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See Me.

Hello to everyone!

Just over a year ago, a fateful conversation took place in my studio that has since brought more purpose, gratitude and love into my life. I accepted one of the most important projects of my career so far.

Early last fall I photographed 31 children and adults for the Waterloo Region Down Syndrome Society’s annual fundraising calendar. True to my Type A personality just taking the photos for the calendar wasn’t enough.

Last October we launched a project entitled, ’31 days 31 faces’. Every morning we released a child’s photo and a quote from their parent(s). The feedback, support and interest in the project was overwhelming. Messages both publicly and privately came in from all over Canada and the US. At the end of the campaign, WRDSS had sold four times the number of their annual fundraising calendar over the previous year.

During the winter I began to think of this years calendar. I thought of these wonderful human beings that I met last year and their families. How was I going to create something special for them again?

This year I began photographing in August. I decided to take the photos in my studio and to present a collection of black and white portraits which focus on the face and soul each individual. Over the course of 31 days 53 people with Down syndrome in our region from the ages of 4 months to 44 years old came to have a photo taken and to participate in this years calendar.

My studio was filled with laughter, a few nerves and so many wonderful people. I am incredibly honoured to present this years project entitled, ‘See Me.’ My name for the project is simple. Everyone just wants to be seen. Not for what they look like on the outside; tall, short, large, thin, black, white, brown, old, young, disabled or not. But seen for who they are as human beings. Compassionate, friendly, funny, empathetic, supportive, helpful, caring. People with aspirations, likes and dislikes. People with friends and families who love them.

It wasn’t that long ago that babies born with Down syndrome were not seen. Many of these babies, children and adults were institutionalized and did not live full lives. They were made fun of, were not understood or valued as members of our society.

Thankfully this has changed and still needs changing. Children with disabilities are integrated into our schools, their families have found support groups and the life expectancy of people with Down syndrome has improved greatly due to better medical care and support from our communities.

It is important to continue to support diversity in our communities and beyond and to teach our children to really SEE people. Please help support this project by sharing these beautiful faces throughout the month of October. Calendars go on sale November 1st. You can see the photos posted daily on the WRDSS Facebook page, One for the Wall Photography Facebook page or on my instagram @oneforthewall. I present…See Me.

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Lexi

An evening with one of my favourite little clients. I have known Mom for well over 10 years and I met up with her one afternoon when Lexi was 8 months old to take her photos. I commented to her Mom that she should contact an agency. Well the rest is history. TV Commercials, Target, Sears and Walmart ads and book covers. She is one busy little girl and I could not be more proud of her. Our session was all about her as a little girl – entering her kindergarten year. Childhood captured.

Much love,

Hilary xo 

 

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Alexis Julia Lyon

Thank you Hilary for capturing Lexi once again. If you zoom in really close, we can see your refleciton in her eyes! Beautiful work.. as always!!!

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Spring!

Hello to everyone!
What is this? A blog post? Goodness it’s been far too long. Long enough that I couldn’t remember the URL to log into the backend!
Half way through the year and I haven’t quite kept up with my promise to blog more OR to hit the gym.
I love dandelion season. Yes weeds excite me:)

xo

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Christine Seip

So talented! Both the photographer and the beautiful model!

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august sisters

These girls. Honestly. They have come to mean so much to me. Five years I have been photographing them. I enjoy seeing them each year…seeing the changes. The teeth, the hair and the personalities becoming stronger and stronger. Thank you for always making these sessions so fun. You remind me so much of my own two (except for the fact that you listen!).

Much love to you both and I will see you again in November with your Mom and Dad! 

– Hilary xo 

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