The Tiny Footprints Project ♥ Orange County NICU Photographer

Most new parents can’t even image… you’ve just spent nine months protecting your baby-to-be, doing everything the books tell you to, and then your world is turned upside down – something isn’t right. Your beautiful newborn is whisked off to the NICU to be treated by the very best doctors and nurses. For the next days, weeks, or possibly even months you spend every waking moment at your baby’s bedside until the day comes your little one can finally come home and your family is complete. The last thing on your mind was taking photos, but you want to remember every one of those precious newborn moments no matter where they happened!  And that is where The Tiny Footprints Project steps in…

One of the two incredible organizations I am focusing my volunteer time on this year is The Tiny Footprints Project. The organization is made up of a group of professional photographers who donate their time to provide no cost photo sessions for babies in the NICU. Taking photos in a dark NICU room can be challenging even for a professional, and many families have only a few poor quality smartphone photos of their baby’s early days! Founder Heather Hartlen recognized this need and founded The Tiny Footprints Project in 2013, to help families capture those first days and weeks. The professional photographers who volunteer with the project have the skills to capture amazing images of tiny babies and their parents, without using harsh flash and lighting and without upsetting fragile little ones. I’ve been there myself, and though we were lucky that our stay in the NICU was short, I can tell you that having photos of those first days is absolutely priceless!

If you know a family with a little one in the NICU, or would like more information about the organization, visit http://www.thetinyfootprintsproject.com/request-a-session.html. While I serve Hoag Hospital, CHOC, and Orange Coast Memorial, there are photographers all over the US and Canada as well!

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