Portraits of Jennifer Taylor

Late last year I was introduced to Jennifer over Facebook by my sister... I have two wonderful nieces who are both on the autistic spectrum and my sister (Annmarie - their mum) does some amazing work trying to raise awareness of autism. My sister Annmarie Coyle also runs the fabulous Legenderry Ladies which was set up to help women who had set up micro businesses by giving them a sales platform in the form of pop up shops and craft fairs etc. At the City Hotel Christmas craft fair 2017 Jennifer and Annmarie met and had one thing in common... both had children who are autistic. Jennifer was very kind and volunteered her time to come and help sell tickets for The Jigsaw Project whilst allowing kids to try on her Mrs Ireland crown.  
Anyway... to cut a long story short Jennifer amongst many other things has just been signed to a modelling agency and needed some portfolio shots done. I was more than happy to help Jennifer out with this due to the fantastic work she does locally. I would like to give a big shout out to Lawrence Cooke who owns The Photographers Studio who gave use the use of his amazing studio for the day for the photoshoot. You wont find a better studio in town and it is available for hire. Head on over to their page now and give it a LIKE.  
"I felt I was not the pageant stereotype, I am not a size 8, in fact I am a size 16-18, and the fashion industry calls this ‘plus size, nor am I young."
Jennifer needed a wide variety of shots for her portfolio prior to getting signed and so we goy to work in the studio and we had such a fun photography session. Jennifer is 32 years old originally from Scotland and is married with a little boy. back in October 2017 she competed in Dublin in the Ireland Pageants final and on the overall title of Mrs Ireland. Jennifer is the marketing manager for the Richmond Shopping Centre in Derry. The centre is a sponsor for Miss Earth Northern Ireland Pageant and Jennifer is normally one of the head judges...She saw that there was a Mrs category and decided to take a shot... She never expected that she would be a finalist in a pageant let alone win the competition.  
As mentioned Jennifer's little boy Zachary is autistic and she works hard to try and raise awareness. This is very close to home for me and so I had no hesitation in offering to help Jennifer.

My sister Annmarie Coyle has started a crowdfunding page to try and help raise funds to create a sensory room in the Model School for children with Autism and sensory needs... read her story below.

Weʼre raising £2,000 to create a sensory room in Model Primary School Derry for children with Autism and additional sensory needs.

We have 2 little girls Alice and Molly both aged 7 and 5. Our 2 daughters are diagnosed with Autism. They have very difference sensory needs, one being non verbal. They attend the Model Primary School and are both in the Autism Unit in the school which is a small class of up to 8 pupils. This is a fantastic school and also has a Learning Support Unit for key stage 2 as well as many other students with Autism and additional sensory needs throughout the mainstream classes. We would dearly like to raise money to be able to create a sensory room which would benefit all of those children including our daughters. Sensory rooms are so important for emotional regulation, fulfilling needs from all senses such as visual, tactile. It also helps children to calm when anxious which in turn helps them to learn when it is used in their daily structure. This would benefit all the children in the school. To do a little to help please donate what you can by clicking on the link below. Thanks so much.