CONVERSATIONS WITH... A Viral Kid's Photographer

SmartParents conducts an e-mail interview with Josh Rossi, whose amazing Justice League kids’ photos have taken the Internet by storm…

You might have already seen Josh Rossi’s photos making the rounds on the Internet – a bunch of six kids dressed up as Justice League superheroes, posing resolutely for the camera.

The one thing these kids have in common? They all have a form of disease or disability.

Rossi, who shuttles between Utah and Puerto Rico, says that the idea was to “showcase their inner strength, in a way that would bring a smile to their faces as well as others struggling with similar issues.”



Among them is Kayden Kinckle, a 5-year-old boy and a double amputee, who is dressed as the superhero Cyborg. “In Cyborg’s younger years, he was a healthy boy until he had a horrible accident. His father kept him alive by giving him robotic parts,” Rossi explains on his blog.



Another child, Teagan Pettit, 9, morphs into Superman. Pettit, who was born with half a heart, has already has had three open-heart surgeries. “He and Superman have one weak point, their heart,” Rossi says.


“I wanted to create something my daughter would have forever that showed the fun relationship and the love I have for her.”


It’s not the first time that Rossi, 32, has taken the world by storm with his photos. Married to Roxanna, 29, this dad to 11-month-old Josh, and 3-year-old girl, Nellee, first shot his own little girl in a Wonder Woman costume.

After spending US$1,500 on the handmade leather costume, Rossi used the Wonder Woman movie trailer (the film hadn’t been released yet) as a guide to create some incredible images.

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Nor is it all about superheroes for this super dad. After the Wonder Woman shoot, he created a special project for Nellee. In Rossi’s quest to depict his daughter as Belle from Beauty and the Beast, he recreated the scenes from the movie, travelling all over Europe for a week to shoot castles, cities and provincial villages.


 “I wanted to create something my daughter would have forever that showed the fun relationship and the love I have for her,” Rossi says.