I am blessed and honoured to be part of The Tiny Footprints Project which offers my time and services to families who have babies in the NICU. When I do a typical newborn session, it is done within the first 14 days of their new little lives. However parents of babies born prematurely aren’t often afforded this ability since they are still in the NICU. I love being able to go and photograph these tiny little sweethearts. I love capturing the environment that surrounds these families and the beauty of such tiny lives.
And these two are certainly beautiful sweeties. I really enjoyed seeing both mom and dad and the love they radiate for these little beauties. I wish them all the best as their little ones continue to grow. Sooner than they think they will be home and growing so big. It’s an amazing thing. The only difficult thing about these types of shoots is that I cannot kiss and smoosh these sweet little babies!
I also make sure that I follow all the rules and guidelines that the NICU has in place. I do not handle the babies, pick them up or move them. I may slightly readjust if I do any posed shots, but I have the parents do most of the moving, readjusting and positioning. I ensure that any items I may bring are clean and fresh. And should I feel even the slightly tickle, cough, sore throat or any other form of illness, I do not shoot. I will reschedule and if by chance I am unable to meet the timeframe needed, I will do my best to find another photographer in this project to perform. My first and foremost concern is the safety and healthy of these fragile new little loves.
If you or someone you know has a baby (or babies) currently in the Windsor Met Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit you can contact the Tiny Footprints Project to request a shoot. http://www.thetinyfootprintsproject.com/