprises his parents every day. He can memorize a whole show and repeat it all day. He does not forget anything.

One of Jr.’s favorite places to go is his Nana & Papa’s house in Texas. He loves flying in airplanes. He’s been flying since he was a newborn, and has never been one to fuss or cry during a flight. He also spends time building his own ramps and engineers toys that he builds from his own toys.

Jr. started school when he was 4 and is very smart. He struggles a bit with writing and reading but knows all his sight words. He is really sweet and loving and all his teachers and therapists fall in love with his smile and personality.

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