Capturing precious memories

Cranford patients are capturing precious memories that will last for generations through the offer of free portrait sittings from Hastings business Fishbone Photography.


Mark and Elizabeth Palmer, who have owned Fishbone Photography for three years, say they are delighted to be able to give to Cranford Hospice in this unique way.

Patient Neala Williams is one of several who have taken up the opportunity, and she says the experience was one that was well worth it.

Neala had never had studio pictures taken before and while it took a while to organise the sitting, she is glad she did. She admits to being “sometimes shy” but her lively photo session tells a different story.

The idea, says Mark, is to capture something of a loved one that will be around for a long time; to provide families with visual memories that will last generations.  He says the art of photography is getting people to relax, smile and be themselves.

“Photos should reflect a person's own unique style and character. Photography is all about getting them to show their real side,” says Mark.

“We love to meet families and encourage everyone to have fun as they make lasting memories,” says Elizabeth.

“Portraits are always patient-focused, and can be individual or group shots,” says Mark who likes to be flexible in meeting the wishes of the patient.

“The portraits are processed and then saved to a disc or memory stick and given to the patient. Some may choose to have photos printed as a canvas; others may prefer a more traditional portrait. Because it is an electronic version, they can do what they want with the images,” he says.

Portrait sittings can be done anywhere – at Fishbone premises in Hastings or using their mobile studio; in a person's own home or favourite local park, even in the Cranford Hospice gardens. Mark and Elizabeth will also help people get their photos from the disc or stick onto a hard copy version if they are unsure of the process.

People in Mark and Elizabeth's wider church group have donated hair and makeup accessories. For those patients who want to add some glamour to their portrait, the couple also have volunteers experienced in doing make-up and hair.  

“I love the photos.” says Neala. “It's lovely to have some that are up-to-date. Mark was such a down to earth person. He really did make this possible for me.”

Neala Williams

Pictured: Patient Neala Williams shines during her portrait sitting.

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