The Superhero Project was inspired by my own little super hero, Apollo. Apollo was born with a double aortic arch, a rare congenital heart defect. Apollo was diagnosed at 18 months old and has undergone two heart surgeries, had a g-tube placed and countless other medical procedures. After seeing how much he enjoyed the super hero images of himself, The Superhero Project was born. I now share my gift of photography with other families of children with special needs. You can see more photos at: Little Earthling Photography.The Superhero Project is designed to help special needs children and their families show the world just how amazing they are!

Victoria was born with Congenital Femoral Deficiency. This means the femur in one leg is shorter than the to her. She is a beautiful, shining girl who will undergo a series of operations to lengthen her leg as she grows. You can learn more about Victoria here


Avery was the first super hero I photographed and I learned so much from her. She was born a preemie and is a twin. Avery has gone through multiple brain surgeries and has a g-tube. 

Little Earthling Photography provides free Superhero sessions to children with special needs.

Cody is a gorgeous red-head who just happened to be born with an extra chromosome. He is the delight of his mother’s life and lights up any room he walks into. 

20140716_4004 bw blogMelanie is a bright and energetic 4 year old, who wakes up every day smiling. Melanie has a diagnosis of autism, as well as epilepsy and sensory processing disorder. Even though these conditions make things a lot harder, Melanie has shown nothing but happiness and perseverance. 

To see more amazing images from The Superhero Project, head over to Little Earthling Photography.

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  1. Julie Hutson

    WOW…What amazing photos! I have a child with special needs and I will find myself dreaming about photos like this. I only wish we lived closer. Every parent or caregiver should be able to experience a photo session like this. Do you happen to know if other photographers participate in the “Super Hero Project”? We are from Saint Louis, Missouri. Way to use your time, gifts, and talents to spread such JOY.

    • bakersdozenandapolloxiv

      Thank you so much! I love doing these sessions and giving this gift to the families. I actually know someone from MO who was inspired by my photos and is doing these. Send me an email and I will get you two in touch with each other.

  2. Beautiful. Looking forward to seeing more.

    • bakersdozenandapolloxiv

      Thank you! I can’t wait to get started on these again.

  3. The wonders of social networking have made it possible for this lovely idea to reach me here in Brighton, England. Such a gorgeous and heart warming idea. I have a very cute range of clothing called Afro Supa Hero – if it would be useful to you in anyway, please let me know:)

    • bakersdozenandapolloxiv

      Those are amazing! I’ll be sending you an email later today.

  4. Yolanda Rosario

    Your photographs capture the light and joy of these children perfectly! Although my son is older (23) I wish I had something like this to show the world that he is just as special as other kids. Thank you for taking these pictures 馃檪 Do you know anyone in the NYC area that takes pictures like these??

    • bakersdozenandapolloxiv

      You are welcome! I am sorry to say I don’t know of anyone else doing these photos.

  5. Gerdie Bosch

    I think what you’re doing is fantastic!!! the nine year old son of a friend of mine is recently diagnosed with Hodgkin Lymfoma. he has to do lots of chemotherapy and he loves superheroes!! I think you are making these kids into the superheroes they are! keep up the good job! love from Holland!

    • bakersdozenandapolloxiv

      Thank you, Gerdie! My sister in law battled Hodgkins Lymphoma long and hard and finally beat it!

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  9. Jenny Barrett

    Hi, I’d love to donate some super swirly Afro Supa Hero capes to your wonderful project. I also have T Shirts and baby bibs featuring the Afro Supa Heroes which you’d be welcome to. I can’t deny of course that this would be a fantastic thing for me to be involved with as a business, but I would also be genuinely honoured to join in the fun of it all with you. It’s such a beautiful idea and the kids look empowered and soooooooo sweet:) Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you’d like me to send any garments.
    Best Wishes

  10. This is remarkable! Such a talent you have and what a blessing to these children and their families.

    • bakersdozenandapolloxiv

      Thanks, Meg! It has been truly amazing to be able to work with these families.

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