TORONTO, OCT 1, 2018
How four days at The Hospital for Sick Children changed a photographer’s life and is transforming how other SickKids families remember their journey.
TORONTO, OCTOBER 1, 2018 - The last thing a family rushing off to SickKids is thinking about is grabbing a camera to take photos. But that’s exactly what professional photographer Jen Allison did on March 7th, 2018 when she frantically packed to get to SickKids after a cardiologist called to say she needed to get her son there within the hour. After seven months of being part of the SickKids family, Jen created a photography project that documents the journey of heart families at SickKids, entitled Project Mighty Hearts.
Project Mighty Hearts provides free photo sessions to Heart Families fighting battles at SickKids and at home. It started when professional photographer Jen Allison decided to gift a photo session to a Heart Family for every family session she sells through Jen Allison Photography. She hopes to grow Project Mighty Hearts beyond SickKids Families by adding ambassadors, recruiting more help, accessing more hospitals and impacting more families. To get involved as an ambassador or to gift a session to a Heart Family, please visit: www.projectmightyhearts.com/get-involved.
If you are a heart family interested in a Heart Family session, you can apply here: www.projectmightyhearts.com/apply, and if you are a Heart Healthy Family and want to book your own session that will provide a Heart Family with one, please visit: www.jenallison.ca
To learn more about Jen’s personal story with Jack and her husband Dave, visit www.projectmightyhearts.com
ABOUT JEN ALLISON
Professional Photographer Jen Allison’s life was turned upside down when her two-and-a-half week old son was diagnosed with SVT (supra ventricular tachycardia), a heart disease that is manageable with medication.One in three babies grows out of it. If he doesn’t, there is the possibility of surgery or continuing medication. Her son basically has what she calls a “Mighty Heart” that is supercharged and can run into a race condition that spikes his heart rate.
The first few weeks of motherhood further strengthened her belief in the importance of documenting real and authentic moments of family life. The reality of life is that it’s not planned. Things can go “off-course” and that’s what makes it so amazing and incredible.
“I was inspired to create a photography project documenting the journey of heart families after a life-changing stay at Sick Kids from my own personal experience. I wanted to give the gift of preserving memories to these families who may never get family photos done. I believe that in a world of over-staged, over-posted, manufactured truth it’s about having the confidence to be undeniably yourself and to never have to disguise who you are. I provide an honest and original family photography experience to all of my clients, heart family or not.”
- Jen Allison