Warning: Imagery of stillbirth that may be triggering for some readers.
Fourteen top Queensland portrait photographers have joined forces in a unique charity drive to educate expectant parents and support families who’ve suffered the loss of a pregnancy or baby.
Earthside Collective sees in-demand photographers, normally in competition with each other, “give back” to deserving families via charity Gift Sessions – maternity, newborn and lifestyle portrait photography sittings.
The gift sessions will be donated to 26 families per year who have overcome the loss of a pregnancy or baby or experienced premature birth, who are now celebrating the safe arrival of a “rainbow baby”. The term “rainbow baby” refers to a baby born to parents who previously suffered a miscarriage or stillbirth.
Brisbane’s Tanya Love of Tanya Love Portrait (pictured below, at work) – one of the founding members of Earthside Collective – said the community had embraced the charity concept following the recent launch of www.earthsidecollective.com.au.
“We had a simple idea and we never dreamed that it could be so great!” Ms Love says. “It has taken many months to get off the ground, but we certainly launched with a bang. The reactions and support from people have been amazing.
“Many of us have worked with families through the organisation, Heartfelt, seeing their sorrow and grief as they struggle through the loss of a baby. Some of us have lost babies of our own. We wanted to offer a service to those families who find themselves welcoming a child after a previous loss.
“We know that while exciting, subsequent pregnancies and births can be fraught with anxiety and fear and we decided that offering gift sessions is a way that we can not only celebrate with the family, but also support them in such an emotional journey.”
The Earthside Collective website also provides resources for expectant parents when planning how to document the impending birth of their child through photography. Each of the 14 participating photographers’ profiles is showcased, as are the services, products and support offered by the group. Guest blog posts from birth-related industry professionals such as doulas, midwives, infant chiropractors and more will also play a pivotal role in building the resource.
Having met through their joint love of volunteer charity work, the photographers are continuing their ethos of “giving back” via Earthside Collective. Brisbane newborn photographer Luisa Dunn says she relishes being a part of the charity campaign. “For me, giving back is about the heart and soul of the person who is only complete when they are paying it forward,” Ms Dunn says. “Given our skills as family photographers, we felt that offering gifted sessions was the perfect way to help families and fulfill a need in the community.”
For more information, contact Tanya Love on 0458 006 740, visit www.earthsidecollective.com.au, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.