Meet Kaysen - A Portrait Session for National Down Syndrome Awareness Month

Kaysen has the biggest smile, and such an infectious giggle that everyone around can’t help but laugh with him.

He is such a little sweetheart, and I absolutely loved photographing him this month as part of our annual passion project in honor of National Down Syndrome Awareness Month. When he saw that I had my camera, he was eager to sit down and pose, and he completely melted our hearts with his beautiful personality.

Nicole Starr Photography | Saratoga Springs NY and Boston MA children's photographer, National Down Syndrome Awareness Month, NDSAM, Down syndrome advocacy, special needs photographer, Down syndrome awareness

Kaysen’s big sister joined us for a few portraits, and I loved watching the two of them interact and cuddle up together. He adores her! They have such a strong bond, and you can already tell that she watches out for her little brother while also being his biggest fan.

Nicole Starr Photography | Saratoga Springs NY and Boston MA children's photographer, National Down Syndrome Awareness Month, NDSAM, Down syndrome advocacy, special needs photographer, Down syndrome awareness
Nicole Starr Photography | Saratoga Springs NY and Boston MA children's photographer, National Down Syndrome Awareness Month, NDSAM, Down syndrome advocacy, special needs photographer, Down syndrome awareness, family with special needs, children with Down syndrome
Nicole Starr Photography | Saratoga Springs NY and Boston MA children's photographer, National Down Syndrome Awareness Month, NDSAM, Down syndrome advocacy, special needs photographer, Down syndrome awareness, family with special needs, children with Down syndrome

From his mama:

”Kaysen has been special from day 1. He is an IUI baby and after years of trying, he was chosen for us. Kaysen has a more rare form of DS. It's called Robertsonian Translocation 21;21. This means instead of having a full 3rd- 21st chromosome, he has a 3rd attached to one of his current 21st which makes it extended. He was born without a diagnosis and it took 8 weeks to finally narrow down what it was.

”He is energetic, full of life and hysterical. His smile is quite the lady killer… and he knows it! He adores his 13 year old sister, Arabella. Kaysen has exceeded expectations and continues to defy odds. He keeps his therapists on their toes!”

Nicole Starr Photography | Saratoga Springs NY and Boston MA children's photographer, National Down Syndrome Awareness Month, NDSAM, Down syndrome advocacy, special needs photographer, Down syndrome awareness, family with special needs, children with Down syndrome
Nicole Starr Photography | Saratoga Springs NY and Boston MA children's photographer, National Down Syndrome Awareness Month, NDSAM, Down syndrome advocacy, special needs photographer, Down syndrome awareness, family with special needs, children with Down syndrome

I absolutely loved meeting this special little guy and his family, and I’m so glad we were able to capture these beautiful portraits for them to enjoy!

Nicole Starr Photography | Saratoga Springs NY and Boston MA children's photographer, National Down Syndrome Awareness Month, NDSAM, Down syndrome advocacy, special needs photographer, Down syndrome awareness, family with special needs, children with Down syndrome
Nicole Starr Photography | Saratoga Springs NY and Boston MA children's photographer, National Down Syndrome Awareness Month, NDSAM, Down syndrome advocacy, special needs photographer, Down syndrome awareness, family with special needs, children with Down syndrome