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A gesture worth so much more than mere words

photography workshop

By Howaida Sorour-Roberts

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and it takes at least a thousand words to describe being pregnant! Last month Bill Davidson and Elizabeth Fewer of WMD Photography offered the residents of the Susan Shirley Program a free photo shoot.

“It was just a gesture from us to do something for these young women who might not be able to afford something like that on their own,” said Davidson.

The Susan Shirley Program is a residential maternity home and parent-training centre, that supports young new mother and mothers-to-be through their pregnancy and in the first few months after their baby is born.

“Our clients vary in age from 15 to 24, and we can accommodate up to eight young women at a time,” said Nichole Anderson, founder and executive director of Susan Shirley House.

According to Anderson the ladies who took part in the shoot are ecstatic over the photos.

“Normally they could never afford a luxury like that and Bill managed to capture the personality and essence of each one of the girls beautifully,” said Anderson.

The photos showcase each pregnant young woman separately, recording that very special time of life in a way that made each feel special, according to Anderson.

“The way the photos were taken and the style of each photograph is different for each of the girls,” said Anderson.

The idea for a private photo shoot was dreamed up by Davidson and Fewer this past autumn, shortly after they were asked to set up a photo booth at the Susan Shirley Program’s gala dinner.

“At the gala, they took photos of all the girls present, in their evening gowns and some with their newborns, and I know the girls really cherish them,” said Anderson.

According to Davidson, that experience left quite the impression with him and Fewer and after some discussion they decided they wanted to go one step further.

“So we approached Nichole Anderson and asked if they would be interested in letting us do a photo shoot with the pregnant women for free in return for permission to publish them for our portfolio,” said Davidson.

With the executive director’s blessings, WMD Photography invited the young ladies accompanied by support staff for a photo-shoot at their studio on Russell Street. Apparently Davidson and Fewer pulled out all the stops for the photo shoot, spending hours with the young women, feeding them and making them feel comfortable about posing for their photographs.

“One of the girls is very quiet and shy, but Bill managed to capture her personality perfectly,” said Anderson.

Each girl was then given a copy of the digital photos taken during the shoot.

“Elizabeth and I have discussed this and have decided to make a framed 8X10 print of each young woman’s best shot, and we’ll be dropping them off to the ladies as Christmas gifts,” said Davidson. “We’ve also invited them back to do newborn photos and two of them have since given birth so we’re looking forward to seeing them soon,” said Davidson.

The simple gesture has proven to be much more than the physical photographs each girl is receiving.

“It really helps their sense of self worth as well, to see themselves in a really good photograph that captures them at their best,” said Anderson.

 

 

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A gesture worth so much more than mere words

photography workshop

By Howaida Sorour-Roberts

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and it takes at least a thousand words to describe being pregnant! Last month Bill Davidson and Elizabeth Fewer of WMD Photography offered the residents of the Susan Shirley Program a free photo shoot.

“It was just a gesture from us to do something for these young women who might not be able to afford something like that on their own,” said Davidson.

The Susan Shirley Program is a residential maternity home and parent-training centre, that supports young new mother and mothers-to-be through their pregnancy and in the first few months after their baby is born.

“Our clients vary in age from 15 to 24, and we can accommodate up to eight young women at a time,” said Nichole Anderson, founder and executive director of Susan Shirley House.

According to Anderson the ladies who took part in the shoot are ecstatic over the photos.

“Normally they could never afford a luxury like that and Bill managed to capture the personality and essence of each one of the girls beautifully,” said Anderson.

The photos showcase each pregnant young woman separately, recording that very special time of life in a way that made each feel special, according to Anderson.

“The way the photos were taken and the style of each photograph is different for each of the girls,” said Anderson.

The idea for a private photo shoot was dreamed up by Davidson and Fewer this past autumn, shortly after they were asked to set up a photo booth at the Susan Shirley Program’s gala dinner.

“At the gala, they took photos of all the girls present, in their evening gowns and some with their newborns, and I know the girls really cherish them,” said Anderson.

According to Davidson, that experience left quite the impression with him and Fewer and after some discussion they decided they wanted to go one step further.

“So we approached Nichole Anderson and asked if they would be interested in letting us do a photo shoot with the pregnant women for free in return for permission to publish them for our portfolio,” said Davidson.

With the executive director’s blessings, WMD Photography invited the young ladies accompanied by support staff for a photo-shoot at their studio on Russell Street. Apparently Davidson and Fewer pulled out all the stops for the photo shoot, spending hours with the young women, feeding them and making them feel comfortable about posing for their photographs.

“One of the girls is very quiet and shy, but Bill managed to capture her personality perfectly,” said Anderson.

Each girl was then given a copy of the digital photos taken during the shoot.

“Elizabeth and I have discussed this and have decided to make a framed 8X10 print of each young woman’s best shot, and we’ll be dropping them off to the ladies as Christmas gifts,” said Davidson. “We’ve also invited them back to do newborn photos and two of them have since given birth so we’re looking forward to seeing them soon,” said Davidson.

The simple gesture has proven to be much more than the physical photographs each girl is receiving.

“It really helps their sense of self worth as well, to see themselves in a really good photograph that captures them at their best,” said Anderson.

 

 

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