Special Needs



I specialize in creating beautiful, characterful portraits of special needs children, adults, and their families.

I volunteer as a Family Portrait Photographer at Helen and Douglas House, the world’s first hospice and respice for children, and in 2012 I became the first UK-based photographer to be an accredited member of Special Kids Photography of America.

Over the past ten years, I have photographed a wide range of special needs children and adults, including many of the portraits featured in the  2012 We Are Thirty travelling photography exhibition. My work has been commissioned by Helen and Douglas House, the Make a Wish Foundation, and by many families directly.

Feedback from families who have commissioned my special needs portraits:

I cannot believe that you have been able to get in a photo how I feel about Ethan and how I believe Ethan feels about me.  Have you ever heard people ask what they would rescue from a house fire – after the people (and dog!) it would be this photo.”

– Jenny Zolkwer, mother of Ethan.


When we saw the photos we were speechless, and yes the tears flowed along with the laughs. The web page that Kate set up was brilliant for sharing the photos with family and friends. The photoshoot was so relaxed and special and the results so beautiful. We strongly recommend any family to try.

– Jane and Jason Smith, parents of Jack.


The photo that Kate took of the five of us is one of my all time favourite photos of us as a family. A real gem, it catches us as we are and the remarkable relationship the five of us have including Ollie, our son with special needs. It now hangs in homes around the world, from grandparents to godparents, and has pride of place in our own home. Thank you Kate.”

– Shirley Popham, mother of Ollie.