The Superhero Project {Vincent}

Adorable little boy with Prader-Willi Syndrome. The Superhero Project

Vincent’s mother says: “Sweet Vincent was born November 2014 with clubfoot. We would soon discover a brain malformation and a rare genetic syndrome.” You can follow his story on Victorious Vincent’s Adventures with prayer-Willi, Polymicrogyeria, Clubfoot.

Adorable little boy with Prader-Willi Syndrome. The Superhero Project

I had such fun hanging out with Vincent. His skin is milky white and his skin so soft I just wanted to snuggle with him! I resisted the urge, however, and kept my camera in my hands to capture Vincent’s special moments with his mama. And can you even believe that hair?! He is such a doll.Adorable little boy with Prader-Willi Syndrome. The Superhero Project

 

Vincent is just a little bundle of personality! Thanks, Candace, for bringing him over to hang out.

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The Superhero Project {Esther and Christy}

The Superhero Project was created to share the gift of professional photography with families of special needs children and to help them see their inner strength. 

This was such a fun session. I got to photograph not one but two superheroes! Esther is the 11th child in her family. She surprised her parents when she was born with both Down Syndrome and a hole in her heart. After a rough start, she has blossomed into a gorgeous, healthy six-year-old.

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Esther got totally into this shoot and began dancing spontaneously as I was taking her pictures. She was full of so much joy and happiness. You know the saying, “dance like no one is watching you”? That may just be Esther’s motto!The Superhero Project focuses on turning special needs children into super heroes .

After adjusting to the new normal of life with a daughter with Down Syndrome, Ruth and her husband Daryl did something amazing…they adopted a little girl from Bulgaria who also has Down Syndrome.The Superhero Project focuses on turning special needs children into super heroes .

Esther and Christy are such an adorable pair! Esther, at 6, tries her best to help take care of Christy (age 5). As you can see, these two have a very special bond.The Superhero Project focuses on turning special needs children into super heroes . The Superhero Project focuses on turning special needs children into super heroes .

It was discovered that in addition to having Down Syndrome, Christy had a stroke at some point in her infancy. She still can’t sit up well or walk on her own, but she is working hard in physical therapy to increase her strength and mobility. The Superhero Project focuses on turning special needs children into super heroes . The Superhero Project focuses on turning special needs children into super heroes .

Esther is still learning to talk, but she has an amazing vocabulary of signs. Here she was determined to tell me that she was drinking!

Back in November I did a lifestyle session with Christy to document everyday life in their house. It was so much fun to see the girls again, all dressed up for The  Superhero Project.

The shirts and tutus in these photos were donated by My Lily’s Frilly’s.

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Renee Bergeron, founder of The Superhero Project, is a lifestyle photographer based in Bellingham, WA. You can contact her for a session: 360-383-7889

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The Superhero Project {Liam}

 

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Last weekend I had the priveledge of photographing Liam on his first birthday! He as an absolute doll and I enjoyed getting to know him. This is what Liam’s mom had to say about him:

“Liam is now a year and one of the happiest little boys I’ve ever met. He has a seizure disorder that has caused some drastic delays. Everyday he wakes up and smiles and I know it will be a great day because he is my little fighter. I am so proud to call Liam my son.”superhero-project-liam-2 superhero-project-liam-3 superhero-project-liam-4 superhero-project-liam-5

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The Superhero Project {Cameron}

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Cam is a sweet and loving 4 year old. He has many delays in speech and motor development, well as sensory issues. Despite all of the challenges that he faces, he is a happy and friendly boy, who loves cars (especially Lightning McQueen), his mom and dad, and idolizes his big sister Emily.  Although it isn’t always the easiest to parent him, it is very easy to love him. He is continually teaching me and making me grow into a better and stronger person.cameron-superhero-3superhero-cameron-1Emily is a Super Sister to her little brother, Cameron. superhero-cameron-2 superhero-cameron-4To see more of The Superhero Project, please check out my Superhero Project page. If you like the  photos, please share! You can also find The Superhero Project on Facebook.

 

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2014 in Pictures {Little Earthling Photography}

2014 was a great year for Little Earthling Photography.

In 2014 I had the honor and privilege of capturing the births of: Micah, Zoe, Odessa, Crosby, Willow, Odin, Eliana, Wyatt Kingstyn and Dita.

I also did maternity photos for four of those sweet babies.

I did newborn sessions for Jude, James, Cian, Tanis, Chloe and Levi, Wyatt and Odin.

I photographed six Superheros: James, Mila, Melanie and Cody, Mordecai and Avi.

I did an lifestyle session with Emily and Kathleen and the Einfeld family, engagement photos for Ben and Adalia and Jon and Jessica, family photos for the Portreys and Felmleys, and a Frozen party.

 

 

 

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New Lifestyle Sessions {Bellingham Photographer}

A few weeks ago I went to visit Ruth inventor and owner of Snap-EZ Diapers. I took photos of her morning of dressing, feeding and educating her smallest children, including two who happen to have Down Syndrome. I’ll let Ruth tell you the rest in her own words.

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Daryl and I are blessed to be the parents of thirteen children.  Our oldest is 28 and married (and presented us with the most amazing grandchild recently!), and my youngest is 2 1/2 years old, a miracle baby born when I was 48 years old!  We have been unusually blessed with 12 biological children and one very special little girl, Christy, whom we recently adopted from Bulgaria. Ten or our children still live at home, but our oldest daughter is going to be married in January, reducing our family to “only 9 children living at home.”bellingham lifestyle sessions

I asked Renee to do her new Lifestyle  Session to capture an average morning in our crazy life right now.  With such a busy family (ten kids still living at home), I find it difficult to keep family traditions going, and find that most days are full of just keeping things running here at home. 

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But sometimes the everyday day things are even more valuable to share and remember than those big events that we all remember easily.  I also wanted her to be able to share the daily care of children with special needs, and one with a feeding tube, in the context of a busy, large family, as well as homeschooling two children with mild to moderate dyslexia.

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Reality for us is we need everyone to pitch in and not only help with chores and childcare, but also with self regulation (the older children are mostly self taught using a mix of computer curriculum and traditional text books, correcting their own work as I have very little time to do any teaching/correcting right now).

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So many people ask me “how do you do it” and I have to honestly say “one day at a time, and by God’s grace.”  I don’t know how I do it.  I know that life is best when I am consistently spending time communing with God in the mornings and getting enough sleep.

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 I have to keep my priorities straight and let unimportant things go…someday I’ll have time for things like gardening and knitting again, but those are luxuries I don’t have time for right now. And a clean, guest ready home?  Forget that…safe and tidy/clean enough to be healthy is what I shoot for…and the laundry is never done, but that’s OK!

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A successful day for me is when I have kept my priorities straight, and made sure that my children were well cared for (even if not by me).  Most importantly I invest in my marriage.  We go out on dates often and take time to do things together that allow us time to talk…even if it’s putting together the crib or just hiding in my bedroom for a little while!  

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{This winter I am offering Lifestyle Sessions during he colder months. I would love to come into you home and photograph what makes your family special. Digital images will be delivered on a custom flash drive and a professional photo book . Print options also available. Contact me about pricing. bergerondozen at yahoo dot com}

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Focus | Bellingham Photographer

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Apollo is four years old and the master of doing things himself. I love the focus and he concentrated on carefully undoing each button…Bellingham Photographer

And I love the look of pride on his face when he is successful.Bellingham Photographer

He was more successful than I was  this day, as I tried in vain to get photos of him with his Beads of Courage. He was determined only to wear the new string of beads. You can probably guess who won that battle!

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I managed to get a photo of all four strings of beads anyway. And some cute new photos of Apollo.

So I guess I won too.

 

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The Superhero Project {Mila}

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Mila is the latest little super hero I have had the privilege to photograph. She is stunning, playful and made me work for these photos!Mila’s mom had this to say about her:

Mila is almost 3 and has been assessed with the speech of an 18 month old child. Mila’s speech delay is caused by an oral mouth disorder (the way she moves her tongue and lips).

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She has both of these issues listed below: these are physical issues, they often have a neurologic component.

Developmental apraxia of speech (DAS) — sometimes called dyspraxia of speech: Children with apraxia have trouble moving and coordinating the different parts of their mouths in order to form words.

Articulation disorders: These include lisping, leaving out consonants when speaking, and substituting one sound for another.

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She currently is going to a group class to help with her speech, and is seeing a speech therapist every week. She is a very active girl who lovvvveesss horses, mermaids and dancing, along with tickling and playing with her brother Trey.   special-needs-photography special-needs-photography

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The Superhero Project {Melanie}

{The Superhero Project began the summer of 2013 when I began taking portraits of special needs kids dresses as super heros. My goal is to provide professional images of these unique children to their families. While their special needs are what brought them to the shoot, I wanted the images to capture their individual spirits.}

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Melanie’s mom had this to say:

Melanie is a bright and energetic 4 year old, who wakes up every day smiling. Melanie also has a diagnosis of autism, as well as epilepsy and sensory processing disorder. Even though these conditions make things a lot harder, Melanie has shown nothing but happiness and perseverance. 


The Superhero Project  by special needs photographer Little Earthling PhotographyThrough all the doctors, therapy and medical procedures, she has become stronger than ever and has really transformed since this time last year.

The Superhero Project  by special needs photographer Little Earthling PhotographyWe felt a butterfly costume would truly represent her, her changes and her personality. At home, Mel loves to dance and play the piano with her little brother. 

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To learn more about Melanie’s conditions check out: Autism Speaks and Epilepsy Foundation.

 

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