- Children with Down syndrome were photographed by woman who lost a special sister
- Photographer Julie Willson says the photoshoot is for her later sister
- Willson feels truly blessed to have a sister with Down syndrome
Photographer Julie Willson sees having a sister with Down syndrome as a blessing; that’s why in memory of the latter, she photographed “special children” — hoping that she would be able to capture the beauty of those who have the disorder.
“I am one of those people who have been greatly blessed by growing up with a sister who had Down Syndrome. Dina was the best thing that could have ever happened to our family. She taught us what true unconditional love is and how to go through life without worries,” Julie Willson wrote in her article which was published on Bored Panda.
Down syndrome is a set of physical and mental traits caused by a gene problem that happens before birth. Children who have Down syndrome, a lifelong condition, tend to have certain features, such as a flat face and a short neck. They also have some degree of intellectual disability.
Julie recalled that when her sister was still alive, “she would light up any room that she walked into and people were always drawn to her sweet, yet stubborn personality.”
“When I think back on my childhood, my mind automatically goes to memories with her. Great memories with her. My mom and Dina were the absolute best of friends and were completely inseparable and my Dad and her had a bond that couldn’t be broken. People that knew our family and knew Dina always say how Dina more than doubled her life expectancy and lived a wonderful life because of how great my family was with her. My parents are saints. They gave their all to making sure Dina lived a life fully of happiness,” Julie shared.
Since the very first day when she started doing photography, Julie said she always had the desire to take photos of children with Down syndrome.
“I chose to do this photoshoot not only for my own pleasure but to help raise awareness about Down Syndrome. I wanted to be able to turn my photographs into art that would capture the true beauty of those with Down Syndrome. Nothing brings me more joy then being around those who have Down Syndrome. Everything about them makes me smile. I hoped that my photos would be shared and that people would see how blessed these families are,” Julie said
Meanwhile, Facebook users were touched by Julie’s project.
“The photo reminds me of the song, “Jesus loves the little children, ALL the little children of the world, red and yellow, black, and white they are PRECIOUS in His site, Jesus loves the little children of the world!'” commented R. Hearn.
“This picture is priceless,” said D. Lynn.
“So many little angels in one photo!” B. Bailey posted on the comment section of one of Julie’s photos.
While D. Wilson said: “Wow! You did an incredible job capturing absolute precious moments in these babies lives – I know their mammas are going to treasure these pictures forever!”