Heartfelt is a volunteer organisation of professional photographers dedicated to giving the gift of photographic memories to families who have experienced stillbirth or have children with serious or life threatening illness.
Heartfelt is dedicated to providing this gift in a caring and compassionate manner, with all services free of charge.
By Lee Illfield
James and Laura had enormous pride and love for their darling boy, Linik. It radiated throughout the room, along with great support for each other.
I was introduced to Linik, ‘Link’ and told about the history of his name. I watched and captured these new parents as they talked and cried and loved their little boy. I captured moments as they touched his hands, held his perfect little feet, admired his little nose with a smile and brushed his hair. Capturing moments of absolute sadness and heartbreak and moments of joy of these new parents.
As I look at the photos now, its takes my breath away how strong the bond is between Laura and her child. I am in awe of how Laura looked at her darling boy, so much love, care and tenderness.
Update: I recently bumped into Laura and James at a café and was delighted to learn they are pregnant again! As she said, their little one will have a special big brother and his very own guardian angel! Laura is the most amazing woman and with inspiration from Link she has started a company named Link and Luna. She is a spokesperson for stillbirth in the community.
“The photos you sent are just beautiful. I cried as I viewed them because you depicted perfectly the beauty I see in my family everyday. No one has ever captured Bella's internal strength and innocence quite like you did."
"Beautiful precious moments with our babies, you capture forever – a gift to a stranger in their darkest moments. That IS HEARTFELT! "
"I appreciate what you do and all your volunteers, you have made my grieving process that little bit easier.
“We would like to express our gratitude for what Heartfelt did, and acknowledge the difficulty the photographers face to be there during such sad circumstances. We are truly grateful for your gift.”