I had the pleasure of working with Cassie a few week ago. She has a sweet, gentle spirit that made her a joy to have in my studio! You can see more of my work with people with Down syndrome at The Aiden Project.
This is the amazing Miss Ally. I first met her at the Buddy Walk last fall. She stole my heart immediately! And her family is awesome. They had a huge team at the Walk in support of her; probably close to 20 people. They ranged from elderly grandparents (including one is a wheelchair) to young kids, all sporting pink Tshirts with Ally’s photo on them. Yes, even the guys wore pink to show their love and support for this little sweetie.
Jared and Noah came for their sessions at the same time, since they’re close buddies. Jared was shy about having his picture taken, so Noah went first. For a while, Jared hung back, not wanting to leave his mom’s side. I’m not sure what triggered the change, but all of a sudden from behind me I heard Jared say “Cheeeeese!” (Which is extra funny when if you know I never tell anyone to say “cheese”. It’s the worst way to get someone to smile!) His mom told him he had to wait his turn, and he began to get impatient, because he really wanted to say “Cheeeese!” When Noah was ready for a break Jared took his place, and before I had a chance to get ready, he blurted out “Cheeeese!” and broke out in giggles. I’m not sure why that was so much fun, but really, who cares? He cheesed and giggled his was to some awesome portraits!