11.06.2008

Can't get it out of my head...

So, I came across a blog yesterday Bring the Rain that I just can't get out of my head. It tells the story of a family that lost their baby girl, and if your interested in anymore of the story, you can go read it for yourself. It's an amazing story, and they have amazing pictures taken during and after Audrey's death by a non-profit organization called Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep. The photos are amazing, and it inspired me to check into the foundation and see if I could donate my time to grieving families. When I first heard about the foundation awhile back , I told a fellow photographer there was absolutely no way I could ever do it. After reading Audrey's story and the stories of other families on their website, I thought that maybe if people have to lose their children, then I could somehow diminish their pain by photographing the most tender and sacred moments with their child.

I'm still processing this, and would love to hear opinions and experiences if you have them. I'd love to make a difference for someone, I'm just not sure I have the strength.

12 comments:

Lindsay said...

i think it would be a wonderful thing to do- i know that if our babies had made it long enough where we could have had photos taken, i'd have wanted photos. i'm willing to bet that all nilmdts photographers leave their sessions incredibly emotional... if i had more experience, i think i'd give it a whirl...

Heather said...

Wow...I don't even know what else to say. The website is touching...I can't imagine what that would be like and I hope I never have to. I know I wouldn't have the strength to do the photos or anything...but if you feel you would, then go for it. I'm going to find a kleenex now...let me know what you decide.

Michelle said...

I heard about this too late for us.

I only wish I would have been able to have had more pictures of Lydia. If the nurses had offered it - I would have gratefully accepted.

As it is, the nurses took about a half-dozen pictures; that's all I have. They're very nice - but, I guess I'll always wish I had more.

Sam said...

I have been reading Audreys story all morning and crying my eyes out. Now its raining out and I am just really sad. Amber I think it would be absolutely amazing thing for you to do. I wish I had the eye for photography because I would do it in a heart beat. I have been and still am looking for something I can do to make a difference in someones life, to do something great, and this is your "great" Amber among the many other things you have done. Thank you for sharing this with everyone as I will also pass this on.

Neisha said...

I was crying too reading about Audrey. So sad. They had such nice photographs of Audrey. what a wonderful idea.

ethel said...

i couldn't find the photos of her but i did read the start of the story and saw the one photo on the sidebar. i think you'll do this when you feel ready..just as i probably can't find the rest of those pictures for a reason. the ultrasound picture of my baby will be forever implanted in my brain, however, for people with less photographic memories i'm sure photos would be very precious and healing. wow! I would say, if you can't get it out of your head do something about it.

Mishelle said...

Some of our friends in the Indianapolis area lost a little girl shortly before her 1st birthday. Then less than a year later her little premature brother passed away. Their mother created the website
audreysangels.net

They now have another little one, but their first 2 children changed their lives forever.

We wish the very best for them. Glad for those who have the strength and wisdom to help those in such deep grief.

Lindsay said...

the song "precious child" comes to mind... have you heard it? it's by karen taylor good.

Stacy D said...

Amber...

You had left a comment on my blog (He Will Carry Me) asking about my experience with NILMDTS. I have so much to say about how wonderful our photographer was and what it has meant to me to have those pictures of our sweet Isaac... too much to write here.

Please e-mail me at coolteacher79@yahoo.com so that I can e-mail you back with my thoughts.

Thanks.

~ Stacy

DSBRansom said...

I think it's a wonderful thing & I think you should do it. At least give it a try.

Bill, Shanda, Kylie & Karena said...

Wow! I just got done spending hours reading her blog! I am in tears!! I think you should go for it, it would be so touching to be able to be there for the families who are going through something like that!

papendorfs said...

Amber,
I think it would be an awesome way to "give back."
You could do one photo shoot and see how you handle it. I think it would change the way I looked at my own children! I too lost twins between my Elliot and Emerson. We were in the very early stages but like others I will remember the ultrasound.

Charla Papendorf

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