about finding focus fotography…
We also have a son named Franklin John Schultes, and he’s in heaven.
Baby Frank was born on a warm Saturday evening in June of 2012. We were informed of an organization called “Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep” (NILMDTS). The volunteer photographers provide remembrance photos for families facing the untimely death of an infant.Unfortunately, no volunteers were available to photograph Franklin.
I’ve always admired individuals that donate their time. But I’ve never personally felt passionate about any given cause to do so – until the summer of 2012.
During the grieving process I realized I wanted to be a part of this organization. However, after some research I learned I needed to be a professional photographer and not just a ‘mommy’ photographer.
This is why, how, and when Finding Focus Fotography began.
The name has meaning for several reasons. The use of the letter “F” is symbolic because of the baby’s name, Franklin. “Focus” has meaning because through this ongoing grieving process I have found that focusing on a complicated financial analysis at work or simply playing a game with my boys can be extremely difficult. Whatever the task, focusing is more difficult than it used to be.
I built my portfolio in hopes of becoming accepted by the NILMDTS organization in the near future. I was accepted in the spring of 2013 and have found that giving to others through this organization creates purpose as well as a therapy of healing. In 2013 I was able to serve several families before welcoming our little rainbow baby who was born in December 2013.
I am so proud to dedicate this project and passion to my Baby Frank whom I will not hold again until we reunite in Heaven. Until then, I will accept and embrace the choices and the chances of my life. I will focus on my ‘todays’ and I will capture the ‘todays’ for others through my photography.
Thank you for taking the time to read this part of my story.
Want to learn more about Baby Frank? The following are links to blog posts about our little boy.