We are offering the gift of remembrance photography to parents in our community who suffer the loss of their baby. We hope our gift will bring some peace and comfort during this very difficult time.
Our aim, with gentleness and sensitivity, is to provide parents with beautiful images of their little one, showing the bond they have, and the depth of love they shared. These photographs can be an important part of the healing process. They are cherished momentos that capture forever the precious time with their baby.
Parents often at first don't consider receiving photographs of their baby, but are always glad that they did. You don't have to look at them right away, but they will be there when you feel ready. You cannot take this moment back, recording memories now will ultimately bring comfort and honour the little life that is forever loved and remembered.
The desire to offer this service was born out of my own experience; I wish I'd had a professional photographer to take pictures of Lily and her family. Though I had my camera, and we took lots of pictures, it wasn't an easy thing to do when everyone is so emotional and grieving. None of us had the capacity to foresee the type of images we would have really loved to have. At this time of intense pain it is difficult to direct or focus on anything.
Some of the pictures I took were retouched for us, very kindly by a photographer in Manchester, I am eternally grateful to her for this gift to us. However this too was stressful to organise at the time when we were planning Lily's funeral, but it felt utterly necessary and urgent for me to have these beautiful images of my little baby.
We made a photoboard for the gathering we held for Lily after her funeral, it recorded our journey together through pregnancy, including pictures of her stillborn. It was our way of honouring her tiny life, and of showing her beauty to our friends and family members who didn't get to meet her after her birth. It helped me to celebrate her existance, by sharing with friends these images of Lily, we were all more able to acknowledge her presence and mourn her absence.
We have framed pictures of Lily displayed in our home, they are lovely reminders of a truly beautiful spirit that graced this earth for too little time.
Remembrance Photography Helps Families to Heal
We are blessed to have on our team the wonderful Eleanor Postlethwaite from Photo Baby, we co-founded Tigerlily Trust.
Eleanor had infact kindly offered to come and photograph us with Lily while we were in hospital, but sadly at the time I felt like it was too much to ask. I regret this deeply, as I know now how special it is to have someone offer their care and expertise at such an incredibly intense time in one's life.
It is a result of our shared experience that Eleanor and I felt it was so important to give other parents the opportunity to have this special gift.
Eleanor will come at your request to photograph you and your little one while in hospital. We will then put together a selection of images for you that have been professionally retouched to create your remembrance portraits. These will be given to you as full copyright released high resolution Jpeg images sent to your email address.
The photo sessions usually takes between 15 and 45 minutes, depending on what you would like doing, this can be extended to suit your needs should you require longer.
To request this service either
contact us directly firstname.lastname@example.org or call 015395 33872
contact Eleanor directly email@example.com or call 01524 555 789
or ask a member of the hospital staff to contact us for you.
Tips for Families
Contact a photographer from Tigerlily Trust as soon as you know you need the services. Contact us as stated above so that we can secure a time for your photographer to take the session. If you have a fatal diagnosis weeks or months before the due date, you can still contact us so we are aware you would like Remembrance Photography.
You may want to bring special keepsakes, a blanket and clothing for your baby to help get several different poses. If you purchase clothing, consider what size your baby will be when he/she is born, so you may need to purchase preemie clothing.
Bring your own camera to the hospital and take photographs. Sometimes it takes up to eight weeks for the professional images to be delivered. You will likely want some of your own photographs until the professional ones arrive.
Once you receive the images, make several copies. Copy the images on other CDs/DVDs as well as external hard drives. Give copies to family members and friends and keep a copy in a safe deposit box. Be sure to keep copies in different locations. You want to assure that if something happened to the original copy that you have back ups.
In addition to making back up electronic files, be sure to print all the images on paper. Years down the road, a CD and/or an external hard drive, as a back up method may not be adequate.
The photos on the CD are sized for the standard 2:3 ratio, which means using the whole frame will yield prints of 4×6, 6×9, 8×12, etc. In most cases there is adequate room to allow cropping to 5×7 or 8×10 with no problem.
For best quality printing, be sure to tell the printer to turn off ALL automatic printing features. These images are typically black & white and any “auto” correction will likely degrade the image. It is IMPORTANT to tell the printer to print the images as B&W. Printing in color will add an unpleasant colorcast. Printing locations such as the large discount stores or grocery stores are not your best choice. A real photo facility or photo lab is your best choice and will increase the probability of someone actually knowing how to turn off the auto feature and print black & white images.
October 15th International Pregnancy & Infant Loss Awareness Day + Global Wave of Light
We are very grateful to Scott and Claire for their generous hospitality in hosting us for our annual Remembra
nce Celebration. We invite you to join us for a very special evening remembering and celebrating all our babies and children gone to soon.
On this special date, we will light candles and be part of the global wave of light around the world. It will be an evening of remembering and honouring our babies, sharing and connecting with those who have travelled this path and those who help us to travel it.
If you would like to come along, please join our event on Facebook - to help us prepare for accommodating you.
Doors open 6pm please come early to allow time for candle lighting and putting an angel on our remembrance tree in memory of your baby or child.
There will be tea and coffee afterwards and time to talk and connect with each other.
We hope to see you there, message or email Val with any questions you may have, I will do my best to answer -
We understand that some of you may wish to join us for the Remembrance Celebration but be unable to attend - with this in mind we would like to offer you a way to include your precious babies too. If you send us their name in an email we will honour them by lighting a candle for them and speaking their name with all our babies during the ceremony.
United we honour our precious ones, together we help each other to heal.
Love and blessings, Val x x x