Last spring, as the one year mark of my miscarriage approached, I wanted to do something special in memory of our little one. Mother’s Day was approaching and it was hard for me not to focus on the emptiness I felt knowing that one of my children was missing from my arms. The idea came to offer complimentary remembrance sessions for bereaved mothers in honor of International Bereaved Mother’s Day. I was hoping to allow other moms who had experienced loss to reconnect with their children in a beautiful setting while providing them with a remembrance portrait that they could hold in their arms or display in their homes. I didn’t have much to tangibly hold after our loss but one thing that helped me immensely was a maternity portrait my husband took for me while I was still pregnant with our sweet little baby. He’s taken my maternity portraits with each of our pregnancies and even though I hardly had a bump to show, I wanted that memory to remember this baby alongside our others.
Going into this project I wasn’t sure what to expect but I held onto what that maternity portrait meant to me and how it helped my healing process to begin. I am so grateful for the response I received and for the mothers who were willing to share stories of their precious children with me. It’s incredible to me that I could meet these ladies, most whom I had never met before, for just 10 minutes at a time and laugh and cry with them as they opened their hearts and shared their sweet memories with me. I’ve wanted to share these portraits on my websites time and time again over the past year but I struggled to know the best way to share them. I also didn’t realize how many tender emotions and memories they would bring up. But now the time is right. So, in honor of Bereaved Mother’s Day on May 5th, over the next few days I’ll be sharing the remembrance portraits of these dear mothers I photographed last spring. A big thank you to these amazing women for sharing your stories with us 💕.