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Down Syndrome Awareness Month

Newborn Pictures Greenville SC : Baby Zane

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Meet Zane who came for Newborn Pictures Greenville SC.  This little bundle won the award for best hair in the history of all newborns here at Quiet Graces.  We didn’t style it or anything.  It just stuck up like this! We called it “baby Elvis hair.”  And it’s to die for!Timeless Newborn Pictures Greenville SC

Zane has a remarkable story.  His adoptive mom Randi always wanted to adopt a little one with Down Syndrome.  It had been her dream since just 12 years old.  When the time was right, Randi connected with the National Down Syndrome Adoption Network. Randi’s little girl dream was coming true!
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After a year of waiting, Randi was matched with Zane’s amazing birth Mom.  Their relationship is beautiful.  Gifts and goodies are mailed to Zane.  Beautiful words are spoken between both of them to encourage and support. Their match was clearly a miracle of grace.Simpsonville SC Special Needs Newborn Photographer

Zane came to see us at 1 month old which is the perfect age for newborns with low trunk tone or hypotonia.  All children with Down syndrome have hypotonia which make them super flexible but also very difficult to keep in a pose. Their little bodies just don’t stay put in the same way as other newborns.  Greenville SC Timeless Simple Newborn Photographer

Zane’s mama Randi and I are very passionate about Down syndrome awareness.  Did you know that between 75-90% of babies diagnosed in utero with Down syndrome in the USA are aborted?   The list of those ready to adopt are around 100 strong, but most expecting mamas don’t know about the beautiful mamas ready to adopt. If you’re an expecting mama, please feel free to contact me here and I can put you in touch with Randi or Amanda to hear their stories.  Down syndrome isn’t scary, but it can seem overwhelming at diagnosis.Newborn Photographer Simpsonville SC Baby Detail Macro Pictures

Do you have or are expecting a special needs newborn?  We’d love to help you plan your custom session with us.  We want to help you show just how beautiful your baby really is.  Contact us today!Simpsonville SC Newborn Baby with Down Syndrome Greenville SC

Bryn: Greenville SC Tween Photographer

I wish you could meet Bryn.  Her very presence tears down the stigma of Down Syndrome.  As soon as you meet her, you realize she’s just like you were as an adolescent.

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Brynn and her mama bickered over clothing choices.  They laughed over personal jokes.  And Bryn told her mama to stay put {with all the sass you can imagine} when she came to record herself telling me a little about herself.



One of the things that I hear all of the mother’s saying during the Down Syndrome minis is how much they wish that people would acknowledge their children as people first.  Each child with Down Syndrome is unique and has their own personalities, dreams, wishes, and experiences.  They appreciate all enjoy being spoken directly to in a normal conversational manner.


Listen to how Bryn’s mama describe’s Bryn:


Bryn loves music! She knows the words to all songs on the radio, ipod, etc and the artist. She enjoys hanging out with her friends. Her favorite is shopping, the mall, downtown or the Shoppes at Greenridge. (She has a very busy social calendar) She has her own Instagram account and her own call phone. She likes boys….alot! Her BFF is Erin, she calls her Ernie. They’ve been together since first grade.

Our children are more like their typical peer than different…I wish people could see past the Down syndrome and see her.  I wish people would not believe that all people with Down syndrome are the same. Each have their own strengths just like their peers.



Delaney: Down Syndrome Awareness Month

We met Delaney last year during the inaugural Down Syndrome Awareness Mini Sessions.  I was so excited to be able to see her grow this year!

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Delaney loves to sing & dance. She quickly memorizes all of her favorite movies, and performs in unison with them.

Delaney also loves to watch Dancing with the Stars, and tries her best to imitate each routine.

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Whatever she does, she does it with total gusto. You can’t help but feel happy when you watch her.


I love what Delaney’s mama Sarah says about her daughter.


I hope when people see Delaney, they see her beautiful smile and big blue eyes.Beautiful girl with Down Syndrome

I hope they see how happy she is to be a part of this family.

I hope they see how hard she works to communicate her wants and needs, and how patient she is until we understand.

I hope they see how loving and friendly she is to everyone we pass.

But most of all, I hope they can look past any obvious differences to see the amazing spirit that radiates from our girl.



Anna: Down Syndrome Awareness Month

Anna is created in the image of God.

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At 13, she loves swimming, horseback riding, and dance.


Anna loves to play basketball with her brother, but when asked to kiss him during the session she flew off the handle.  “He’s my brother!  You don’t kiss your brother!”  None of us could stop laughing.


What Anna loves most is music and dance.  I received a full show choir style performance over the course of our mini session and Anna’s really good!


Anna’s mama Teresa has always seen the unique potential in her daughter and she encourages new mothers to do the same.

Don’t focus on the disability; focus on the ability. Your child is capable of anything they desire.

Treat them just like you treat all of your other children. Your child, in the end, will be the one who educates others about Trisomy 21.

My favorite part of Anna’s session was seeing her love on sweet Lydia who is the reason Lydia’s mama and I started this photographic Down syndrome Awareness Project.  Aren’t they sweet?!



Julia: Down Syndrome Awareness Month

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Meet Julia.

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Julia loves to read books, play games on her iPad, listen to music, and play outside.
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She laughs the hardest when she is roughhousing with her dad and brothers.

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Julia’s mama wrote a note to parents who have just received the Down Syndrome Diagnosis.

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Dear parent facing the diagnosis of Down syndrome,

What you are feeling right now is perfectly normal, but you will soon realize there is nothing to fear.

Make contact with other families who have a child with Down syndrome. They will give you accurate, trustworthy information.

Your life is about to change for the better. You are going to fall so hard in love!

I wish I could be more like my daughter with Down syndrome…the way she sees her world and responds to it with such determination, love, and sensitivity.



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