The Brightside: Faces of Hope
SALISBURY, Md. – Scott Malone has a passion for photography.
Malone said, “You want to capture emotion, like genuine emotion.”
With every camera shutter, Scott puts that passion to a purpose.
Karla Wynder, a mother said, “It feels good being around people who understand how I feel.”
The women Scott works with have suffered through unimaginable loss. The loss of a child.
Wynder said, “You don’t ever want your children to be forgotten.”
Some have lost one child.
Wynder said, “34 years ago, I gave birth to a very healthy baby girl. She was nine pounds six and a half ounces and just seven weeks later, I woke up one morning and she had passed away in the night.”
Others, like Megan Gray, have lost several.
Gray said, “So we found out we were pregnant and then at 13 weeks, at one of our checkups, we found out there was no more baby.”
After Megan’s first miscarriage, she got pregnant with twins. Just 22 weeks later, she went into early labor.
Gray said, “The first one was born at 22 weeks exactly on June 1st and she was a stillborn. And then the next day her twin sister came and she lived for thirteen minutes and then she passed away.”
After weathering such a dark storm, these women saw a rainbow.
Gray said, “Exactly a year later, our rainbow baby came.”
Wynder said, “I did have three more children after my first daughter Natalie passed.”
Scott holds two free photo shoots a year for these women.
Malone said, “So we do one in the spring or summer and that one is for moms and their rainbow babies to celebrate the rainbow after the storm.”
His second photo shoot, held in the fall, takes place on October 15th, which is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day.
With each photo shoot, these miracle mothers get a sense of community and support.
Gray said, “It definitely gives me encouragement that I’m not alone.”
By putting these photos out for the public to see, the hope is it will inspire someone who may be going through something similar.
Gray said, “I think that’s the comfort behind it. Knowing that I went through it for a purpose. So there was a pain, you know, and now there is a purpose.”
So what exactly inspired Scott to start these photoshoots? His son Callen, who is Scott’s rainbow baby.
Malone said, “In 2015, my wife and I had a miscarriage in between our two boys.”
Callen was born in 2016. Scott’s idea to hold these photo shoots was born not soon after.
Malone said, “So we decided hey, the best way to raise awareness is lets gather a bunch of people we know together and celebrate with them and cry with them.”
It’s said a picture is worth a thousand words… and in this case, those words would be triumph, strength, hope and community.
Wynder said, “There was sunshine after the loss.”
If you have experienced infant loss, or you know someone who has, you can join this incredible group of women by looking up Faces of Hope on Facebook.
If you want to take part in one of Scott’s photoshoots, you can contact him by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, calling him at 443-783-1970, or sending him a message on his Facebook page, Scott Malone Photography.