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With regards to insurance, RMB has the following disclaimer:

“We strongly recommend that professional photographers have their own insurance cover for their own protection and peace of mind. However, if this is not in place, you may still volunteer for RMB on the clear understanding that RMB’s Public Liability Insurance covers volunteers only whilst carrying out their role as an RMB volunteer. Damage to and theft of a volunteer’s equipment is NOT covered and remain’s the responsibility of each volunteer.”

As a volunteer photographer for RMB, you will be required to have the following equipment as a minimum to undertake baby remembrance photography sessions on behalf of RMB:

  • A DSLR camera or equivalent* and suitable lenses. (i.e *Mirrorless systems).
  • A Speedlight, equivalent flash unit or studio flash head.
  • Editing software – Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom or similar.
  • The RMB Membership Application Team (MAT) is made up of experienced remembrance photographers, two of whom will assess and score your application.

An average of at least 70 marks from the two assessments is required for your application to be considered successful. Scoring is from 1 ~ 10 in each of the following criteria:

  • Natural/available light: regardless of whether this is your usual genre, your images must demonstrate an ability to use directional light to shape and sculpt the subject. There should be no blown highlights on skin; ideally there should be detail in highlight and shadow areas.
  • Artificial light: artificial lighting includes flash/studio lights and speedlights such as Canon EX flash. However, speedlights used directly at the subject on camera are not acceptable due to harsh shadows. Bounced flash creates soft lighting and gentle shadows and this is ideal. Again, there should be no blown highlights on skin, and ideally there should be detail in highlight and shadow areas.
  • Focusing: creative use of focus and shallow depth of field are ideal for recording details in remembrance photography. Your submitted images should demonstrate an understanding of accurate and creative focusing.
  • Composition and posing: Your submitted images should demonstrate that you can pose your subjects to give a pleasing composition, sensitive to the nature of the people included in the group. Consider that we often work in tight spaces and with small groups, intimacy is a common feature.
  • Attention to detail: Images submitted must demonstrate that you notice and rectify before pressing the shutter such things as untidy clothing or hair, distractions in the background, out of place protrusions such as lamp-posts or tree branches.
  • Black and white conversions: Please include a minimum of 3 images in black and white. Your conversions should be crisp rather than greyscale and should retain detail in both light and dark or shadow areas. RMB sessions are typically delivered in black and white.

If you have limited experience with on-camera bounced flash and do not have studio lights, carry out the following exercise to practice your skills. Ask a friend or family member to pose, or use a doll or cuddly toy in a dimly lit room. Take a series of images using your speedlight. Bounce the light off the ceiling and walls to create images with soft and directional light. Shoot close and shoot details such as hands cradling the doll’s head.

It is essential that applicants have adequate command of using artificial lighting due to the nature of our work – we are often in small dimly lit hospital rooms or bereavement suites. If you only work with natural/available light, you will need to enhance your skills to be able to volunteer for RMB.

Applications can take 2-4 weeks to process depending on the number of applications received and the workload of the team members who are all volunteers with their own businesses to run. Unsuccessful applicants are welcome to ask for information on weak areas in their submission, and to re-apply at a later date when those areas have been addressed.

Please add membership@remembermybaby.org.uk to your email address book as soon as you have submitted your application to prevent any emails from us going into your junk mail box.

If your assessment application is successful, you will be invited to become a member of RMB and will be required to confirm that you agree to the terms and conditions detailed in the Volunteer Services Agreement (VSA) and Code of Conduct (CoC) and pay the annual membership fee of £15.00.

Once your membership profile has been activated, you will receive a new member’s welcome email.  You will also receive an RMB lanyard and ID badge holder, RMB business cards, parent cards and health professional flyers in the post. In addition, you will be contacted by your Regional Coordinator who will discuss with you, what to expect as an RMB photographer.

You will also have the opportunity to ask any questions that you may have so that we can get you started on your Remember My Baby journey as well as having exclusive access to our private official RMB Volunteers Support Facebook group.

Please take time to read the FAQs and if you have any questions after that, please email us on mat@remembermybaby.org.uk.

To apply, please complete the RMB Photographer assessment form below.


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A few Word of Appreciation...

Ruth truly is a fantastic photographer as she captured our boy beautifully! Definitely makes me feel closer to my boy having these to look at. Would recommend to anyone that finds themselves in this difficult situation to have some images taken as it really was one of my best decisions to date! Keep up the good work.

RIP my beautiful angel James.

Lynsay Neave

We sadly lost our son shortly after he was delivered by C section on 13th October 2015. Our baby boy Logan John Lee, sadly didn’t live and our lives were suddenly shattered. It was so unexpected.

Our lovely midwife told us about a volunteer photographer that could come in and take some professional photos for us if we wanted that and we thought this would be lovely to have, so accepted.

We didn’t realise at the time that this was a charity, but when Tara our photographer came and took our beautiful pictures she was amazing and it is such a fabulous service that you provide. We now have such wonderful memories captured of our little boy that we can treasure forever and bring us some comfort.

When you lose your baby, you don’t think straight at the time so having these photos taken makes such a difference, capturing the little details you don’t think about.

We are so very grateful to Tara and Remember My Baby.

Thank you.

Laura & Mark Edwards

Hi, my name is Stephanie and on the 12th September 2015, my beautiful daughter was born sleeping into this world. That day, I was approached by my midwife who told me about RMB and she asked would I like some photos of Iona Rose. I agreed not really knowing what to expect.

The next day, Ruth Trotter came and spent time with myself and Iona Rose. She captured beautiful moments between myself and my sweet angel. Ruth treated us with such kindness and respect. It is a beautiful memory I will cherish forever.

I would encourage any parent that finds themselves in this other world that none of us want to be a part of, but we are to take comfort in this wonderful selfless charity. You are giving families images we could not capture ourselves. It is a wonderful gift.

Photographs are precious as along with a tiny pink dress and hand and footprints these are what I will carry throughout my life along with all the never-ending love I have to say my beautiful daughter was here to say I am a mother to 3 children not 2 to say she touched our family in a way no other could and will always be a part of it.

Thank you RMB.

Stephanie Kemlo xx

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