About Us

We are Lifestyle photographers. What that means is we are drawn to the real, unposed, raw moments. Our favorite imagery is that which captures the true essence of a child –right now–  in this moment in their lives. In order to be considered for a FREE session, which our photographers will pour their heart into, we ask that you apply and do the same. We only accept families with a child on the spectrum who take time to fill our their application and tell their story genuinely, honestly and thoughtfully. 

Your application will also ask many details on your child's personality and preferences. This is where we get to know your child. Their likes, their dislikes, what their favorite toy is, their limitations and interests, what (if any) sensory sensitivities they have, etc. We will then choose a location, whether it be in your own home or in an outdoor location. We will then spend about an hour together, capturing the real spirit of your child. Each session will be different, but the ultimate goal is to freeze this moment in time…to give you priceless images that you will cherish forever. Because they grow up so fast, before you know it, this moment will be gone….and I promise, this moment is worthy of documentation.

 Your baby is beautiful. Let us show the world.

  Sarah Driscoll , Co-founder   Sarah is a mother of four, photographer and writer located in Massachusetts. After Sarah's son, Luke, was diagnosed with autism she made a promise to herself to document every moment of his life so the world could see the beauty he possessed and how autism did not take away from that beauty but rather  enhance  it. When Spectrum Inspired came into fruition, she set out to document the beauty of all people on the Spectrum.

Sarah Driscoll , Co-founder

Sarah is a mother of four, photographer and writer located in Massachusetts. After Sarah's son, Luke, was diagnosed with autism she made a promise to herself to document every moment of his life so the world could see the beauty he possessed and how autism did not take away from that beauty but rather enhance it. When Spectrum Inspired came into fruition, she set out to document the beauty of all people on the Spectrum.

  Coleen Hodges, Co-founder   Coleen is a mother of two, emergency room nurse, photographer and blogger located in Arizona. Her passion for capturing the beauty of the everyday started the second she became a mother. The launch of this passion project was a dream come true for her. She believes in capturing the beauty and unique spirit of  every  child.

Coleen Hodges, Co-founder

Coleen is a mother of two, emergency room nurse, photographer and blogger located in Arizona. Her passion for capturing the beauty of the everyday started the second she became a mother. The launch of this passion project was a dream come true for her. She believes in capturing the beauty and unique spirit of every child.

  Melissa Lane Isaksson, Co-founder   Melissa is the mother of two beautiful humans and an overzealous educator. She majored in Education Studies, minored in Psychology and holds a Masters degree in Special Education. For over a decade, she's devoted her life to being a special educator, advocate, and mentor to individuals on the Spectrum. Melissa has taught all ages and abilities in both public and private settings and feels she has learned just as much, if not more, from each child as she has taught them.

Melissa Lane Isaksson, Co-founder

Melissa is the mother of two beautiful humans and an overzealous educator. She majored in Education Studies, minored in Psychology and holds a Masters degree in Special Education. For over a decade, she's devoted her life to being a special educator, advocate, and mentor to individuals on the Spectrum. Melissa has taught all ages and abilities in both public and private settings and feels she has learned just as much, if not more, from each child as she has taught them.


 Our Team 

  Samantha Chesley, Family Coordinator   Samantha is a mother of two and photographer living in Phoenix, Arizona. With nearly two decades of capturing the humor of life through a lens, it was motherhood that shifted her focus on to human connection as a profession. In a world which virtual life can distort our sense of self, she is passionate about preserving an honest portrayal of whats real while helping and encouraging others to truly see themselves and all the beauty that exists in their own lives through photography.

Samantha Chesley, Family Coordinator

Samantha is a mother of two and photographer living in Phoenix, Arizona. With nearly two decades of capturing the humor of life through a lens, it was motherhood that shifted her focus on to human connection as a profession. In a world which virtual life can distort our sense of self, she is passionate about preserving an honest portrayal of whats real while helping and encouraging others to truly see themselves and all the beauty that exists in their own lives through photography.

 Megan Elizabeth, Blogger  Megan lives outside of Madison, WI with her two boys, ages 6 1/2 and 8. They both have nonverbal autism. While she technically has a degree in mathematics education, the boys have taken her down a different path in life. Advocacy and autism awareness are now her greatest passions and she love connecting with other autism families. She and her boys make it through each day with a lot of laughing, a lot of visuals, and lots of coffee!

Megan Elizabeth, Blogger

Megan lives outside of Madison, WI with her two boys, ages 6 1/2 and 8. They both have nonverbal autism. While she technically has a degree in mathematics education, the boys have taken her down a different path in life. Advocacy and autism awareness are now her greatest passions and she love connecting with other autism families. She and her boys make it through each day with a lot of laughing, a lot of visuals, and lots of coffee!

  Priscilla Marshall, Outreach Manager   Priscilla is a mother of two beautiful daughters and resides in Phoenix, Arizona. After her youngest daughter was diagnosed with autism at the age of two, she has been a proud advocate of autism acceptance and is thrilled to be working with the Spectrum Inspired team. Alongside other families and support groups, her goal is to help people understand how broad the autism spectrum really is. She feels by changing the general consensus we can create a kinder more inclusive world for those affected by autism.

Priscilla Marshall, Outreach Manager

Priscilla is a mother of two beautiful daughters and resides in Phoenix, Arizona. After her youngest daughter was diagnosed with autism at the age of two, she has been a proud advocate of autism acceptance and is thrilled to be working with the Spectrum Inspired team. Alongside other families and support groups, her goal is to help people understand how broad the autism spectrum really is. She feels by changing the general consensus we can create a kinder more inclusive world for those affected by autism.

 Melissa Custalow, Blogger  Melissa is a Mommy to 3 energetic boys living in a small rural town in Virginia. She has a very special bond with her oldest son who is diagnosed with Autism and Tourette's Syndrome. She can somehow feel what he is feeling, and usually knows just the right thing to say or do to encourage him. Melissa also has a deep passion for photography and helps parents celebrate the arrival of their new baby with beautiful lifestyle images.

Melissa Custalow, Blogger

Melissa is a Mommy to 3 energetic boys living in a small rural town in Virginia. She has a very special bond with her oldest son who is diagnosed with Autism and Tourette's Syndrome. She can somehow feel what he is feeling, and usually knows just the right thing to say or do to encourage him. Melissa also has a deep passion for photography and helps parents celebrate the arrival of their new baby with beautiful lifestyle images.

  Susan Rice, Director of PR   Susan is a mother of 4 and a photographer in Arizona. She also cares for her adult brother who has autism. Bringing awareness to autism while showing people as they are and appreciating their diverseness is her goal.

Susan Rice, Director of PR

Susan is a mother of 4 and a photographer in Arizona. She also cares for her adult brother who has autism. Bringing awareness to autism while showing people as they are and appreciating their diverseness is her goal.

 
 Amy Mikla, Blogger  Amy is a mother of three, former educator, aspiring photographer and children's book author, living outside of Madison, Wisconsin. When Amy's youngest child, Nolan, was diagnosed with autism, she knew that her biggest role would be to advocate for him and help others to see his unique and beautiful gifts. She and her family are trying daily to promote kindness, inclusion, and acceptance for those who experience the world in a different light, and hope in some small way, to inspire others to do the same.

Amy Mikla, Blogger

Amy is a mother of three, former educator, aspiring photographer and children's book author, living outside of Madison, Wisconsin. When Amy's youngest child, Nolan, was diagnosed with autism, she knew that her biggest role would be to advocate for him and help others to see his unique and beautiful gifts. She and her family are trying daily to promote kindness, inclusion, and acceptance for those who experience the world in a different light, and hope in some small way, to inspire others to do the same.


Board of Directors 

  Eric Kintner, Board of Directors   Eric is a father of two and attorney living in Denver, Colorado. As a parent of a child with autism and a husband of a lifestyle photographer, Eric believes in the mission of Spectrum Inspired to use the photographic lens to showcase the beauty of the world and its many spectrums.

Eric Kintner, Board of Directors

Eric is a father of two and attorney living in Denver, Colorado. As a parent of a child with autism and a husband of a lifestyle photographer, Eric believes in the mission of Spectrum Inspired to use the photographic lens to showcase the beauty of the world and its many spectrums.

  Aaron Gillam, Board of Directors   Aaron is a father to a spunky and energetic toddler in Scottsdale, Arizona. He is the President of Arthur Andrew Medical, a nutraceutical manufacturer, while also working as an off-ice official for the NHL during his off-time. He is passionate about the Spectrum Inspired and is excited to contribute to the prosperity and the continuing advancement of autism awareness and acceptance through their unique lens.

Aaron Gillam, Board of Directors

Aaron is a father to a spunky and energetic toddler in Scottsdale, Arizona. He is the President of Arthur Andrew Medical, a nutraceutical manufacturer, while also working as an off-ice official for the NHL during his off-time. He is passionate about the Spectrum Inspired and is excited to contribute to the prosperity and the continuing advancement of autism awareness and acceptance through their unique lens.

  Jenny Poondingo, Board of Directors   Jenny Poon is a serial entrepreneur and founder of CO+HOOTS. She is committed to building vibrant and equitable cities by bringing visibility to coworking as an economic development tool.  In 2016, Jenny became the first minority and the first woman to be recognized as Phoenix Business Journal’s Businessperson of the Year. Jenny is an autism alli and advocate and believes wholeheartedly in inclusivity and embraces diversity in the workplace and in life.

Jenny Poondingo, Board of Directors

Jenny Poon is a serial entrepreneur and founder of CO+HOOTS. She is committed to building vibrant and equitable cities by bringing visibility to coworking as an economic development tool.

In 2016, Jenny became the first minority and the first woman to be recognized as Phoenix Business Journal’s Businessperson of the Year. Jenny is an autism alli and advocate and believes wholeheartedly in inclusivity and embraces diversity in the workplace and in life.