This is Jen and her son Jack. I was invited to spend a morning with them at a parent friendly workspace where Jen goes to work on her photography business when she’s not shooting. The space was consumed by a buzz of productivity combined with support as the parents balanced parenthood with business. Jen focuses on family and branding photography using a natural approach to capturing her subjects honestly while ensuring everyone is having fun.
A couple weeks after giving birth to Jack she was met with an impactful experience that would reframe her relationship to family photography. Jen received an urgent phone call from a cardiologist insisting she bring Jack to Sick Kids within the hour. He was diagnosed with SVT (supra ventricular tachycardia), a heart disease that causes his heart rate to spike arbitrarily. Needless to say this is not the experience new mothers are hoping for but Jen didn’t dwell in despair. She remained strong for Jack, allowed herself to be educated and documented his experience as she had somehow thought to grab her camera when she was rushing her son to the hospital. Gotta love that photographer’s intuition. “He deserves to have this part of his story preserved in time for his future self.”
Little did she know that the photos she took of Jack accessorized with tubes and monitors would turn out to be the inspiration behind the creation of Project Mighty Hearts. Her experience at Sick Kids shun a spotlight on the fact that 1 in 100 babies are born with heart disease. Most people would never know this as it’s rarely, if ever, documented/shared. Well not anymore as Jen is on a mission to provide what she calls “heart families” with free in hospital photo sessions that document their integral life experience of welcoming a "heart baby". Project Mighty Hearts is made up of a simplistic one-for-one model. Jen donates one session for every session that is purchased. So, if you are ever thinking of hiring a family photographer, by hiring Jen not only do you get a talented and specialized photographer, you also get to be on the giving end of a very meaningful gift.