What is the Public Breastfeeding Awareness Project?
PBAP was created by Leilani Rogers as a way to bring together professional photographers of the world in hopes of raising awareness for breastfeeding in public and to empower more families to do so. Read more about it here in Leilani's own words.
Breathe In Photography has focused on breastfeeding images from the beginning of this business and I have followed PBAP from afar admiring the project since its inception. I used to look at the images and think "Someday I want to be involved in that!"
Breathe In Photography and PBAP
After attending a screening of the film "Milk" and listening to the panel of women talking about their experiences breastfeeding in our community, I was most struck by one woman's comment (not a perfect quote, but along the lines of), "I breastfeed, but I have never seen photographs on the walls of women like ME breastfeeding, it's subtle, but it impacts us."...and well, bam...I chatted with her after the event to learn more and planned to be in touch to learn more about her experiences.
Parallel to that night was the call for images for PBAB's contest, and in hope of being chosen to be an official PBAP Photographer, I got to work. I got in touch with a few friends with the goal of finding some women who wanted to share their experiences and photos of themselves in this contest. I wanted the images I took to represent the diversity of families in our community. I wanted to learn more. That is when I met Mary through another photographer friend.
It was such a perfect evening for photos and it was so great to work with Mary and her daughter.
So what does this mean for Ottawa Gatineau Families?
Breathe In Photography was chosen to be one of the members of the PBAP team and I'm excited to get moving on some more images. There will be calls out for special projects throughout the year.
If you are interested in having a breastfeeding session in a public place and you would also enjoy being part of this project and sharing your images and a bit about your experience breastfeeding, you will receive a print gift in appreciation for sharing with PBAP with your booking of a full session.
I already have a few fun projects on the go and I look forward to more!