Award-winning photo of twin with his sibling’s ashes

A Lower Hutt photographer has not only beautifully captured a newborn baby with respectful and elegant acknowledgement of his angel sibling, but has also won international recognition for her stunning portrait photography.

A twin and his sibling

Sarah Simmons from Charlie Horse Photography was chosen by Cherie Ayrton to photograph her twins after birth but when Johnny died five months into the pregnancy the scheduled session called for some compassionate artistry.

Sarah came up with the idea to wrap Cherie’s newborn, Tiger, in a cloth and connect it with Johnny’s ashes, symbolising an umbilical cord and the twins’ connection.

Award-winning imagery

Sarah entered the photo along with others from her portfolio into the 2018 Portrait Masters, an international photography competition culminating in an award ceremony in the USA. The photo of Tiger not only won the newborn category but was also chosen as the overall winner from over 7,000 entries, The judge described the photo as “a beautiful celebration of life.”

See the category winners in the video below.

“As a parent myself I understand how life changing it is to bring a child into the world and I also understand how fast they grow! I love to create natural images of children that truly reflect their personalities.” Sarah Simmons from Charlie Horse Photography.

This article was written by Julie Scanlon, Editor for Kidspot NZ.

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3 Comments

  1. Shelz69 22/09/2018 at 6:50 pm

    What a beautiful story, so sad but so special. How brave of the mother to go ahead and do this and how tactful and special of the photographer, something she will cherish forever.

  2. Shorrty4life1 22/09/2018 at 4:29 pm

    Omg this is so heart warming. How heartbreaking now so well done how this photographer has also included the lost child into the photo shoot. This is so very creative.

  3. Mands1980 18/09/2018 at 1:12 pm

    I saw this photo on Facebook and it is a lovely photo to remember the wee baby who passed away while still in Mums tummy. It would be heartbreaking for this to happen but she has created a great picture so the baby will never be forgotten.

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