Monday, April 14, 2014

Welcome Preemie Prints Photography Volunteer, Minvi!

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

Minvi Duncan Photography

Service Area: Allen, TX
Hospitals: Presbyterian Hospital (Allen), Medical Center of Plano, Medical Cernter of McKinney, Centennial Hospital, Baylor Hospital (Plano/Frisco)

About Minvi:
"I am a visual artist who enjoys promoting art education by volunteering in our city and schools. About two years ago, I traded my paints and brushes and set out to pursue what was once a “hobby” more seriously. Photography has given me my life’s purpose. Through a couple of current Facebook photo blogs: FACES of A-Town and The PixElation Project, I am able to share my creativity with our community. FACES of A-Town is a page dedicated to visual narratives of common people I encounter day to day. Inspired by the now famous, Humans of New York page, FACES features photo stories of everyday random encounters with people in our City of Allen, TX. Some stories are inspiring, some quirky and funny, others informative, and maybe even extraordinary. The PixElation Project is a community-giving endeavor with the vision of bringing happiness back to people through pictures! Our first project was with the Samaritan Inn in McKinney, TX where we provided a photo session to the families and gifted each one with photo prints and CDs this past holiday season. A couple of projects are also in the works through our partnership with Help-Portrait.
It still amazes me everyday how a seemingly simple act of taking one’s picture can have quite an impact on someone, especially a total stranger. That the image you are able to capture in that brief moment of time can convey a powerful message and touch one’s heart. I love creating these photo stories over and over again and be able to lift up someone’s spirit especially at times when they need it most. It nurtures my soul just the same to see the spark in their eyes when I look into the lens to take the shot. It’s instantaneous, thought provoking, and many a times, inspiring – helping renew the hope and joy people sometimes feel they may have lost in their lives. This is why I chose to be part of Preemie Prints.

I am very honored to be selected as one of your volunteer photographers and look forward to working with your organization."

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Welcome Preemie Prints Photography Volunteer, Rachael!

Please help us welcome volunteer photographer, Rachael! Rachael will be helping give the gift of photography to preemie and NICU families in Colorado Springs, CO!! 

Rachael Jernigan Photography

Service Area: Colorado Springs, CO
Hospitals: Memorial Hospital, Penrose, St. Francis Med. Center


About Rachael:
"I have been a photographer for about 5 years. The NICU has a bery special place in my heart after my son was born at 30 weeks and spent 6 weeks in the NICU. I know what an experience it can be and I'm so thankful for the pics I have from that special time."




Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Welcome Preemie Prints Photography Volunteer, Rebecca!

Please help us welcome volunteer photographer, Rebecca! Rebecca will be helping give the gift of photography to preemie and NICU families in North Carolina!! 

Rebecca LaVine Photography

Service Area: Charlotte, Monroe
Hospitals: CMC Mercy, Presyterian

About Rebecca:
"I'm Rebecca LaVine of Rebecca LaVine Photography. My friends call me Bekki. I enjoy making other happy and giving them memories for a lifetime."



Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Welcome Preemie Prints Photography Volunteer, Erin!!

Please help us welcome volunteer photographer, Erin! Erin will be helping give the gift of photography to preemie and NICU families in Los Angeles, CA!! 

Captured Grace by Erin

Service Area: Los Angeles

About Erin:
"I recently captured the birth of my neice and know just how special those images are to us. I truly believe every family should have newborn pictures including ones that document the bravery of precious preemie babies. I specialize in family photography and am so priviledged to help families create a lasting legacy for future generations."



NICU photography: Sharing Hope With NICU Families

With over 85 volunteers we have given the gift of NICU & NICU graduate photography to over 350 families to date. WOW! We're blessed to be a part of the Today Show and TODAY Moms "Labor Of Love" story! Although the Today Show segment this morning (you can watch it below) was specifically about 1 NICU photographers journey, it beautifully shows why our organization is here doing what we're doing for NICU families and what it means to those families. If you've had a Preemie Prints NICU or NICU graduate photo shoot we would love for you to comment below with what it means to you - just as the family in this story did.

Also, if you feel inclined to support our organization's mission we would be so thankful. You can do this by either making a small tax deductible donation by clicking the donate button on the right side of our site or by volunteering your time to "share hope" with NICU families. Photographers who are interested can email sherri@preemieprints.org and those who are interested in helping in other ways, such as sewing or other areas can email amber@preemieprints.org.

You can read the story here:

Labor of love: Volunteer NICU photographer focuses on tiny, most vulnerable babies


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Miss Harper's Preemie Prints NICU Photo Shoot

Please enjoy Preemie Prints' families inspirational photos and consider supporting our mission to share hope with families who have a baby born prematurely or critically ill. 

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

NICU STORY | THOUGHTS FROM MOM

"I found out I was pregnant on August 21st. October 10th, I found out I was going to have twins and was 11 weeks. October 14th I went to the ER, becuase I had excessive bleeding, turns out everything was fine, and I was put on bed rest for two weeks. November 4th I found out I was blessed with a little boy and girl. A few weeks later I was admitted to the hospital. I had to have my cervix sewn up because I was 100% effaced. I was then on bed rest until December 20th when they admitted me to the hospital once again. I was dilated to 3cm. I am from Tyler, TX and was there until December 24th when they life flighted me to Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, TX. 

On December 26th I had my precious baby boy, Brody Dene. He was 23 weeks 1 day, weighed 1 lb 3 ozs and was 11.5 inches long. He was born naturally. My little girl Harper Lee was still nice and cozy in my tummy, bouncing off the walls because she had all kinds of room now. Brody then passed away 3 days later on the 29th due to several issues. I never got to hold him or really see him until he passed away. I didn't want to let him go, but I knew I had to stay strong for my baby girl. On January 1st I had Miss Harper. She was 24 weeks, weighed 1 lb 5 ozs, and was 11.5 inches long. She was born by emergency C-Section.

Harper was born very premature and has been through a lot. She had gotten a bacterial infection - which I am not going to even begin to try to spell. It was pretty serious, she got really sick, and they had to put her on a bigger vent with very high settings. She was on three different blood pressure medications and insulin. Shis is now off of all that and is on a bubble CPaP - meaning she is pretty much breathing on her own. She also has stage 4 IVH on both sides of her brain. She is 30 weeks now, and they are monitoring her head growth. If it continues, they will send her to a different hospital and will have to put a reservoir in her head to drain the fluid off. If it does not start draining by itself, then later on they will go in and put in a shunt. We are hopeful that everything will turn out just fine and we won't have to go through all of that. God has a plan and he is in charge. We have to give it all to him and have faith."




Preemie Prints Volunteer Photographer:
Minvi Duncan - Dallas, TX

A note from Minvi:

"It was such a pleasure to meet Berlynn and Baby Harper last Friday. As a first time volunteer for Preemie Prints, I wasn't exactly sure what to expect when I got up to the NICU floor of Baylor Medical Center in Dallas. The nursing staff was kind enough to show me exactly where they were. Once inside, Berlynn came to meet me and led me in to see Harper Lee.
Harper Lee, all of 6+ lbs. was sound asleep the first few minutes I was there. Although she has gained weight since she was first born, she still looked so delicate. Dressed beautifully in a pink outfit complete with a matching pink bow of curly ribbons and feathers., she is such a little angel -- all beautiful and quietly content.
As we got ready for the shoot, Berlynn picked up Harper Lee and held her lovingly in her arms.You can tell right away the strong bond between them. Harper Lee was quiet throughout the shoot until about the time I was getting ready to pack. Then her eyes opened, and I just had to take some more pictures. before leaving. She didn't seem to mind the extra attention.
Thank you Berlynn for the opportunity to meet you and Harper Lee. I pray for the day that she finally gets released from the hospital so you two can be together peacefully back at home. You are a brave person and one day, in time, Harper Lee will know all that."












Preemie Prints support programs include NICU photography, preemie photography, and NICU graduate photography. Through this program we give the gift of photography at no charge for a NICU family. Other Preemie Prints support programs include the gift of handmade items, the gift of angel gifts for parent experiencing a loss, group events and meetings, information, and email support. Our mission is to support parents and let them know they are not alone. We thank our supporters, Preemie Prints volunteers, and donors for allowing us to continue touching the lives of NICU, preemie, and angel families. 

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 75 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 375 NICU family sessions. 

Monday, April 7, 2014

Alyceanne's Preemie Prints NICU Graduate Photo Shoot


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


A NICU STORY | THOUGHTS FROM MOM

"On December 16th, mommy's water started leaking, after 3 days in the hospital, steroid shots, a million ultrsounds and needles, Alyceanne Lillie was born at 29 weeks gestation weighing 3 pounds 0.32 ounces and 14.5 inces long. Our little fighter was taken off oxygen at 30 days of life and continues to learn and grow at an awesome pace. She is now, as I write this, 5 pounds 2 ounces on day 40.

I would tell other parents to be there for each other and their little one. It's hard, but it will bring your family closer. Also, even though your child is having a rough start, during this time your baby is going through more than most peope do in their whole lives and they will be stronger for it."


Preemie Prints Volunteer Photographer:
Sarrah Smith, Violets Are Blue Photography - Lake, Michigan











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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. Preemie Prints support programs include NICU photography and NICU graduate photography (the gift of photography at no charge for a NICU family), the gift of handmade items, group events and meetings, information, and prayer support. Our mission is to connect parents and let them know they are not alone. We thank our supporters, Preemie Prints volunteers, and donors for allowing us to continue touching the lives of NICU, preemie, and angel families.

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 75 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 375 NICU family sessions.