WELCOME TO MY BLOG!
I have been an
artist my whole life.
For the past
seventeen years I have been a professional photographer specializing in
commercial, industrial, editorial and documentary photography.
I love to tell
stories, whether it is with my camera or through my art.
photography I hope to educate and inspire people. I believe the intimate
pictures of my son, in Living with Finley, accomplishes this goal.
With my acrylic
paintings my goal is to bring a smile to someone’s face.
I am not creating art or taking pictures I am “Mr. Mom” for our son Finley, 11, and my
daughter McCall, 7.
In late 2013 my
family moved to Fort Collins, Colo. after residing in Idaho for fifteen years.
Our 11-year-old son recently was diagnosed with a cluster of
disorders -- Developmental Coordination Disorder, Attention Deficit
Hyperactivity Disorder and Generalized Anxiety Disorder.
This is in addition to previous diagnoses of Executive Function
Disorder and delayed eye development.
We thought we were prepared because deep down we’ve always known
Finley was different.
As a baby, he cried non-stop and barely slept. We resorted to
wrapping him in a blanket in his swing. As a toddler and into pre-school, he struggled to talk. He learned to
ride a bike later than most kids his age and couldn’t tie his shoes until well
into elementary school.
Still, the news crippled us for a few weeks. It took that long to
digest the 27-page report from the neuropsychologist and decide how to tackle
these distinct yet intertwined disorders.
In between doctor's appointments, meetings with the school and the
normal chaos of raising two children, I am documenting Finley's life to show
what it is like to live with these
Over the next few years, I will photograph Finley at home with family and friends, at school,
during extracurricular activities and at his many medical appointments. We also
will write blog posts about events, episodes, celebrations, failures and
anything else to document our family's journey. We hope Finley will contribute as well.
Our intent is not to elicit sympathy, compliments and such, but to
provide information about these disorders and what it's like Living with Finley.
Since starting this documentary, many friends and family members
have told us they had no idea Finley struggled at all, much less had these
But that’s the thing about
neurological disorders – they aren’t always obvious to others. Few people know about DCD even
though the World Health Organization recognized the disorder in 1992 and an
estimated 5-6 percent of children worldwide have it.
is a chronic neurological disorder that affects a child’s ability to plan and
coordinate movement. Basically, messages from the brain are not accurately
transmitted to the body.
likelihood of at least one child in every classroom having this disorder is
great. Yet, DCD is often an overlooked developmental problem by clinicians.
called “Clumsy Child Syndrome” children were often thought to outgrow this
disorder (by medical professionals until the early 1990s), but much evidence
shows that DCD continues to affect children into adulthood.
with DCD also tend to have other learning disabilities like dyslexia and
medical disorders such as ADHD. In
the medical world, they call this as having a high co-morbidity rate.
the United States, some research is being done into DCD. Most of the published
research originates from foreign countries, primarily the United Kingdom where
clinicians often refer to it as dyspraxia.
Chronicling our family's journey is a way for me to make a difference and raise awareness about DCD and these other disorders. I have been a professional photographer for 17 years and I hope the pictures of my son and family educate and inspire others.