I wish, I wish

portraits of loss, love and motherhood
“Friends and family, we thank you so much for your well wishes when we reported our pregnancy to you all but we have to say that Baby Petrara will have to wait…”

I read these words on Mother’s Day morning, shortly after my friend Hannah and her husband, Michael, had announced that they were expecting. Just like that, everything changed.

I’ve photographed more than 100 weddings over the past 7 years, bearing witness to the love and joy of countless families. Often, we meet long before the wedding day and keep in touch over the years, and I have been privileged to see these sweet couples take on new roles as husbands, wives and parents.

Sadly, in addition to seeing new families grow, I have also seen friends and loved ones lose the babies they had hoped for; and I have witnessed their quiet grief first-hand.

When I read Michael’s words, I knew that I needed to do something to help, so last summer I began working and collaborating with women who have experienced miscarriages and pregnancy loss on a series of portraits. Through this series, I hope to help raise awareness and encourage an open dialogue about an issue that touches so many of those we love.

I will be sharing the first set of stories from this project throughout October, which is miscarriage and pregnancy loss awareness month. Feel free to follow along either here on the blog, or on instagram using the hashtag #losslovemotherhood