Nicole Perkins, a self-taught baby and special-needs photographer from the UK, is seeking to raise Down syndrome awareness through her photography. The part-time photographer and full-time special-needs educator created a campaign called “Down Right Beautiful” to foster awareness and change after learning the UK’s high termination rates for babies diagnosed with Down syndrome in utero. After that photo series’ success, Nicole wanted to continue spreading her positive message with a fun photo shoot and chose Disney as a theme.
“The story behind my images are to celebrate and help raise awareness for Down syndrome,” Nicole told POPSUGAR. “[‘Down Right Beautiful’] featured 32 babies, children, teenagers, and young adults with Down syndrome and their stories, plus any advice their parents would give to families who have just had a diagnosis. Because last year’s campaign was so informative, I wanted to do something more fun this year, and Disney is one of my (and many others’) favorite things. The response has been incredible, and it was so much fun creating the images. I have met some amazing families in the process, and I’m so glad to see the joy the images of their children has brought to so many people.”
Source: Pop Sugar