Heartwarming photo series turns kids with special needs into superheroes

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Photographer turns special-needs kids into superheroes to build their confidence

One mom's mission to make her son feel strong and powerful after two heart surgeries turned into a touching photo series on the unlimited potential of special-needs kids. "The Superhero Project" features photos of special-needs kids dressed up in costumes to show off their inner superhero.

Renee Bergeron, is the mom and a professional photographer who created "The Superhero Project." She said the goal of the series is to help special-needs children feel confident and strong while raising awareness about children with disabilities.

"I started the project in 2012 by taking pictures of my son, Apollo, who was born with a double aortic arch," wrote Bergeron on her blog, Little Earthling Blog. "In 2012 he had two heart surgeries and a feeding tube placed. I wanted him to view himself as powerful and strong, not as a victim of his unique heart."

Bergeron photographed him shirtless to help him to feel proud of the tube, rather than self-conscious. Without much thought, she turned him into a little superhero using rain boots, a purple cape and swim googles.

"When I saw how much he loved the images, I decided to offer these session to other kids with special needs," wrote Bergeron.

Bergeron offered the photo shoots to families for free.

"My hope is that we can spread awareness about special needs, while giving encouragement to families through the gift of professional photography," wrote Bergeron

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