It seems only fitting that our first blog should tell the story of how we started. I suppose it would be fair to say that the idea had been rumbling about in the heads of many UK photographers for some time, many of us have been asked in the past, to photograph a family for whom our images would become very treasured memories of loved ones.
When you are a really skilled portrait photographer you reach a point where the technical aspects of what we do become second nature and what takes up the important role is capturing emotion, personality and timing it just right, so that the look, the gaze, the smile or the embrace, are captured, holding still forever, a precious moment in time.
Many of us taking part in the Butterfly Wishes Network are self-employed, some hugely successful and others comparatively new to the business but showing great promise and talent. Whatever the background of the photographer, we have come to understand that there is a lot of desire amongst the profession to give something back.
We have learnt through reading more than 100 photographer applications so far that many of our approved photographers are already working with charities in their own communities or fundraising for other causes with their own children through schools and colleges, some are regular visitors at their local hospices and others want to be but don’t know where to start.
One of those rumbling conversations about ‘doing this’ started off again on the 9th of April, only this time something different happened. Instead of fizzling out into an idea we were all mulling over, 12 of us made a decision… let’s actually do this!
It’s been a rollercoaster few weeks so far, defining what our goals are, who we can help, what our commitment to them is, how we should make it happen, who needs to be involved, creating a web presence through a website, Facebook page, Facebook group for our volunteer photographers, a twitter handle, email addresses
This is a long term project. We want every family, who has a child with a life limiting illness, in the UK to have access to a free family portrait through our network.
We want to make memories. We want to support our photographers in building lasting relationships with Hospices and Charities that can connect us with those families who we can help.
We want to become a registered charity.
Please help us by spreading the news of what our Network does. Tell your friends and your families, work colleagues and neighbours.
The Butterfly Wishes Network connects Families with Volunteer Professional Photographers.
Thank you x