One Photo Shoot Helps Kids With Functional Needs Live Out Their Dreams Of Becoming Cops

"Their faces just lit up and it was so amazing to watch dreams come to life in front of you."

For one mother, making a difference isn't hard if we "just go for it." In a post shared on the Love What Matters Facebook page, Carrie Lewis, the photographer behind Glass Crown Photography, shares what happened when she reached out to the Rapid City Police Department with an idea. 

"When Halloween was approaching, I came up with the idea to reach out to the community and see if there were any special needs children that wanted to be in their costumes and live out their dreams. I had over 100 families reach out to me and I was shocked at how many parents told me that photographers often don't shoot special needs children," Lewis writes, adding that her own son has functional needs, so "it is a cause that is dear to [her] heart." 

Lewis writes that of the submissions, she heard from three boys who all wanted to be cops: Zane, 13, has Down syndrome. Elliott, 7, has bilateral clubfoot, a coloboma in the left eye, four dead spots in his brain, and was recently diagnosed with cerebral palsy in his legs. Owen, 11, has Angelman syndrome, she explains. 

Lewis then contacted the Rapid City Police Department to see if they would participate in a photoshoot with Zane, Elliott, and Owen. They agreed. 

"They went beyond what I hoped for … They blocked off an entire road, brought four squad cars, and let these kids live their dreams! The kids were able to sit in the front seats, wear the officer jackets and get pictures with all of the cops. Their faces just lit up and it was so amazing to watch dreams come to life in front of you," Lewis writes.

Attached to the post are Lewis' photos, which shows the kids in action and spending time with the officers.

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Finally, Lewis adds that she hopes this shoot encourages other photographers to photograph kids with functional needs.

"I hope people realize that every kid deserves to have their dreams come true," she adds. "I wanted these officers to be recognized for what they did for these kids. For these kids, it meant everything. I am so extremely thankful to work with these kids and to the Rapid City Police Department for making their dreams come true. It's not hard to make a difference, just go for it!"

Check out more from the photoshoot below:

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