I have been working on a very special project for quite a while now.
It began a little over a year ago when I was contacted to provide a very special service of photography to a woman in need. She was pregnant with her first child, a son, who would not be joining her home from the hospital following birth.
I think about her quite often and still check in every now and then. Knowing her has made such an impact on my life. She took a risk contacting me to ask if I would help and now it’s my turn to take a risk and give more to Thunder Bay families in need.
My full time job is taking photos of beautiful babies and of their families who are filled with pure joy from the safe arrival of their child. Unfortunately, for quite a large number of families in our city not every story ends in this joy and happiness.
With great pride I introduce to you Angel of Mine; a non-profit organization providing infant remembrance photography to local families suffering from the untimely loss of their newborn.
Think of a situation for a minute where a parent is in crisis and not thinking clearly. Pictures are snapped with shaking hands in between tears. When at home and ready to look at photos of their beloved child they find that their pictures are blurry or didn’t even work out at all.
Many health care professionals understand the great need for this photography that will capture the family’s brief time together and provide many benefits during the difficult healing process. Photos ensure that our memories are captured and available for us to revisit them as we please. Sometimes grieving parents choose to not even look at these photos until much later when they are ready but having them taken is never a decision they regret.
Please know that the photos provided to these families are very different than the photography I do. They are not posed portraits and they are not photos of babies with props like newborn photography provides. These photos are very simple and sensitive images that will focus on the family together as well as their child alone.
Families are always welcome to contact me if they know in advance that they will need this service so please spread the word with your own friends and family because you never know who might be in need.
The hospital will be providing a brochure with information about this service to every family faced with infant loss. It will be included in the package of paperwork and information that is routinely handed out.
Angel of Mine is 100% non-profit and will always remain a volunteer organization.
This is my way of giving back and trying to make the most difficult of situations a tiny bit easier for local families. ♥