It has been one year since I experienced my first NILMDTS session. I signed up for the Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep organization back in February 2008, but it wasn’t until October of 2008 that I shadowed my first session. Sandy Allen, our area coordinator, who is an amazing photographer & friend, gently coaxed me into believing in myself because trust me, I had my doubts not only if I was technically good enough as a photographer, but also if I was emotionally able to handle the sensitive matter of rememberance photography. I get a wide range of questions from friends and family regarding my volunteer work. Most asked questions are “Isn’t sad?” “Dont you cry?” Yes, very sad, and yes, my heart goes out to these families; and there are moments that my emotions show, I’m human. But in the bigger picture of it all, I get to experience such amazing strength and love that these families have for their child. I feel like I can be an integral part in these families being able to heal and move forward in their lives through my photographs of their precious angel. Their child will never been forgotten, they did exist, even if it was only for one second, their presence was felt.
I’d like to take a moment to recogize all my angels from this past year. They all hold a special place in my heart and I think of their parents often, praying that they all have found peace.
Jade – shadow session
Kutter – shadow session
Guadelupe – shadow session
Roscoe & Monique
Jesiah – helped edit
Sebastian – helped edit
If you are a Austin area photographer and are interested in finding out more about voluteering your time, check out our local Austin NILMDTS blog for information.