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. 

Teresa Robertson is a Photography-degree, award-winning, published Photographer specializing in all things women & birth. Maternity, Birth, Newborn, Children, or Family, she proudly serves multiple locations, including D.C., Atlanta, Michigan, Orlando, and Oahu. Her Fine Art series ‘Mele Ma’i: Procreation Chants’ can be found here. For information on Bereavement Photography, please visit Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep


& co.

I loved the process of naming my children. So much, in fact, that I made it last as long as possible. None were named until after they were birthed and one was getting loaded into her car seat to leave the hospital when we finally settled on one. When I meet my newborns, I love to also hear what middle name was selected and if there are any stories or family legacies that are involved in the names chosen.

When it came time to name my Maryland business, it was just as joyful – and lengthy. I wanted to make sure whatever I chose represented my business well but also paid tribute to everyone who was responsible for making it come to life. That involved my family, children, friends, and clients.

I am often asked how many people work for my “ and company”. Up until the amazing Brittany (my assistant) came to help, it was just me.

So why ‘& co.’?

In my mind, it takes a village. There is no way I could take 100% credit for what I do. This journey began very long ago, taking my parents support through getting my degree, my son for driving me to receive it with honors, my husband for letting me spread my wings, my friends and family who have supported me, and my clients who believed in me so much to allow me to keep my business open throughout the years.

 & co. is there to recognize you. Thank YOU. You are just as much a part of this and I wouldn’t be here without you.  - Teresa

Teresa Robertson is a Photography-degree, award-winning, published Photographer specializing in all things women & birth. Maternity, Birth, Newborn, Children, or Family, she proudly serves multiple locations, including D.C., Atlanta, Michigan, Orlando, and Oahu. Her Fine Art series ‘Mele Ma’i: Procreation Chants’ can be found here. For information on Bereavement Photography, please visit Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep

Partnering with Local Women through Anne Arundel Medical Center

I am so excited to have partnered with Anne Arundel Medical Center (AAMC) in 2016 to assist them in their efforts to encourage local support in breastfeeding and skin-to-skin contact through articles and newborn photography, both locally sourced. Being able to love on and contribute to other women throughout the community - especially with my art - is something I love taking the opportunity to provide (please take a moment to see another organization I volunteer for called Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep). 

'Breastfeeding Encouragement for Moms, From Moms' - Anne Arundel Medical Center Article, Photo Credit: Robertson & co. Photography

Bonding with babies is something that I am certainly passionate about, given my specialty in newborn photography. I will also share that of my three children, born in different states and even decades – none were encouraged to participate in skin-to-skin or breastfeeding.

I’ve been known to say that while I have no regrets, should I be presented with the opportunity to birth and care for my children as newborns differently, I would. It is truly an honor for me to be working in the community and showing support/love for mothers in Anne Arundel County.

NO MATTER how you choose to mother your newborn, you are doing an AMAZING job, mom. Breastfeeding or not, adoption or not, single mothers or not…you all are incredible, beautiful women that I am proud to have in my community. - Teresa

Teresa Robertson is a Photography-degree, award-winning, published Photographer specializing in all things women & birth. Maternity, Birth, Newborn, Children, or Family, she proudly serves multiple locations, including D.C., Atlanta, Michigan, Orlando, and Oahu. Her Fine Art series ‘Mele Ma’i: Procreation Chants’ can be found here. For information on Bereavement Photography, please visit Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep

WHERE I'VE BEEN (WHERE YOU'VE SEEN ME)

ANNAPOLIS NEWBORN, CHILD, FAMILY, & FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHER

2016 has been blessing after blessing – all because of people like you. I apologize for my absence but promise I have good reason.

And while I’ve been keeping extremely busy, we may have crossed paths without knowing.

Fine Art Photography for Newborns, Children, and Family based near Annapolis, MD

In four short months, I have been involved, planning, and/or acknowledged in:

I am beyond thankful for all the love and support you all have shown. I'm looking forward to represent and support our community/families much more throughout the year! - Teresa

Teresa Robertson is a Photography-degree, award-winning, published Photographer specializing in all things women & birth. Maternity, Birth, Newborn, Children, or Family, she proudly serves multiple locations, including D.C., Atlanta, Michigan, Orlando, and Oahu. Her Fine Art series ‘Mele Ma’i: Procreation Chants’ can be found here. For information on Bereavement Photography, please visit Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep