Julie Wilson is a photographer from New Jersey who recently took on a very different kind of project and focused her lens of some very special subjects that had a deep personal significance for her.
Julie decided to showcase the beauty of children who had been diagnosed with Down Syndrome.
Julie’s sister, Dina, was born with Down Syndrome. The project was a way for Julie to make a difference in the way this community is perceived.
She wanted to showcase the unique, funny individual personalities of each child.
Children with Down Syndrome are born with an extra chromosome in their body and they face a wealth of challenges and unique complication. She wants parents to know that it’s not a death sentence. These kids can still have long, happy lives.
The condition stunts physical and mental growth. Research is now being done around the world and they are making strides every day.
Sadly, Julie’s sister passed away four years ago from congestive heart failure, which is a common condition that people with Down Syndrome struggle with. Still, Julie remembers her fondly.
Julie says Dina was “the best thing that could have happened to our family.” Many parents of Down Syndrome children feel the same way.
Most of these kids are entered into regular classrooms, where they play and have fun like any other kid their age.
Julie’s goal is to show that people with Down Syndrome have just as much, as anyone else. Her beautiful pictures convey that message perfectly.
Like anyone else, these children just need love and care to bring out the best in them.
Every family deserves gorgeous photos of their precious child like these.
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