"Thank you for your part in helping us capture some memories of Sophie. We look on the photos and smile at the memories of her quirkiness and brilliant attitude to life"
This is Sophie
We have been photographing families for over ten years but last year I was asked to photograph a family, whose teenage daughter had terminal cancer. I will never forget that day, walking into the unknown and not really knowing how I would cope, emotionally but the session wasn't focused on death or dying, it was focused on family, on joy, on having fun and climbing trees and by the end, throwing berries at each other! It was the greatest honour to work with Sophie and her family and to capture such treasured moments. Not long after this session, The Robins Project was born.
Sadly, Sophie passed away December 10th 2020. Sophie's Mum, Helen said this about the session "Thank you for your part in helping us capture some memories of Sophie. We look on the photos and smile at the memories of her quirkiness and brilliant attitude to life"
What is The Robins Project?
The Robins Project aims to celebrate the lives of children and adults facing life-threatening conditions. This also extends to parents who are experiencing life-threatening or terminal illness, who may have children between 0-18 years old. We do this by providing professional photography sessions, free-of-charge, to families in need.
We are passionate about providing this service because families caring for a sick child or relative are often financially impacted and cannot afford professional photography services. In many cases, this option is not accessible to them due to in-patient status or inability to leave their home environment. Often, just due to the complexity of having a child or relative with a terminal illness, families are not even able to entertain the idea of a professional photography session.
We don't want our photographs to tell a bleak story about the illness or death. Thats not the story. We want the photographs to change the conversation around death by focusing on the opposite: joy, family, and what it means to truly live. When someone is facing a terminal illness, families come together and special moments happen. The Robins Project offers the ability to capture these times spent together.
Who can refer?
The short answer, anyone. Doctors, social workers and nurses can tell you about The Robins Project but anybody can refer to us. We do ask that before you refer, the parents and family must give verbal consent to the photos. By allowing anyone to refer to us it gives an opportunity for the community to offer something of compassion to those families in need. If you prefer your referral to be sent to us anonymously you must ensure that you have the permission of the parents/family before the photography session can take place.
Due to the nature of the session the families may decide to have them done sooner rather than later. This can allow for a greater depth to the session, because the child or adult may still have the opportunity able to go outside and be able to enjoy it. This can help the family have a reminder of happier times and not just simply a reminder of death or time of death. However, if towards the end of life and the family wanted, we can provide a more intimate session.
How YOU can help
The Robins project relies on donations, sponsors and the generosity of the community and individuals. Without this support we would not be able to provide the sessions to the families at no cost. If you wish to donate, we have a GoFundMe page where you can donate any amount to this project. Click here to DONATE
How to contact TRP or Refer a family
If you would like to contact us please us the contact form below. TRP relies solely on donations to keep the sessions going. If you would like to donate or sponsor a session you can do so at our GoFundMe page.