When your child is dangerously premature or critically ill, having that first professional photo taken can easily fall by the wayside. It is not only not practical but not even possible to haul these infants into a studio to have their precious little faces captured for posterity. Fortunately, there is another option.
Thanks to Ryann for reminding me of an amazing organization called the American Children's Photography Charity Guild (ACPCG). Their mission is to serve as:
"A non-profit, volunteer based organization of child photographers from all over the country
who have come together to form a guild dedicated to children in need and their families."
We did not actually learn about this incredible group of photographers until we were already leaving the hospital. Ryann, and her daughter's talented photographer Nicole Green, were gracious enough to allow me to share some of the beautiful shots Nicole captured of Addyson when she weighed only 3 lb...
From poking around her site, I can tell you that Nicole does such a wonderful, compassionate job with these babies that many of the parents hire her to tackle those one-year shots as well! Those micropreemies sure can grow, wouldn't you say?
If you or a loved one has a child who is desperately ill, I encourage you to visit the ACPCG website and search for a photographer in your area.
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