Intro by Skip Cohen
Technically, recruitment month for NILMDTS is over, but the response to all of these guest posts has been incredible. So, I've told the NILMDTS team as long as they keep sending SCU great content, we'll share a new guest post each week. (For those of you involved with NILMDTS, please contact Tiffany Kapler if you've got an interest in sharing your story on the SCU blog.)
This guest post from Christine Tripp, a NILMDTS Affiliated Photographer in Ottawa, Canada really hits some great points we don't always think about. While the core reason to be involved in NILMDTS is simply giving back, there are some terrific benefits. My personal favorite is Christine's first point about "education and training." NILMDTS is one of the industry's biggest supporters of education and helping you build a stronger skill set.
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by Christine Tripp
I’ll never forget my first session with Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep (NILMDTS). Even though I was properly trained and educated before starting, I remember how terrified I was. I remember asking myself how was I going to make it through without crying. I was about to see a baby who had died and meet a devastated family.
I remember walking down the hospital hallway, camera bag in hand, motivation in my mind, and out of nowhere I just broke down and started crying. I was all alone and ducked off to a small hallway beside the main one. I had not yet met the family, but I truly felt their loss. I took a few seconds to catch my breath and regroup and then with tears wiped, I continued toward the nurses’ station. Somehow I managed to stay professional throughout the session and didn’t cry again until later. To this date, it was the most emotionally challenging of sessions I have ever done, and yet one I felt so passionate about.
Over the years, I have continued to offer my services to NILMDTS and have documented numerous babies whom had either already passed or who were about to. After receiving many notes of thank you, I realize how important these sessions are to help families heal after such a loss.
It’s something that terrifies me every time, yet makes me proud to be a member. If you are a professional photographer, here are five reasons you should consider volunteering with NILMDTS:
If you are looking to volunteer your time with an organization that will forever help people, then please look into Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep. For more information, please visit their website.