IVLEEN & CHAN: A ROMANTIC MATERNITY SESSION
You know that fire in your soul kind of love? This couple undeniably had a love connection like no other. I was able to capture them so beautifully.
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PERSONAL: WHY I DECIDED TO BECOME A PHOTOGRAPHER
Here my personal story on how I fell into my career as a professional photographer.
June 5, 2018
I have a passion for photography. The moment I began my business I knew that I wanted to give back to my community. The question was what fits into my life? I needed to find something I was passionate about to give back too. When Carina of Details Photography approached me about becoming a NILMDTS volunteer, I had a touch of hesitation. NILMDTS, is a non-profit organization, is a group of professional photographers who take remembrance portraits of babies that pass too soon. Could I be there for these families? Could I do my job well with the sadness? It took me about a year to decide. I was busy at home with raising my three little boys. Did I have the time to dedicate to this volunteer opportunity? I decided that it was now or never. Here I am three years later, so passionate about perinatal loss photography.
I am passionate because I want to help break the silence. I want families to remember the tiny details of their babies that were taken from them too soon. I want to help families begin their healing process. I want their siblings to remember their angel brothers and sisters. So here I am everyone. Front and center speaking out. I have had loss in my own family. My baby sister went to heaven at 24 weeks. In my own experience, I had a loss at 8 weeks. I know how this effects people. Through my work, I have been able to heal from my own losses. So thank you for following me and my journey with perinatal loss photography.
I have recently been recruited as a board member of a wonderful non-profit organization called Twinkle Star Project. If you have not heard of this amazing project, you need to check out the details at www.twinklestarproject.com. I am so excited for the impact that I can make with being involved in this wonderful project. These woman are profound and just as passionate as I am about perinatal loss and helping others. When we collide those passions, amazing things can sure happen in our community. I wanted to ensure that when I started my passion project that the funds I raised went to an amazing cause to help perinatal loss families. So all proceeds, from the sale of my digital files from my passion project, will be donated to the Twinkle Star Project. This will help with the costs to produce amazing momentos for babies that pass far too soon. If you wish to make a donation please follow the link below:
Without further adue, I would like to introduce to you Carmen. Carmen was so generous with stopping into the studio to kick off my perinatal loss passion project. I got to honour Declan’s memory with his Mommy. I have to tell you that these woman I meet have the strength of warriors. To be able to share their stories to help others. It is just so freaking amazing. These woman amaze me. In all of this, I have learned so much from these beautiful woman.
On March 29, 2015 I gave birth to the most beautiful baby boy one could ever lay their eyes on, Declan Wayne Schlamp. I was 35 weeks 5 days gestation when I last felt his strong kick in my right ribcage. Usually around 9 P.M I would do kick counts and that night he wasn’t kicking- I instantly knew something wasn’t right. I called labor and delivery in Regina and they told me since I was an hour away that I should come but not to worry, some babies like to scare their moms. I was admitted and the nurse came in to put the bands, there wasn’t a sound of a heart beat. She left the room instantly without saying a word and then a doctor came in with a table side ultrasound, put some gel on my stomach looked around briefly and said, “your baby died, you’ll have to come back in the morning for another ultrasound. You can go home or stay in the city for the night.” I was sent home with a book; when hello means goodbye and was to expect a call in the morning. At that moment my life shattered into pieces, I had never heard of anything like this happening before! The next day I got the call for an ultrasound in the morning and then was sent to labor and delivery. Due to a true knot I gave birth to a 5lb 11oz Baby Boy at 11:51 P.M on March 29, 2015. The month of March will never be the same; it comes with bitter tears and broken hearts, darkness after the lights go out and deep deep sorrow but most importantly he only knew what true love felt like.