This Mother-Daughter Fairy Tale Photo Shoot Will Put Pixie Dust In Your Eyes

img

Meet Giselle.


Giselle’s Garden

She is four years old.


Giselle’s Garden

She has Down syndrome.


Giselle’s Garden

To her parents, she is the world’s most beautiful princess.


Giselle’s Garden

With her adorable energy, it’s hard not to agree with them — Giselle was indeed born a princess.


Giselle’s Garden

Although she is non-verbal, her eyes, smile, and energy say so much.


Giselle’s Garden

Her parents speak to her in a language she understands so well: love.


Giselle’s Garden

Her princess dresses are beautiful.


Giselle’s Garden

Giselle’s Disney costumes were sewn by her mom, Kristina Bewley.


Giselle’s Garden

Bewley said her daughter is sensitive to clothing texture. She learned to sew so she can hand-pick the fabric Giselle wears.


Giselle’s Garden

The Bewley family first went to Disney World last September.


Giselle’s Garden

And it was magical. So they did it again. And again.


Giselle’s Garden

Since they live in Jacksonville, Florida — a three-hour drive from the park — they’re able to go every month.


Giselle’s Garden

Giselle wears a new princess costume every time they visit, usually sewn by her mother.


Giselle’s Garden

One of her favorite friends is Jessie, the cowgirl from “Toy Story.”


Giselle’s Garden

Giselle used to be very shy. But her trips to Disney World has helped her become more outgoing.


Giselle’s Garden

She even “high-fived” a stranger for the first time — a guy dressed as an army man from “Toy Story.”


Giselle’s Garden

The trips, said her mother, allowed Giselle to blossom.


Giselle’s Garden

The 28-year-old mother said she does not want people to be color or disability-blind.


Giselle’s Garden

“Just accept that she has Down syndrome, just like she has brown eyes or dark blond hair. It’s a part of who she is, but it’s not her whole makeup. It’s not all there is to her,” Bewley said.


Giselle’s Garden

She just wants people to treat her daughter like they would any other little girl, who likes having fun and wearing princess dresses.


Giselle’s Garden

Bewley, who is a photographer by profession, admits it’s not very easy to take photos of her daughter.


Giselle’s Garden

“Giselle doesn’t take directions. She can’t be told to pose a certain way or stand at a certain location. Plus, Disney World gets pretty crowded so taking photos of her is definitely a challenge.”


Giselle’s Garden

But for their entire family, the photo sessions are learning opportunities. Bewley has the chance to enhance her skills as a photographer while Giselle learns to become more outgoing.


Giselle’s Garden

Above all else, the lively 4-year-old has taught her parents a beautiful lesson: “She’s definitely taught us to slow down and savor every moment, and really look into finding the beauty in things.”


Giselle’s Garden

Bewley specializes in taking photos of children with special needs. She can be reached through her Facebook page, Giselle’s Garden, which is also her daughter’s official page.

Leave your vote

0 points

Total votes: 0

Upvotes: 0

Upvotes percentage: 0.000000%

Downvotes: 0

Downvotes percentage: 0.000000%

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *