Heartfelt is a volunteer organisation of professional photographers dedicated to giving the gift of photographic memories to families who have experienced stillbirth or have children with serious or life threatening illness.
Heartfelt is dedicated to providing this gift in a caring and compassionate manner, with all services free of charge.
By Adrienne Gilligan
I met Meg and Ken at Monash Medical Centre with their perfect identical twin boys. They were dressed in perfectly knitted hats and cardigans.
I gently suggested some relaxed posing and encouraged some loving interaction. Meg and Ken were such natural parents and held their boys with so much love and pride.
I remember watching Ken just gazing into his son’s eyes with total devastation and disbelief on his face. Meg was cuddling and talking to the boys. She kissed them lovingly. She carefully gave them equal attention, one on one and then together. It was such an honour to capture these memories for them.
When the family took their boys home, another session was arranged at the family home. The boys were placed in their cots and dressed in different outfits. Meg and Ken celebrated, cherished and said goodbye to their beautiful boys.
Update: Almost two years on the family welcomed a healthy baby boy.As I look at the photos now, its takes my breath away how strong the bond is between Laura and her child. I am in awe of how Laura looked at her darling boy, so much love, care and tenderness.
“The photos you sent are just beautiful. I cried as I viewed them because you depicted perfectly the beauty I see in my family everyday. No one has ever captured Bella's internal strength and innocence quite like you did."
"Beautiful precious moments with our babies, you capture forever – a gift to a stranger in their darkest moments. That IS HEARTFELT! "
"I appreciate what you do and all your volunteers, you have made my grieving process that little bit easier.
“We would like to express our gratitude for what Heartfelt did, and acknowledge the difficulty the photographers face to be there during such sad circumstances. We are truly grateful for your gift.”