Monday, September 28, 2015

Baby Austin's NICU 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.

“Baby Austin just couldn’t wait to see the world, so he made his grand entrance at 27 weeks on July 10th weighing 2 pounds 11 ounces. Now he’s just eating and growing as much as he can so that big brother, Preston, will be able to recruit him as his next superhero sidekick!

This will be our second time that we’ll be NICU parents. Our firstborn, Preston, also arrived early and stayed in the NICU for a week. It was particularly rough that time sine nothing had gone according to plan and I felt particularly guilty I wasn’t able to keep him to term. However, as wee look back on that experience, we realized that kiddos tend to make plans for themselves and they’re tougher than we think they are.

Now that Austin will be staying in the NICU (this time for 8 weeks), we know that he’ll be receiving the vest care around the clock. It doesn’t seem as scary this time around as we know this will only make him stronger. I look at our firstborn son (who is now 4.5 years old) and can’t even tell he was a preemie. We just feel that Austin wanted to tackle life head-on and he’ll be all the more prepared for all future challenges.”

A Note From Minvi:

"So glad to meet the Chen family and their second son, Austin. Michael and Jessica were very excited to finally have this shoot for their preemie baby. Sweet Austin was so gentle and quiet all throughout the session. His parents, both back to work now, are anxious to have him home with his older brother. Wishing this wonderful family all the best and thank you for having me capture these moments for you!"

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 and visit our website at 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 Dallas, TX.

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

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