Smash Cake Photo Series Features Three Adorable Down Syndrome Babies

So cute! A new photo series features three gorgeous babies who were born with Down Syndrome smashing their first birthday cakes. 

We always love a good smash cake moment, but this one is something special: Photographer Nicole Starr teamed up with non-profit group Julia's Way to capture a really special smash cake session...times three. 

Nicole Starr

Julia's Way focuses on helping parents, medical professionals and the general public create a better world for those with Down Syndrome, which makes this photo shoot a natural fit—after all, it features three stunning one-year-old girls who met when Julia's Way and Starr teamed up for a shoot to celebrate the breastfeeding moms who nurse children with Down Syndrome. When they realized three of the girls featured had been born three days in a row (at the same hospital no less!), the idea to have them join forces for a smash cake celebration emerged.

Nicole Starr 

The results were absolutely adorable: The three girls, Harper, Catherine and Mae, had remarkable starts in life: All three girls have Down Syndrome, and they all underwent major heart surgery soon after birth. But, as the shoot proves, they're all so happy and completely thriving today.

Nicole Starr 

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Starr called this shoot—and the girls featured in it—"Three of Hearts." 

Nicole Starr 

Isn't this just so precious? We love the idea of having three girls who almost share a birthday smashing their cakes together—and the fact that all three are such little warriors makes this whole thing even sweeter. You can see all the photos and read more about the shoot on Starr's web site.

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