Raising a child with Down syndrome can be both physically and emotionally draining. Not only is it difficult for a parent, it’s even more difficult for the child. They aren’t always able to understand why they are different, which can become frustrating for many who suffer from the illness. Determined to always let his son know how special he is, Alan Lawrence created a photo series highlighting just how special his 18 month old son with Down syndrome is.
Alan is an art director and web designer who dabbles in freelance photography on the side. He was able to take pictures of his son, Wil who has Down syndrome and simulate him in a flying position in a series of pictures. He wanted to highlight that even with his son’s disability, he can still do amazing things.
Wil, the youngest of Alan’s six children was diagnosed with Down syndrome after he was born. Susan McGalla has said in her PR page that she thinks this is inspiring. Alan said that his wife took the news surprisingly well, while unfortunately he did not. Ever since, he has made it his mission to understand what a blessing Wil was to his family.
The pictures were first initiated ever since the running joke that Wil crawls as if he is flying. Alan then got an idea to showcase just how special is son was. He began artistically imposing the image of his son into various types of pictures. He plans to turn the pictures into a catalog and donate half of the proceeds to Down syndrome charities.