After losing her daughter Evie who had a rare chromosome condition Rachel turned her award winning photographic talent to capturing the beauty and abilities of other children with 'Super Powers' - a term coined by Rachel to flip the deficit mentality often reached for when describing disability.
Rachel travelled the length and breadth of New Zealand meeting ordinary families being made extraordinary through the journeys their children are taking them on. As a result of her travels, Rachel's insights and images offer a fresh understanding and language regarding disability. The stunning photographs of the children alongside the conversations with their parents are presented in the Super Power Baby Project, a photographic art book launched in 2014. The gorgeously lux book was then awarded the Outstanding Book of the Year Award for Independent Spirit in the international 2015 Independent Publishers Book Awards in New York; selected from amongst 6,000 entries from 36 countries.
Rachel’s advocacy, following the launch of the Super Power Baby Project, does not shy from the notion that genetic syndromes bring with them their share of challenge, grief and difficulty but provides a strong message that there is much that lies beyond that. Rachel demonstrates that these children have much to teach us about themselves and ourselves, which is to be celebrated as truly exceptional and is making a positive difference in the lives of all who read the book and hear her message; giving hope to families, challenging the deficit mentality and celebrating uniqueness.
These ideas are being heard far and wide. As well as publishing her transformational book, Rachel has spoken at conferences and expo’s - sharing her message of acceptance, inclusion and hope to audiences throughout New Zealand & Australia.