Each person is beautiful, regardless of whom they were conceived as. This is the main thought that British picture taker Nicole Louise Perkins needs to share with the earth with her stunning ‘Down With Disney’ campaign that commends kids who have Down Syndrome.
During several spectacular photograph shoots, Perkins snapped pictures of children dressed as different characters from Disney movies: from ‘The Little Mermaid’ to ‘The Lion King’ and many more. In an interview, Perkins clarified what the motivation for the campaign was, what the significance of it was, and the meaning of it.
“I created ‘Down With Disney’ because last year I began my awareness/celebration campaigns. I had done a Down Syndrome awareness campaign ‘Down Right Beautiful’ and it got a lot of interest.”
“It was full of information that would hopefully help new parents. As my following on social media grew with parents of children with Down Syndrome, I wanted to do something for them again this year which is where ‘Down With Disney’ came from. I absolutely love Disney and I know I am not alone, so I thought this would be perfect.”
Look down to have a look at the other part of the interesting interview with Perkins, including her guidance for different other photographers, and of what drives her enthusiasm for her career.
Photographer Nicole Louise Perkins Snapped Photographs of Children With Down Syndrome dressed Like Disney Characters
The Photographer, Nicole Louise Perkins wants to increase realization about Down Syndrome, and convey that beauty can be discovered all over the world.
As stated by Perkins, the ‘Down With Disney’ program had its own challenges. Some of those challenges included financial issues. “The greatest challenge was knowing when to stop. I could have gone on forever with these photo shoots but the props and everything is just expensive.”
“Well worth it though to see the joy my images have brought to everyone,” she said that she is not sad even a little about the money which she had spent on this campaign. She’s also happily surprised by the replies that the community has had to her campaign. “The reaction has been amazing I never imagined I would go viral! It’s been a crazy few months but absolutely amazing at the same time.”
“I couldn’t be happier,” she stated.
Perkins said that she adored photography even when she was a little child. But her way to growing and developing herself as a professional photographer was a longer journey, winding and helped her combine two contrasting passions.
“I’ve always loved photography, but I wasn’t sure I would be able to get a job straight away after college if I studied it, so I did childcare instead.”
“My last placement at college was in a special needs school. It seriously changed my life, I still work there to this day due to falling in love with people who have special needs,” she described. “I taught myself photography on the side and started up my own business with that. When I was happy with where I was photography-wise, I thought I would put my two loves in life together.”
Her guidance to other photographers who are feeling shy to publish their photographs publicly or to do campaigns that go beyond the ordinary thinking of human beings was easy: “I would say go for it.”
“I spent a very long time trying to be like everyone else getting those newborn poses right, but then I realized that it just wasn’t the style I wanted to do. So I stopped and done them my way instead.”
“I have always wanted to put my love for photography with my love for people with special needs and the day I did that was when I realized this is what I am best at,” Perkins said. “Show off your work: people will either like it or they won’t, it doesn’t matter as long as you have been true to yourself.”