Down Syndrome Super Star #8 – Your Story Photoart

In honor of Down Syndrome Awareness Month, the DSAGSL is recognizing individuals or groups who have gone above and beyond for an individual with Down syndrome and/or the Down syndrome community.

I am nominating Melisa and Jeremy Keltner as Down Syndrome Super Stars. The Keltners own Your Story Photoart Studios and volunteer their professional photography skills to the DSAGSL often.

Each year, the DSAGSL produces a calendar featuring our self-advocates. In order for this to happen, we request that professional photographers donate sessions photographing the individuals with Down syndrome. The Keltners have come back for several years to help with this large project. The calendar, which is pre-ordered and purchased by countless members, wouldn’t be possible without amazing photographers like the Keltners.  I can’t stress how HUGE it is to not only donate their hard earned time and talent, but to produce the quality photos that they do.

The Keltners also help cover our photography needs for several of our large awareness and support events throughout the year! Photos are an irreplaceable component to sharing our mission and faces with our community. They help us tell our stories, successes and goals and without them it would be very difficult.

Lastly, the genuine compassion that Jeremy and Melisa share when working with our self-advocates and families is unmatched. They have become close to several families and really make it apparent that they both love their profession and working with the DSAGSL!

Hats off to Jeremy and Melisa Keltner for a continued job well done!

-Emily Gillardi, DSAGSL Marketing and Communications Manager