Saturday, June 17, 2017

Welcome New Photography Volunteer, Nicole!

Please help us welcome volunteer photographer, Nicole! She will be helping give the gift of NICU photography to preemie and NICU families in Virginia!


Nicole Tronti
Nicole Tronti Photography


Service Area: Fredericksburg


Hospitals: Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center, Mary Washington Hospital, Stafford Hospital

About Nicole:
“Hi there!
I have been photographing newborns for over 10 years, and working
exclusively in the birth/fresh 48 niche for the last 2. I am married with
one little boy (he is 3 1/2) and 2 australian shepherds. Working with
preemie prints will give me the chance to meet families who may not
ever be able to afford my services, and I believe every baby deserves
to be photographed.”

www.preemieprints.org
Preemie Prints is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization sharing hope with NICU families through a variety of support programs. One of those programs is the gift of NICU photography and preemie photography. NICU families from across the US can request a no-charge photography session by a Preemie Prints volunteer. The family request from can be found on the right side of our website. These sessions are free of charge and for any NICU family, regardless of time spent in the NICU. The NICU photo shoot can take place inside the NICU or after baby is discharged and at home until their 1st birthday. Facing time in a NICU with a premature or critically ill baby is an extremely difficult time for families. Preemie Prints has a mission to share hope by letting families know they are not alone. Preemie Prints currently has over 100 volunteers nationwide. We are always looking for more volunteers to share in our mission! If you are interested, please email sherri@preemieprints.org and visit our website at www.preemieprints.org. To date Preemie Prints and our volunteers have gifted over 500 NICU family sessions.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Tristan's NICU Photo Session

Please enjoy Preemie Prints' families’ inspirational story & photos.
Consider supporting our mission to share hope with families who have a baby born prematurely or critically ill. We thank our supporters, Preemie Prints volunteers, and donors for allowing us to continue touching the lives of NICU, preemie, and angel families.
We pray these special memories from Preemie Prints
will help families heal and remember how strong
they were in overcoming their NICU journey together.

A NICU STORY | THOUGHTS FROM TRISTAN'S FAMILY
"Tristan is our fourth child and the history goes back well before he was born. In 2007 we were pregnant with our first child and he was due in January of 2008. Due to complications from pre-eclampsia, Denise was forced to deliver via c-section at 29 weeks gestation. Jackson was 2 pounds, 1 ounce at birth and needed lots of support throughout his early life. Just before the two week mark, Jackson needed surgery to remove a section of his bowel that had stopped working due to a condition called NEC which left him with a colostomy bag. This was a major setback for him but we had faith that he would improve and they would be able to reconnect the bowel at some time in the future and he would someday have a normal life. However, two weeks later, on his 30th day of life, we were informed that additional parts of his bowel were suffering from NEC, too much for them to do anything to save him. He passed away early in the morning of his 31st day. We were lost following these events, but eventually found the strength to get pregnant again. With a new doctor keeping a very close eye on Denise, we welcomed a beautiful baby boy (Joshua) into our lives in July of 2009, nearly two years after Jackson. To say this was a perfect pregnancy would be an understatement. It feels a little like the universe was apologizing for what happened to Jackson. We always knew we wanted to have more kids so in 2011 we welcomed our first girl (Teagan) to the family. She was a little trickster from the beginning, including an emergency room visit early in the pregnancy where we thought we were losing her. She also came early, but only by a week, and was happy and healthy from the start. For several years, we watched as Joshua and Teagan grew, celebrating Jackson's birthday and angel day each year to help them remember the brother then never got to meet. They still enjoy picking out a fun cake design for us to make as a family each year for Jackson's birthday. In 2015 and 2016, Denise and I started thinking about having one more baby. We both grew up with two siblings in the house so it felt natural to have one more at home. We happily found out we were pregnant in October of 2016, with a due date in June of 2017. The family was happy for the announcement at Christmas time and everyone anxiously awaited the sex of the baby. We had found out before the births for our other three kids, so we wanted this one to be a surprise. In March of 2017, Denise's doctor started picking up the signs of pre-eclampsia again and put her on bed rest. Even with the additional rest, Denise was admitted to the hospital in early April and Tristan joined us on April 9th, 2017. He was 2 pounds, 5.5 ounces and was doing very well in his first several hours. Early on the morning of April 11th, 2017, doctors and nurses began suctioning blood from Tristan's lungs and quickly found that he had a pulmonary embolism which was bleeding into his lungs and not allowing oxygen to reach the rest of his body. From 2:30 AM until around 10:00 AM the medical team worked to stabilize him with ventilators, pain medication, and even a paralytic medicine to force his body to relax. As we sat and watched our little boy laying near lifeless in the isolette, our minds thought back to 10 years ago when things happened in a very similar way. But Tristan was different. He did eventually stabilize. Oxygen returned to his blood flow and he was able to make incremental progress throughout the next week and month. Things were day by day for a while but doctors were continuously impressed with the progress he made. Today, Tristan is just over a month old and continuing to improve. He is feeding from a bottle and off of all the ventilators, pain meds, etc. We still have a long way to go, but are confident that we will be bringing Tristan home soon."






Tristan's photo session was taken and donated by Preemie Prints volunteer photographer, Jennifer Sternal-Johnson.


A Note From Jen:
"I loved meeting little Tristan, and his family's story touched my heart. He is so loved and treasured and it shows in the photos. I recently received word from Tristan's dad that he is now home with his family!"


Photos belong to our volunteer photographers, families,
and organization --  please do not use for any purpose.
____________________________________________
Preemie Prints is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization sharing hope with NICU families through a variety of support programs. One of those programs is the gift of NICU photography and preemie photography. NICU families from across the US can request a no-charge photography session by a Preemie Prints volunteer. The family request form can be found on the right side of our website. These sessions are free of charge and for any NICU family, regardless of time spent in the NICU. The NICU photo shoot can take place inside the NICU or after baby is discharged and at home until their 1st birthday. Facing time in a NICU with a premature or critically ill baby is an extremely difficult time for families. Preemie Prints has a mission to share hope by letting families know they are not alone. Preemie Prints currently has over 100 volunteers nationwide. We are always looking for more volunteers to share in our mission! If you are interested, please email sherri@preemieprints.org and visit our website at www.preemieprints.org. To date Preemie Prints and our volunteers have gifted over 500 NICU family sessions.
This was a Preemie Prints NICU photography session that took place near Rochester NY.
We're thankful to the family for sharing their story & memories in support of other NICU families.





Sunday, June 11, 2017

Sweet Oaklyn's NICU Grad Photo Shoot

Please enjoy Preemie Prints' families’ inspirational story & photos. 
Consider supporting our mission to share hope with families who have a baby born prematurely or critically ill. We thank our supporters, Preemie Prints volunteers, and donors for allowing us to continue touching the lives of NICU, preemie, and angel families.


We pray these special memories from Preemie Prints 
will help families heal and remember how strong 
they were in overcoming their NICU journey together.

A NICU STORY | THOUGHTS FROM MOM
“I had no complications with the birth. At 6 hours after birth she began having breathing problems, we were transferred from JBER military hospital to Providence NICU. We received the most amazing care there. Oaklyn was on a bubble CPAP for several hours until her breathing was under control. We spent 6 days in the NICU. It was a very scary time for our family but we were well taken care of by staff.”



Oaklyn’s photo session was taken and donated by Preemie Prints volunteer photographer, Kalyn Price.


A Note From Kalyn:
“This little bub had the bluest eyes ever! And such a sweet heart! Big sister came along and we just had to get them together. My favorite is the one at the end where they are booth shooting daggers with their eyes!”


Photos belong to our volunteer photographers, families, 
and organization please do not use for any purpose. 
____________________________________________

Preemie Prints is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization sharing hope with NICU families through a variety of support programs. One of those programs is the gift of NICU photography and preemie photography. NICU families from across the US can request a no-charge photography session by a Preemie Prints volunteer. The family request from can be found on the right side of our website. These sessions are free of charge and for any NICU family, regardless of time spent in the NICU. The NICU photo shoot can take place inside the NICU or after baby is discharged and at home until their 1st birthday. Facing time in a NICU with a premature or critically ill baby is an extremely difficult time for families. Preemie Prints has a mission to share hope by letting families know they are not alone. Preemie Prints currently has over 100 volunteers nationwide. We are always looking for more volunteers to share in our mission! If you are interested, please email sherri@preemieprints.org and visit our website at www.preemieprints.org. To date Preemie Prints and our volunteers have gifted over 400 NICU family sessions. 

This was a Preemie Prints NICU graduate photography session that took place near Anchorage, AK.


We're thankful to the family for sharing their story & memories in support of other NICU families.

Hailey Lou's NICU Grad Photo Shoot

Please enjoy Preemie Prints' families’ inspirational story & photos. 
Consider supporting our mission to share hope with families who have a baby born prematurely or critically ill. We thank our supporters, Preemie Prints volunteers, and donors for allowing us to continue touching the lives of NICU, preemie, and angel families.

We pray these special memories from Preemie Prints 
will help families heal and remember how strong 
they were in overcoming their NICU journey together.


A NICU STORY | THOUGHTS FROM MOM
“After struggling with infertility for 3 years, we got pregnant after our second attempt at IVF with boy/girl twins. At 21 weeks gestation, our son's water broke and I was admitted to the hospital and put on bed rest for PPROM. Unfortunately, we delivered our twins at 24 weeks and 5 days gestation. Our son lived for roughly 40 hours before going home to the Lord. Our daughter, Hailey Lou, fought for her little life for 133 days in the NICU before finally coming home on her Daddy's birthday.”




Hailey Lou’s photo session was taken and donated by Preemie Prints volunteer photographer, Catherine Vint.


A Note From Catherine:
"When I read Allison and John’s story, I was so incredibly moved and honored to be given the opportunity to capture their story in all of its bittersweet beauty, sorrow and joy. Their photo session took place the morning of Tuesday, May 30th, in their beautiful light-filled home. We began the session taking a posed image of Hailey in a little prop bed but she was having none of it - it turns out she had plans for a far better image at the very end of her session! John prepared a bottle for Hailey and together he and Allison wrote down the amount and time of the bottle. Throughout their entire session, it was clear to me how united they were - through the struggles of conceiving, the elation of discovering they were pregnant with twins, the utter devastation of Hailey’s sweet brother Lucas Mark gaining his angel wings, and the sheer joy of Hailey’s birth and triumph against the odds - they were truly an unbreakable team.

We went upstairs and I began photographing Allison feeding Hailey in her nursery that was clearly put together with so much thought and love. John joined the room and I captured images of him feeding Hailey as well and of the “master swaddler,” as he is known in their household, swaddling her. Aside from posing Allison and John for optimal lighting, I gave very little direction during their session as I wanted these images and the emotions they invoked to unfold organically. The connection Allison and John had, and the way they looked at each other and at their sweet Hailey was so very powerful, real and incredibly moving. Throughout the session, they couldn’t help but smile as they looked at each other and at their beautiful little girl. John read the book Guess How Much I Love You to Hailey (which they read to her every day for all 133 days she was in the NICU) as well as well wishes and prayers from so many. Later in the session, the family dog Zoey, joined in on the family images and even posed with her paw up in the air. It made for a good laugh!

As the session was winding down, I asked if I could take a few images of Hailey alone again since she wasn’t a fan of the bed prop I used earlier. I placed her in her crib and again, she wasn’t having much of it. I asked if I could put her brother’s angel bear in the crib with her and when I did, she immediately stopped crying and began beaming with the most radiant smile from head to toe! It was one of the most incredible, touching things I’ve ever seen in my life. They say the bond between twins is unbreakable and I truly believe it as I have now seen it with my own eyes.

Allison and John thanked me many times, but I feel I should thank them for inspiring me, and I have no doubt so many others, by their strength, perseverance and beautiful love they have for each other and their sweet Hailey Lou and Lucas Mark."



Photos belong to our volunteer photographers, families, 
and organization please do not use for any purpose. 
____________________________________________

Preemie Prints is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization sharing hope with NICU families through a variety of support programs. One of those programs is the gift of NICU photography and preemie photography. NICU families from across the US can request a no-charge photography session by a Preemie Prints volunteer. The family request from can be found on the right side of our website. These sessions are free of charge and for any NICU family, regardless of time spent in the NICU. The NICU photo shoot can take place inside the NICU or after baby is discharged and at home until their 1st birthday. Facing time in a NICU with a premature or critically ill baby is an extremely difficult time for families. Preemie Prints has a mission to share hope by letting families know they are not alone. Preemie Prints currently has over 100 volunteers nationwide. We are always looking for more volunteers to share in our mission! If you are interested, please email sherri@preemieprints.org and visit our website at www.preemieprints.org. To date Preemie Prints and our volunteers have gifted over 500 NICU family sessions. 

This was a Preemie Prints NICU graduate photography session that took place near Ashburn, VA.


We're thankful to the family for sharing their story & memories in support of other NICU families.