Last month I did a family session giveaway for National Infertility/Loss Awareness Week! We gifted a family portrait session to two families who have struggled with infertility or loss. We called this promotion the Buckets of Hope Project.
Why an empty bucket? As Newborn Photographers, we are constantly sharing photos of newborn babies on our pages but we are taking a break to share photos of our empty bucket set ups. The empty bucket symbolizes not only the emptiness that women with infertility often feel but it's also a symbol of hope for these women that when their miracle arrives, we will be here to celebrate with them! The acronym PAIL also stands for Pregnancy After Infertility or Loss. If anyone you know is struggling with Pregnancy After Infertility or Loss, please help them find a PAIL support group near them and know that you are never alone. 1 in 8 women struggle with Infertility and 1 in 4 struggle with Loss. We are here for you. ❤
I had initially intended to gift a session to only one family, but had such a hard time choosing, I ended up selecting two families! The first family session was with the beautiful Armstrong family! Jen is a previous co-worker and friend of mine! She taught 7th grade English at the same school where I was teaching 6-8 grade art! Here is the submission they sent in:
As you know, we lost our precious Zachary just a little over a year ago due to his heart defect and DiGeorge Syndrome. Not long after, and not quite planned, we learned we were to have our third and rainbow baby, Audrey. Since she was born, I have wanted to do a family portrait, but have felt tremendous guilt because my whole family is not here physically. I love the idea of the bucket to symbolize my baby boy and think it would send such a beautiful message in the picture.
In honor of sweet Zachary, we included an empty bucket using the color blue which symbolizes DiGeorge Syndrome. Mom did an amazing job choosing outfits for the rest of the family including the stunning yellow dress she is wearing! Sending lots of love to this sweet family!