Last week Green Ninja went back to school!
I spent two days at Ridge View School in Tonbridge.
Ridge View is an all age (2-19) community special school for children with Profound, Severe and Complex learning difficulties, many of whom are on the Autistic Spectrum.
I was made really welcome and the staff were fantastic and friendly without exception, putting up with me getting in the way of their lessons.
I managed to get some traditional 'formal' photographs as well as spending time with students and teachers in classrooms and play areas. This was a lovely opportunity to get pictures of students in a natural environment without the pressure of a formal photoshoot.
I was trodden on, stared at, ignored, jumped on and even cuddled.
It was really exhausting work but I think the parents will appreciate the effort that a School Photographer can go to if they really want to.
This week I intended to pop back in to capture anyone who was missing and ended up spending a whole day back at the school on Thursday and I can honestly say that this was one of the most rewarding things I have ever done.
After spending ages and ages waiting, cajoling, waving, rattling things, falling over (that was a good one even if it wasn't intended) there was often a magic moment when suddenly I was rewarded with a beautiful smile and a gorgeous glint in the eyes.
Some final housekeeping to do and then the parents can all log into their private viewing areas to see their pictures.
Can't wait to hear what they think.
As I can't really post a picture of the students, here is one of one of the teachers :)
'Who's wearing the hat, who's wearing the hat?"