As a newborn & family photographer, I work with a number of schools every spring to bring portrait photography to Picture Day. I first met Grace when I photographed her preschool’s picture day this spring. It was not only my first time photographing a child with down syndrome, but my first time meeting a child with down syndrome. Photographing Grace left quite an impression on my thoughts. Grace was sweet, gentle and engaging. Her teacher interacted with her during the shoot by saying to her “Grace, looking eyes”. Those words took root in my mind and the idea of my project ‘Looking Eyes’ started to develop. Using our eyes, we not only see the world, but find our place in it and connect to others. Just as Grace’s teacher encouraged her to experience me photographing her, I thought what a perfect title for a project meant to shine a spotlight on these beautiful humans.