Be the Change: Love Behind the Lens

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Last week, photos of Rapid City Police Department officers and a few children with disabilities went viral in South Dakota.
Hundreds of shares and likes were proof that these snapshots captured attention and tugged at the heartstrings of locals across the state - but there's an even bigger picture to be seen here.

They say a picture is worth a thousand words.
If you look at the smile at some of the faces in some of the photos taken by Carrie Lewis, it's worth all that and more.

Lewis, a local photographer says, "They were grinning. I had one boy who wouldn't even look at me. He was looking at the lights and the cops and his face just lit up."

Carrie Lewis is the artist behind the heartwarming photos of these three kids, posed with Rapid City Police officers.
Behind the images of these smiling faces - a dream come true for each kid, getting the chance to live out a moment in the life of their heroes.
Lewis says, "The cops let them wear their jackets, wear their badges, and it was just awesome."
But there's a deeper meaning as to why Lewis takes these photos.
She says her son has special needs, and is part of her inspiration behind some of her photography.
Lewis says, "My son, I dressed him up as Thor. I created this crazy photo. He doesn't completely understand what we did but he gets excited about things like that. Even if they can't verbalize how they feel about it -- if I see it in their face, that's all that matters to me.
Since then, she's put out a call for action to parents of children with disabilities with one goal in mind - creating fantasy worlds for them through her lens - from Superman to a pirate to her next project, Batman.
Lewis says, "I didn't expect it to become what it is now. I would love to keep working with kids and love to keep giving people what they dream out. People love stories. That's why they go to movies and why we buy books. We love stories."
What Lewis does is unique, and she says she plans to keep it going after winter passes us by.
Her company, Glass Crown Photography, is making a difference for families, and giving them glimpses of their children as characters they long to be.
Lewis says, "Parents told me a lot of photographers won't take their photos. It was really kind of sad. Hopefully this inspires other photographers who see this campaign to be open-minded to photographing these kids more."

Lewis says when she decided to start this campaign, she had about 100 parents reach out to her.
You can find more of her work on her Facebook page, Glass Crown Photography.