As a wedding and portrait photographer, I strive to create images that tell the story of your life with beauty and grace, respect and imagination. Foregoing forced smiles and stiff poses, I embrace natural smiles and expressions in order to create images that have a unique freshness and vitality and a heartfelt and emotional authenticity.

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Friday, July 11, 2008

The Power of a Photograph

Imagine a photo shoot where each moment is a last moment, where there will be no second takes, where what you're doing means everything. The mission of Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep, a nonprofit organization, is to introduce remembrance photography to parents suffering the death of an infant or small child with the free gift of professional portraiture. At the family's request, a volunteer photographer conducts a sensitive, private photo session (usually at the hospital) and provides beautiful, heirloom portraits that aid families in their healing, bring hope to their future, and honor their child. The healing power that comes from just one single image is life-changing.

I am simply honored to be one of the many professional photographers that volunteer their services through this remarkable foundation. After every session I've attended, I've been thanked and blessed by the passionate nurses who introduce our services to their patients and help us navigate such difficult photo sessions. Their blessings are hard to receive, especially when I realize that this work is some of the most precious and humbling work I will ever create. And it's through this work that I have come to realize the depths of the human heart and the compassion that dwells there. We cannot change what is happening to these families, but we change the way they heal for the rest of their lives.

2 comments:

  1. Barbara7/14/2008

    I think this is one of the most giving and powerful things a photographer can give of his/her time and talents. You have the biggest heart Kaycee and I am so proud of you for taking this road.

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  2. I'm very touched that you are volunteering your time to do this. I have a good friend that lost her son at 3 months old and she treasures every photo of him in the hospital.

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