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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
With warm regards,