These elaborate, customized portraits of babies will take your breath away
Photographer Angela Forker makes magic happen with her camera and her talent for creating amazing portrait backdrops for babies. And while all her tiny clients look adorable in her photos, she decided to create elaborate portraits for babies with special needs.
And they are, in a word, breathtaking.
Earlier this year, Forker says she wanted to use her talent as a photographer to help make an impact on others. “In February, the idea for the Precious Baby Project was dropped into my heart,” Forker tells Scary Mommy.
She says the idea came to her after a family in her church lost their 15-day-old baby due to a complex medical condition, and she wanted to dedicate the project to her memory.
The Precious Baby Project began in that moment, and really took off. Forker began photographing babies with special needs at no cost to their parents.
Of course, photos this whimsical don’t come without their fair share of preparation. Forker says each scene takes her about 20 hours to create. First, she and the baby’s parents conceptualize a backdrop inspired by the family and child’s interests.
She also researches ways to incorporate the child’s condition or medical accessories and equipment into the photo. Wires, cords, ports, and protective gear all find their way into these magical moments.
Because the creation for each session so much time to complete, Forker says she averages about one or two photoshoots per month. But if you look at these awe-inspiring images, it’s worth the wait.
Forker says the project has taken off for her, and the photos are even displayed at the YMCA and local hospital clinics in her area.
“These precious babies and I are on a mission to change how the world sees babies with special needs. We are raising awareness while spreading hope and joy.”