Main Photo: Pregnant mum and big sister embracing the precious egg. Awarded Gold at the Rise international photography awards.
The creation of this image began when we first met Chloe and she shared her story with us. We were deeply moved by their loss of the previous baby by miscarriage and the extra significance that it brought to this new pregnancy. This meant that not only did their art need to celebrate the joy and excitement of the new baby but also remembrance of the one they loved dearly and lost all too soon. Chloe is a very kind, friendly and resilient person who has endured through sorrow and uncertainty. She told us about how they had gotten to see their baby boys tiny fingers and toes on the last ultrasound and how hard it had been for Dad and older sister as well. She hopes that sharing her story will help other mums who have had similar experiences feel that they are not alone in their pain and feel validated in something that is not often given the acknowledgment it should.
Chloe carrying baby Amaia in a rainbow floral bed
When it came to the shoot there were a lot of features and elements being applied which were beautiful yet seemingly random to everyone except Chelsea. Everything had a purpose; the gold against the black displaying beauty, strength and celebration while coming out of a place of darkness and pain. The chaotic movement of the gown representing the memory of the turmoil they experienced, while even the rounded shape behind them is echoing the previous pregnancy. Contrasting the movement of the golden fabric is their still and sturdy appearance symbolising strength and courage. Their posing and expression is that of sorrow not only for the lost child but also love and connection for the new baby which is now a healthy baby girl.
Mum doting on newborn baby Amaia wrapped in the same gold used in the maternity image
Of further importance is that October was Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month which was first declared by President Ronald Reagan on 25 October 1988.
On that day Reagan said:
“When a child loses his parent, they are called an orphan. When a spouse loses her or his partner, they are called a widow or widower. When parents lose their child, there isn’t a word to describe them.”
Reagan continued to say that he wanted the world to gain awareness of this significant pain and loss experienced by so many across the world, and to provide resources to those who need them. There are so many amazing organisations out there that provide services to help those who need it, such as Sands, Heartfelt and NILMDTS, all of which are there to help heal and provide support. Photography is just one way that grieving parents can remember and cherish their memories, even the painful ones, so that they can feel connected to all their children.
Newborn family portrait including remembrance of the baby boy by the neck tattoo and the angel wing necklace worn by baby Amaia.
Art often captures the beauty in pain and loss, allowing the viewer to experience the art in their own personal way. Capturing the loss of a child in subtle ways for parents, within their photographic session, allows them to honour their lost babies with a beautiful celebration of life that they can display and cherish forever. Chloe has expressed huge thanks for her beautiful photography and how much her family and friends love the images and we are very grateful to have had the opportunity to create it for them.