As a photographer who loves capturing the love that binds a family together, I have long known that I wanted to give back to the community that has invited me into their lives. The littlest among us and the parents that keep constant vigil over their tiny warriors are the perfect recipients of the very best gift that I can offer – NICU sessions, free of charge and full of precious memories of their tiniest, bravest souls. Those first days of life spent in the hospital are both impossible and awe-inspiring and it is everything to be able to take something off the shoulders of the parents that are wrapped up in fighting for those little miracles. If you know of a deserving North Texas family that should be nominated for an upcoming session or have your own early arrival, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include the pertinent details such as the baby’s date of birth, the original due date, the estimated length of stay in the NICU and the hospital information. This gift is intended for the littlest angels who will have extended hospital stays, as those families will miss the opportunity to enjoy the classic newborn photo shoot. I would absolutely love to hear from you!
The NICU is a critical place where the health and well-being of these little ones comes first and foremost – therefore, there are some important things to consider in regard to booking my visit. In order to have the best chance to get your session on my schedule, it is vital that you contact me with as much notice as possible. Don’t wait until the last few days before discharge, as my schedule is typically very busy and I would hate for a family to miss out because they overlooked getting in touch with me. It’s also essential that prospective families know that these sessions are truly a gift from my heart and mean the world to me. I am not affiliated with a specific hospital or organization of any kind and will simply come to the hospital as a guest of the family.
I will arrive at the NICU accompanied only by my camera. I am there to capture the reality of these moments, which means everything from feeding tubes and monitors to kangaroo time and knitted booties. Parents are more than welcome to include any sweet items that they would like, but this is certainly not necessary. These sessions are completely baby-led events – I will capture only what their health allows and will always endeavor to make our brief time together a sweet memory for your family.
I will not handle the babies at all, with the exception of possibly shifting a hand or foot while they are being held. I am not medically trained and therefore leave any movement of the baby to the parents and nurses on staff. Beyond liability issues in these cases, the safety of EVERY newborn that I photograph is crucial to me and I will take every precaution when it comes to your baby.
I usually spend approximately 30-45 minutes taking pictures with your little one, although that time can increase in the case of multiples. I will spend copious amounts of time with the best images, editing and perfecting them with attention to every detail until I have created a group of visually beautiful shots that you can cherish for a lifetime. I will provide the finished product to you via digital download.
Due to the time and distance from my home and family, as well as the additional commitments currently booked, I am only able to provide this service to NICUs located within a 20 mile radius of my zip code – 75074. My current schedule will only allow for one to two NICU sessions per month. Providing this opportunity to families so dear to my heart gives me infinite joy and I do my very best to fill as many requests as possible. It breaks my heart to ever turn away a family, but I am sadly forced to limit these gifts to what I can realistically accomplish.
It would be my great honor to stand beside your family or loved ones and capture the miracles taking place before you. They are true fighters and you are their army…it warms my soul to give a memory to you from these precious days. Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions!
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