Six Months of Giving
Family….. They come in all shapes and sizes. Big ones, small ones, ones that used to be big and now they aren’t. Ones with just a mum, ones with just a dad. Ones with siblings, ones without. Ones with step parents. Ones with two mums or two dads. Ones with human size holes missing that you just can’t fill.
I am blessed to have such a large, kind and loving family around me, including aunts, uncles, cousins and my nan who is still going strong at 93! See image below
2018 is already a month in. As I grow older, time seems to move faster. I look at my daughter Isla, and marvel at the little girl she is becoming. She will be 6 next month and I can still remember, like it was yesterday, the beautiful crisp sunny day that I brought her home from the hospital.
People who know me know I’m a softie. I can often be found crying at an advert on TV if it moves me. I cry when I’m happy, I cry when I’m sad. I am a sensitive soul and so is my daughter.
Being super sensitive means that I am touched by moments big and small. During these times I go within myself and thank the universe for all I am experiencing. Showing gratitude for all that I have, and all that is happening, even if it’s heartbreaking, as there is always a lesson to be learned.
I believe this makes me a great photographer.
To me, being a photographer means being able to see these moments unfolding in front of you, and then being able to capture them so the moment is never lost.
This year so far, even though we are barely in February, I have seen and heard of so much loss. There has been the loss of a mother to my cousin in law, and the loss of a father of my best friends, friends.
Although I haven’t been directly involved or attended any funerals myself, the people I care about have, and it has just made me take stock and realise how short life is.
I mean we all know life is short. But do we really do enough to cherish it while we can?
Being photography inclined, one of the major things I love to do is to take photos of my loved ones, of the times we share together, the places we go, the things we do. This way we all have those memories to hold on to forever. If any one of us has to leave this world, we have those memories etched onto a photograph as well as our hearts and minds. Photographs don’t fade like memories do.
For 2018 I want to show my gratitude for the skills I have, and the ability to be sensitive to others feelings, needs and losses, by gifting a home/location session and 10 digital images to one family a month for the next 6 months.
I understand this seems silly from a business point of view, and many photographers out there may say I’m being just that. But even though I am running a business and I have Isla to feed, clothe and care for, as well as wages to pay so that Jemma can feed, clothe and care for her son Harley, I want to give back.
I want to give people the opportunity to capture their memories in a way that gives them sorting to hold on to forever, and who maybe wouldn't normally be able to.
Me and my girly making memories
Jemma and her handsom chap
*It may be to a family that has an elderly parent with that they want to capture beautiful images of, but they aren’t mobile enough to come to the studio. I can come to them whether they are at their home or in a care home. Lifestyle images in their own surroundings with their family and loved ones gives everyone something to hold on to.
*Maybe they are in hospital with their precious baby who came too soon, and who is too busy fighting for their life to go home yet. Providing the hospital are ok with it, I would love to come along and take some photos that may be hard to look at at first, but positivity says that all will be fine, and they can visit me at my studio with a happy healthy 1 year old a year later and we can celebrate together!
*Perhaps there is a child suffering with Autism or something similar, and the studio environment would cause too much stress, so I could visit their home, or tag along for a trip to their favourite outdoor location and capture some images without causing too much disturbance and restlessness.
*It could simply be a case of mobility issues, meaning that the studio with its stairs is not a practical or feasible option, but you would love someone to come to your home and capture the memories.
*You could have a member of your family suffering with a terminal illness, and you desperately want to remember them as they are before they get to bad so you have images that will forever be a constant reminder of your love for each other and your family. This is of course an incredibly difficult situation to be in, and I would be honoured to create those images for you in a relaxed and non imposing way.
Your story can be anything, and we would love to hear from you. We will be opening up for submissions between 6th February and 10th February and these can be sent to our email at firstname.lastname@example.org with the reference of: Family Submission.
Only requests send to our email will be eligible for consideration, as its the easiest way to look through them all and keep track. I have a feeling we may be inundated with requests, and I’m so sorry I can’t help everyone for free. Believe me I wish I could.
We will do our absolute best to be as fair as possible when picking our sessions, and may even have to result to names in a hat, as I know we will never be able to deem anyone more worthy than the next person, as everyone is remarkable in their own way.
If you haven’t been lucky enough, I urge you to capture your own memories anyway. A phone snap or video is better than nothing ❤️
Much love xx