Have you heard of the Butterfly Wishes Network?
The Butterfly Wishes Network is a not-for-profit organisation made up of UK-based professional photographers who would like to offer their services free of charge to families of children with life-shortening conditions*.
Their mission to to find a photographer who will donate their time and services to to those who need us most. These photographers will provide a free session and a minimum of 10 digital images for the family to have, license free.
* Butterfly Wishes Network define the families as being those who have children with a life shortening illness. Life shortening means the child potentially may not grow into an adult. These types of illnesses include, among others, heart failure, liver failure, HIV/Aids, kidney failure needing dialysis, certain forms of cancer, cystic fibrosis, muscular dystrophy and SEVERE cerebral palsy.
Back before Christmas a friend of mine suggested I consider applying to Remember my baby a similar organisation whose focus on photographers volunteering their photography services for the benefit of UK parents losing their baby before, during or shortly after birth. capturing images benefit of UK parents losing their baby before, during or shortly after birth, and although a great cause, I wanted to offer my services to a wide variety, I enjoy capturing magic moments of children of all ages, so Butterfly wishes I felt was more me.
I have already photographed a child with a life limiting condition and I know those family photos will be forever treasured, my own son has been effected by a rare neurological condition and my mum is in a wheelchair and rarely allows me to capture her in photos – so I already know just how precious these pictures could be to a family.
I am delighted to say that I have now been approved to join their network, although I am unable to post any photos directly from the shoots due to parent confidentiality, I would like to use this oportunity to increase awareness of the organisation and you can find out more here: www.butterflywishesnetwork.co.uk