A Very Special Prom | Leighton DaCosta, Charleston Special Events Photographer

A Very Special Prom 2019

A Very Special Prom 2019

I had the amazing opportunity to participate in a very cool event earlier this summer. A Very Special Prom (AVSP) is an opportunity for exceptional young adults, ages 14-30, in the Charleston/Low Country area to experience a formal prom. For some, physical and/or mental abilities may limit their attendance and enjoyment of traditional high school proms.

Jessica (on right) giving an interview for the news.

Jessica (on right) giving an interview for the news.

Founded by Jessica Gibbs-Amaro, whose sister Christine lives with Williams Syndrome, was inspired to begin a journey to provide more to those in our society who are often overlooked.

Jessica has passionately championed for events that are geared towards young adults with special needs, AVSP is just one of several events that Jessica has helped bring about in the Low Country.


The Prom was held at the Fire Museum located in North Charleston, SC

The Prom was held at the Fire Museum located in North Charleston, SC

This year’s prom was held at the North Charleston Fie Museum. The prom was free to attendees who were dressed to the hilt.

To find out more information about A Very Special Prom and Jessica’s other projects, please visit For the Exceptional

To view and order photos, please visit HERE: https://leightond.shootproof.com/gallery/avsp-2019/


Leighton DaCosta

Hello, I'm Leighton and I help people around the world tell their story. Let me introduce myself. Whether it's for online dating, or a professional profile, it always seems that the "About Me" section is always the hardest to write. Not because you have nothing to say about yourself, but because you want to be sincere, genuine, interesting, and brief all at the same time. I have never been a fan of writing about me in the third person, like: "Leighton DaCosta, was born in Kingston, Jamaica, and moved to Brooklyn, NY at an early age when his parents wanted to form a new life for themselves and their children. In the third grade, the family moved to Orlando, Fl, where Leighton considers his home town. After spending 3 tours in the Navy, he settled in Jacksonville, and now Miramar, Florida, where he now calls home. Today, still wanted by many, he does work as a fashion and wedding photographer. If you have a wedding(or photo shoot)... if no one else can help... and if you can find him... maybe you can hire... ok.. this is not The A- Team." But you see what I mean? What do you know about me? How can we connect? Did you know that my FAVORITE food is Pizza and Sushi? Or that my favorite color is Purple? When I go to the wine bars, I usually order Mimosas, because even the cheapest champagne tastes great with some good ole OJ. When I travel, I like staying in nice hotels. Not because of the name, (even though I AM partial to Hyatt) but because of the bathrooms. One of my favorite hotels is the Viking in Newport, Rhode Island. Small rooms, but AWESOME bathrooms. I LOVE TO EAT, and eating as much as I have, has led me to be about 100 pounds more than I was in High School... Yeah there is some muscle there, but if it was all muscle, I'm sorry folks, I wouldn't be taking photos, I would be retiring from the NFL. If you want to see some of my favorite dishes, follow me on Instagram. Because of that, I find myself now in the gym more than ever. Trying to stay fit and alive... I workout, so I can EAT! Well that's enough for now, if you want to know more about me, follow my blog. Better yet, I want to find out more about YOU. So let's talk!

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