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Child Photography – My Name is Masha and I’m a princess

As I was working on this post the song “Dream” by Priscilla Ahn kept floating through my head. I met Masha a few weeks after her fifth birthday at The Crossings Park in Colonie and she won my heart. You may or may not know a child with Down Syndrome, if you do, you know they are just as vibrant, fun loving and amazing as any child.  So I wanted to give Masha a birthday photo shoot she would remember!

Masha’s journey is worth understanding and knowing.  Her mom has kept a blog detailing the journey of not only Masha but her siblings as well.  Please take a moment to read about it here at http://malloryandpeach.blogspot.com/.

I was going to do this whole vlog thing about the shoot, but I held back. This blog isn’t about me or my work. It’s all about Masha and the heart of a child who will shower you with love.  It’s about Down Syndrom. It’s about cupcakes 🙂 As I was talking to her mom, she made me pause when she said..”Masha is just like any child. People need to know that Downs Syndrome doesn’t make them any less of a person. She still runs and plays. I hear her singing song to her sister in the morning. She’s amazing.”

This photo is my favorite!!! I think we all get a little excited over a sweet cupcake being handed to us…we all be so expressive!!

(Lyrics From Priscilla Ahn’s Dream)

I was a little girl alone in my little world who dreamed of a little home for me.
I played pretend between the trees, and fed my house-guests bark and leaves, and laughed in my pretty bed of green. 


I had a dream
That I could fly from the highest swing.
I had a dream.

Long walks in the dark through woods grown behind the park, I asked God who I’m supposed to be.
The stars smiled down on me, God answered in silent reverie. I said a prayer and fell asleep.


I had a dream
That I could fly from the highest tree.
I had a dream.

Introducing baby sister…Autumn! Autumn is also from the Ukraine.

A walk with big brother…

I had a dream
That I could fly from the highest tree.
I had a dream.

Now I’m old and feeling grey. I don’t know what’s left to say about this life I’m willing to leave.
I lived it full and I lived it well, there’s many tales I’ve lived to tell. I’m ready now, I’m ready now, I’m ready now to fly from the highest wing.


I had a dream

Thank you for taking the time to look through this post. Down Syndrome does not define a child or an adult. It is merely a part of their journey and only some of us our blessed enough to join hands and walk the journey with them.

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