A few weeks ago, I was visiting another photographer’s web site, and I noticed the link she had posted to an organization called Pictures of Hope. Curious, I made my way to the site to learn more. I read the information, cried a little, and then contacted them to say, please, sign me up. And they did. So, as a member of the Pictures of Hope organization, I now offer complimentary newborn sessions for newborn babies in the NICU at Christiana Hospital in Newark and AI Dupont in Wilmington. If you know such a family, please let them know that this service is now available. They will receive a complimentary session, 4X6 prints of each of the images from the session and 3 5X7 prints. Prices for additional images will be as follows: 4×6 – $1.00, 5×7 – $3.00, 8×10 -$6.00.
The information below was taken directly from the Pictures of Hope Web site. If you currently live in another state, please visit the site where you will find a list of photographers in your area.
What is the Pictures of Hope Foundation?
Pictures of Hope is a charitable organization of professional photographers who provide complimentary, documentary-style, photography sessions to babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and their families. The Pictures of Hope Foundation is comprised of photographers (many of whom are “NICU mothers” themselves) from across the United States and Canada who are dedicated to donating their time to a cause they believe in, and sharing the gift of photography with families in need.
Why Pictures of Hope?
Throughout pregnancy most parents don’t anticipate the possibility of their baby needing to stay in the NICU after birth. Whatever that reason may be, time spent in the NICU is often an unexpected journey for families, a journey full of overwhelming emotions…sadness, confusion, hope, celebration, and unfortunately, at times grief. Throughout this roller coaster of emotions, many parents do not consider the importance of documenting these precious moments in their lives nor do they think about how much they will truly cherish these images years down the road. In some cases, a little extra TLC from the NICU is needed to be sure the little one gets off to the best possible start, for these families on the road to well being, photographs are a wonderful reminder of just how far their little one has come, however, photographs also play a necessary and very important role in the healing process for other families. In the most heart breaking circumstances, photos may be the only tangible keepsakes some parents have of their precious little one. All Pictures of Hopeparticipating photographers are dedicated to providing NICU families with invaluable images you will cherish forever, captured in a sensitive and caring manner.
How is Pictures of Hope different than other bereavement photography services?
Bereavement photography is not our focus, although it is available. Our services are generally geared to babies in the NICU at any point during their stay (not just those terminally ill) which could mean a 27 week preemie or a NICU graduate about to go home.
If you are interested in this complimentary service, please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org
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