Attn: NILMDTS Photographers

I am excited to share a new project with you. NILMDTS Area Coordinator Angie Thompson brought the idea of holiday portraits to our attention. Thanks, Angie!

Angie is planning to visit a hospital later this month and provide complimentary holiday portraits of babies in the NICU with the help of a real Santa. You could also use a handmade Santa glove and sleeve to create the same effect.

If you’re interested in participating in this optional holiday project, please let area coordinators contact the hospitals to discuss times and dates. Once the times and dates are approved, work with your network to schedule several photographers to attend these sessions. We are representing NILMDTS and it would be great to share the work load and make sure all families are served.

Please contact Mindy Tappan at our headquarters office if you plan to take holiday portraits. She will send out a press release to media outlets in your area. We would love to make this an annual event, and could use the media coverage to promote it.

The Santa glove and sleeve is optional, as is providing a real Santa. Please use your discretion as there will be patients of many different faiths. Our goal is to provide a few images of each baby that will be spending his/her first holiday season in the hospital. We have instructions on how to make your own Santa glove and sleeve if you are interested.

These holiday portraits should be offered to all babies, not just the ones that are terminally ill. Be sure to check with the hospital and get an idea of how many families would like their baby photographed. Our goal is to provide 2-4 images of the child/family that can be e-mailed to the family. We will provide a special consent form for this project. Please be sure to get it filled out and signed.

This project will require quick sessions and quick turnaround. Please take 5-10 images and move on to the next child. We cannot take too much time or disrupt the child’s hospital routine. Our goal is next day delivery, but at this busy time of year, please have the images to the families within 2-4 days.

Thank you for your continued support of Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep and this new pilot project. This is a wonderful way to create positive awareness for the work we do. These portraits will be meaningful to families who are spending the holidays with their loved ones in the hospital.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact Mindy Tappan at mindy@nilmdts.org.

With warm regards,
Sandy Puc’

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Attn: NILMDTS Photographers

I am excited to share a new project with you. NILMDTS Area Coordinator Angie Thompson brought the idea of holiday portraits to our attention. Thanks, Angie!

Angie is planning to visit a hospital later this month and provide complimentary holiday portraits of babies in the NICU with the help of a real Santa. You could also use a handmade Santa glove and sleeve to create the same effect.

If you’re interested in participating in this optional holiday project, please let area coordinators contact the hospitals to discuss times and dates. Once the times and dates are approved, work with your network to schedule several photographers to attend these sessions. We are representing NILMDTS and it would be great to share the work load and make sure all families are served.

Please contact Mindy Tappan at our headquarters office if you plan to take holiday portraits. She will send out a press release to media outlets in your area. We would love to make this an annual event, and could use the media coverage to promote it.

The Santa glove and sleeve is optional, as is providing a real Santa. Please use your discretion as there will be patients of many different faiths. Our goal is to provide a few images of each baby that will be spending his/her first holiday season in the hospital. We have instructions on how to make your own Santa glove and sleeve if you are interested.

These holiday portraits should be offered to all babies, not just the ones that are terminally ill. Be sure to check with the hospital and get an idea of how many families would like their baby photographed. Our goal is to provide 2-4 images of the child/family that can be e-mailed to the family. We will provide a special consent form for this project. Please be sure to get it filled out and signed.

This project will require quick sessions and quick turnaround. Please take 5-10 images and move on to the next child. We cannot take too much time or disrupt the child’s hospital routine. Our goal is next day delivery, but at this busy time of year, please have the images to the families within 2-4 days.

Thank you for your continued support of Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep and this new pilot project. This is a wonderful way to create positive awareness for the work we do. These portraits will be meaningful to families who are spending the holidays with their loved ones in the hospital.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact Mindy Tappan at mindy@nilmdts.org.

With warm regards,
Sandy Puc’

Attn: NILMDTS Photographers

I am excited to share a new project with you. NILMDTS Area Coordinator Angie Thompson brought the idea of holiday portraits to our attention. Thanks, Angie!

Angie is planning to visit a hospital later this month and provide complimentary holiday portraits of babies in the NICU with the help of a real Santa. You could also use a handmade Santa glove and sleeve to create the same effect.

If you’re interested in participating in this optional holiday project, please let area coordinators contact the hospitals to discuss times and dates. Once the times and dates are approved, work with your network to schedule several photographers to attend these sessions. We are representing NILMDTS and it would be great to share the work load and make sure all families are served.

Please contact Mindy Tappan at our headquarters office if you plan to take holiday portraits. She will send out a press release to media outlets in your area. We would love to make this an annual event, and could use the media coverage to promote it.

The Santa glove and sleeve is optional, as is providing a real Santa. Please use your discretion as there will be patients of many different faiths. Our goal is to provide a few images of each baby that will be spending his/her first holiday season in the hospital. We have instructions on how to make your own Santa glove and sleeve if you are interested.

These holiday portraits should be offered to all babies, not just the ones that are terminally ill. Be sure to check with the hospital and get an idea of how many families would like their baby photographed. Our goal is to provide 2-4 images of the child/family that can be e-mailed to the family. We will provide a special consent form for this project. Please be sure to get it filled out and signed.

This project will require quick sessions and quick turnaround. Please take 5-10 images and move on to the next child. We cannot take too much time or disrupt the child’s hospital routine. Our goal is next day delivery, but at this busy time of year, please have the images to the families within 2-4 days.

Thank you for your continued support of Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep and this new pilot project. This is a wonderful way to create positive awareness for the work we do. These portraits will be meaningful to families who are spending the holidays with their loved ones in the hospital.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact Mindy Tappan at mindy@nilmdts.org.

With warm regards,
Sandy Puc’

Attn: NILMDTS Photographers

I am excited to share a new project with you. NILMDTS Area Coordinator Angie Thompson brought the idea of holiday portraits to our attention. Thanks, Angie!

Angie is planning to visit a hospital later this month and provide complimentary holiday portraits of babies in the NICU with the help of a real Santa. You could also use a handmade Santa glove and sleeve to create the same effect.

If you’re interested in participating in this optional holiday project, please let area coordinators contact the hospitals to discuss times and dates. Once the times and dates are approved, work with your network to schedule several photographers to attend these sessions. We are representing NILMDTS and it would be great to share the work load and make sure all families are served.

Please contact Mindy Tappan at our headquarters office if you plan to take holiday portraits. She will send out a press release to media outlets in your area. We would love to make this an annual event, and could use the media coverage to promote it.

The Santa glove and sleeve is optional, as is providing a real Santa. Please use your discretion as there will be patients of many different faiths. Our goal is to provide a few images of each baby that will be spending his/her first holiday season in the hospital. We have instructions on how to make your own Santa glove and sleeve if you are interested.

These holiday portraits should be offered to all babies, not just the ones that are terminally ill. Be sure to check with the hospital and get an idea of how many families would like their baby photographed. Our goal is to provide 2-4 images of the child/family that can be e-mailed to the family. We will provide a special consent form for this project. Please be sure to get it filled out and signed.

This project will require quick sessions and quick turnaround. Please take 5-10 images and move on to the next child. We cannot take too much time or disrupt the child’s hospital routine. Our goal is next day delivery, but at this busy time of year, please have the images to the families within 2-4 days.

Thank you for your continued support of Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep and this new pilot project. This is a wonderful way to create positive awareness for the work we do. These portraits will be meaningful to families who are spending the holidays with their loved ones in the hospital.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact Mindy Tappan at mindy@nilmdts.org.

With warm regards,
Sandy Puc’

Seven Pounds Interview – NILMDTS

An Interview with Sandy Puc’

The president and co-founder of Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep on the healing power of photography

In 2005, photographer Sandy Puc’ co-founded the Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep Foundation(NILMDTS) with Cheryl Haggard. NILMDTS administers a network of thousands of volunteer photographers around the world who conduct free hospital and hospice portrait sessions of families who have just lost a baby. I spoke with Sandy about the organization and its mission.

photography, babies, lossLiz: How did you get the idea for the Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep Foundation?
Sandy: My work was on display at the local hospital, mainly art-type portraits of parents and children. One day I received a phone call from a family I didn’t know. They had just found out that their son had a condition incompatible with life, and they had seen my work. They wanted me to create portraits for them like the ones they had seen. Their son was being taken off life support later that evening. I really hadn’t done anything like that before. But through that session, I became very close with little Maddux’s mother, Cheryl Haggard. We realized how many babies pass away on a daily basis in this country. Most of the families go to the hospital thinking they are going to have a healthy baby; they don’t expect it to happen. There is such shock that they don’t think of things like taking pictures, capturing memories.

Liz: Can you describe your services?
Sandy: Our volunteer photographers go to the hospital and do a full portrait session. Most opt for black and white due to the condition of the child, but otherwise it is just like a beautiful portrait session we would do in a high-end studio.  Our photographers go home, do image editing, and provide the family with a disc of photos at no charge. The average volunteer spends about ten hours of work on one family.

Liz: What is the experience of the photography session like?
Sandy: When the photographer goes in, they are required to sign off on hospital paperwork, as a legality issue for safety and health. They introduce themselves as a representative of NILMDS, and are efficient, quick, quiet, and very respectful. They explain to families what they’re going to do. We give them options for photographs: the baby alone, Mom and Dad with baby, Mom and baby, Dad and baby; if there are other family members, grandparents, siblings. We do recommend that they hold their children; sometimes they are in shock, but we know how valuable it can be later. We also know the baby’s time is short, or has passed, and we want to make sure they get as many images as they can. This is a one-shot deal. Once the session is over, the baby will usually be taken to the morgue.

We focus on the memorable parts of the baby: eyes, toes, ears, little hands. We want the parents to have a record of the baby. These are the things they struggle with the most because they’re in so much shock. It helps to remember those little details. They’ll have it forever.

For the parent, that baby is real. This happened. So we can just give them the opportunity to show that and say, this is my child.

Liz: What do you hear from families who have utilized your services? Does it help to facilitate their healing process?
Sandy: There’s such a range. Everyone handles pain differently. Some families are desperate to see the images right away, while some families, three or four years later, have not looked at the images because they aren’t emotionally ready to do so. It really depends on the person. There are parents who tell me they look at the images every day. Some put them on display, on their desk at work. They want people to ask about their child. Unfortunately, a lot of people are misinformed: they tell grieving parents things like “forget it” or “thank heavens you have another.” Things like that are very painful. For the parent, that baby is real. This happened. So we can just give them the opportunity to show that and say, this is my child. That’s what we hear the most.

Liz: Finally, what words of advice can you offer to our SevenPonds readers who may be dealing with grief or the loss of a child?
Sandy: There are so many resources for healing. For parents who have lost a child, the biggest thing is capturing memories. It’s important to keep the memory alive and keep a tribute to the baby, such as with birthday remembrances. We also want to help people understand that it’s okay to talk about that lost child. We want other people to be comfortable with that conversation. Some of our families have the hardest time because people don’t know how to react when a baby passes away. Be forgiving of people, but also help to educate people.

Liz: Thank you so much for sharing with us!

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2012 Charity Model Search

I’m excited to announce that it’s almost time to begin another Charity Model Search, benefiting my favorite charity, Now I Lay me Down to Sleep (NILMDTS). I co-founded this 501©3 nonprofit organization in 2005, and it is more near and dear to my heart than ever.

NILMDTS offers free, professional portraits to parents suffering a loss of a new baby. This delicate and tragic time in a family’s life is profoundly heartbreaking. Commemorative portraits of the baby are a source of healing for parents and a unique way to honor their child’s precious memory.

Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep Charity Model Search

The Charity Model Search is a major source of funding for the meaningful work that they do at NILMDTS. It’s a wonderful asset to the charity, made possible by portrait photographers (and their clients) across North America.

With your participation, you will receive substantial exposure in your local community as well as on a national level, through the charitymodelsearch.org website, where the voting process occurs. Your clients will be featured on the model search website, with the opportunity to win prizes and become North America’s Cutest Kid. Best of all, all proceeds from this fundraiser will benefit NILMDTS.

With your $25 registration on charitymodelsearch.org, you will receive a full set of marketing templates to help get your clients involved in this campaign. You can begin booking sessions and uploading portraits on January 1st, 2012. There is no limit on entries per photographer. Once uploaded, each portrait will receive $1 votes from family, friends and the general public. North America’s Cutest Child will be announced in mid-April next year, with valuable prize packages for the winning child and photographer.

Participating in the Charity Model Search is not only a great way to gain exposure to new clients in your community; it’s also a great way to give back. Last year’s Charity Model Search raised over $44,000 for NILMDTS. That is truly amazing. Thank you to everyone who participated and helped make that a success. Please join us this year.

Register at charitymodelsearch.org starting October 1st to become a part of this important cause.

To learn more about NILMDTS, donate or become a volunteer photographer, please visit their website at http://www.nowilaymedowntosleep.org

Dedicated to NILMDTS

NILMDTSThe beginning of a parent’s hopes and dreams. The anticipation of the pitter patter of tiny little feet. A family being born unto each other. No parent ever expects their dream to shatter. But sadly, sometimes this dream can turn into a nightmare.

Each year nearly 3.3 million babies are stillborn, and more than 4 million others die within 28 days of coming into the world. [World Health Organization] With advanced medical technology, it is a parent’s expectation that those born unto us will outlive us. When a baby dies, it is outside the natural order of life and families are left devastated and forever changed.

Every living being instinctually knows how to grieve. It is learning how to heal, that some need help with. Offering gentle and beautiful photography services in a compassionate and sensitive manner is the heart of the Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep Foundation.

NILMDTSRemembrance Photography is a very important step in this healing process. Photographs are one of the most precious and tangible mementos that a parent can have, showing the love and bond that was given and shared with their baby. These portraits will last for generations, and will honor and remember a tiny life that is forever loved and cherished.

Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep is an organization that I co-founded in 2005, and is as near and dear to my heart as it was in the planning stages seven years ago. With over 7,000 volunteer photographers working in over 25 countries, this important work is reaching families all over the world. To raise awareness for NILMDTS, I’ve activated an account on About.Me. Vote for my profile HERE and help us get a billboard on Time’s Square in New York City.

To learn more about NILMDTS and make a contribution, visit their website at nowilaymedowntosleep.org

Thank you for your support.