There is a foster home here in my neck of the woods of Beijing called Little Flower Projects. Little Flower focuses on “providing specialized care to abandoned infants and nurturing the growth and education of older disabled orphans.” Most of the infants are special needs be it medical, surgical or requiring of hospice care. I was given a wonderful opportunity to put my photography skills to use at Little Flower recently. So far it’s been helping to capture images of the day to day activities of the babies, children and their loving nannies, some of which the organization shares on their facebook page. They already have so many adorable images of these precious babies along with some of their stories. It’s definitely worth a visit to Facebook to take a look and perhaps get involved in the work they are doing for the “least of these.”
I also had the idea to take more formal portraits of individual babies in hopes of one day having these special images given to the adoptive families! How cool would that be?? I absolutely loved photographing these babies. As sad as it is to know that these babies were once abandoned, I felt joy to see their strong spirits and personalities shining through in front of my lens in spite of all the many challenges they have already faced in their young lives. I chose not to edit out any of their surgical scars. It’s part of who they are. The loving care they are receiving at Little Flower seems to radiate through their beautiful eyes. You can sense they know that they are loved, that they are special!
A big thank you to Sau from Monkey Moo Moo (newborn photographers, you’re going to want to get her stuff for your little clients, if you haven’t already!) for her beautiful work in knitting up some outfits for me to dress these precious babies in, and her kind generosity in helping to cover the expensive postage in getting them all the way here to China so quickly!! I can’t wait to go shopping again at her online store. She’s really so talented and her knits are just gorgeous. Thanks again, Sau.
I look forward to sharing more images of these precious babies in the future.