In the Summer of 2016, I photographed a group of Dads whose families have been supported and cared for by Ty Hafan. However, this was a photoshoot with a difference. The photographs were for the Tŷ Hafan Dads Calendar 2017 called ‘Dads Bare All’ and all the Dads would be naked. The calendar was promoting the fact that many Dads of Tŷ Hafan families do not openly express their feelings. However, now they were indeed ‘baring all’.
Tŷ Hafan is one of the UK’s leading paediatric palliative care charities and offers care to children and support for their families, throughout Wales.
As the Tŷ Hafan Dads Calendar 2017 was for Tŷ Hafan, we had to ensure that the photographs were classy and tasteful. All the photographs were taken on the rocky beach next to the hospice on three typically Welsh lukewarm days. They were all converted to black and white, which proved to be perfect for the beach background.
But it was the Dads who made it special. They were brave enough to take off their clothes and pose naked. The calendar proved to be a great success, promoting the amazing Tŷ Hafan and highlighting that even though Dads might not openly express their feelings it didn’t mean that they were not hurting.
Paul Fears is a commercial, industrial and wedding photographer based in South Wales and can be contacted on email@example.com.