Complimentary NICU Portraits
I am a registered nurse in a NICU here in Charlotte, North Carolina and the teeny tinies are my passion. I offer complimentary portrait sessions in Neonatal Intensive Care Units in the Charlotte, North Carolina area.
Perhaps you were planning on a newborn photography session in your home before your baby decided to make their untimely appearance in this big world. Well now, it's still possible. I'm gifting you with a little normalcy in your unique and challenging situation. NICU families deserve a little piece of love while they go through their most difficult times and often lengthy stays in the NICU.
I am so thankful for Pierce's Project who helped me get started photographing families and babies the NICU at Novant Health Hemby Children's Hospital as well as other hospitals in the Charlotte area. If you don't know anything about Pierce's Project, it is a wonderful organization started by the family of a preemie, Pierce, born at just 23 weeks! Click here to read more about this generous organization!
Do you know of any families of preemies? What about mother's of twins or triplets? These portraits are absolutely free to the families of babies who are less than 30 weeks. Help me spread the word! Send them over to my page and have them contact me for more information! Help me provide them with memories to last a lifetime.
The Nitty Gritty
At this time, sessions are limited to babies born at less than 30 weeks gestational age.
NICU sessions will last up to 30 minutes and will be a lifestyle type session. I don't bring anything with me except my camera. I want to capture your baby in the NICU environment that he or she lives in every day, and that includes feeding tubes, wires, and monitors.
I will not be handling your baby, but I may reposition a hand or foot. Moving the baby is up to the parents and nurses.
Images from NICU sessions will be edited after my regular clients' images are completed. My NICU sessions are donations so paying clients come first.
Your photos will be uploaded to a private, password-protected online gallery for you to view, share, and download images. I do not provide CDs or DVDs.
Parents must sign a release to have NICU images taken. This is to protect you, me, and baby! This release will be provided to you electronically to sign before the session.
I may publish a blog post with images of your baby. Only the baby's first name will be used and the blog posts are meant for sharing with other parents so that they can see what these sessions are all about. Feel free to share the blog posts on social media or with your NICU friends.