A few weeks ago, while researching photographic package rates and photogs sites, I delved further into one of my favourite Oz photographers blogs, and found that she gave complimentary sessions to women who have or have had breast cancer (check her Think Pink link on her photography site). I thought that was a wonderful idea, and I’ve never heard of it in South Africa. I followed the links from her site, and found the most wonderful worldwide organisation of photographers who do the same thing.
Anyhoo, an idea has been brewing in my mind since then.
As many of you know, my youngest son was born at 35 weeks, and was in NICU for 16 days. During that time I took photos of him, but it was very hard for me to do. I wanted to record everything that he went through, and it was a way to show everyone what he looked like. The only way I spoke about him at the time, was through my blog. I couldn’t deal with one-on-one discussions with people about him at the time. My blog records and the photos are wonderful for me now. I often send links to my blog to people going through the same thing, and it serves as a reminder about how far he’s come.
My idea is to record those memories for other people. I’d like to give free sessions to families whose babies are in NICU, or failing that (because I doubt I’ll be allowed in NICU)… take family portraits when the baby finally comes home.
I’m not sure how to go about starting this, and I think I’ll only really pursue it in a few months time, but I think it’ll be a worthwhile endevour, what do you all think?
The reason I’m posting about this today, is I found a photographer (via another blog) who does just that… in the US. I wonder whether there are people doing that here in South Africa?