My name is Crystal Amber Malta. I live in Edgewood, WA with my two sons, a labradoodle, and several fat cats. I specialize in photographing newborns and children with special needs.
My passion for being a newborn photographer stems from my personal journey through infertility, miscarriage, high risk pregnancy, and the near loss of my first born son at 22 weeks gestation. To finally get to that moment when you hold a newborn child in your arms is no small feat. It deserves to be documented beautifully.
Photographing children with special needs is also something close to my heart. It began with friends and family who had children with special needs. They found traditional photography studios upset their children because they did not set them up for success. I began learning ways to accommodate children with special needs so they could be photographed like any typically developing child. It has become even more personal now that one of my sons has been diagnosed with autism and ODD.
As a professional photographer, I feel it is important to keep myself educated. I take classes regularly to keep my photography fresh and exciting. Yearly photography conventions are where I learn about new techniques, trends, and products. I am a member of the Professional Photographers of America and I am currently training to become accredited with them. I enter photography competitions every year and have won awards at both WPPI and IPC.
HOW I GIVE BACK TO MY COMMUNITY
I strive to pay it forward whenever I can. I spend the bulk of my volunteer time with the Exceptional Families Network which provides assistance to families that have children with special needs. In April/May of 2015 I had the pleasure of being a teaching assistant for Pablove Shutterbugs, an organization that assists families affected by pediatric cancer.
If you’d still like to get to know me a little better, here is a video about me and my photography process. Take a look!