The Gold Dust Project - Chapter Two - Grace Elizabeth, Colchester, Essex Alternative Wedding and Lifestyle Photographer
A few weeks ago, I started the Gold Dust Project (you can find it through #GoldDustProject on social media) as a personal project to empower postpartum women. The aim was to celebrate the beauty in these ladies' scars and stretchmarks whilst also inviting them to share their motherhood journeys and experiences with me and ultimately, the world. So, as today is International Women's Day, it made sense to update you all as to how this little project of mine has been unfolding!
Well, let me tell you, SOMETHING TOTALLY CRAZY HAPPENED... This little project, a project dreamed up by this twenty two year old girl in her office, got PICKED UP. I mean, really, really, picked up...!
After sharing a few images from the project over on Instagram and Facebook, I received the most incredible response from so many people. Whether the comments were from those who had taken part, those who now wanted to take part having seen the photos, or people from across the world who follow me - there was an absolute buzz of positivity! For that, I am so grateful.
But what was so crazy you ask? Well, on February 21st, I received a super special enquiry in my Facebook page inbox!
The project had been picked up by Love What Matters, who wrote honestly the most amazing article on the project and it's intentions. And oh my goodness. It. Spread. Like. WILDFIRE!
Social media went absolutely crazy for it, and, despite a few negative comments here and there, whether it was someone suggesting I was 'making a ton of money' from the project (which isn't true, as this is a totally free project and no money is involved!), or whether people were offended by the images of breastfeeding, or whether people were saying that this project was 'stupid' and 'why do women have to feel so entitled and courageous?!' - the negatives were so strongly outweighed by the positivity!
After Love What Matters article came Yahoo's article, then came Made for Mum's article, then Metro's article, then F Stopper's article, then BabyCentre's article... I thought it had stopped there! I was absolutely balled over by the positive response and the fact that so many places wanted to talk to me about the project - it was honestly the craziest thing I have experienced. But just when I thought it had died down, then the local newspaper, the Gazette, featured me both in print and online!! This was followed by BabyCentre Spain and I am currently awaiting Huffington Post's write up after emailing her all of the info recently!
I won't go on too much about the project, because all of the articles above say a lot about it and what the experience has been like so far, but I will leave you with lots of recent images from the project!
There are ALWAYS more to come! This project is in no way finished!! If you want to get in touch and join in, please email me!! I am trying to focus on photographing women with difficult pregnancy and birth experiences, who would be happy to share their stories with me and the world, and let me paint them gold, of course! You'll also have to sign a model release, because, as you can see, this has been really well picked up by blogs and websites, and therefore we need to both be agreed on the image usage front :)
Anyway, here are some images of the ladies who have taken part so far! It would be too lengthy for me to write about each of their individual stories here (I have already waffled on for too long!), but I have written about each of them on individual posts on Instagram and Facebook, so please do take a look if you'd like to know more!
Lastly, THANK YOU SO, SO MUCH, for all of the love, positivity and empowerment you have shown to me, the ladies on this project, the project itself, and for all of the support, whether you're a friend, family member, a lady from the project, a supporter from afar... Whoever you are... Thank you, from the bottom of my heart.
Much love, and until the next installment!