Jessica Vallia Photography

Barista Helps Wheelchair-Bound Teen After Rain Ruins Senior Photo Shoot

July 19, 2018 - 11:41 am

By Meredith Ganzman/Joe Cingrana

A Starbucks employee did not let pouring rain and hurricane winds stop 17-year-old Sydney Johansson from taking her senior pictures.

Sydney has cerebral palsy and is wheelchair-bound, and when the weather in their Colorado town turned torrential the family needed to quickly move the photo session indoors. Starbucks was their only option nearby and Sydney’s mom Laura was so relieved when the coffee shop welcomed them inside and turned the space into a photo studio.

The staff went above and beyond to help the family. One employee, Chris, even got soaked helping the teen out of her car. Others whipped up hot chocolate to warm everyone up and made signs for Sydney to spruce up the backdrop.

Photographer Jessica Vallia said in a blog on Love What Matters, "So often we hear about the negative, I wanted to share this to focus on the GOOD. The truly good deed a person we’d never met did to make our day special!"

Graduation may still be a year away, but with this photo shoot, Sydney's senior year is already off to a great start. These pictures prove that kindness brews in the most unexpected places.