Although a busy working mom, Melissa shared a MUST-READ inside look at their family and very kind words about our time with them:
Mark & I will be celebrating our 5th wedding anniversary in October. Instead of an exotic vacation, or a piece of jewelry that will inevitably get lost or broken, I wanted to showcase the past 5 years in photos. Now, I’m sure most marriages experience their first years differently than they would have expected, but this is particularly true for Mark and I. Shortly after our nuptials, we learned we were expecting, and delivered a *perfect* little boy the following November. Mason seemed to be developing “normally” according to all of the thousands of text books we had read. I can’t pinpoint exactly when things changed, but they did. The few words that Mason had acquired slowly left. He became very frustrated and angry, seldom made eye contact and preferred to be alone, spinning wheels in a corner. He began drifting away right before us and we didn’t know how to help him. With the help of an amazing team of therapists, support from family and friends (and an autism diagnosis) we started to put a plan in place. The next few years were difficult, to say the least.
So much of our daily conversation is consumed with “special needs chatter:” appointments, progress notes, testing, paperwork, etc. Mason is so much more than a diagnosis, and we are so much more than an autism family. He is a success story, a relentless fighter, and our hero. Who better to showcase the fun and love our family has for one another than Ulysses & Jenni? Mason was immediately at ease with both of you as he greeted you with a warm hug. When I look at the images, tears just flow down my face; because you captured that much emotion in each print. You captured the fighting spirit of our perfect little boy, and a relationship among spouses that has strengthened through the unknowing and not-so-great times. I can’t wait to hang these prints in our house, as a reminder of the perfect day with my perfect family.
More with Melissa + Mark
Stacy Paschall Grammas - What beautiful photos! He is adorable!!!October 16, 2014 – 1:08 AM
Jamee Goldstein-Gordon - Melissa, I don’t know it could’ve been said better. There is so much joy and love in those photos! I miss seeing you in the office. Ulysses and Jenni thanks for sharing this amazing work with usOctober 9, 2014 – 4:10 AM
Shirley Griffin - How beautiful Melissa Mason is very lucky to have you and Mark that little boy is true joy October 8, 2014 – 12:03 AM
Erica Hasbrouck - Beautiful!October 7, 2014 – 8:45 PM
Jason Tierney - This made my day Melissa Skillman. October 7, 2014 – 5:47 PM
Angela Samperi Brognano - This is just beautiful Milissa and Mark
October 7, 2014 – 4:05 PM
Marcy Nigro Paris - Beautifully captured?October 7, 2014 – 1:02 PM
Melissa Skillman - LOVE! LOVE! LOVE!October 7, 2014 – 12:55 PM