In 2010, photographer Nicole Starr received a name from her finest pal saying her new child child boy had Down syndrome.
*Not Zack, however one other lovable boy photographed by Nicole.
Since Zack’s delivery seven years in the past, Nicole has change into an avid advocate. On her web site she states, “I [want] to attach with different Down syndrome households in the group and listen to their tales. I [want] to showcase their kids’s wonderful personalities, seize the love, and produce their wonderful tales to life with the purpose of advocating that we’re actually extra alike than totally different.”
*Nicole (proper) pictured with finest pal Wendy (left) together with Zack and his little sister.
*Finest pal’s son, Zack.
In 2015, Nicole’s love for Zack took her on a brand new journey of gifting 1-2 picture periods a month to a household with a baby rocking that further 21st chromosome. And whereas Nicole solely supposed to do that challenge for one month in October to have fun Down Syndrome Consciousness Month, she has not been capable of give it up. She continues to people will Down syndrome all 12 months spherical.
Nicole’s experience in superbly capturing people with Down syndrome has led to innumerable alternatives for her to showcase her work and to advocate.
After Nicole’s work in October 2015 for Nationwide Down Syndrome Consciousness Month, Nicole was requested to collaborate with two different photographers (one being Zack’s mother) to orchestrate a rock star picture shoot to lift funds for the Nationwide Down Syndrome Society in New York Metropolis.
Nicole has continued to work with different organizations however has most just lately been working with a non-profit known as Julia’s Method. Julia’s Method is devoted to serving to people with Down syndrome reside their very best life by encouraging folks (together with new dad and mom) to reimagine life with Down syndrome.
One in every of her current works showcases a number of mothers breastfeeding their infants with Down syndrome. That is one thing many mothers are instructed just isn’t a chance for his or her chromosomally-enhanced little one.
Through the breastfeeding picture shoot three mothers got here to the belief that their daughters had been born inside three days of each other. Additionally, all three ladies had undergone coronary heart surgical procedure to appropriate points many infants with Down syndrome are born with. Thus the “three of hearts” was thought as much as have fun the women’ first birthday.
Whereas Nicole is certainly an professional in photographing people with particular wants, nearly all of her work is with chromosomally-typical newborns and households. All of her work is fabulous, verify her out right here.
Photographs by Nicole Starr