This Christmas, I received a special gift. The gift of my story, and possibly yours. Claire Doan, a reporter from our local news station, KCRA, approached me back in May, requesting to feature my photography work with the non-profit organization, Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep for a story. I was honored by the request because of my strong personal connection to the foundation of the charity. To my surprise, they aired the story on Christmas day.
I feel extremely blessed to be able to do what I do and capture others’ lives through photography. I absolutely adore capturing families and the love the they share and documenting the magic of a senior’s last year of high school and preparation for the life they are about to explore. I am so fortunate to have found the career in photography and do what I do and I do not take that for granted.
When I heard of the organization NILMDTS, I knew I was meant to participate as a volunteer photographer and help grieving families in their time of need to capture their tender moments with their sweet babies. Having gone through through the loss of our first baby, Joshua, back in 1999, I am acutely aware of some of the emotions that they encounter in the grieving process and I wanted to use the talents I am blessed to have to help them.
One of my sweet families agreed to be interviewed regarding their loss and experience and their story is so beautifully represented in the KCRA story. I also amazingly just came back into contact with the nurse who helped deliver our sweet Joshua. Cheryl still works in the same hospital and is still helping families like ours to cope with their loss. It all came together for a beautiful story that we all hope will reach out and touch those who really need to see it, and somehow help to ease the pain and offer hope.
I am so thankful to this beautiful family for allowing me in to their lives to capture these hard and tender moments, and for allowing their feature on the story. You can see the story here. We pray that others in similar hurting places see the story and know that what is available to them through NILMDTS. Sweet Ella was also in the KCRA piece. Here is one of the images from the session that was photographed for the story. You may have seen her featured on my blog before, and you just might see her again. 🙂
Thank you for allowing me to share a little bit of my heart and some of the reasons I do what I do. If you are interested in hearing a bit more about Joshua’s story, I spoke about it at a national “Listen to your Mother” conference. If you have gone through something similar, I pray you find healing and strength, support and love to help you through the process. My heart goes out to you, as do my prayers.