Photography as a Healing Art: How Volunteering with NILMDTS Changed my Life

It’s interesting how sometimes the things we are called to do appear almost ‘out of nowhere’. It was several years ago that I knew I wanted to dedicate a portion of my time and services to a specific cause – I just wasn’t sure what.

As much as I enjoy taking the reigns to research things (sometimes a little too much), I am equally just as interested in reaching out to others for new ideas. When I presented my desire to volunteer to others, I received an immediate response back: Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep.

Co-founder Cheryl Haggard and her baby boy Maddux. Photo Credit: Sandy Puc Photography

Co-founder Cheryl Haggard and her baby boy Maddux. Photo Credit: Sandy Puc Photography

I had never heard of the organization before and – as mentioned above – quickly put on my detective hat. When I read their mission statement, “To introduce remembrance photography to parents suffering the loss of a baby with a free gift of professional portraiture”, I knew this was the type of powerful gift I was looking to give.

It’s been just over a year that I’ve been with NILMDTS. I am a volunteer photographer and also serve on the Member Application Committee where I have the honor of reviewing the portfolios of photographer applicants (yes, there is an application process simply to serve with the organization due to the quality of work we are expected to give and the sensitivity of our work).

I am incredibly proud of the work I do for the families requesting our services. To know that I am a bringing a small gift of comfort and am given the honor to meet their sweet child is absolutely life changing. As a Photographer, I can’t imagine a greater way to give back to families by using my gift.

Not a Photographer but still interested in making a difference? Additional volunteer opportunities with Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep can be found here.