I volunteer with an organization called NILMDTS. NILMDTS stands for, “Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep”. The mission of NILMDTS is to provide the parents of babies who aren’t ever going to be able to come home from the hospital after being born with beautiful, sensitive portraits at no cost so that they can remember their child. About 4 years ago I created a birth/death announcement for a little baby boy (through my custom card business www.graphicthinking.com). The pictures on the card were just snapshots taken at the hospital. They were the only photos this mother and father would ever have of their precious son. I thought there had to be a better way. Then I found the organization NILMDTS. I knew right away that I would like to volunteer for such a cause, but I had no idea if I’d be able to handle the sadness and challenges of these sessions. Since January I have photographed 3 angel babies. Each one with their own story that will stay with me forever. It was hard, but at the same time so rewarding. Out of respect for the families photos are never blogged or shared online. If you are another photographer reading this I urge you to share your talents. There is a huge need in the Vancouver area. Visit NILMDTS at http://www.nowilaymedowntosleep.org.
Here is a link to a webpage that Baby Olivia’s parents created for her. It shows some of the photos I took during their session at Children’s Hospital. http://www.aheadofthecurvept.com/olivia/