{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.}

The Superhero Project  by special needs photographer Little Earthling Photography

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. 

The Superhero Project  by special needs photographer Little Earthling Photography The Superhero Project  by special needs photographer Little Earthling Photography The Superhero Project  by special needs photographer Little Earthling PhotographyMelanie was completely captivated by her shadow!

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