This Portrait Series of Kids With Down Syndrome Will Put a Smile on Your Face

National   |   Sarah Zagorski   |   Oct 15, 2015   |   9:33AM   |   Washington, DC

In Rhode Island, Laura Kilgus runs a photography business called 9ten Photograph but has offered a complimentary photo shoot to families involved with the Down Syndrome Society. In fact, next week she will host a gallery show that will highlight some of the pictures she’s taken of children with Down syndrome. The Down Syndrome Society of Rhode Island works to promote the rights, dignity and potential of those living with Trisomy 21.

Kilgus said the following about her upcoming event: “I want this to be a special night for them to see themselves, and their personalities showcased in this way. Experiencing the contagious joy of these children and how loved they are by their parents and siblings has been the best part of this whole experience.

The Mighty reports that the Rhode Island photographer is close to one family in particular who has a daughter with the condition and was diagnosed with cancer last spring. She said, “The last few months have been very difficult for the family, who have spent a ton of time in and out of Hasbro Children’s Hospital in Providence. I’m so happy to be able to feature Celia in this way at the photo gallery as she has really been a beautiful little person in my life. She’s an amazing little girl. It has been inspiring to meet and spend time with such an incredible, hope-filled family.”

The director of the Down Syndrome Society of Rhode Island, Claudia Lowe, said Kilgus’ pictures really depict how beautiful these children are. She said, “They say a picture says 1,000 words, and with these pictures you get a sense of these who these kids really are. The unconditional love that is unique to these families and that’s something these photos capture.”


As LifeNews previously reported, children with Down syndrome are one of the most discriminated populations in utero and after they are born. Although it is true that our culture has come a long way in regards to accepting children with disabilities, many women still believe abortion is the best solution when faced with a fetal abnormality.

Unfortunately, 90% of women who receive the prenatal diagnosis that their child will have Down syndrome end their life through abortion. This staggering statistic should remind pro-lifers that our work in protecting the disabled is not finished. It is critical that we pass legislation to protect unborn babies with Down syndrome, as well as children with other disorders.

View pictures from Kilgus’ beautiful portrait below: