ONE- Blog Circle is a project I have joined with several other very talented photographers. At the beginning of each month we will be sharing ONE image that spoke to our hearts from the month before. I don't like to think of it as the "favorite image" of the month because I believe all of my images work together to tell a story, our story.
This month I am so blessed to say that all of the supportive and wonderful women in this blog circle joined in on The Paper Heart Project.
What is The Paper Heart Project you might be asking yourself. This project is a campaign to spread awareness about Congenital Heart Defects also known as CHDs. Three years ago I created this project as a way to spread awareness to others about Congenital Heart Defects during the month of February. CHD is a silent serial killer that many know nothing about, yet are the most common birth defect.
You may be wondering why I created this campaign. Congenital Heart Defects are a big part of my life. My 4-year-old son SJ was born with 10 different CHDs. He has undergone 3 open heart surgeries, 1 intestinal surgery and 75 other procedures that include sedated MRIs, Heart Caths, x-rays and Eco’s, just to name a few. As you can see the pediatric heart world is a big part of my world. February is heart month and it is a time where I pour a lot of my attention and focus in spreading awareness for all children with Congenital Heart Defects.
Please join us this month and help spread awareness about Congenital Heart Defects. Anyone can participate in this project. You also do NOT need to be a photographer to join in. The requirements are as followed.
1. You simply take a photo of a paper heart. If you have had heart surgery draw a “zipper” or scar on your heart. You can photograph just the paper heart or you can include the whole family. You can get as creative as you would like. I would like to mention that my children LOVE joining in this project each year. It has become a yearly tradition to shower our house with paper hearts during the month of February.
2. Next you will post your photo to any social media outlet you wish.
3. Finally, hashtag your post with the following hashtags: #paperheartproject #CHDAwareness. Many people including myself like to add facts about congenital heart defects to help educate others about the topic. This is not a requirement and is your choice.
I personally look at all of the photos posted with the #paperheartproject tag and can not wait to see what you come up with. #paperheartproject