(Over the next few weeks, I will be thanking the St. Albert electors who have chosen to support me through their signing of my nomination papers.)
Emily Victoria Shelley
I first became aware of newborn bereavement photography in early 2012, but it took me until 2016 to feel ready to volunteer my services to families experiencing loss. This work is easily the most challenging, and the most rewarding, that I have ever undertaken. I feel privileged to be invited into the lives of families at the time of their most intense grief, and I feel blessed being able to show them how perfect their children are, and to give them keepsakes that clearly document the love they have for their babies.
As a photographer, I couldn’t offer this service without the incredible support of volunteers like Emily. The vast majority of the contact I’ve had with Emily has been through urgent texts, with her trying to coordinate volunteer photographers for Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep. Emily is a champion for this organization, and I couldn’t be more honoured that she agreed to stand as one of my nominators.
(I love that St. Albert residents have a deep commitment to volunteerism and community service. Photographer friends: Even if it takes years to think about, consider volunteering with Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep. If this kind of work isn't for you, please consider volunteering with the many wonderful organizations and events that make St. Albert one of the best places to live and raise a family.)