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.
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!
Recently I had the pleasure of photographing the beautiful Catherine. She’s a lovely young woman with Down syndrome, and just like her older sisters, she dances ballet. I hope to get to work with her again as part of The Aiden Project.
And finally, Catherine’s mom and sister accompanied her to her portrait session, and I couldn’t resist snatching a photo of the three of them together. There’s another sister and, of course, a dad who weren’t there that day.