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These are photographs of Scarlett, doing things that most other kids don’t have to. Because of abnormalities in her brain, she spent hours each week in therapy before she started walking and talking. Then, she was hospitalized three times for seizures.

But this girl charms everyone she meets with her smile and quirky sense of humor. Now she runs and jumps, and she has tried so hard with speech that she’s surprising us almost every day with new words. 

What she sees other kids do, she wants to do too.

That’s why I photograph her - because she is the bravest, most determined, most resilient, most beautiful little soul in the world. She’s overcome so much, but other challenges await. Her disabilities are going to be with her for life. 

I’m bracing for it to get harder, and though I worry and fear, Scarlett’s enthusiasm, joy, and accomplishments are an inspiration to me. Hopefully, they will be to others as well.