In all my years of working with individuals, companies and charities, I’ve never quite met anyone as moving and close to my heart as the Butterfly Wishes Network.
BWN is a non-profit organisation that invites volunteer photographers to help families gain photos of their child who is suffering from a life threatening illness. The very second I heard about them, I got in contact with Liz Wood (who helps to organise BWN) and pleaded to get on board.
One very memorable day a few months ago, I had an experience that will stay with me forever. A local family learned that their child (suffering with ‘SWAN’ syndrome) was suddenly going downhill and only had one more day to live. Without hesitation I dropped everything to drive to the hospice and take some photos of the family as they said their last goodbyes to their dear daughter. How brave they all were to contact BWN, and I’ll never forget the moment I handed over the set of images, knowing they will help act as the ultimate memento.
I regularly talk to Liz Wood about BWN and what they stand for. I simply wanted to help more…
So I offered my services to start a journey of filming a promo for BWN – to help them gain the exposure they deserve, as well as to help educate new volunteers and visitors to their site.
Yesterday, an amazing workshop was organised to help current members of BWN learn a bit more about OCF (off-camera-flash). The most excellent tutor was Rob Mank, with organisation/styling by Liz and Samira, and styling props by Kitty’s Boutique. I filmed the workshop, and will use this footage as part of the end promo. I’ll be sure to update everyone on that.
For now, here are some of the photos I took, plus behind-the-scenes photos + film framegrabs: